World-famous primatologist Jane Goodall has been accused of committing plagiarism in her new book, Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder From the World of Plants.
Goodall’s book apparently uses passages from various internet sites, including Wikipedia, without quotations or attribution.
Goodall is the latest celebrity author to be accused of plagiarism, following the incidents by Fareed Zacharia, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Stephen Ambrose. Plagiarism cases vary, ranging from sloppy miscitations to careless appropriations to deliberate lifting of entire passages.
It is not yet clear how serious the Goodall case really is. Also, Goodall has reportedly collaborated with Gail Hudson, a freelance editor, in the writing of this book and some of her other works.
A Washington Post report by Steven Levingston, the non-fiction book editor at the paper, makes the accusations against Goodall.