Nom De Plume: A (secret) History Of Pseudonyms

Paperback | May 29, 2012

byCarmela Ciuraru

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MaryAnne Evans. Charles Dodgson. Eric Blair. William Sydney Porter. Or, as they aremore commonly remembered, George Eliot, Lewis Carroll, George Orwell, and O.Henry. For these writers and many others, from Mark Twain to Stan Lee to RobertJordan, the invocation of a nom de plume has been an essential part inthe creation of an authorial identity. Now, in a captivating series ofbiographical snapshots exploring the lives of famous authors and their pennames, author Carmela Ciuraru delivers a unique literaryhistory and a penetrating examination of identity, creativity, andself-creation, revisiting the enduring question—what’s in a name?

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MaryAnne Evans. Charles Dodgson. Eric Blair. William Sydney Porter. Or, as they aremore commonly remembered, George Eliot, Lewis Carroll, George Orwell, and O.Henry. For these writers and many others, from Mark Twain to Stan Lee to RobertJordan, the invocation of a nom de plume has been an essential part inthe creation of an authorial ...

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Exploring the fascinating stories of more than a dozen authorial impostors across several centuries and cultures, Carmela Ciuraru plumbs the creative process and the darker, often crippling aspects of fame.Only through the protective guise of Lewis Carroll could a shy, half-deaf Victorian mathematician at Oxford feel free to let his im...

Carmela Ciuraru is not a pseudonym. Her anthologies includeFirst Loves: Poets Introduce the Essential Poems That Captivated and Inspired ThemandSolitude Poems. She is a graduate of Columbia University's School of Journalism and a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She has written for theLos Angeles Times, theSan Francisco Chro...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.9 inPublished:May 29, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061735272

ISBN - 13:9780061735271

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“Ciuraru builds each history as its own personal story, then builds the literary charm and genius behind the pathos, … a tale of literary genius all its own.”