literary pirate


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Noun1.literary pirate - someone who uses another person's words or ideas as if they were his ownliterary pirate - someone who uses another person's words or ideas as if they were his own
stealer, thief - a criminal who takes property belonging to someone else with the intention of keeping it or selling it
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In the 1890s, just before the international copyright became American statute, two infamous literary pirates (or "bookaneers"), Davenport (accompanied by his sidekick Fergins) and his adversary Belial (posing as a missionary), set out separately for the frail Stevenson's final place of residence in Samoa to pilfer the manuscript and sell it to a New York publisher before the copyright law goes into effect.
However, harsh judgments of the Galignani family as literary pirates may be mitigated somewhat when seen in the larger context of a changing book trade and ought at least to be tempered by a recognition of the many ways they served the public interest of readers in an expanding marketplace.
In chapter 3 "Sir Walter Scott and the Literary Pirates," Burwick reconstructs the Walladmor hoax--an absorbing narrative ending in De Quincey hoaxing the hoaxer--then raises the question of the difference between English and German romantic irony.