The sheer volume of the number of hymns she wrote is overwhelming.
In all, Fanny Crosby wrote between 5,500 and 9,000 hymns, the exact count obscured by the numerous pseudonyms (as many as 200 pseudonyms, according to some sources) she employed to preserve her modesty and conceal the fact she was blind. It’s believed the number is higher.
Here are a few: Pseudonymns: A.V., Mrs. A. E. Andrews, Mrs. E. A. Andrews, Mrs. E. L. Andrews, James L. Black, Henrietta E. Blair, Charles Bruce, Robert Bruce, Leah Carlton, Eleanor Craddock, Lyman G. Cuyler, D.H.W., Ella Dare, Ellen Dare, Mrs. Ellen Douglass, Lizzie Edwards. Miss Grace Elliot, Grace J. Frances, Victoria Frances, Jennie Garnett, Frank Gould, H. D. K., Frances Hope, Annie L. James, Martha J. Lankton [Langton], Grace Lindsey, Maud Marion, Sallie Martin, Wilson Meade, Alice Monteith, Martha C. Oliver, Mrs. N. D. Plume, Kate Smiley, Sallie Smith, J. L. Sterling, John Sterling, Julia Sterling, Anna C. Storey, Victoria Stuart, Ida Scott Taylor, Mary R. Tilden, Mrs. J. B. Thresher, Hope Tryaway, Grace Tureman, Carrie M. Wilson, W.H.D. Frances…
Unfortunately only a few brought her fame. Blessed Assurance and Pass Me Not.
The reasons this is so remarkable.
1. The subject matter. Rarely was it acceptable for women to write religious themed work.
2. Being a woman in a day and age when most women couldn’t read and write.
3. She was blind.
Hundreds if not thousands of pieces of literary works, movies, books and etc have taken their title from her work. Some were religious and others weren’t. Like some commericals have used fragments of her work
An American poet