List of anonymously published works

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Throughout the history of literature, since the creation of bound texts in the forms of books and codices, various works have been published and written anonymously, often due to their political or controversial nature, or merely for the purposes of the privacy of their authors, among other reasons. This article provides a list of literary works published anonymously, either attributed to "Anonymous", or with no specific author's name given.

Not included in this list are works which predate the advent of publishing and general attribution of authorship, such as ancient written inscriptions (such as hieroglyphic or pictographical, transcribed texts), certain historical folklore and myths of oral traditions now published as text, and reference or plain texts (letters, notes, graffiti) recovered archaeologically, which are otherwise unimportant to literary studies. Religious texts and grimoires, which are often written anonymously, may appear, along with works initially written anonymously whose authors are now known.

This list is ordered alphabetically by title.

Works predating the Common Era[edit]

Ancient Mesopotamian works[edit]

Ancient Egyptian works[edit]

Other works[edit]

Early classics[edit]

15th century[edit]

Modern pasquinades glued to the Pasquino statue in Rome.

16th century[edit]

17th century[edit]

18th century[edit]

19th century[edit]

20th century[edit]

21st century[edit]

  • Bourbon Kid, an ongoing supernatural horror series first published in 2000[4]
  • The Bride Stripped Bare, an erotic novel published in 2003; soon after, the author was revealed as the Australian writer Nikki Gemmell.
  • Through Our Enemies' Eyes: Osama Bin Laden, Radical Islam and the Future of America (2003) and Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror (2004) – both revealed to have been written by former CIA employee Michael Scheuer.
  • Recipes for Disaster: An Anarchist Cookbook (2004) - published by the CrimethInc. collective.
  • My Immortal (2005) – A work of fiction settled in the Harry Potter universe involving goth subculture which has become a cult phenomenon.
  • Rolling Thunder (2005–2014) – eleven issues of "an anarchist journal of dangerous living" published the CrimethInc collective.
  • Diary of an Oxygen Thief (2006) – A Dutch novel about the independent art, literature, and music scene in Brooklyn, New York.
  • O: A Presidential Novel (2011) – ISBN 978-1-4516-2596-7. A speculative novel about President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. The publishers, Simon & Schuster, claim that the book was written by someone who was "in the room" with the President.
  • The Incest Diary (2017)
  • A Warning (2019) – A book written by anonymously by Trump senior official Miles Taylor that expands upon I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration (2018) from the New York Times.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fleischmann, Fritz (1983). A Right View of the Subject: Feminism in the Works of Charles Brockden Brown and John Neal. Erlangen, Germany: Verlag Palm & Enke Erlangen. p. 205. ISBN 978-3-7896-0147-7.
  2. ^ Bain, Robert (1971). "Introduction". In Bain, Robert (ed.). Seventy-Six. Bainbridge, New York: York Mail—Print, Inc. p. xxii. OCLC 40318310. Facsimile reproduction of 1823 Baltimore edition by John Neal, two volumes in one.CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  3. ^ "Lybrary: Eugene Edwards". Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  4. ^ "L'auteur du Livre sans nom se confie". Metro France. Archived from the original on 16 September 2011. Retrieved 11 December 2012.

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