Forgers and Critics, New Edition: Creativity and Duplicity in Western Scholarship

Princeton University Press

The close links between forgery and criticism throughout history

In Forgers and Critics, Anthony Grafton provides a wide-ranging exploration of the links between forgery and scholarship. Labeling forgery the "criminal sibling" of criticism, Grafton describes a panorama of remarkable individuals-forgers from classical Greece through the recent past-who produced a variety of splendid triumphs of learning and style, as well as the scholarly detectives who honed the tools of scholarship in attempts to unmask these skillful fakers. In the process, Grafton discloses the extent, the coherence, and the historical interest of two significant and tightly intertwined strands in the Western intellectual tradition.

Anthony Grafton is the Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University. His many books include What Was History? and Bring Out Your Dead.