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Few modern readers know that when Gulliver's Travels and Sense and Sensibility first appeared, the public had to guess their authors' identities. Yet many great writers, from John Donne to Sylvia Plath, from the Bronte sisters to Doris Lessing, chose to conceal their identity. Mullan's witty, lucid and engaging survey probes the reasons that lay behind literary anonymity, asks what is was like to read a book without knowing who wrote it, and amusingly recounts the guessing games the practice inspired. Slightly off-mint.