A writer by any other name…

Using pen names has been a common practice for, well, a very long time. George Eliot is a nom de plume, as are George Orwell and George Sand. Though not a George, journalist Sarah Hall chose to publish her fiction under a different name. She writes for The Guardian about this decision, the history of the pen name, and the reasons authors continue to use them.

is a staff writer for The Millions. She lives in New York and every so often writes things at kaulielewis.wordpress.com.

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