FW: UGA Press recalls "The Bear Bryant Funeral Train"
- FYI..author Brad Vice is a Tuscaloosa native... ajwright@...
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The Chronicle <daily@...>
10/31/2005 04:00 AM
ACADEME TODAY: The Chronicle of Higher Education's
Daily Report from The Chronicle for Monday, October 31:
* THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA PRESS has revoked a prominent
fiction award to Brad Vice, whose short-story collection
contains uncredited material from a book published decades
ago, the publisher recently announced. The press has also
recalled the collection, "The Bear Bryant Funeral Train,"
--> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2005/10/2005103106n.htm
U. of Georgia Press Revokes Award and Recalls Book That Borrows From an
By JENNIFER HOWARD
The University of Georgia Press has revoked a prominent fiction award to
Brad Vice, whose short-story collection contains uncredited material
from a book published decades ago, the publisher recently announced. The
press has also recalled the collection, The Bear Bryant Funeral Train,
In a written statement, the press said it had learned on October 13
"that one of the stories in Mr. Vice's collection, 'Tuscaloosa Knights,'
contained uncredited material from the fourth chapter of the first
section of Carl Carmer's Stars Fell on Alabama." It said it had
immediately frozen stock of Mr. Vice's book and contacted the author,
who "admitted that 'Tuscaloosa Knights' borrows heavily from Stars Fell
on Alabama [and] that he had made a terrible mistake in neglecting to
acknowledge Carmer's work."
In 2004, the press had awarded Mr. Vice the Flannery O'Connor Award for
Short Fiction for The Bear Bryant Funeral Train.
Mr. Carmer's book, a nonfiction account of early-20th-century Alabama
life, was originally published in 1934 but is still under copyright and
was reissued by the University of Alabama Press in 2000. Mr. Vice's book
was published in September.
Mr. Vice, a native of Tuscaloosa, is an assistant professor of English
at Mississippi State University. In an e-mail message to The Chronicle,
he acknowledged the debt his work owes to Mr. Carmer's. "I made a
terrible error in judgment by omitting to acknowledge this due to my
ignorance concerning the principles of fair use," Mr. Vice wrote. "As a
writer interested in using history as my backdrop, I was foolish and
naïve to think I could make use of this material without including an
official acknowledgement. I intended my story to be homage to Carmer."
Mississippi State has set up a committee to investigate whether Mr.
Vice's actions constitute plagiarism, according to an article published
on Friday in the Tuscaloosa News. Members of the committee include Rich
Raymond, chairman of the English department; Phillip B. Oldham, dean of
the College of Arts and Sciences; and Tracy Arwood, a research-ethics
officer, the newspaper reported. If that committee concludes that the
matter merits further investigation, the university will appoint another
committee made up of five faculty members from outside the English
The University of Georgia Press said that the Flannery O'Connor Award
would be given to one of the other finalists from last year's
competition. "We regret any inconvenience that the recall of the book
may have caused booksellers and individual book buyers," the press said
in its statement.
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