The Chronicle Review

Live Chat With an Academic Mercenary

Jonathan Barkat for The Chronicle Review

November 12, 2010

Replay an earlier discussion with an academic ghostwriter who makes a living writing papers for a custom-essay company.

Wednesday, November 17, at 12 noon, U.S. Eastern time


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The Guest:


Ed Dante is a pseudonym for a writer who lives on the East Coast. Through a literary agent, he approached The Chronicle wanting to tell the story of how he makes a living writing papers for a custom-essay company and to describe the extent of student cheating he has observed. In the course of editing his article, The Chronicle reviewed correspondence Dante had with clients and some of the papers he had been paid to write. In the article published here, some details of the assignment he describes have been altered to protect the identity of the student.



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