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May 1st, 2016

Author Pen Names You May Not Know

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Author Pen Names Infographic

It’s no secret that many authors use pen names for one reason or another, whether it be for their entire career or just for selected works. But some authors famous by there real names also used a nom de plume that you may not be as familiar with.

The folks over at Jonkers Rare Books have put together a great infographic exploring a wide variety of author pen names, from the rare names that you may not have heard of yet to those that are more familiar (here’s looking at you, Mark Twain).

For instance, can you name the famous English author that (briefly) wrote under the name Boz? What about the famous writer that wrote many stories under the name Man Without a Spleen?

Test your knowledge by clicking here or on the image above to see the full infographic. (*Note: You may have to click zoom on the full graphic to see it correctly in your browser.)

Additionally, below is a list of authors and their pen names from the infographic:

Pen Name: A.M. Barnard
Real Name: Louisa May Alcott

Pen Names: Acton Bell, Ellis Bell, Currer Bell
Real Names: Anne Bronte, Emily Bronte, Charlotte Bronte

Pen Name: Ayn Rand
Real Name: Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum

Pen Name: Barbara Vine
Real Name: Ruth Rendell

Pen Name: Boz
Real Name: Charles Dickens

Pen Name: Brynjolf Bjarme
Real Name: Henrik Ibsen

Pen Name: Claire Morgan
Real Name: Patricia Highsmith

Pen Name: Clive Hamilton
Real Name: C.S. Lewis

Pen Name: Dan Kavanagh
Real Name: Julian Barnes

Pen Name: Dr. Seuss and Theo LeSieg
Real Name: Theodor Seuss Geisel

Pen Name: George Eliot
Real Name: Mary Ann Evans

Pen Name: George Orwell
Real Name: Eric Arthur Blair

Pen Name: Lewis Carroll
Real Name: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson

Pen Name: Man Without a Spleen and Antosha Chekhonte
Real Name: Anton Chekhov

Pen Name: Mark Twain
Real Name: Samuel Langhorne Clemens

Pen Name: Mary Westmacott
Real Name: Agatha Christie

Pen Name: Richard Bachman
Real Name: Stephen King

Pen Name: Robert Galbraith
Real Name: J.K. Rowling

Pen Name: Rosamond Smith
Real Name: Joyce Carol Oates

Pen Name: Voltaire
Real Name: Francois-Marie Arouet