Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. In college, Kevin Kopelson passed off a paper by his older brother Robert as his own. In graduate school, he plagiarized nearly an entire article from a respected scholar, and then later, having met her and been asked if he would send something for her to read, sent that essay he had plagiarized from her work. This is not to mention the many instances in which he quoted others extensively, not passing their work off as his own, but substituting it for his own words when his words were what were called for. Until recently, such plagiarisms and thefts had been his most shameful secret, shared only with a trusted few. But then Kopelson—now an English professor and the author of a number of respected books, most recently 2007's Sedaris—wrote an essay entitled "My Cortez," which was published in the London Review of Books in 2008. It was a satirical literary confession, an exploration of Kopelson's personal and professional life via his various acts of plagiarism. From that jumping off point and exploring also his other vices, CONFESSIONS OF A PLAGIARIST is the compelling and clever retelling (not to mention renovation) of Kopelson's life, one transgression at a time.
Lori A. May @ The Los Angeles Review
Kevin Kopelson is the author of Love's Litany: The Writing of Modern Homoerotics (Stanford University Press, 1994), Beethoven's Kiss: Pianism, Perversion, and the Mastery of Desire (Stanford University Press, 1996), The Queer Afterlife of Vaslav Nijinsky (Stanford University Press, 1997), Neatness Counts: Essays on the Writer's Desk (University of Minnesota Press, 2004), Sedaris (University of Minnesota Press, 2007), and CONFESSIONS OF A PLAGIARIST: AND OTHER TALES FROM SCHOOL (Counterpath Press, 2012). Author City: IOWA CITY, IA USA