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'The kind of fluidity I aspire to is exemplified by Ted Hughes, who could write a masterly short story such as 'The Rain Horse', but also rhymed light verse for children, lyrical season songs, confessional Birthday Letters, a film poem...'
Why do some writers choose to use a name other than the one they were born with for their writing? John Pilkington looks at some of the reasons why authors throughout history have adopted pseudonyms, and wonders if it has something to do with the need to reinvent oneself.
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