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The A-Z of Authors and their pseudonyms. This page includes the pseudonyms used by authors who's surnames begin with A and B: Daniel Abraham, Cleve Franklin Adams, Kingsley Amis, André João Antonil, Charles James Apperley, Leanard Bacon, Kenneth Bruce Findlater Bain, Frédéric-Charles Bargone, John Hay Beith, Robert Leslie Bellem, Robert Augustus Bennett, Oliver Bivins, Eric Arthur Blair, Anne Brontë, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Jane Brontë, Charles Farrer Browne, William Vivian Butler and William Edmund Butterworth III.

Some time ago I wrote an introductory post to pseudonyms. Since then my intentions have evolved and I have started compiling a database which is regularly updated.

Pseudonyms are used in many different walks of life - in literary circles they are also known as "pen-names" or "nom de plumes". There is nothing sinister about a writer using a pseudonym: It is often employed to separate a part time writer from his regular profession, or by career writers to separate their writings in different genres. There are a host of other reasons for using pseudonyms, or wanting anonymity at a given time, but most leading authors who have used them, have also revealed them.

In The A-Z of Authors and Their Pseudonyms the author's name appears first, arranged alphabetically by surname. This is followed by his or her lifespan, pseudonyms associated with the said writer and some brief explanatory notes. Entries are arranged over several pages and, as I am using a database to store the information, the list will be expanded periodically.

This page covers authors with surnames beginning with: A-B. A link at the foot of the page will take you to the next and each subsequent page will have links for previous and next pages

I am also publishing an alternative: The A-Z of Pseudonyms and the Writers Who Use Them.

Authors and Their Pseudonyms:

  • Abraham, Daniel (1969-)
    • He has also written as James S.A. Corey
    • Created The Expanse Series of science fiction novels in collaboration with Ty Franck
  • Adams, Cleve Franklin (1895-1949)
    • He also wrote as Franklin Charles and John Spain
    • A writer of violent crime fiction for the pulp market including The Private Eye (1942)
    • Adams shared the Franklin Charles pseudonym with Robert Leslie Bellem. The pair created the fictional Hollywood detective Dan Turner
  • Amis, Kingsley (1922-1995)
    • He also wrote as Robert Markham and Lt. Col. William Tanner (Bill)
    • English novelist and poet who wrote in his own name and under pseudonyms.
    • As Robert Markham he wrote Colonel Sun, A James Bond Adventure (1968)
    • As Lt. Col. William Tanner he wrote The Book of Bond, or Every Man His Own 007 (1965)
  • Antonil, André João (1650-1716)
    • He also wrote as João Antônio Andreoni
    • Antonil was an Italian Jesuit missionary who went to Brazil in 1681 and wrote a number of books and papers on the country including Cultura e opulência do Brasil por suas drogas e minas (1711)
  • Apperly, Charles James (1777-1843)
    • He also wrote as Nimrod
    • A sportsman and sports writer, Apperley's main subject matter was hunting
  • Bacon, Leonard (1802-1881)
    • He wrote as Pacificator
    • An American preacher who was the great grandfather of the poet of the same name
    • He wrote The Nail On the Head (1862)
  • Bacon, Leonard (1887-1954)
    • He also wrote as Autholycus
    • American poet who was the great grandson of the preacher of the same name
    • He used the pseudonym Autholycus when writing for the Saturday Review of Literature
  • Bain, Kenneth Bruce Findlater (1921-1985)
    • He also wrote as Richard Findlater
    • A biographer, Findlater's first published book was Grimaldi, King of Clowns (1955)
  • Bargone, Frédéric-Charles (1876-1957)
    • He also wrote as Claude Farrère
    • A French naval officer and award winning writer
    • His novel Les Civilisés (1905) was awarded the third Prix Goncourt
  • Beith, John Hay (1876-1952)
    • He also wrote as Ian Hay
    • Teacher, soldier, novelist and playwright, his debut novel was Pip (1907)
  • Bellem, Robert Leslie (1902-1968)
    • He also wrote as Franklin Charles
    • Pulp fiction writer, Bellem shared the Franklin Charles pseudonym with Cleve Franklin Adams. The pair created the fictional Hollywood detective Dan Turner
  • Bennett, Robert Augustus (1855-1929)
    • He also wrote as Samuel Pepys jr
    • Unrelated to the original Samuel Pepys
    • Bennett shared this pseudonym with Robert Freeman to produce a three volume work about the first world war: The Last Diary of the Great Warr (1919)
  • Bivins, Oliver (unknown)
    • He also wrote as Revilo Snivib
    • This pseudonym is the writer's actual name in reverse. He wrote What's Up Doc? (1962)
  • Blair, Eric Arthur (1903-1950)
    • He mainly wrote as George Orwell
    • Novelist and essayist best known for the novels Animal Farm (1945) and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)

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Authors and Their Pseudonyms:

  • Brontë, Anne (1820-1849)
    • She also wrote as Acton Bell
    • Anne Brontë's best known work was The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
    • She also wrote as Acton Bell (1846, a book of poetry, in conjunction with her sisters)
  • Brontë, Charlotte (1816-1855)
    • She also wrote as Currer Bell and Lord Charles Albert Florian Wellesley
    • Charlotte Brontë's best known work was Jane Eyre
    • She wrote as Currer Bell for an 1846 a book of poetry, in conjunction with her sisters
    • In 1833 her novella The Green Dwarf, A Tale of the Perfect Tense was published under the Wellesley pseudonym
  • Brontë, Emily Jane (1818-1848)
    • She also wrote as Ellis Bell
    • Emily Brontë's best known work was Wuthering Heights
    • She also wrote as Ellis Bell (1846, a book of poetry, in conjunction with her sisters)
  • Browne, Charles Farrer (1834-1867)
    • He also wrote as Artemus Ward
    • Considered the first American stand up comic, Browne wrote a number of humorous books including Artemus Ward His Travels (1865)
  • Butler, William Vivian (1927-1987)
    • He also wrote as Vivian Butler and J.J. Maric
    • Crime and mystery writer. As Vivian Butler he wrote Guy for Trouble (1945)
    • As J.J. Marric he wrote the last five Commander Gideon crime mysteries following the death of original author John Creasey
  • Butterworth, William Edmund (III) (1929-2019)
    • Butterworth wrote under a number of pseudonyms: Alex Baldwin, Webb Beech, Walker E. Blake, James McM Douglas, Jack Dugan, John Kevin Dugan, W.E.B. Griffin, Eden Hughes, Allison Mitchell, Edmund O. Scholefield, Blakely St, James and Patrick J. Williams
    • Prolific American writer of military and crime fiction
    • As Alex Baldwin he wrote the Men At War Series (1984-2012)
    • As Webb Beech he wrote four books including No French Leave (1960)
    • As Walker E. Blake he wrote six books including Heartbreak Ridge (1962)
    • As James McM Douglas he wrote five books including Hunger For Racing (1967)
    • As Jack Dugan he wrote The Deep Kill (1984)
    • As John Kevin Dugan he wrote the first two books in the Badge of Honour Series (1988 and 1999) - subsequent printings were attributed to W.E.B. Griffin
    • As William Edmund Griffin he wrote a number of books including the The Brotherhood of War Series (1982-2001)
    • As Allison Mitchell he wrote two books including Wild Harvest (1983)
    • As Edmund O. Scholefield he wrote five books including L'il Wildcat (1965)
    • As Blakely St. James he wrote Christina's Passion (1977)
    • As Patrick J. Williams he wrote seven books including Return to Daytona (1962)

External Links:

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The use of pseudonyms

The Expanse series of sci-fi books

Hollywood detective Dan Turner

Saturday Review of Literature


Prix Goncourt

Samuel Pepys

The Brontë sisters book of poetry

The A-Z of Authors and Their Pseudonyms

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