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This list has the most famous books that were written under pen names. Some authors use a nom de plume to protect their identity, break into a new genre, or have more creative freedom apart from fan expectations. Many female authors used to use a male pen name to even get published at all. 
 
The books featured on this list are some of the most highly regarded pieces of literature in history, while others are more modern. This list includes the author’s real name and their pseudonym for the associated book. 
 
Don't see a book or author who should be on here? Go ahead and add them. Otherwise, vote on which books were written under a pseudonym that you like the most.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)

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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
carlybobarly added The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

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Green Eggs and Ham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)

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Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Jane Eyre Currer Bell (Charlotte Brontë)

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Through the Looking-Glass is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Through the Looking-Glass Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)

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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess (John Burgess Wilson)

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The African Queen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
The African Queen C. S. Forester (Cecil Louis Troughton Smith)

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Lemony snicket's a series of u... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
A Series of Unfortunate Events Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)

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The Treasure of the Sierra Mad... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre B. Traven (Otto Feige)

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Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë (Ellis Bell)

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Middlemarch: A Study of Provin... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans)

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Out of Africa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen (Karen von Blixen-Finecke)

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The Gift of the Magi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
The Gift of the Magi O. Henry (William Sydney Porter)

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The Hardy Boys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
The Hardy Boys Franklin W. Dixon (Leslie McFarlane and others)

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Silas Marner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Silas Marner George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)

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Down and Out in Paris and Lond... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Down and Out in Paris and London George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair)

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The Cuckoo's Calling is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
The Cuckoo's Calling Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling)

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Little Fadette is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
La Petite Fadette George Sand (Amantine-Lucie-Aurore Dupin)

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Candide, ou l'Optimisme is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Candide, ou l'Optimisme Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet)

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Tintin in Tibet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Tintin in Tibet Hergé (Georges Remi)

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In Death Series is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
In Death Series J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts)

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87th precinct is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
87th Precinct Ed McBain (Salvatore Albert Lombino)

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'Silas Marner' is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
gsholander added 'Silas Marner' John Jennings

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Almayer's Folly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Almayer's Folly Joseph Conrad (Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski)

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Twenty Love Poems and a Song o... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair Pablo Neruda (Ricardo Neftalí Reyes Basoalto)

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The Cuckoo's Calling is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
The Cuckoo's Calling Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling) [Joanne "Jo" Rowling]

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Pimp: The Story of My Life is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Pimp: The Story of My Life Iceberg Slim (Robert Beck)

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The story-teller is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
The story-teller Saki (Hector Hugh Munro)

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The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand (Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum)

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A Case of Need is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
A Case of Need Jeffrey Hudson (Michael Crichton)

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Primary Colors is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Primary Colors Anonymous (Joe Klein)

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The Wheel of Time is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
The Wheel of Time Robert Jordan (James Oliver Rigney, Jr.)

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Crown of Stars is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Crown of Stars James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice Bradley Sheldon)

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Push is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Push Sapphire (Ramona Lofton)

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A Dark-Adapted Eye is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
A Dark-Adapted Eye Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell)

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Fall into Darkness is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Fall into Darkness Christopher Pike (Kevin Christopher McFadden)

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Disreputable History of Franki... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names

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The True Story of Ah Q is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
The True Story of Ah Q Lu Xun (Shuren Zhou)

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Mimsy Were the Borogoves is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Mimsy Were the Borogoves Lewis Padgett (Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore)