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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 factors of the compendium comprise pen names starting with each letter of the alphabet, authors from twenty-five international locations, the recipients of the Nobel Prize for literature who used pseudonyms, and a balanced choice of women and men authors.

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So the three sisters entered the literary world as brothers. It’s helpful that the first letters of their best known pseudonyms are the same as the first letters of their real names. It’s difficult having to remember that the author of Jane Eyre was Charlotte and the author of Wuthering Heights was Emily, not the other way around. The B in Brontë is also echoed in the name Bell. The Bell came from Arthur Bell Nicholls, their father’s curate. The name is also linked to wedding bells, for Charlotte, the only one of the sisters to wed, married Nicholls near the end of her short life.

In 1888 Bradley and Cooper began a journal which was kept up until Bradley died in 1914. She left instructions with her literary executor to hold on to the work until 1929 whereupon he was to publish whatever parts of it he thought appropriate. The Works and Days From the Journal of Michael Field was published in 1933. At first, the identity of Michael Field was not known, but eventually the identities of Bradley and Cooper became known. As authors their field of vision is considered narrow.  .

O. (Joseph Addison) 1672-1719 Isaac Bickerstaff (Richard Steele) 1672-1729 Methinks their very names shine still and bright; Apart—like glow-worms on a summer’s night. William Wordsworth, Ecclesiastical Sonnets Like Gilbert and Sullivan, Addison and Steele are often mentioned in the same breath. Joseph Addison and Richard Steele were classmates at Oxford, friends, and collaborators on several very popular eighteenth century London newspapers, including The Tatler and The Spectator. In 1707 Steele became editor of the London Gazette, an official government organ.

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