Brad Vice’s first book was pulled from the shelves last month after his publisher learned of clear, uncredited resemblances to Carl Carmer’s Stars Fell on Alabama. The following week, the editors of StorySouth.com argued that Vice’s borrowing was “a clear case of allusion” to the earlier work.
In the current issue of New York Press, Robert Clark Young says he’s uncovered a second instance of unattributed borrowing.
One of the other stories in The Bear Bryant Funeral Train — a story that the librarians in Tuscaloosa had no reason to suspect — is titled “Report from Junction.” It is the tale of a farm boy who will one day join Bear Bryant’s famous football team. The story appeared in the July 2002 issue of the Atlantic Monthly and was reprinted in the 2003 edition of New Stories from the South.
“Report from Junction” contains passages that are similar to material appearing in The Junction Boys, Jim Dent’s nonfiction book about Bear Bryant, published in 2000 by St. Martin’s Press. What is curious about Vice’s thefts from Dent is that they don’t even pertain to Bear Bryant or the football team, but consist of the most peripheral of descriptions, material that Vice could have found in other sources or easily rewritten in his own words….
“Tuscaloosa Knights” and “Report from Junction” — complete with their plagiarized contents — both appear in the dissertation that Vice produced for his doctoral degree at the University of Cincinnati in 2001….