The Author Behind the Pseudonym

16th April 2016

It might come as a surprise that some of the most influential authors of all time have been known to have written under a pseudonym. For some, using a pen name is a way to escape the hype and expectations that come with using their own name, while for others writing under their own name wasn’t an option owing to the perceived gender roles or cultural connotations of the time.

Our new infographic explores pseudonyms used by famous authors, as well as the reasons behind the choice of their nom de plume and works they published under it. For example, do you know which writer had works published under the name Man Without a Spleen? Or, are you one of the few who still think George Eliot was a man? To find out the true identities of these authors and others take a look at our infographic below.


Jane Eyre by Currer Bell (Charlotte Bronte)

The Tennant of Wildfell Hall by Acton Bell (Anne Bronte)

Sketches By Boz (Charles Dickens)

Oliver Twist by Boz (Charles Dickens)

Scenes of Clerical Life by George Eliot (May Ann Evans)

Silas Marner by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson)

Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson)

Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell (Eric Blair)

One Hand Clapping by Joseph Kell (Anthony Burgess)


  • Barbara 18/May/2016 15:47

    Thank you very much for allowing me to share this on my blog. There have been a few favourable comments. Best wishes Barbara

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