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MIT LITERARY SCHOLAR ACCUSED OF PLAGIARISM

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology literary scholar said he regrets failing to credit some passages in his biography of the poet e.e. cummings but denied charges of plagiarism.

An article in the Harper's magazine issue scheduled to arrive at newsstands today accuses Christopher Sawyer-Laucanno of "wholesale borrowing" from the 1980 book "Dreams in the Mirror: A Biography of e.e. cummings," by Richard S. Kennedy.

Sawyer-Laucanno's book, "e.e. cummings, A Biography," was published last fall. He said in Monday's Boston Globe that he regrets what he called an oversight in documenting his sources but insisted the mistakes were unintentional.

Edward Estlin Cummings was one of the country's most popular poets; his name is often written without capital letters.

The review by Wyatt Mason, a literary critic and contributing editor to Harper's, says Sawyer-Laucanno's book is "jammed with instances of wholesale borrowing, not only of research but of storytelling and language."

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