Wow, an author is told he is not a sufficient authority on his *own novel by Wikipedia standards. Be careful out there, folks.
I use Wikipedia a lot. It’s one of my main sources of information while researching information related to each of the books I read.
But I always take an extra step. If Wikipedia doesn’t have a source, if it doesn’t link out to some other respectable site that provides the same information, then I won’t use it in that case.
So there are definitely dangers in trusting Wikipedia, and here’s a great example why:
Recently, Philip Roth (read my review of American Pastoral) wrote “An Open Letter To Wikipedia” in which he spelled out his experience trying to change a piece of faulty information in an entry about his novel, The Human Stain.
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