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Can You Guess Which Pen Name Belongs To Which Famous Author?

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  1. Getty Images / iStockphoto / Marko Beric
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    Rosamond Smith
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    Caroline Matthews
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    Liz Claiborne
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    Christopher Oates
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    Joyce Carol Oates wrote "Lives of the Twins" and seven other novels under the pen name Rosamond Smith.

  2. Getty Images / iStockphoto / Fuse
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    Richard Bachman
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    Margaret White
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    King Stephen
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    Roland Deschain
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    Stephen King published seven novels, including "Rage" and "The Long Walk," under the pen name Richard Bachman. King explains on his website that he used the pseudonym because "there was a feeling in the publishing business that one book a year was all the public would accept."

  3. Getty Images / iStockphoto / mikdam
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    Ariana Grande
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    Robert Heinlein
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    Paul French
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    Carl Sagan
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    Isaac Asimov wrote the "Lucky Starr" series using the pen name Paul French.

  4. Getty Images / iStockphoto / moodboard
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    Mary Potter
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    Robert Galbraith
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    Newland Archer
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    Rita Ora
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    J.K. Rowling wrote "The Cuckoo's Calling" and "The Silkworm" under the pen name Robert Galbraith.

  5. Getty Images / iStockphoto / Thinglass
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    Michelle Cartwright
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    Cher
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    Ellie Sattler
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    John Lange
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    Michael Crichton wrote a number of novels in the '60s and '70s, including his debut novel "Odds On," under the pen name John Lange.

  6. Getty Images / iStockphoto / lamiquela
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    Ellis Bell
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    Branwell Enfort
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    Jessie J
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    P. Randolph
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    Emily Brontë's singular novel "Wuthering Heights" was published under the pen name Ellis Bell.

  7. Getty Images / iStockphoto / ChrisBoswell
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    Norbert
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    J.D. Robb
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    Jason Westmoreland
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    E.M. James
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    Nora Roberts wrote the "In Death" series under the pen name J.D. Robb.

  8. Getty Images / iStockphoto / photogl
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    Pip
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    Kip
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    Zip
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    Boz
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    Charles Dickens' "Sketches by Boz" was published in 1836.

  9. Getty Images / iStockphoto / FooTToo
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    Mary Westmacott
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    Arthur Colbrooke
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    Lady AGaGatha
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    W.H. Blore
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    Agatha Christie wrote six novels under the pen name Mary Westmacott. Her granddaughter writes on the author's official website that the pseudonym "freed [her grandmother] from the expectations of her mystery fans."

  10. Getty Images / iStockphoto / benstevens
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    Ariel Rodgers
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    Silvester Panmore
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    Victoria Lucas
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    W.F.P. Topney
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    Sylvia Plath wrote "The Bell Jar" under the pen name Victoria Lucas because, according to one of the writer's friends, Plath didn't want her mother to know she had written the novel.

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