Books The Best Books Written Under Pen Names  

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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
Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)

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41 9
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)

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32 5
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
carlybobarly added 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
Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)

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31 10
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Currer Bell (Charlotte Brontë)

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29 9
Through the Looking-Glass is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)

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27 12
A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Anthony Burgess (John Burgess Wilson)

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19 8
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Emily Brontë (Ellis Bell)

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19 8
The African Queen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
C. S. Forester (Cecil Louis Troughton Smith)

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19 9
Lemony snicket's a series of u... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)

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15 6
The Treasure of the Sierra Mad... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
B. Traven (Otto Feige)

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16 8
Middlemarch: A Study of Provin... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans)

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14 8
Out of Africa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Isak Dinesen (Karen von Blixen-Finecke)

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14 9
The Hardy Boys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Franklin W. Dixon (Leslie McFarlane and others)

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13 9
The Gift of the Magi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
O. Henry (William Sydney Porter)

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Silas Marner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
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
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
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
George Sand (Amantine-Lucie-Aurore Dupin)

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7 6
Tintin in Tibet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Hergé (Georges Remi)

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7 6
Candide, ou l'Optimisme is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet)

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6 5
In Death Series is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts)

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5 4
87th precinct is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Ed McBain (Salvatore Albert Lombino)

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5 4
Almayer's Folly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Joseph Conrad (Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski)

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'Silas Marner' is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
gsholander added 'Silas Marner' John Jennings

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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
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
Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling) [Joanne "Jo" Rowling]

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3 4
Pimp: The Story of My Life is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
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
Saki (Hector Hugh Munro)

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8 10
The Fountainhead is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Ayn Rand (Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum)

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4 6
A Case of Need is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Jeffrey Hudson (Michael Crichton)

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8 11
Primary Colors is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Anonymous (Joe Klein)

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4 7
The Wheel of Time is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Robert Jordan (James Oliver Rigney, Jr.)

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2 5
Crown of Stars is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice Bradley Sheldon)

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5 9
Push is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Sapphire (Ramona Lofton)

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3 7
A Dark-Adapted Eye is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
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
Christopher Pike (Kevin Christopher McFadden)

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The True Story of Ah Q is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Lu Xun (Shuren Zhou)

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1 6
Disreputable History of Franki... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names

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