Her Author:Anonymous Never before in the annals of American book publishing has there been a lovestory told with the candor of HER -- A Novel by Anonymous. — There is another, weually strong, reason for publishing HER as written by Anonymous. I want HER to be read and known for HER sake alone, just as a man should love a woman, a woman should love a man. With a known... more » author's name attached, considration of the book inevitably becomes contaminated by the awareness of that name. The critics who have liked -- or disliked -- me in the past would like or dislike HER on the basis of their previous consideration of my work. Under Anonymous, HER stands apart from the personality and/or previous work of the author; it is a creation in its own wholeness, as a woman is a woman.
The author is not the man in HER nor is there exactly and precisely a tru woman existing as a pattern for HER. She is, rather, every woman that I, or any other man, has ever loved. She is, rather, every woman who has loved me, or any other man. Anonymous is not, therefore, a disguise for a roman a' clef. Seek out no mysteries here, no hidden codes or nagrams, no hints or clues of any nature. ZThey do not exust in the manuscript; Anoymous is tryly opaqua, not a false mirror.
It was necessary to consider whether Anonymous, in the modern context, seemed a flag for attention, an invitation to mystery, a deliberate compounding of speculation. But no, Through the centuries, Anonymous has traditionally written some of the truest words about love, In the fourteenth century, that far beginning of the written English word, it was Anonymous who said: