Michelle Styles was kind enough to forward me a link to the continuing saga of the McEwan/Andrews literary scandal in the form of another article from the woman who broke the story to begin with. Julia Langdon takes note of the stable of writers with fine reputations who spring to the defense of McEwan, and points out that she herself never accused him of plagiarizing Andrews’ work.
She accused him of a lack of courtesy in acknowledging her work in the first place as an influence and (ahem) source of his own. Now she’s being blasted for having said anything with the kind of zeal that can come only from literary types and those who love to smack down the snitch.
I have to wonder, though, if her citations of Google searches for his acknowledgment to Andrews’ work are correct, all of which seem to arrive after he was called on the lack thereof, why didn’t he own up to his use of her work as a source? And why the words and the fury directed at Ms. Langdon?