Is it possible that the boilerplate sentence in author acknowledgements about all mistakes being the fault of the author is less a humble acceptance of responsibility than a muscular assertion that the work is truly the property of the author? Don’t these sentences usually follow the ones where the author lists all the people who helped (usually modified by “immeasurably”) him/her write the book? Specifically, don’t male authors effuse about their partners’ patience/research/brainstorming, and then go on to assert, without explicitly asserting, their authorship?


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