Every California-educated fourth-grader who didn’t sleep through English class knows that Mark Twain was the pen name for one Mr. Samuel Langhorne Clemens. (Incidentally, Twain probably wouldn’t have minded anyone sleeping through that tidbit so long as he or she was at least dreaming about something worthwhile.)

As I proofread Heyday’s forthcoming book The Illuminated Landscape: A Sierra Nevada Anthology (coming out in May 2010!), I couldn’t help notice how many pseudonyms are used by other California greats (and pseudo-greats). See if you can match these Alan Smithees to their Real McCoys, all of whom are featured in Heyday books.

Pen Names
1. Joaquin Miller
2. T. Coraghessan Boyle
3. Bret Harte
4. Jack London
5. John Muir Laws
6. Lucy Thompson
7. Brother Antoninus
8. Grace Greenwood
9. Dame Shirley
10. Frank Norris

Real Names
A. Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
B. Sarah Jane Clarke
C. William Everson
D. Benjamin Franklin [Last Name] E. Che-ne-wah Weitch-ah-wah
F. Francis [Last Name] G. Cincinnatus Heine [Last Name] H. Tom [Last Name] I. John Griffith Chaney
J. real name!

Key: 1 (G); 2 (H); 3 (F); 4 (I); 5 (J); 6 (E); 7 (C); 8 (B); 9 (A); 10 (D)


  1. heydaybooks.com says

    Aka.. Very nice 🙂

  2. heydaybooks.com says

    Aka.. Not so bad 🙂