The Myth of Ephraim Tutt: Arthur Train and His Great Literary Hoax

The Myth of Ephraim Tutt Arthur Train and His Great Literary Hoax The Myth of Ephraim Tutt explores the true and previously untold story behind one of the most elaborate literary hoaxes in American history Arthur Train was a Harvard educated and well respected attor

  • Title: The Myth of Ephraim Tutt: Arthur Train and His Great Literary Hoax
  • Author: Molly Guptill Manning John Train
  • ISBN: 9780817317874
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Myth of Ephraim Tutt explores the true and previously untold story behind one of the most elaborate literary hoaxes in American history Arthur Train was a Harvard educated and well respected attorney He was also a best selling author Train s greatest literary creation was the character Ephraim Tutt, a public spirited attorney and champion of justice.Guided by compasThe Myth of Ephraim Tutt explores the true and previously untold story behind one of the most elaborate literary hoaxes in American history Arthur Train was a Harvard educated and well respected attorney He was also a best selling author Train s greatest literary creation was the character Ephraim Tutt, a public spirited attorney and champion of justice.Guided by compassion and a strong moral compass, Ephraim Tutt commanded a loyal following among general readers and lawyers alike in fact, Tutt s fictitious cases were so well known that attorneys, judges, and law faculty cited them in courtrooms and legal texts People read Tutt s legal adventures for than twenty years, all the while believing their beloved protagonist was merely a character and that Train s stories were works of fiction But in 1943 a most unusual event occurred Ephraim Tutt published his own autobiography The possibility of Tutt s existence as an actual human being became a source of confusion, spurring heated debates One outraged reader sued for fraud, and the legendary lawyer John W Davis rallied to Train s defense While the public questioned whether the autobiography was a hoax or genuine, many book reviewers and editors presented the book as a work of nonfiction In The Myth of Ephraim Tutt Molly Guptill Manning explores the controversy and the impact of the Ephraim Tutt autobiography on American culture She also considers Tutt s ruse in light of other noted incidents of literary hoaxes, such as those ensuing from the publication of works by Clifford Irving, James Frey, and David Rorvik, among others As with other outstanding fictitious characters in the literary canon, Ephraim Tutt took on a life of his own Out of affection for his favorite creation, Arthur Train spent the final years of his life crafting an autobiography that would ensure Tutt s lasting influence and he was spectacularly successful in this endeavor Tutt, as the many letters written to him attest, gave comfort to his readers as they faced the challenging years of the Great Depression and World War II and renewed their faith in humanity and justice Although Tutt s autobiography bewildered some of his readers, the great majority were glad to have read the life story of this cherished character.

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    1. This book would have made a great magazine article. It was made up largely of quotes from Yankee Lawyer: The Autobiography of Ephraim Tutt and some from My Day in Court. Arthur Train, who was himself a lawyer, was the John Grisham of the 1930's and 1940's and wrote a number of best selling lawyer fiction books starring Ephraim Tutt. In 1939, Arthur Train wrote his non-fiction autobiography of 520 pages recounting many of his own real-life court experiences. Later, in 1944, Arthur Train wrote a f [...]

    2. I loved the other book I read by this author and was so excited to read this one. However, this one was overly detailed and too long. It would have been much better as an article/essay.

    3. "*** I received this book for free through First Reads ***** The Giveaway was Listed By Univofalpress *** I received my copy on Thur, Nov 8th, 2012 *THANK YOU FIRST READS AND Univofalpress! "

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