Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Crown Publishing, which published Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings, the novels Harvard undergrad and novelist phenom Kaavya Viswanathan is alleged to have copied, says it doesn't believe she did so unintentionally. A spokesperson for the publishing house says the similarities between Viswanathan's novel How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life, published by Little, Brown, and the two earlier books by Megan McCafferty are too numerous to be explained as accidental. Little, Brown says it stands by the younger author and plans to give Viswanathan time to rewrite her novel, after which it will re-issue the revised version. Read more here. Meanwhile, Harvard has announced it will investigate the issue.