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Dictionary of pseudonyms : 13,000 assumed names and their origins /
Adrian Room.
edition
5th ed.
imprint
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., 2010.
description
v, 530 p.
ISBN
0786443731 (illustrated case bdg. : alk. paper), 9780786443734 (illustrated case bdg. : alk. paper)
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author
imprint
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., 2010.
isbn
0786443731 (illustrated case bdg. : alk. paper)
9780786443734 (illustrated case bdg. : alk. paper)
abstract
"Substantially revised, this edition of the Dictionary of Pseudonyms includes over 2,000 new entries, bringing the volume's total to approximately 13,000 assumed names, nicknames, stage names, and aliases. The introduction has been rewritten, and many previous entries feature new details or quoted material. This volume also features a significantly greater number of cross-references than previous editions"--Provided by publisher.
catalogue key
7311886
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2011-03-01:
Room is a respected and prolific author who has compiled and/or edited over 50 reference titles. His works reveal his love of language, names, and the interesting and quirky trivia that can accompany names. In addition to the present title, Room has written Dictionary of World Place Names Derived from British Names (CH, Sep'89, 27-0044), Dictionary of Translated Names and Titles (1986), and A Dictionary of Music Titles (2000), among many others. This fifth edition features 2,000 more names than the previous one (4th ed., CH, Jul'04, 41-6233; 3rd ed., CH, Jul'98, 35-5963). Entries are arranged by pseudonym and contain given names, dates, country of origin (or settlement), and the person's profession. Some entries are annotated with additional information regarding the origins of the pseudonym (sources are provided). Hugo Gryn, a Jewish and British broadcaster, became Hugo Green due to the misunderstanding of an immigration official. Several paragraphs discuss why Robert Allen Zimmerman became Bob Dylan. Lady Gaga--Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta--took her stage name from a song by Queen. Numerous cross-references appear, but not for all entries. Since most users would know the pseudonym rather than the given name, this is not a major flaw. Included is a bibliography consisting of several pages of sources consulted, but a helpful addition to the next edition would be an index by profession, and perhaps by country and by date. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All reference collections; lower- and upper-level undergraduates, and general readers. S. M. Metcalf Western Carolina University
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Main Description
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.
Main Description
[Substantially revised and enlarged, this new edition of the Dictionary of Pseudonyms includes over 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.]
Library of Congress Summary
"Substantially revised, this edition of the Dictionary of Pseudonyms includes over 2,000 new entries, bringing the volume's total to approximately 13,000 assumed names, nicknames, stage names, and aliases. The introduction has been rewritten, and many previous entries feature new details or quoted material. This volume also features a significantly greater number of cross-references than previous editions"--Provided by publisher.

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