A pen name or nom de plume is a pseudonym adopted by an author. A pen name may be used to make the author's name more distinctive or glamorous, to disguise his or her gender, to distance an author from some or all of his or her other works, to protect the author from retribution for his or her writings, to combine more than one author into a single author, or for any of a number of reasons related to the marketing or aesthetic presentation of the work. The author's name may be known only to the publisher, or may come to be common knowledge.
"Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact." ~ George Eliot AKA Mary Ann Evans, (1819-1880) Impressions of Theophrastus Such
"The beauty that addresses itself to the eyes is only the spell of the moment; the eye of the body is not always that of the soul." ~ George Sand AKA Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin (1804-1876)
"Reason is not what decides love." Moliere AKA Jean Baptiste Poquelin (1622-1673)
"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." ~ Mark Twain AKA Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910)
"In art as in love, instinct is enough." ~ Anatole France AKA Francois-Anatole Thibault (1844-1824)
"Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another." ~ Voltaire AKA Francois-Marie Arouet (1694-1778)
"...All literature in some degree, exists to reveal a more powerful and passionate, a more divine world than ours;" ~ W. B. Yeats (1865-1939)
"The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words."
~ William H. Gass 1924
"A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness; but still will keep a bower quiet for us, AND A SLEEP FULL OF SWEET DREAMS, and health, and quiet breathing." ~ John Keats (1795-1821)