Female Writers Who Write Under a Male Pen Name

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  1. GmaGoldie profile image82
    GmaGoldieposted 13 years ago

    One of my favorite childhood authors - Taylor Caldwell, IF I remember correctly was a female who chose a male name.

    Any other examples?

    Is this deception or just good branding?

    1. LillyGrillzit profile image76
      LillyGrillzitposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote under a man's name, and so did Agatha Christie, who wrote under another woman's name for a more religious fiction. In the early years of publishing in the US, women were not seen as intelligent enough to put quill to hide and come up with anything worth reading. J.A. Jance, is a woman, and I thought she was a man for a long time.

  2. saleheensblog profile image60
    saleheensblogposted 13 years ago

    I can do the reverse. Female pen name, male author.

    Bonoful - Balai Chand Mukhapaddhay.

    Onila debi- Sharat Chanda Chatyapaddhay

  3. Lisa HW profile image63
    Lisa HWposted 13 years ago

    George Eliot

  4. profile image0
    cookingdivaposted 13 years ago

    George Eliot, pen name of Mary Ann Evans (1819–1880), English novelist, one of my favorite author!

    Jane Austen wrote under name of "lady", the point is many great writer wrote under pen name, just like people do now. Good thread.

  5. John Redfern profile image62
    John Redfernposted 13 years ago

    The best example I can think of is  Karen Blixen's  Out of Africa it was originally published under the pen name Isak Dinesen.

    1. rebekahELLE profile image82
      rebekahELLEposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      one of my top favorite books. her writing is exquisite.

      there is Aurore Dudevant  who wrote as George Sand

      the Bronte sisters used male names. Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell.

  6. rebekahELLE profile image82
    rebekahELLEposted 13 years ago

    I don't see it as deception. most writers have good reasoning behind their pen names.  some early 19th century female writers would use male names because of the prejudices against female writers at the time.

  7. Jaggedfrost profile image62
    Jaggedfrostposted 13 years ago

    Jane Austin had to as well.  I don't recall what that was though.

  8. GmaGoldie profile image82
    GmaGoldieposted 13 years ago

    Thank you all so much!  What a great learning adventure.


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