Questions tagged [pseudonym]

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Is Djuna a single person?

I just learned about Djuna, a South Korean pseudonymous writer of novels, short stories, and film critique. Their identity is unknown, but I'm wondering if they are definitely one person, or could ...
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Why did John le Carré choose that particular (French) pseudonym?

The former MI5 and MI6 agent David John Moore Cornwell used the name John le Carré on his numerous spy novels. Wikipedia explains why he had to write under a pseudonym: he wrote the detective story ...
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Do Daniel Handler's novels for adults share themes or tone with his Lemony Snicket work?

Daniel Handler's A Series of Unfortunate Events, written under his Lemony Snicket pseudonym, delves into a great many intriguing themes -- the blindness and dysfunctionality of modern society; living ...
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Why did Sarah Chauncey Woolsey adopt the pseudonym Susan Coolidge?

Today I learned that Susan Coolidge, author of What Katy Did and other novels, wasn't the real name of the author, Sarah Chauncey Woolsey. However, I couldn't find any clear information on why she ...
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Why did George Orwell name himself after the River Orwell?

Eric Arthur Blair, author of such famous books as Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm among many others, used the name George Orwell for his books. From the linked Wikipedia page (cited to Voorhees, ...
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Where does the known information about Elene Dariani/Bakradze come from?

Elene Dariani is said to be one of the most mysterious figures in Georgian literary history - quite an achievement for someone who died in 1979, in a literary tradition over a millennium and a half. ...
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Did Anne Elisabeth Stengl ever write a book under a pen name like she announced that she would? If so, what was it?

Anne Elisabeth Stengl announced in January 2017 that she was writing a new series under a pen name, but refused to disclose what the series was or what the pen name would be. The text of the ...
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Where did French writer Céline get his pen name from?

French author Louis-Ferdinand Destouches, the author of Journey to the End of the Night, used Céline, a French female first name as his pen name. Any idea where he got it from?
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Thomas McElwain as Ali Haydar?

On this website of translated Turkish poetry, a traditional hymn of sacrifice from a Turkish Alevi village is included in its English translation, with a note at the top signed "Ali Haydar", although ...
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When did Ursula (K) Le Guin use the K on her books and when not?

Some of her books bear the name "Ursula Le Guin"; others, "Ursula K. Le Guin". Why is this? Is it a time thing, i.e. she changed from not using the K to using it, or vice versa, at some point in her ...
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Was the clue to who Panama Oxridge really is ever found?

The Tartan of Thyme series is written by 'Panama Oxridge', a pseudonym. When questioned why they used this pen name the author said: 'Using a pseudonym was partly to distance myself from my ...
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Did Robert Jordan name himself after Hemingway's character?

The fantasy author James Oliver Rigney Jr. chose the nom de plume Robert Jordan for many of his works of literature, including the magnificent Wheel of Time series. I recently read up on Ernest ...
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Robert Jordan Pseudonyms?

It is known that Robert Jordan, the author of The Wheel of Time series, is a pseudonym for James Oliver Rigney, Jr. From this question, we know he used different pseudonyms for the different genres he ...