This exhibition explores the use of pen names by authors working in Britain from the 1800s to the present day.
An exhibition exploring the use of pen names by authors working in Britain from the 1800s to the present day.
What do the George Eliot and Lewis Grassic Gibbon have in common? They are both pen names, also known as pseudonyms or noms de plume.
'Pen Names' invites visitors to explore how ideas of gender, genre, privacy, reputation, authorship, and authenticity influence authors’ use of pen names in the past and today.
On show are rare first editions, pulp fiction titles, popular novels and unique collections items. A selection of authors illustrate how and why novelists, poets and playwrights working in Britain publish under pseudonyms or versions of their birth names.