Eyebrows Are Raised Over Passages In A Best Seller By Ian McEwan
by Alan Cowell for NY Times Books (Nov. 27, 2006)
“The scene: a London hospital during World War II. The character: a nurse who “dabs gentian violet on ringworm” and is told to wash blood off her face to avoid upsetting the patients. The inspiration? Well, that’s where the dispute starts.
In a literary imbroglio Ian McEwan, one of Britain’s best known and most lauded authors, has been accused in newspaper articles of copying phrases and sentences for his best-selling novel “Atonement” in 2001 from a memoir published in 1977 by Lucilla Andrews, a former nurse and an acclaimed writer of romantic novels.”