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Mark Twain Secret Revealed

Maddie Crum | Posted 10.09.2013 | Books

If you're familiar with Mark Twain's memorable novels, you're probably aware that his pen name is not his given name. The author and satirist best kno...

The Cuckoo's Calling -- Great Debut... By a Best-Selling Author

David Kudler | Posted 10.01.2013 | Books
David Kudler

Knowing the book was written by the author of the mega-successful Harry Potter books did change my perspective -- but just a bit. There are certainly some notes that will be familiar to anyone who read the adventures of Harry & Co.

What's in a Name?

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 11.07.2012 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

When I starting telling people I was going to have a book published, one of the most frequent questions I received was: "What name are you going to publish under?" The funny thing is, it had never even occurred to me to publish under any other name but my own.

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.

7 Easy Ways To Make People Think You're A Millionaire

Vicky Oliver | Posted 01.09.2012 | Books
Vicky Oliver

I believe it's possible to mingle with millionaires, party with plutocrats, and enjoy the good life, all while living on a budget. If one can dream it, one can live it. And be treated like an important person too.

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...

The Decline Of The Pseudonym | 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...

Open Thread: What Are Your Favorite Literary Pseudonyms? | Posted 06.27.2011 | Books

We know a great deal about Anonymous but less about its sibling Pseudonymous. As a book authored under a disguised name makes the Orwell shortlist for...

John Banville Loves Writing Under Pseudonym Benjamin Black

Reuters | Mark Egan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Award-winning Irish author John Banville has always been highly critical of his own writing, but with the publication of his latest crime novel, he sa...

James Frey's Many Pen Names

The New York Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

James Frey -- the controversial author of "A Million Little Pieces" and "Bright Shiny Morning" -- is using so many pseudonyms lately that any nom de p...

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.