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Anonymity:
A Secret History of English Literature
John Mullan

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ADDITIONAL REVIEWS:

"[T]horoughly-researched examples reveal Mullan's keen eye for detail and his mastery at dissecting and interpreting text. Through close reading, both of the authors' novels and correspondences, Anonymity offers startling insight into the lives and psychological workings of the writers profiled. Given the academic nature of Mullan's material, he still manages to ground his literary scholarship in a relatively accessible tone. . . . John Mullan's book, then, rescues the authors from anonymity by giving readers their life's story, their reasons for concealment. This, I think, is the true treasure in Mullan's book."--Manning Ding, Harvard Crimson

"Mullan's book convincingly demonstrates that anonymity (or pseudonymity) is a counterintuitively successful method of self-promotion."--Toronto Star

"Not at all the dusty tome one might expect from an academic. The verdict: I couldn't put it down . . ."--John Mark Eberhart, Myrtle Beach Online

ADDITIONAL ENDORSEMENTS:

"Mullan shows how literary anonymity excites its opposite--curiosity, controversy, conflict, and notoriety. Anonymity is accessible, thorough, and interesting."--Sophie Gee, author of The Scandal of the Season: A Novel

"A great book. Mullan's historical reach and subtle eye equip him to write a witty, and incisive, biography of Anonymous."--Nicholas Dames, Columbia University

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