Nom De Plume

Nom De Plume

A (secret) History of Pseudonyms

eBook - 2011
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"In our "look at me" era, everyone's a brand. Privacy now seems a quaint relic, and self-effacement is a thing of the past. Yet, as "Nom de Plume" reminds us, this was not always the case. 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. Grounded by research yet highly accessible and engaging, these provocative, astonishing stories reveal the complex motives of writers who harbored secret identities--sometimes playfully, sometimes with terrible anguish and tragic consequences. A wide-ranging examination of pseudonyms both familiar and obscure, "Nom de Plume" is part detective story, part expose, part literary history, and an absorbing psychological meditation on identity and creativity." -- p. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2011.
ISBN: 9780062109569
Characteristics: 1 online resource (343 p.)
Subjects: Authors -- History.
Anonyms and pseudonyms -- History.


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Jan 21, 2015

What we all see of ourselves when we imagine outselves as authors those spirits of loose and unforgiving morals whose every word can cause scandal and awe .....but why hide? yet when you read their stories you'll definately know why. I would defiantely read it again.


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