Typewriters and Mug Shots: The Top 10 Literary Outlaws

2. James Frey

The release of A Million Little Pieces in 2003 catapulted Frey to literary stardom. With Oprah’s seal of approval on the cover, the book sold ten million copies in two months. The fall was just as quick, however, with accusations of plagiarism catching up to the best-selling author on January 8, 2006, when The Smoking Gun ran an article denouncing Frey for embellishing — even outright fabricating — most of his criminal past. TSG writes, “The closest Frey has ever come to a jail cell was the few unshackled hours he once spent in a small Ohio police headquarters waiting for a buddy to post $733 cash bond.”