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By John Mullan

Some of the best works in English literature have been first released with out their authors' names. Why did such a lot of authors are looking to be anonymous--and what used to be it prefer to learn their books with no figuring out for definite who had written them? In Anonymity, John Mullan supplies a desirable and unique heritage of hidden id in English literature. From the 16th century to this present day, he explores how the disguises of writers have been first used and finally penetrated, how anonymity teased readers and bamboozled critics--and how, whilst ebook stories have been additionally nameless, reviewers performed methods in their personal in return.

this day we have now forgotten that the 1st readers of Gulliver's Travels and Sense and Sensibility needed to wager who their authors may be, and that writers like Sir Walter Scott and Charlotte Brontë went to complicated lengths to maintain mystery their authorship of the best-selling books in their instances. yet, in truth, anonymity is in all places in English literature. Spenser, Donne, Marvell, Defoe, quick, Fanny Burney, Austen, Byron, Thackeray, Lewis Carroll, Tennyson, George Eliot, Sylvia Plath, and Doris Lessing--all concealed their names. With nice lucidity and wit, Anonymity tells the tales of those and lots of different writers, delivering a fast moving, interesting, and informative journey in the course of the background of English literature.

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