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A pseudonym is a fictitious name used by a person as an alternative to their legal name. A pseudonym is often used by artists and writers if they don't want to give away their real identity, but also don't want to publish their works anonymously.

In the case of authors, a pseudonym is also called a pen name. Many famous authors are known to most people only by their pen name, such as Lewis Carroll (whose real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) or Mark Twain (whose real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens).

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