April Fool's Day 2011: Best Literary Hoaxes Of All Time

04/01/2011 08:44 am ET | Updated Jun 01, 2011

Nobody plays better tricks on people than writers, and we're celebrating April Fools' by looking back at some of the greatest literary hoaxes of all time. From a faked document by Roman Emperor Constantine to the woman who posed as a young transvestite prostitute as the author of a series of books, the tradition of less-than-truthful writing is as old as writing itself. The authors below go beyond James Frey changing some details of his life story; these people invented entirely new personas and documents that left the whole world fooled.

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Literary Hoaxes

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