Posts Tagged: pseudonyms

The Rumpus Interview with Laura Albert

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Laura Albert discusses her alter ego JT LeRoy, Jeff Feuerzeig’s documentary Author: The JT LeRoy Story, her complicated relationship with her mother, and life as a hustler.

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The Power of Pen Names

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At Lit Hub, Tobias Carroll explores the history of authors using pen names, and what happens when these pseudonyms take on their own persona: Under the best conditions, they can add another wrinkle to certain literary works; under the worst, they can amplify already-problematic conditions. Personas can be a kind of alter ego; they’re also […]

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The Writer and Social Media

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Alexander Chee writes for LitHub on Elena Ferrante’s pseudonymous, social-media-free existence and the choices other authors have made to dis/engage with social media at points in their careers: Ferrante’s anonymity is something of a feminist project, also. No one is able to talk about her appearance. No one can decide if she is a good […]

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An Author By Any Other Name

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Authors sometimes choose pseudonyms for marketing purposes or in order to rebrand themselves after some catastrophic career decision. Sometimes, they just want anonymity. In the case of Sarah Hall (the journalist), because another Sarah Hall (the Man Booker-shortlisted author) had already published a number of books under her given name, the former was left with […]

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Pseudonymously Famous

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What happens when a book is shortlisted for the Orwell prize and its author chooses to remain pseudonymous? Possibly, the beginning of a new canon. “Strictly speaking this isn’t anonymity but pseudonymity – and while whole books have been written about Anon (not least by the Guardian’s own book club supremo John Mullan), less is […]

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