Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms

Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms

Carmela Ciuraru


MaryAnne Evans. Charles Dodgson. Eric Blair. William Sydney Porter. Or, as they aremore often remembered, George Eliot, Lewis Carroll, George Orwell, and O.Henry. For those writers and so on, from Mark Twain to Stan Lee to RobertJordan, the invocation of a nom de plume has been a necessary half inthe production of an authorial id. Now, in a charming sequence ofbiographical snapshots exploring the lives of well-known authors and their pennames, writer Carmela Ciuraru supplies a special literaryhistory and a penetrating exam of id, creativity, andself-creation, revisiting the iconic question—what’s in a name?

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