5 Fascinating Literary Scandals

Jeff Feuerzeig’s documentary Author: The JT LeRoy Story, about the Laura Albert/JT Leroy literary scandal that started in the ‘90s and saw Albert’s persona exposed in 2005, hit theaters this weekend. Albert, author of The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, created the LeRoy persona, insinuating that her stories were based on true-life experiences. While playing LeRoy, Albert started to correspond with the who’s who of the literary world, including Dennis Cooper and Mary Karr — all who were none the wiser. We look at five other fascinating literary scandals, below.