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20 famous authors and pen names they used (infographic)

J.K. Rowling publishes detective novels as Robert Galbraith

There are authors you know by their pen names. And there are authors you never knew published under a pseudonym.

Do you know the real name of George Orwell, Voltaire, or Lewis Carroll? And do you know they were actually pen names?

Revealing that Joanne Rowling used a pseudonym Robert Galbraith for her first detective novel starring Cormoran Strike became a breaking news of 2013. Other examples are less known.

You’ll find interesting details in the infographic was designed by Joe Shervell from Data Dial for the book recommendation site Love Reading.

The visual doesn’t only list the authors who wrote under a pseudonym but also provides reasons why they did it. And there are as many reasons as authors: political, personal, or promotional.

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, was not only a writer but also a mathematician. He used a pen name to distinguish between his literature and mathematics works.

The name “Voltaire” is an anagram of “Arovet Li” the Latinized spelling of François-Marie Arouet’s surname. The famous French writer and philosopher decided to use the pseudonym to stop being confused with a poet Adenes le Roi.

And “Robert Galbraith” is not a pen name of J.K. Rowling, because J.K. Rowling is already a pen name.

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