Documents associated with: plagiarism
Record 13 of 20
System Number: 11715
Date: [10/17 January 1890]
Recipient: Oscar Wilde
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 19/1871/8
Document Type: TLc
You have been down the aven [sic] again I see! -
I had forgotten you - and so allowed your hair to grow over the sore place - and now, while I looked the other way, you have stolen your own scalp! and potted it in more of your pudding.
Labby has pointed out that, for the detected plagiarist, there is still one way to self respect, (beside hanging himself, of course) and that is for him boldly to declare: "Je prends mon bien là où je le trouve!"
You Oscar can go further, and, with fresh affrontery that will bring you the envy of all criminal confrères, unblushingly boast: "Moi, je prends son bien, là où je le trouve!"
1. [10/17 January 1890]
JW had accused Wilde of plagiarism. See his letter to Truth, published on 2 January 1890, and Wilde's letter published on 9 January 1890 (Holland, Merlin and Rupert Hart-Davis, eds, The Complete Letters of Oscar Wilde, London, 2000, pp. 418-20).
Possibly this should read 'area'.
5. Je prends mon bien là où je le trouve
Fr., I take things as I find them.
Fr., I take his things where I find them.