By Stephen Smith
An Inkwell of Pen Names tells the tales of a hundred authors' pen names in 100 brief chapters. Many different authors who used pen names are mentioned by the way. beneficial properties of the compendium contain pen names starting with each letter of the alphabet, authors from twenty-five nations, the recipients of the Nobel Prize for literature who used pseudonyms, and a balanced number of women and men authors.
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Authors have a special way of changing their names. Assumed name, literary name, nom de plume, pen name, poetic name, pseudonym, and other words and phrases refer to the fact that many authors submit their writing for publication using a new name. Authors’ reasons for changing their names are sometimes fascinating and the kinds of alterations they make are more varied than the synonyms for pen name. Many authors choose pen names because they want to distance themselves from their real names. Pseudonyms have been adopted to shield authors from a bad press or publicity.
Stendhal was not alone in turning a place name into a pen name. Elizabeth Cartwright (1780-1837) began writing after her marriage to Reverend John Penrose in 1814. She adopted Mrs. Markham as her literary name. The name was taken from Markham Moor, a village near Nottingham, England, where her aunts lived. She wrote history books which were used as school texts. Her works include A History of England From the First Invasion by the Romans to the End of the Reign of George III (1820) and a History of France (1828).
In the spirit of our own time the author of a recently published book about cybercafes used the cognomen Cyberkath. What follows are the stories of some famous (and not so famous) authors’ pen names. These are not the stories of the authors’ lives or works, but you will certainly get an inkling of their lives and works from what you’re about to read. At the top of each essay the author’s pen name precedes his or her given name. Following that you will find the interesting and sometimes entertaining story of the author’s nib name (or names).
An Inkwell of Pen Names by Stephen Smith