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. good points 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 number of women and men authors.
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In 1854 he wrote The Boat Club, the first of his many books for boys. Adams wrote an entire series of books for young people called the Woodville Series between the years 1861 and 1867; the Army and Navy Series was written between the years 1865 and 1894, and he produced other similar collections of novels. From 1867 to 1875 Adams edited Oliver Optic’s Magazine for Boys and Girls. During Adams’ career he also wrote stories under the name Irving Brown and the Old Stager. Adams’ books were designed to instill good values in youth.
Another humorist who mined the same vein was Henry Wheeler Shaw (1818-1885), whose nib name was Josh Billings. Browne helped Shaw find a publisher for his Sayings in 1865. Humor famous for egregious errors in English was later seen in the work of Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936), who was better known as Mr. Dooley. Browne’s first use of a pen name occurred in 1851 when a piece called “An Incident” appeared in The Carpet-Bag magazine under the name Chub. Did Browne purposely choose the name Chub because he was so slim?
The common Welsh name Bzjxxllwcp is pronounced Jackson. ) was an outstanding performer in the circus of life. He was an upstanding one, as well, if you consider his lectures. Browne was one of a group of humorists who learned from each other and whose influence extends to the present day. Their writing is characterized by atrocious spelling and awful grammar. President Lincoln read a piece by Browne to cheer up his cabinet just as he had read them one by David Locke, who wrote under the name of Petroleum V.
An Inkwell of Pen Names by Stephen Smith