ISBN 0805068120 is the paperback edition. The hardcover edition is ISBN 0805063579 and it has a different subtitle and cover image, but they are the same book. --the Publisher A fascinating account of Don Foster's most compelling investigations, ...
vestigations, "crammed with . . . wordplay and whodunit intrigue" (The Boston Globe)
In Author Unknown, Don Foster reveals a startling fact: since no two people use language in precisely the same way, our identities are encoded in our own language, a kind of literary DNA. Combining traditional scholarship with modern technology, Foster has discovered how to unlock that code and, in the process, has invented an entire field of investigation -- literary forensics -- by which it becomes possible to catch anonymous authors as they ultimately betray their identities with their own words.
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 identified Joe Klein as the author of Primary Colors. Foster also took on the case of an oddball California bag lady who many believed to be the elusive Thomas Pynchon. His contributions to the Unabomber case take us inside the tangled mind of Ted Kaczynski. And, in the final chapter, Foster makes a surprising -- and heartening -- discovery about a beloved holiday icon.