Posted on February 13, 2021 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

In honor of Get a Different Name Day, we gathered up the pen names of several famous authors. 

Some changed their names in order to actually get published; others, to protect their families or their own privacy; and still others, because they simply preferred the new ones.

At any rate, it's always fun to peek beyond the glamour of celebrities, so enjoy these real identities!

  • Alice Sheldon (James Tiptree Jr.)

  • Alissa Zinovievna Rosenbaum (Ayn Rand) 

  • Amantine Aurore Dupin (George Sand)

  • Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)

  • Chloe Ardelia Wofford (Toni Morrison) 

  • Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell (Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë) 

  • David John Moore Cornwell (John le Carré)

  • Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell)

  • Erika Leonard (E.L. James)

  • François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire) 

  • Gloria Jean Watkins (bell hooks)

  • Hector Hugh Munro (Saki) 

  • Howard Allen Frances O’Brien (Anne Rice)

  • James Alfred Wight (James Herriot)

  • John B. Wilson (Anthony Burgess)

  • Jozef Korzeniowkski (Joseph Conrad)

  • Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen)

  • Marguerite Annie Johnson (Maya Angelou)

  • Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot)

  • Peggy Marsh (Margaret Mitchell)

  • Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto (Pablo Neruda)

  • Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain)

  • Theodor Diesel (Dr. Seuss)

  • William Sydney Porter (O. Henry)

Sources: Literary Trivia by Richard Lederer and Michael Gilleland; Literary Hub; and Encyclopedia Britannica

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