Thomas Pynchon Writes in Defense of Ian McEwan


Back in November 2006, Ian McEwan was accused of plagiarizing details from Lucilla Andrews’ memoir in his 2002 Booker Prize-nominated novel Atonement. While he openly admitted to using Andrews’ autobiography as a source, and frequently spoke of his debt to her in live appearances, the claims would not die. Letters of Note recently posted a copy of reclusive author Thomas Pynchon’s letter in support of McEwan, which was sent to his British publisher.

Our favorite bit: “The worst you can call it is a form of primate behavior.” Click through to view the letter in its entirety.