Stephen Ambrose is one of the most famous plagiarists. Thomas Childers, in 1995 published his work “Wings of Morning” that was a novel about the experience of a World War II crew of a B-24 bomber. Ambrose copied content from this novel and released his own work, “The Wild Blue” in 2001. He literally took entire passages of text from Childers’ novel including sentences.
Another name in this list of famous plagiarists is that of the famous author T.S. Eliot. Madison Cawein was an unknown poet who compiled his life’s poems under the name “Waste Land.” And, T.S. Eliot copied word for word from it to publish his poem title, “The Waste Land.” Today, authors know how important it is financially to avoid plagiarism.