A Brief History of Literary Hoaxes

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Author and activist Greg Mortenson, whose acclaimed book Three Cups of Tea has been a perennial bestseller, recently admitted that the story was “more of a fairy tale.” In the book, Mortenson chronicled his experiences as a mountain climber, and tells of how he was injured during a climb in Pakistan. He was taken in by local villagers and, when he recovered, he vowed to build girls' schools in the country as a thank-you. Sadly, Mortenson is not the only author to pass off fiction as fact.