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.
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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