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James Frey vs Oprah: The Art of Literary Revenge

from The Independent UK

Poison pens: The art of literary revenge

Jilly Cooper has named a goat in her latest novel after a critic who wrote a biting review. She got away lightly…

By Andy McSmith

James Frey vs Oprah

james-frey-vsoprah.jpgThere is no better way to boost sales in the US book market than being featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, but for James Frey, author of a memoir called A Million Little Pieces, about his recovery from drug addiction, the experience turned nasty after it was revealed that a good part of his book was made up. He was called back on to the show when a sometimes tearful Winfrey demanded to know why “he felt the need to lie”.

Three years later, in 2009, a paperback edition of Frey’s novel Bright Shiny Morning, appeared, with a new section entitled “Chat Show Host” that was not in the original hardback. It described how the protagonist was hauled on to a chat show to be called a liar, and how he later recorded a telephone conversation with the chat show host in which she said that she had written a book that had never been published. When asked if he really had a recording of a phone conversation with Winfrey, Frey replied: “The book is fiction. Interpret it however you want.”

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Posted on October 17, 2010 by Editor

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