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Famous Books by Anonymous Authors

Updated June 14, 2019 12.8k views48 items
Anonymous books, a list of books by anonymous authors. While some of these books may have since had their author discovered, they were all originally published anonymously. Most often, this happens because the book deals with controversial or political subject matters. In other instances, the writer simply wishes to maintain their privacy. Some have also suggested that the more recent books were published anonymously as a marketing gimmick. This list includes both modern and historic anonymous texts. As mentioned above, in many cases the true writers have been discovered after publication. Such cases have been noted below.
  • 1

    A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder

    Revealed to be authored by James De Mille
  • 2

    A Woman in Berlin

  • 3

    An Essay on the Principle of Population

    Revealed to be authored by T.R. Malthus
  • 4

    Ancient Egyptian funerary texts

  • 5

    Ancient Egyptian medical papyri

  • 6


    Revealed to be authored by Frederick the Great
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  • 8

    Cantar de Mio Cid

  • 9

    Chilam Balam

  • 10

    Common sense

    The letters of Common sense respecting the state bank and paper currency, Common sense to John Bull
    Revealed to be authored by Thomas Paine
  • 11

    Corpus Hermeticum

  • 12

    Debate between bird and fish

  • 13


    Revealed to be authored by Henry Adams
  • 14

    Dream of the Red Chamber

    Revealed to be authored by Cao Xueqin
  • 15

    Dresden Codex

  • 16

    Elizabeth and Her German Garden

    Revealed to be authored by Elizabeth von Arnim
  • 17

    Enûma Eliš

  • 18

    Fighting for Our Lives

  • 19

    Gesta Hungarorum

  • 20

    Go Ask Alice

    Revealed to be authored by Beatrice Sparks.
  • 21

    Hurrian hymn to Nikkal

  • 22

    Hypnerotomachia Poliphili

  • 23

    I Ching

  • 24

    Kesh Temple Hymn

  • 25

    La Farce de maître Pierre Pathelin