Infographic Gives a Brief History of Literary Pseudonyms

Kirstin Fawcett
Jonkers Rare Books
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All writers want fame and glory, right? Perhaps that's not always the case, considering Henrik Ibsen, C.S. Lewis, and the Brontë sisters all at one point or another adopted pseudonyms to hide their true identities. Today, we know these authors by their real names, and many of us don’t even know their former nom de plumes. Meanwhile, other literary luminaries like Ayn Rand (born Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum) and Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) are still better known for their fake monikers than their birth names.

To clear up any confusion, Fast Company's Co.Create recently published the below infographic. Created by Jonkers Rare Books in Oxfordshire, England, it provides a round-up of which famous writers created new names—and in some cases, the reason why they chose to adopt a literary alter ego in the first place.

[h/t Co.Create]