VISIT Gavin Gowrie's A Thousand Books of Fame - Books sold and promoted by Arthur Desmond (as Richard Thurland and Gavin Gowrie) through his mail order book business.
As you are about to find out Arthur Desmond used a plethora of pseudonyms throughout his life, and perhaps there's even some yet to be discovered. What is known, is that he wrote that infamous book "Might is Right," under his pen-name Ragnar Redbeard.
Arthur Desmond wrote books, edited newspapers, published journals and articles in New Zealand, Australia, England, and America. He also contributed to and distributed the fantastic "The Eagle And The Serpent." (1898-1902, 1927*) A Journal of Egoistic philosophy and Sociology. Edited by John Basil Barnhill using the pseudonym of John Erwin Mccall. *Edited by Richard G. McKnight [ed.]
Publications by or contributed to by Arthur Desmond aka Ragnar Redbeard:
The Standard Bearer - 1893 (Description based on: Chapter 1 (Nov. 19, 1893); caption title."A volume of analytical commentary in prose and verse upon contemporary finance, politics, religion and war." "Edited in parts at irregular intervals and edited by Hard Kash.")
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WWW.RAGNARREDBEARD.COM presents a small collection of writings, articles, and correspondence written from as early as 1880 - signed by the many nom de plume used by Desmond. We also include related material about Redbeard aka Desmond such as lecturers, and reviews from both admirers and detractors. I treat this site as a living document, and information will surely be updated.
As many people have an opinion about Redbeard, you're encouraged to read his books and writings for yourself.
During the authors life five editions of the book "Might is Right" were published, and until his death, he never stopped promoting it.