A Temporally Organized Bibliography of Forgery

This bibliography was taken from A Bibliography of Forgery as it was in April 2022.



Abramson, Julia. Learning From Lying: Paradoxes Of The Literary Mystification. 2nd ed., UNKNO, 2005.

Boese, Alex. Hippo Eats Dwarf. 1st ed., New York-United States, United States, Macmillan Publishers, 2009.

Havens, Earle [ed.], Fakes, Lies and Forgeries: Rare Books and Manuscripts from the Arthur and Janet Freeman Bibliotheca Fictiva Collection, Baltimore: The Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University, 2016.

Hector, L. C. Palaeography and Forgery. London: St. Anthony’s Press, 1959.

Miller, Christopher. Impostors: Literary Hoaxes and Cultural Authenticity. First, University of Chicago Press, 2018.

Ruthven, K. Faking Literature. Cambridge University Press, 2001.


Caterson, Simon. Hoax!: A Short History of Fakes, Frauds and Imposters. Hardie Grant Books, 2006.

Chambers, Edmund Kerchever. The History and Motives of Literary Forgeries. Blackwell, 1891.

Katsoulis, Melissa. Literary Hoaxes: An Eye-Opening History of Famous Frauds. Reprint, Skyhorse, 2015.

Katsoulis, Melissa. Telling Tales: A History of Literary Hoaxes. Constable, 2013.

Nobili, Riccardo. The Gentle Art of Faking: A History of the Methods of Producing Imitations & Spurious Works of Art from the Earlies Times Up to the Present Day. Academic Service, 1922.

Ancient (before c.500 CE)

Cueva, Edmund, and Javier Martínez. Splendide Mendax: Rethinking Fakes and Forgeries in Classical, Late Antique, and Early Christian Literature. Barkhuis, 2016.

Ehrman, Bart. Forgery and Counterforgery: The Use of Literary Deceit in Early Christian Polemics. 1st ed., Oxford University Press, 2012.

Guzmán, Antonio, and Javier Martínez, editors. Animo Decipiendi?: Rethinking Fakes and Authorship in Classical, Late Antique, & Early Christian Works. Barkhuis, 2018, http://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctvggx27t. Accessed 12 Apr. 2022.

Higbie, Carolyn. Collectors, Scholars, and Forgers in the Ancient World: Object Lessons. 1st ed., OUP Oxford, 2017.

Lennartz, Klaus, and Javier Martínez, editors. Tenue Est Mendacium: Rethinking Fakes and Authorship in Classical, Late Antique, & Early Christian Works. Barkhuis, 2021, https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctv29j3dpf. Accessed 12 Apr. 2022.

Martínez, Javier. Fakes and Forgers of Classical Literature. Brill, 2014.

Mheallaigh, Ní Karen. Reading Fiction with Lucian: Fakes, Freaks and Hyperreality (Greek Culture in the Roman World). 1st ed., Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Peirano, Irene. The Rhetoric of the Roman Fake: Latin Pseudepigrapha in Context. Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Peters, Ken. Counterfeit Coins of Roman Britain. Envoy Publicity, 2011.

Rebillard, Éric. The Early Martyr Narratives: Neither Authentic Accounts nor Forgeries (Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion). University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020.

Ancient to Early Modern

Fischer, Klaus-Dietrich, et al. Pseudo-Galenica: The Formation of the Galenic Corpus from Antiquity to the Renaissance (Volume 34) (Warburg Institute Colloquia). New edition, University of London Press, 2021.

Freeman, Arthur, and Janet Freeman. Hoax, Fake, and Fraud: Literary Forgery from Ctesias to Wise. Arthur Freeman Rare Books and Manuscripts, 2013.

Gielen, Erika, and Jan Papy. Falsifications and Authority in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Brepols, 2020.

Grafton, Anthony, and Ann Blair. Forgers and Critics, New Edition: Creativity and Duplicity in Western Scholarship. New, Princeton University Press, 2019.

Ancient to Modern

Arnau, Frank, and Maxwell Brownjohn. The Art of the Faker: Three Thousand Years of Deception. Little, Brown and Co., 1961.

Casement, William. The Many Faces of Art Forgery: From the Dark Side to Shades of Gray. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2022.

Farrer, James Anson. Literary Forgeries. New York, 1907.

Freeman, Arthur, Bibliotheca Fictiva: A Collection of Books & Manuscripts Relating to Literary Forgery, 400BC – AD 2000, London: Bernard Quaritch Limited, 2014

Friedrich, Michael, and Cécile Michel. Fakes and Forgeries of Written Artefacts from Ancient Mesopotamia to Modern China (Studies in Manuscript Cultures). De Gruyter, 2020.

Ostrowski, Donald. Who Wrote That?: Authorship Controversies from Moses to Sholokhov. Northern Illinois University Press, 2020.

Medieval (c.500-c.1500)

Hiatt, Alfred. The Counterfeit Text: Falsification in Medieval History and Literature. 1994.

Medieval to Early Modern (c.500-c.1800)

McNicholas, Mark. Forgery and Impersonation in Imperial China. Amsterdam-Netherlands, Netherlands, Amsterdam University Press, 2016.


Kharlamov, Vladimir. The Authorship of the Pseudo-Dionysian Corpus: A Deliberate Forgery or Clever Literary Ploy? 1st ed., Routledge, 2019.


Roach, Levi. Forgery and Memory at the End of the First Millennium. Princeton University Press, 2021.


Hiatt, Alfred. The Making of Medieval Forgeries: False Documents in Fifteenth-Century England (British Library Studies in Medieval Culture). Revised ed., University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division, 2004.

Early Modern (c.1500-c.1800)

Olds, Katrina. Forging the Past: Invented Histories in Counter-Reformation Spain. Yale University Press, 2015.

Russett, Margaret. Fictions and Fakes: Forging Romantic Authenticity, 1760–1845 (Cambridge Studies in Romanticism, Series Number 64). Illustrated, Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Stephens, Walter, et al. Literary Forgery in Early Modern Europe, 1450–1800. Illustrated, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019.

Whitehead, John. This Solemn Mockery the Art of Literary Forgery. 1St Edition, Arlington Book Company, 1973.

Wood, Christopher. Forgery, Replica, Fiction: Temporalities of German Renaissance Art. University of Chicago Press, 2008.

Early Modern to Modern (c.1500-present)

Becker, Daniel, et al., editors. Faking, Forging, Counterfeiting: Discredited Practices at the Margins of Mimesis. Transcript Verlag, 2018. JSTORwww.jstor.org/stable/j.ctv1wxr9t. Accessed 24 June 2021.

Haywood, Ian. Faking It : Art and the Politics of Forgery. New York: St. Martins Press, 1987.

Landon, Richard. Literary Forgeries and Mystifications : An Exhibition at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, 17 June to 29 August, 2003. First Edition, Montreal, PQ, Canada: National Film Board of Canada/Office National du Film du Canada, 2003.

Myers, Robin, and Michael Harris. Fakes and Frauds: Varieties of Deception in Print and Manuscript (Publishing Pathways Series). Reprint, Oak Knoll Pr, 1996.

Rosenblum, Joseph. Practice to Deceive: The Amazing Stories of Literary Forgery’s Most Notorious Practitioners. New Castle: Oak Knoll Press, 2000.


Garcia-Arenal Rodriquez, Mercedes. The Orient in Spain: Converted Muslims, the Forged Lead Books of Granada, and the Rise of Orientalism (Numen Books: Studies in the History of Religions). Illustrated, BRILL, 2013.


Rowland, Ingrid. The Scarith of Scornello: A Tale of Renaissance Forgery. 1st ed., University of Chicago Press, 2004.


Loveman, Kate. Reading Fictions, 1660–1740: Deception in English Literary and Political Culture. 1st ed., Routledge, 2018.


Baines, Paul. The House of Forgery in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Routledge Revivals). 1st ed., Routledge, 2021.


Curley, Thomas. Samuel Johnson, the Ossian Fraud, and the Celtic Revival in Great Britain and Ireland. Illustrated, Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Gaskill, Howard, and Elinor Shaffer. The Reception of Ossian in Europe (The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe). 1st ed., Continuum, 2008.

Moore, Dafydd. International Companion to James Macpherson and The Poems of Ossian (International Companions to Scottish Literature). Scottish Literature International, 2017.

Modern (c.1800-present)

Groom, Nick. The Forger’s Shadow : How Forgery Changed the Course of Literature. Picador, 2003.


Bak, János, et al. Manufacturing a Past for the Present: Forgery and Authenticity in Medievalist Texts and Objects in Nineteenth-Century Europe (National Cultivation of Culture). Brill, 2014.

Bordier, Henri Leonard, et al. The Prince of Forgers. First Edition, Oak Knoll Pr, 1998.

Briefel, Aviva. The Deceivers: Art Forgery and Identity in the Nineteeth Century. 1st ed., Cornell University Press, 2006.

Carpenter, Scott. Aesthetics of Fraudulence in Nineteenth-Century France: Frauds, Hoaxes, and Counterfeits. 1st ed., Routledge, 2019.

Freeman, Arthur, and Janet Freeman. John Payne Collier: Scholarship and Forgery in the Nineteenth Century. Annotated, Yale University Press, 2004.

Malton, Sara. Forgery in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture: Fictions of Finance from Dickens to Wilde. 1st ed. 2009, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Madden, Richard Robert. Exposure of Literary Frauds and Forgeries Concocted in Ireland. J.F. Fowler, 1866.

C19th & C20th

Constantine, Mary-Ann. The Truth Against the World: Iolo Morganwg and Romantic Forgery (Iolo Morganwg and the Romantic Tradition). University of Wales Press, 2007.

Löffler, Marion. The Literary and Historical Legacy of Iolo Morganwg, 1826–1926 (Iolo Morganwg and the Romantic Tradition). University of Wales Press, 2008.


Abbott, Craig. Forging Fame: The Strange Career of Scharmel Iris. Northern Illinois University Press, 2007.

Berger, Sid. The Anatomy of a Literary Hoax. First Edition, Oak Knoll Pr, 1994.

Heidenreich, Rosmarin. Literary Impostors: Canadian Autofiction of the Early Twentieth Century. 3rd ed., McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018.

C20th & C21st

Israel, Lee. Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Memoirs of a Literary Forger. Media Tie-In, Simon and Schuster, 2018.

Vice, Sue. Textual Deceptions: False Memoirs and Literary Hoaxes in the Contemporary Era. 1st ed., Edinburgh University Press, 2014.


Aldington, Richard. Frauds. First Edition, Heinemann, 1957.

Altick, Richard. Scholar Adventurers. The Macmillan Company, 1950.

Barker, Nicolas, et al. Forgery of Printed Documents. Amsterdam University Press, 2016.

2 Comments on “A Temporally Organized Bibliography of Forgery

  1. What’s the curatorial basis for this list? Are they recommended, exhaustive, what? I ask because my own ‘Meeting with Remarkable Forgeries’ is in the master list (A Bibliography of Forgery) which is ‘as it was of April, 2022’. It’s only the second of May so I wondered what had happened to it in the meantime. They say March comes in like a lion and goes like a lamb but it looks as if April is the other way round when it comes to my books.


    • It’s a shorter list with only a handful of the books from the larger list. The curatorial basis is topical, not recommended or exhaustive


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