Who Wrote That? examines nine authorship controversies, providing an introduction to particular disputes and teaching students how to assess historical documents, archival materials, and apocryphal stories, as well as internet sources and news. Donald Ostrowski does not argue in favor of one side over another but focuses on the principles of attribution used to make each case.
While furthering the field of authorship studies, Who Wrote That? provides an essential resource for instructors at all levels in various subjects. It is ultimately about historical detective work. Using Moses, Analects, the Secret Gospel of Mark, Abelard and Heloise, the Compendium of Chronicles, Rashid al-Din, Shakespeare, Prince Andrei Kurbskii, James MacPherson, and Mikhail Sholokov, Ostrowski builds concrete examples that instructors can use to help students uncover the legitimacy of authorship and to spark the desire to turn over the hidden layers of history so necessary to the craft.
1. Did Moses Write the Pentateuch?
2. Who Wrote the Analects?
3. Who Wrote the Secret Gospel of Mark?
4. Did Abelard and Heloise Write the Letters Attributed to Them?
5. Who Wrote the Compendium of Chronicles (Jami al- Tawarik) and the Collection of Letters Attributed to Rashid al- Din
6. Who Wrote Shakespeare?
7. Who Wrote the Works Attributed to Prince Andrei Kurbskii?
8. How Inauthentic Was James Macpherson's "Translation" of Ossian?
9. Did Mikhail Sholokhov Write The Quiet Don?
Afterword: Lessons Learned