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Question: The “Bell” “brothers” wrote their books in the parish of Haworth, Yorkshire, England. Who were they?
Answer: The Bront? sisters published under the male noms de plume of "Currer," "Ellis," and "Acton Bell," respectively.
Question: This aristocratic Danish “fellow,” who owned a coffee plantation in Kenya, published under three male pseudonyms. Which was the best known?
Answer: “Isak Dinesen” was the best-known pseudonym of Karen Christence Dinesen, Baroness Blixen-Finecke. She also published under the names “Peter Lawless” and “Pierre Andrézel.”
Question: What is the actual name of science fiction writer “James Tiptree, Jr.”?
Answer: She also published under the name “Raccoona Sheldon.” Her actual identity was a well-kept secret until her mother’s obituary gave an essential clue to it.
Question: Which Australian woman writer occasionally published under the name “Brent of Bin Bin”?
Answer: Charmingly, she also published as “Mrs. Ogniblat L’Artsau.”
Question: Which British poet contributed to a volume of “posthumous fragments” purporting to have been written by “Margaret Nicholson”?
Answer: He and a college friend, Thomas Jefferson Hogg, created and published the pamphlet while they were students at University College, Oxford.
Question: One of the Founding Fathers of the United States adopted the nom de plume “Silence Dogood” at age 16 in a letter to the editor of The New-England Courant. Who was he?
Answer: Some of his other pseudonyms were “Polly Baker” and “Alice Addertongue.”
Question: What Nobel Prize-winning woman writer used the pseudonym “John Sedges”?
Answer: She published five novels under that male pseudonym.
Question: What English essayist and novelist published her works as “Vernon Lee”?
Answer: She initially adopted the masculine nom de plume so that she would be taken seriously, but she soon came to be known by that name both personally and professionally.
Question: A woman writer who adopted the given name of “George” in her masculine nom de plume had an affair with composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin. Which George was it?
Answer: Amantine-Aurore-Lucile Dudevant, who published as “George Sand,” also counted the writers Prosper Mérimée and Alfred de Musset among her lovers.
Question: “Rrose Sélavy” was a stylish alter ego and sometime pseudonym for which important 20th-century artist and chess player known for his readymade Fountain and Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2?
Answer: Man Ray photographed Duchamp in drag as Rrose Sélavy many times.
Charlotte Bronte from a chalk drawing by George Richmond, 1850. English novelist author of Jane Eyre, Shirley, and Villette. Her family was literary. Her sisters Emily and Anne were also writers, both died before the age of 40.

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