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Did T.S. Eliot really plagiarize in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"?

Examples of allusions in the poem In The Poems of T. S. Eliot Volume I edited by Christopher Ricks (Faber & Faber, 2015), Ricks has several notes for the lines "In the room the women come and ...
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Did Poe plagiarise someone else's work when writing "The Raven"?

TL;DR: There have been several major accusations that Poe plagiarized The Raven from a number of different works, many in other languages. However, those claims have little to no evidence to back them ...
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Did Dante plagiarize the Divine Comedy from Kitab al-Miraj?

Sources This answer is mainly based on Reginald Hyatte (1997), The Prophet of Islam in Old French: The Romance of Muhammad (1258) and The Book of Muhammad’s Ladder (1264), New York: Brill. This ...
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Did Dante plagiarize the Divine Comedy from Kitab al-Miraj?

Dante was probably influenced and inspired by various Muslim sources, including the Kitab al-Miraj, but the similarities are not strong enough to claim plagiarism. This conjecture dates from 1919 and ...
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Was T. S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" plagiarised?

TL;DR: No. Summary Eliot said that the source of the title, theme and imagery of ‘The Waste Land’ was the medieval legend of the Fisher King: Not only the title, but the plan and a good deal of ...
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What book of Eugène Sue's 'The Mysteries of the People' inspired M. Joly's 'Dialogue in Hell Between Machiavelli & Montesquieu', as claimed by U. Eco?

Back in the day, I read the Russian translation of "The Mysteries of the People", which was very abridged and only covering the first three or four books. It was not until recently I had ...
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Did T.S. Eliot really plagiarize in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"?

Plagiarism means unlawful theft of intellectual property in the context of writing. Modernism is heavily characterised by what is commonly referred to as allusiveness. When an author uses another ...
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Was T. S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" plagiarised?

1. What plagiarism? The sources of the accusation of plagiarism are the two following articles: Evans, Robert: “5 Great Men Who Built Their Careers on Plagiarism”, Cracked.com, 29.03.2009. Bailey, ...
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Were T. S. Eliot's notes to The Waste Land partly inspired by plagiarism laws?

As Gareth Rees pointed out, the Copyright Act of 1911 was the copyright law that was in force when T. S. Eliot published "The Waste Land". Below is how this act defines "copyright" (emphasis mine): ...
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