By Clifford Irving
Soon to be an immense movie -- a no-holds-barred account of the main infamous literary hoax of the 20th century, written via the culprit himself
Before Oprah and TheSmokingGun.com had ever heard of James Frey, there has been Clifford Irving. In 1971, he burst onto the literary scene, claiming to were granted the precise to pen the approved biography of the famously reclusive icon Howard Hughes. cast records looked as if it would undergo out his claims, and McGraw-Hill presented him a freelance for the then-enormous sum of $750,000. while Hughes himself emerged from seclusion to denounce Irving as a charlatan, McGraw-Hill stood via their writer. It wasnt till Hughes filed go well with, and Swiss financial institution officers bought concerned, that Irving eventually confessed. The Hoax, first released in 1981, is Irving's explosive account of his personal misdeeds -- and the muse for a soon-to-be published motion picture starring Richard Gere.