Flashbacks. (Backstory).(Charlotte Bronte, Jules Verne, Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Adele Morales)(Brief Article)

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1847 BELL'S ANGELS Charlotte Bronte's father read and loved her new novel, Jane Eyre--but had no idea his daughter was the author, because the first edition was published under the pseudonym Currer Bell. (She had used the pen name on a previous book, just as her sisters, Anne and Emily, had published under the names Acton and Ellis Bell.) A year later, when Anne published The Tenant of Wildfell Hall as Acton Bell, the public became convinced that all three names actually referred to a single, talented male author.

1868 HOT AIR Adventure writer Jules Verne published the story "Five Weeks in a Balloon" without knowing that Mark Twain had been working on his own ballooning tale. Twain was furious, and retaliated by having the villain in his book A Murder, a Mystery, and a Marriage (recently discovered and released) blame all his troubles on Verne--claiming, for example, that he became deranged after Verne sent him on too many dangerous research missions. …