A pseudonym (also known as a “pen name” or nom de plume) can be utilized by a writer to provide a new life story, an artistic reboot, an experiment for a new book form, or it can permit an author to reach a new audience.
Many famous writers used pseudonyms either at the beginning of their career or sometime after they were established to write a different genre or explore a new style. Some famous pseudonyms include:
- Stephen King — Richard Bachman
- Anne Rice — Anne Rampling
- Charlotte Bronte — Currer Bell
- Sylvia Plath — Victoria Lucas
- Eric Arthur Blair — George Orwell
- François-Marie Arouet — Voltaire
- Charles Lutwidge Dodgson — Lewis Carroll
- William Sydney Porter — O. Henry
- Samuel Langhorne Clemens –Mark Twain
- Theodore Seuss Geisel — Dr. Seuss
- Mary Ann Evans — George Eliot
- David John Moore Cornwell — John Le Carré
We found some great collectible copies of authors’ works published under their pseudonyms. This would make a fun collection and a great conversation starter!