Jacob Epstein

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(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Epstein, Jacob 1956–

Epstein is an American novelist whose first book, Wild Oats, was published just before he graduated from Yale University. The immediacy of the experience in this novel about a college freshman generally won praise from reviewers, many of whom compared the book to The Catcher in the Rye. Epstein, however, became the center of a literary imbroglio when Martin Amis charged him with "borrowing" a number of lines and chunks from his own novel, The Rachel Papers.