Writers 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. 
 
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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)
3
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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36 11
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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30 9
Through the Looking-Glass is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)
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31 10
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Currer Bell (Charlotte Brontë)
7
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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20 9
Lemony snicket's a series of u... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)
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19 9
The African Queen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
C. S. Forester (Cecil Louis Troughton Smith)
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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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12 9
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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7 4
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)
18
3 1
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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8 7
Little Fadette is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
George Sand (Amantine-Lucie-Aurore Dupin)
20
7 6
Tintin in Tibet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Hergé (Georges Remi)
21
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)
22
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)
23
5 4
87th precinct is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Ed McBain (Salvatore Albert Lombino)
24
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)
25
1 0
'Silas Marner' is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
gsholander added 'Silas Marner' John Jennings