HON293C: Literary Scandals and Controversies

An archived version of a 2007 NCSU course blog

The Faultiness of Authority

Allonymity is the practice of using another author or person’s name to increase the authority and clout of your writing. On page 103, Ruthven cites a book by Robert Holkot that was fraudulently signed by Richard de Bury, the Bishop of Durham. What was the response from the public after it was discovered that the bishop did not write the book “Philobiblon, sive de Amore Librorum.”

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