Famous Authors with Secret Pseudonyms

J.K. Rowling revealed on Sunday that she wrote an acclaimed crime novel under a pen name. From Stephen King to the Brontë sisters, here are nine other authors who hid their alter egos

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Bringa11
Bringa11

She could have used a woman's name. 

djdave92
djdave92

Ronnie Barker had a pseudonym

ViktoriaMichaelis
ViktoriaMichaelis

IIRC it was Amazon who first revealed the true name, and the newspaper merely reported it. Not that Amazon has any vested interest....

MaryArthur
MaryArthur

Richard Stark was Donald Westlake's pseudonym!

MaryCStuart
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John Camp has written many books as John Sandford.  What he published under his own name was unsuccessful so he quit and continued as the successful author, John Sandford.  

And I'm surprised that you forgot to mention Baroness Amantine Dudevant who wrote as George Sand.

lauriemgold
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The pseudonyms for Anne Rice and Jayne Anne Krentz have also never really been secret. Krentz chose different pen names for different genres/subgenres. Readers know her contemporary stories are as JAK, that her historicals are as Amanda Quick, etc.

lauriemgold
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That Nora Roberts is J.D. Robb has been common knowledge since at least as early as 1996. 

LucindaRiva
LucindaRiva

This list is not complete without including LAURA ALBERT, who wrote three critically acclaimed novels, SARAH, THE HEART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS, and HAROLD'S END  under her pseudonym, J.T. LeROY.    Additionally, she was included in anthologies, and authored well-received articles and reviews in major magazine publications from 1997 - 2005.

peter_l_roots
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I believe Romain Gary has its place on this list. He won two Goncourt prize. One with its real name Romain Gary and the other one with his pseudonym Émile Ajar.