10 Odd Stories Behind Famous Authors’ Nom de Plumes

When Charles Dickens started writing, he used the pen name of Boz, one word, which simultaneously reminds us of the Muppets and Madonna. He once explained, writing that ‘Boz’ was “the nickname of a pet child, a younger brother, whom I had dubbed Moses, in honour of Goldsmith’s Vicar of Wakefield, which, being pronounced Bozes, got shortened into Boz.” Fair enough. His early writing was so popular that Sketches by Boz was actually published in 1836.