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Anonymity : a secret history of English literature

Author: John Mullan
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Some of the greatest works in English literature were first published without their authors' names. Why did so many authors want to be anonymous and what was it like to read their books without knowing for certain who had written them? In Anonymity, John Mullan gives a history of hidden identity in English literature. From the sixteenth century to today, he explores how the disguises of writers were first used and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Mullan, John, 1958-
Anonymity.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)745695967
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Mullan
ISBN: 9780691139418 0691139415
OCLC Number: 231586803
Notes: "First published in 2007 by Faber and Faber ... London"--Title page verso.
Description: 374 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Mischief --
Modesty --
Women being men --
Men being women --
Danger --
Reviewing --
Mockery and devilry --
Confession --
Epilogue.
Other Titles: Secret history of English literature
Responsibility: John Mullan.
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"Some of the greatest works in English literature were first published without their authors' names. Why did so many authors want to be anonymous and what was it like to read their books without knowing for certain who had written them? In Anonymity, John Mullan gives a history of hidden identity in English literature. From the sixteenth century to today, he explores how the disguises of writers were first used and eventually penetrated, how anonymity teased readers and bamboozled critics - and how, when book reviews were also anonymous, reviewers played tricks of their own in return."--Jacket.

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