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AbstractThe notion of authorship has undergone many changes from the Middle Ages until today. The demand for originality raises questions what authorship and the legitimate use of source materials in writing are. Plagiarism is often suspected when it seems that a writer abused the materials that helped shape the work of literature. The development of technologies such as the World Wide Web and hypertext casts a new light on the problem of authorship and plagiarism and questions the roles of writers and readers in the creation of a text. This thesis explores the notions of authorship, originality, creativity, and plagiarism within a case study of Jack London’s role in creation of his novel The Call of the Wild.