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Charles Dickens

Why did Charles Dickens use the pseudonym Boz?

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November 08, 2007 9:54AM

Dickens said 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'. The real name of the brother was Augustus. Dickens' own son was christened Charles Culliford Boz Dickens. Dickens used a pen-name for his first stories because he was, at the time, a serious political columnist, and the lightweight sketches and stories he first published might have damaged his credibility.