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 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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During eleven months in prison he revised Oedipe, a play. He signed the dedication of the play Arouet de Voltaire. It was the first time he used a name other than his own. A letter written a year later, asking the earl of Ashburnham to lend him a horse, is signed the same way. By the time he wrote La Henriade, an epic poem about Henry IV, the author was calling himself Voltaire and had dropped the name Arouet. In December 1725 the Chevalier de Rohan taunted the author about the name change. ” Two days later the author was beaten by a gang organized by the nobleman.
But not every individual is happy with the name they are given and sometimes they change it. 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.
It concerns a man shipwrecked on an island who falls in love with what proves to be the image of a woman produced by a movie projector. “Last Year in Marienbad” (1961), a film directed by Alain Resnais, was adapted from Bioy’s novel, Plan de evasion (Plan for Escape), published in 1945. Among the works Bioy and Borges wrote together are Seis problemas para don Isidro Parodi (Six Problems for Don Isidro Parodi), published in 1942, Dos fantasies memorables (Memorable Fantasies), published in 1946, and Cronicas de Bustos Domecq (Chronicles of Bustos Domecq), published in 1967.
An Inkwell of Pen Names by Stephen Smith