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Author: Subject: Barbara Cartland Stole Plots, Rival Author Alleged in Furious Letters
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[*] posted on 8/6/2011 at 05:21 PM
Barbara Cartland Stole Plots, Rival Author Alleged in Furious Letters

Excerpts from the Guardian article:

Dame Barbara Cartland, whose romantic novels have already sold over a billion copies worldwide, faced furious allegations of plagiarism, previously unpublished letters that were sent in 1950 reveal. The writerGeorgette Heyer accused Cartland of trying to "cash in" on her work and of acting like "a petty thief"

The borrowings extended to character names. Heyer was outraged that Sir Montagu Reversby, in Cartland's Hazard of Hearts, was like her own Sir Montagu Revesby in Friday's Child.

Heyer wrote: "On perusing the first two novels of Miss Cartland's trilogy I was astonished to find the number of identical or infinitesimally altered names and titles ... I also found what might best be described as paraphrases of situations I had created, and a suspicious number of Regency cant words, or obsolete turns of speech, all of which I can pinpoint in several of my books."

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