11 Authors You Probably Didn’t Know Used Pen Names

11 Authors You Probably Didn’t Know Used Pen Names

Book Culture

People have loads of reasons for taking on a pseudonym. Sometimes they’re a woman trying to get ahead in a patriarchy, sometimes they’re an immigrant trying to seem less Other, and sometimes their name just isn’t catchy enough.   These are eleven of the most surprising authors who used pen names. You think you know somebody…   1. Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged (Real name: Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum)   2. George Orwell, Nineteen-Eighty Four (Real name: Eric Arthur Blair)   3. E. L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey (Real name: Erika Mitchell)   4. Voltaire, Candide (Real name: François-Marie Arouet)   …