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Anonymity by John Mullan
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Oct 31, 2008

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As John Mullen writes in the Epilogue, there is really no history of anonymity - there is no consistency in the reasons that authors choose to publish anonymously.

Well researched book, but tends to go into too much detail and gives us a lot more information than we need to understand the points Mullen is making - spending 8 pages on Hazlitt's Liber Amoris is a bit much. The book is bogged down in detail which turns what could have been an entertaining, interesting read into a slog.

Some interesting anecdotes, but doesn't really provide any insight into literature and the sub-title, A Secret History of English Literature, is mis-leading.

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