Terry Eagleton: Faking It, 6 June 2002
Show More The Forger’s Shadow: How Forgery Changed the Course of Literature by Nick Groom.
Picador, 351 pp., £20, April 2002, 9780330374323Show More
“... Forgery is creative rather than contemptible, rather in the way that a sign, according to Umberto Eco, is anything you can use to lie with. Since there can be no talk of authenticity without the concept of a fake, the phoney is the true ground of great art. The forger both buttresses the authority of the canon and is cast out by it, thus becoming ...”