Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed.
Substantially revised and enlarged, this new edition of the Dictionary of Pseudonyms includes more than 2,000 new entries, bringing the volume's total to approximately 13,000 assumed names, nicknames, stage names, and aliases. The introduction has been entirely rewritten, and many previous entries feature new accompanying details or quoted material. This volume also features a significantly greater number of cross-references than was included in previous editions. Arranged by pseudonym, the entries give the true name, vital dates, country of origin or settlement, and profession. Many entries also include the story behind the person's name change.
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Top toponymist and onomastician Room doubled the number of entries (to 8000) in this expansive revised edition of his 1989 volume of the same name. While you can find information on pseudonyms in a number of other references, such as Gale's Contemporary Authors, this is likely your best single source. In each entry you'll find the person's given name, other pseudonyms, and background on how (and sometimes why) the pseudonym came to be. Entries cover current and historical personages ranging from King Tut and the Rolling Stones' Bill Wyman to Greta Garbo and Italian castrati who adopted the names of their patrons. Seven lively and entertaining introductory chapters examine such topics as what a name is, where names come from, and why people choose to change their name--once or repeatedly. The appendixes offer even more: a listing of Voltaire's and Daniel Defoe's numerous pseudonyms (178 and 198, respectively), lists of the pen names of current writers, and a list of real names often supposed to be pseudonyms. Filled with fascinating tidbits of information gleaned from copious research, this is recommended for public, research, reference, and art libraries.--Carol Spielman Lezak, General Learning Corp., Northbrook, IL