Meaning of Pseudonym

What is a Pseudonym:

A pseudonym is a name used, usually by an author an artist, to stand in for the real name. Pseudonym can also function as an adjective to indicate that a person uses another name instead of his (for example, "pseudonymous novel") or to refer to a work of this author (for example, "pseudonymous writer"). It comes from the Greek ψευδώνυμος (pseudonymos), formed by ψεῦδος (pseûdos, false) and ὄνομα (onoma, name). The word "pseudonym" is not properly considered a synonym for other similar terms such as "aliases", "nickname", "nickname" or "nickname". In other areas such as film or music, it is often referred to as a "stage name" (for example, "Elton John is Reginald Kenneth Dwight's stage name").

Pseudonyms are used for different reasons. Some of them may be a tribute to places or other people. Sometimes they are due to ethnic, legal, business, family reasons or to protect privacy.

Examples of pseudonyms

Edgar Allan Poe

To Edgar Poe's name, "Allan" was added because of the surname of his host family. Around 1827, in his work as a newspaper writer he used the pseudonym Henri Le Rennet. In 1827 he enlisted in the army under the name Edgar A. Perry. The first published collection of his poems, Tamerlane and Other Poems, was attributed to "a Bostonian". The book The Raven was published in The American Review: A Whig Journal under the pseudonym Quarles.

Carlos Fuentes

In the beginning, the Mexican Carlos Fuentes wrote some of his literary and political critiques as Pertinax Lector. In 2006 a book of police stories was published entitled The mysteries of the Opera under the name of Emmanuel Matta. Journalists and literary critics claimed that Emmanuel Matta was actually a pseudonym for Carlos Fuentes.

Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz

The Mexican writer Juana Inés de Asbaje y Ramírez de Santillana, better known as Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, is sometimes nicknamed "Fénix de América", "la Décima Musa" or "la Décima Musa mexicana". These three names, therefore, would not be considered pseudonyms, since they are qualifying names to distinguish Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz in this case, highlighting her importance in Spanish literature.

Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda is actually the pseudonym of the writer Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto. This pseudonym may be due to the Czech writer Jan Neruda or the book Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle in which there is talk of a violinist named Guillermina María Francisca Neruda, (Wilma Norman-Neruda in her married name).

Pseudonym or pseudonym

The use of the word "pseudonym" is allowed, although in current Spanish this word has an apheresis in which the "p-" is eliminated both orally and in writing, so the use of "pseudonym" is preferred. In some words like "psychology" or "psychiatrist" the initial "p-" is not pronounced but it is kept in its written form.

Pseudonym of woman

Throughout history, some women have used a pseudonym at times to hide their gender in a society that did not allow or did not welcome women to write or publish on certain topics. This is the case of Cecilia Böhl de Faber y Larrea who signed with the nickname of Fernán Caballero. Other examples of female writers who used pseudonyms are Charlotte Brontë (whose novel Jane eyre it was published under the name Currer Bell) or Lucila de María del Perpetuo Socorro Godoy Alcayaga (who used the pseudonym Gabriela Mistral as a tribute to the poets Gabriele D "Annunzio and Frédéric Mistral).

Famous pseudonyms

Other examples of synonyms for famous people are Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens), Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), and Richard Bachman (Stephen King).

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