5 Women Writers Who Used Male Pseudonyms (And Why)

5 Women Writers Who Used Male Pseudonyms (And Why)

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Virginia Woolf famously said, ‘I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.’ And she was probably right. Female writers have written under pseudonyms since time immemorial, occasionally out of a desire for anonymity, but usually in order to have their work read by a wider audience, or, in some cases, accepted for publication at all.   In 2015, Catherine Nichols wrote an article for Jezebel.com in which she outlined the drastically different responses she received to her novel manuscript when she sent it out under her name and then again under …