"And Richard Savage, in his witty pamphlet called 'An Author to Be Let,' betrays that the abuse is not only of our day. Iscariot Hackney of that book confesses that:
'Many a time I wrote obscenity and profaneness, under the names of Pope or Swift. Sometimes
I was Mr Joseph Gay, at others Theory Burnet, or Addison. I abridged histories and travels, translated from the French what they never wrote, and was expert at finding out new titles for old books. When a notorious thief was hanged, I was the Plutarch to preserve his memory; and when a great man died, mine were his Remains, and mine the account of his last will and testament.'
That is the whole trade put in a paragraph."
Bohemia in London Arthur Ransome