When Hellen Keller’s story The Frost King was published in 1892, she found herself accused of plagiarising Margaret T Canby’s The Frost Fairies. Keller explained that she may have read The Frost Fairies and forgotten it. She was 11 at the time.
We tend to incorporate in our work, many ideas and thoughts that are not our own, considering them to be inspirations. I was about the same age as Keller was when I wrote a short story inspired (to be honest, highly inspired) by the eternal story of the Snow White. In fact, I was about to send that piece of writing to a short story writing contest!
Wikipedia says, ‘Cryptomnesia occurs when a forgotten memory returns without it being recognized as such by the subject, who believes it is something new and original. It is a memory bias whereby a person may falsely recall generating a thought, an…
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