Author Carmela Ciuraru talks with Paris Review contributing editor Sadie Stein about her new book Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms. In a series of biographical snapshots that range from Orwell to Eliot, Ciuraru examines literary figures who have adopted pen names—and the strange, tangled, fascinating history of noms de plume. Described as "part detective story, part exposé, part literary history, and an absorbing psychological meditation on identity and creativity" the book is sure to spawn engaging discussion. 
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