6 Female Authors With Male Pen Names

Many female writers have adopted male nom de plumes, or otherwise gender-ambiguous pseudonyms, for a number of reasons: to publish without prejudice in male-dominated circles; to experiment with the freedom of anonymity; or to encourage male readership. Below we have profiled 6 women authors, from Louisa May Alcott to J.K. Rowling, who have written under male pseudonyms, and discussed their pertinent reasons for doing so. Insidermonkey experts made a list of 6 female authors with male pen names.

Author Harper Lee died at 89 on Friday, and she has been remembered most for her classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird. But another fact about Harper Lee that's less often acknowledged is that she's one of several women who wrote under male-sounding pen names in order to be taken more seriously as writers. In fact, since her name isn't identifiable female, readers may not have even known they were reading a woman's words. And that very well could have benefited her. You can also check our list of 8 Countries that Produce the Most Books in the World.

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