Sep 102012

Another for the list of “things you could never make up” …

Wikipedia refused to correct an error about a major work of literature, even after the error was pointed out — by the author himself.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Philip Roth penned the book “The Human Stain” about a college professor deemed a racist for an innocent comment he made in class one day, despite the character’s secret, African-American heritage. The Wikipedia entry for the book incorrectly noted that it was inspired by the life of writer Anatole Broyard.

But when Roth petitioned to have the mistake corrected, he was told he could not. Roth, the work’s author, wasn’t a reliable enough source.

 Posted by at 3:00 pm on September 10, 2012