Author Unknown. On the Trail of Anonymous by Don Foster

By Don Foster

From the professor who invented literary forensics—and fingered Joe Klein because the writer of Primary Colors—comes the interior tale of the way he solves his so much not easy cases
Don Foster is the world's first literary detective. understanding that everyone's use of language is as precise as his or her DNA, Foster built a innovative method for deciding upon the author in the back of virtually any nameless record. Now, during this spell binding booklet, he explains his innovations and invitations readers to sit down by means of his aspect as he searches a mysterious textual content for the clues that whisper the author's name.
Foster's exact abilities first got here to gentle whilst a front-page New York Times article introduced his discovery formerly unattributed poem was once written via Shakespeare. a number of weeks later, Foster solved the secret that had obsessed the USA for months whilst he pointed out Joe Klein because the writer of Primary Colors. Foster additionally took on a case regarding the...

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I was obliged, for instance, to suppress my own interest in Joseph Conrad, Horacio Quiroga, and sundry other writers in whom Kaczynski and the Unabomber displayed mutual interest because literary texts were not at issue (except those expressly cited in the Unabom manifesto). Returning now to the Unabom documents four years after Ted’s arrest, I retrace the Unabomber’s steps, following the trail of words that led from Northwestern University to a remote cabin in the Northwest. If that invaluable tip had not come from the Kaczynski family, could the crimes have been solved?

The police or media investigations for which my assistance is sought typically involve one or more Questioned Documents (QDs), texts of unknown provenance or authorship. I look at language, not penmanship. Too often I’ve seen myself mentioned as a “handwriting” expert, which I’m not, or as a “computer expert,” which is a joke. ” I wish it were that easy. I don’t miss much, but the work is time-consuming, and the time spent is sometimes wasted, producing no more than a “maybe,” or no attribution at all.

But none of us can easily change our basic vocabulary, our personal store of available words. Human beings, in that respect, are the prisoners of their own language. We write from within a repertoire in which certain thoughts and words and spellings are available to us while others are not. Some words, of course, are content-specific. Two documents about making salad from “dandelion greens” may have been written by the same person (in this example, Ted Kaczynski), or one writer may have borrowed from another; but if two documents about gardening mention the words “dandelion,” “hoe,” and “trellis,” that may indicate not common authorship or indebtedness but only a shared topic.

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