Don Foster is the world's first literary detective. Realizing that everyone's use of language is as distinctive as his or her DNA, Foster developed a revolutionary methodology for identifying the writer behind almost any anonymous document. Now, in this enthralling book, he explains his techniques and invites readers to sit by his side as he searches a mysterious text for the clues that whisper the author's name.
Foster's unique skills first came to light when a front-page New York Times article announced his discovery that a previously unattributed poem was written by Shakespeare. A few weeks later, Foster solved the mystery that had obsessed America for months when he identified Joe Klein as the author of Primary Colors. Foster also took on a case involving the elusive Thomas Pynchon. And his contributions to the Unabomber and JonBent Ramsey cases have led the FBI and several police forces to hire him to train their organizations.
Introducing a fascinating new field of forensics, Author Unknown will appeal to mystery fans-and to everyone interested in words and the writer's craft.
In Author Unknown, Don Foster shows how he:
--Investigated an Elizabethan murder mystery-and proved a forgotten poem was written by William Shakespeare
--Identified "Anonymous," the author of Primary Colors-and what happened behind the scenes when Joe Klein denied it
--Helped the prosecution prove that the Unabomber's manifesto was written by Ted Kaczynski-and how the bomber might have been caught sooner
--Solved the mystery of whether Thomas Pynchon was posing as a bag lady named Wanda Tinasky
--Analyzed the famous Lewinsky-Tripp "talking points," and explained Kenneth Starr's inability to unravel the mystery...Continua