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13 Pen Names You May Have Thought Were Real

Posted 12.04.2012 | Books

It's no secret Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, and George Eliot was actually a woman named Mary Anne Evans. But you may not realize that...

Androgynous Pen Names

A.J. Walkley | Posted 06.10.2012 | Books
A.J. Walkley

Women writers have used initials and male pen names for centuries to cover up their gender, knowing that for some readers (namely male), simply seeing a female's name on the cover of a book would dissuade them.

10 Favorite Books By Pseudonymous Writers

The Daily Beast | Posted 09.13.2011 | Books

From George Orwell to Patricia Highsmith, 10 great books written by pseudonymous authors. Carmela Ciuraru, author of Nom de Plume: A Secret History of...

PHOTOS: 9 Reasons Why You Should Use a Pseudonym

Carmela Ciuraru | Posted 08.20.2011 | Books
Carmela Ciuraru

It's true that George Eliot and Charlotte Bronte used male pen names so that their work would be taken seriously (and so they could publish at all).

The Decline Of The Pseudonym

salon.com | Carmela Ciuraru | Posted 08.13.2011 | Books

At its most basic level, a pseudonym is a prank. Yet the motives that lead writers to assume an alias are infinitely complex, sometimes mysterious eve...

On Names

Jeff Klima | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeff Klima

There is a two-fold complaint nestled in the plumy thicket of today's screed, good people. And while they (the individual issues of the complaint) are...

On Being Butch Jaxon... And Tristan

Tristan Higgins | Posted 06.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Tristan Higgins

I usually don't have to come out. When I walk into a room, people know I'm a dyke -- unless they mistake me for a dude. Whatev. But recently I had to decide whether to come out. Again. This happened when a reader of my anonymous blog was kind enough to send a post of mine to HuffPost.