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Why did George Orwell name himself after the River Orwell?

We don't know for sure, but he may have known the river. Blair originally submitted a list of four possible pseudonyms to his agent, Leonard Moore, telling Moore that he could make pick of the four1: ...
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Did Robert Jordan name himself after Hemingway's character?

Unfortunately he did not, though it's a great thought! According to this excerpt from a 1997 interview he did on the DragonCon SciFi Channel Chat (yah, before the name change): ISHAMAEL What made you ...
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Why did John le Carré choose that particular (French) pseudonym?

We may never know. Quoting The Atlantic article The Double Life of John le Carré (emphasis mine): Taking the pen name John le Carré (he doesn’t remember where from), Cornwell began to write while ...
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Was the clue to who Panama Oxridge really is ever found?

Panama Oxridge is Paul Adshead. I don't know whether any clues were hidden in the Thyme books themselves, but the website for the series contains an elaborate puzzle whose solution is the author's ...
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Why did John le Carré choose that particular (French) pseudonym?

John le Carré explaining his name on a French TV show: John le Carré plaisante sur son pseudonyme - 1989. He doesn't remember why he chose this name :-) Transcript of the relevant portion of the ...
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Robert Jordan Pseudonyms?

Four. From an interview with the man himself in St. Petersburg: Tahir Velimeev: By the way, how many names does the multifaceted James Oliver Rigney, Jr. have? Robert Jordan: Not very many, ...
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Thomas McElwain as Ali Haydar?

While I appreciate the attention drawn to my academic article and my translations of Alevi hymns, I should like to make some remarks on the question and perhaps provide some answers. First of all, ...
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When did Ursula (K) Le Guin use the K on her books and when not?

As far as I know, she always went by Ursula K. Le Guin¹. This is not another case of Iain “Maybe” Banks. (By the way, K is not a middle initial, it's the initial of her maiden name. I don't know why ...
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Why did John le Carré choose that particular (French) pseudonym?

Maybe to increase the likelihood of getting published initially? To a previously unknown author, a French-sounding name would lend some cachet. The semi-opaque world of espionage is intriguing, ...
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Why did George Orwell name himself after the River Orwell?

The source cited (The Paradox of George Orwell by Richard Voorhees) gives a simple reason for the choice of this name: When he was twenty-seven, he took as a pseudonym the name by which he is ...
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Why did Sarah Chauncey Woolsey adopt the pseudonym Susan Coolidge?

According to "Sarah Chauncey Woolsey (Susan Coolidge)" (2003) by Deidre Johnson: Coolidge continued her friendship with Jackson after the war, and, in the late 1860s, the Woolsey family ...
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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?

Her new pen name is Silvia Mercedes. She has a few books under that name out now. This was confirmed in July 2020 in an interview.
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Where did French writer Céline get his pen name from?

According to the entry LOUIS-FERDINAND CÉLINE, De Destouches à Céline in the online Encyclopædia Universalis, c'est à sa grand-mère maternelle, Céline Guillou, qu'il empruntera son nom de plume ...
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Is Djuna a single person?

TLDR: Even Korean sources and publishers of English translations don't know. Details Even the Korean sources on the Korean Wikipedia article allow no certainty about this. The section titled "얼굴 ...
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Where does the known information about Elene Dariani/Bakradze come from?

According to Donald Rayfield's The Literature of Georgia: A History (2000, reprinted in 2014, page 237) Elene Dariani was a pseudonym created by Pavle Iashvili[1]: Before he was 20 he was an ...
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