Literature

The Best Books Written Under Pen Names 

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Updated June 14, 2019 842 votes 132 voters 14.1k views 40 items
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 Huckleberr... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
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
Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)
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Green Eggs and Ham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)
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The Adventures of Tom Sa... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
carlybobarly added Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
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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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Through the Looking-Glas... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
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
Anthony Burgess (John Burgess Wilson)
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Lemony snicket's a serie... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)
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Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Emily Brontë (Ellis Bell)
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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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Middlemarch: A Study of ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans)
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The Treasure of the Sier... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
B. Traven (Otto Feige)
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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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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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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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Down and Out in Paris an... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair)
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Silas Marner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)
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Little Fadette is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
George Sand (Amantine-Lucie-Aurore Dupin)
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'Silas Marner' is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
gsholander added 'Silas Marner' John Jennings
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The Cuckoo's Calling is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling)
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The Cuckoo's Calling is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling) [Joanne "Jo" Rowling]
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Candide, ou l'Optimisme ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet)
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Tintin in Tibet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Hergé (Georges Remi)
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In Death Series is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts)
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Almayer's Folly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Books Written Under Pen Names
Joseph Conrad (Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski)