An Inkwell of Pen Names by Stephen Smith

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. positive aspects of the compendium comprise 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 collection of women and men authors.

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Mansfield. So the young author began using her middle name as part of her pen name. Although Beauchamp sailed for England in July 1908 and never returned to New Zealand, her stories are often set in that exotic land. “A Fairy Story” appeared in The Open Window, a London magazine, in 1910 under the name Katherina Mansfield. Afterwards she called herself Katherine Mansfield. However, from time to time, she used many other pen names—more than twenty in all. Three stories were published under the name Matilda Berry in 1915.

Even so, the pen name Blair had settled on didn’t take hold immediately. Two poems published in the Adelphi in 1934 appeared under the author’s real name. Afterwards, for literary purposes, Eric Blair became George Orwell. Eventually, Orwellian became an adjective to describe the kind of dystopia the author envisioned in Nineteen Eighty-Four (published in 1948). A friend of Orwell’s wrote, “I once asked him if he had ever thought of legally adopting his nom de guerre. ’” Michael Field (Katherine Harris Bradley) 1848-1914(Edith Emma Cooper) 1862-1913 I am thankful that my name is obnoxious to no pun.

George Gordon, Lord Byron, Don Juan Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller, the daughter of an American father and an English mother, grew up in the coastal city of Torquay, England as the nineteenth century drew to a close and a new century began. She was to become the most popular mystery writer of all as well as one of the greatest. There is no mystery as to how Agatha Miller became Agatha Christie. It was as simple as marrying the dashing Colonel Archibald Christie (1890-1962) in 1914. The couple were divorced in 1928 but, even after she married the famous archaeologist, Professor Max Mallowan (1904-1978) in 1930, she used the name Agatha Christie for all her works except for six novels written under the literary name Mary Westmacott.

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