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william makepeace thackeray

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William Makepeace Thackeray (1811–1863), the novelist, used the name Michael Angelo Titmarsh for ‘The Paris Sketch-Book’ (1840) and ‘The Great Hoggarty Diamond’ (1841), both printed in Fraser’s Magazine, and subsequently for various other tales. The pen name is said to have been based on a nickname given to Thackeray – ‘Michael Angelo’ – by a friend who admired his head and shoulders. To this, by the way of absurd contrast, Thackeray himself added ‘Titmarsh’.

Room, A. (1981), ‘Name Stories’, Naming Names, p.149

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