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Famous Authors and Their Pseudonyms (Part Two)

By Kristin Masters. Jul 25, 2013. 11:34 AM.

Topics: Legendary Authors, Literature, Book News

The revelation that JK Rowling is the author behind the warmly received novel The Cuckoo's Calling has caused quite a stir! But Rowling is far from the first famous author to adopt a pseudonym; indeed, she joins a rich literary tradition of the pen name--illustrious authors like Charles Dickens and Mark Twain have also used noms de guerre. Today we'll explore twentieth-century authors who opted to publish under different names. 

     
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Iconic Photos of Ernest Hemingway

By Kristin Masters. Jul 22, 2013. 6:03 PM.

Topics: Legendary Authors, American Literature

This weekend we celebrated the birthday of legendary author and adventurer Ernest Hemingway. After a stint as a soldier, Hemingway went on to redefine American literature. Always the adventurer, Hemingway loved big game hunting and fishing. His exploits took him around the world and made him a living legend. Now collectors around the world cherish first editions of Hemingway's works. 

     
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The Legacy of Mark Twain: A Titan of American Culture

By Matt Reimann. Jul 17, 2013. 10:00 AM.

Topics: Legendary Authors, American Literature, Mark Twain

Lately there's been much discussion over the Great American Novel. Any discussion on this subject cannot avoid mentioning that seminal masterpiece, Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. On the surface it follows a teenager as he sails south along the Mississippi, but Twain was sure to pack in some of his century's most skillful satire.

     
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Famous Authors and Their Pseudonyms (Part One)

By Kristin Masters. Jul 16, 2013. 6:35 PM.

Topics: Legendary Authors, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Book News

This week the literary world has been in an uproar! Joanne Rowling, author of the famous Harry Potter series, admitted that she wrote The Cuckoo's Calling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. It should come as no surprise that Rowling would choose to write under a false name; after all, she originally hid her identity by writing as JK Rowling, and she's not the first legendary author to use a pseudonym.

     
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So You Think The Cuckoo's Calling?

Now that was quite something.  Well done, Robert Galbraith.  Phenomenal debut novel with an interesting start...except Robert Galbraith isn't a new novelist, but rather the pseudonym of legendary author J.K. Rowling

     
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Izaak Walton, Iconic Angler

By Kristin Masters. Jul 12, 2013. 4:10 PM.

Topics: Rare Books, Fishing, Rare Book Gift Ideas

In the world of fishing literature, no figure has endured as Izaak Walton has. His masterful work, The Compleat Angler, has become a true classic in the genre. A friend of famous figures like John Donne and Charles Cotton, Walton built a name for himself not only as a fisherman, but also as a poet and biographer. He's a beloved figure to this day, and collectors strive to add his works to their personal libraries.

     
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Dean Koontz: Master of Suspense and Horror

By Kristin Masters. Jul 9, 2013. 11:30 AM.

Topics: Fine Press, Modern First Editions

Born on July 9, 1945 in Everett, Pennsylvania, Dean Koontz is best known for his suspense and horror novels. A prolific writer, Koontz has also written satire, poetry, and even children's books. He's a popular figure among collectors of a wide array of genres, from fine press books to modern first editions and children's literature. Take a moment and browse some of his best works.

     
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Modern Writers and Their Big Breaks

By Kristin Masters. Jul 7, 2013. 11:11 AM.

Topics: Modern First Editions

If you collect modern first editions, you're certainly familiar with some of the great stories of our time. Novels like Harry Potter, White Teeth, and Gods and Generals have become cultural guideposts in their own right. But our rare books always tell another story, one that isn't written on their pages; they tell the story of the authors who wrote them. These five authors, popular among collectors of modern firsts, also made fascinating debuts in the literary world.

     
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The Talented Mr. Rutledge

By Kristin Masters. Jul 3, 2013. 2:44 PM.

Topics: American History, Biographies

Tomorrow we celebrate Independence Day in the United States. We usually associate the holiday with the Founding Fathers: George Washington, Aaron Burr, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin. And while these great men certainly played pivotal roles in the birth of a new nation, they were supported by strong leaders whose contributions often go uncelebrated. One such man was John Rutledge, who hailed from none other than Charleston, South Carolina.

     
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Celebrating Canadian Authors

By Kristin Masters. Jul 1, 2013. 5:45 PM.

Topics: Legendary Authors, Fine Press, Book News

Today marks Canada Day, a holiday commemorating the unification of three colonies into the single country of Canada under British rule under the British North America Act enacted on July 1, 1867. Originally called Dominion Day, the holiday's name was changed in 1982. Today, Canadians all over the world celebrate Canada Day, and it's the perfect time to recognize Canadian authors' tremendous contributions to the art of the printed word.

     
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