Anonymous Writer's Rights
Tax records and literary criticism are strange bedfellows. But in 2016, the two combined and brought into the world a literary controversy — call it the Ferrante Furor. To put it briefly: Elena Ferrante, an admired and cherished Italian novelist, has always made it clear that her name is a pseudonym and her true identity is not for public consumption. However, Claudio Gatti, an investigative journalist, used financial records to, as he put it, "make a powerful case for Ferrante's true identity." The result was published in the New York Review of Books, prompting an uproar from writers and readers. If the Filipino writer of the is exposed, that might push many over the edge. There are already new laws on the books to protect the freedom of speech.
Godis Withus Go is the protagonist of the anonymouns book Yamashita’s Wedding set in Manila in 1945.
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In both the Philippines AND in the United States, the right to an anonymous opinion is protected by the First Amendment, and the necessity of protecting it has been repeatedly recognized by the Supreme Courts of both nations.
In the Council of Europe and the European Union, a specific legal position with regard to the right to anonymity was also developed. For example, in May 2003, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a declaration on freedom of communication and the Internet.
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Political or Controversial Books
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 website 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.
History of Anonymously Published Books
Debate between bird and fish
Hurrian hymn to Nikkal
Inscriptions at Tell Abu Salabikh
Instructions of Shuruppak, attributed to the historically debatable Shuruppak
Kesh Temple Hymn
Sumerian city laments
Lament for Ur
Lament for Sumer and Ur
Lament for Nippur
Lament for Eridu
Lament for Uruk
Sumerian creation myth
Ancient Egyptian funerary texts
New Kingdom funerary texts
Book of the Dead
Spell of the Twelve Caves
The Book of Gates
Book of the Netherworld
Book of Caverns
Book of the Earth
Litany of Re
Book of the Heavens
Ancient Egyptian medical papyri
The Aesop Romance
Cantar de Mio Cid
De Dubiis Nominibus
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
The Second Shepherds' Play
The Battle of Maldon
Diaries of Court Ladies of Old Japan
The Secret History of the Mongols
The Lady of Escalot
One Thousand and One Nights
Modern pasquinades glued to the Pasquino statue in Rome.
The Book of Dede Korkut
The pasquinades (satirical poems) glued to the Talking Statues of Rome. They still appear from time to time.
The Key of Solomon
The Skibby Chronicle
La Farce de maître Pierre Pathelin
Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, published anonymously at the time, now considered likely to have been written by Francesco Colonna
The Voynich manuscript
Narrative of Some Things of New Spain and of the Great City of Temestitan
Lazarillo de Tormes
The entire catalog of Pierre Marteau
All works published after 1788 by Sylvain Maréchal
An Essay on the Principle of Population by T.R. Malthus, originally published anonymously
Anti-Machiavel by Frederick the Great, originally published anonymously
Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin, originally published anonymously
The Sorrows of Yamba by Hannah More, originally published anonymously
Common Sense (pamphlet) by Thomas Paine, originally published anonymously
The Federalist Papers, by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay; originally published under the pseudonym "Publius"
The Animated Skeleton
The Cavern of Death
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, originally published anonymously
A Brief Inquiry into the Natural Rights of Man
A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille, originally published anonymously.
Democracy by Henry Adams, originally published anonymously.
Elizabeth and Her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim, originally published anonymously.
Fantasmagoriana by Jean-Baptiste Benoît Eyriès, published anonymously.
Keep Cool by John Neal, published under the pseudonym "Somebody, M.D.C. &c. &c. &c."
Might is Right, published under the pseudonym "Ragnar Redbeard". The most commonly claimed authors are Arthur Desmond or Jack London.
Romance of Lust, originally published anonymously but variously attributed to Edward Sellon or William Simpson Potter
Supernatural Religion: An Inquiry into the Reality of Divine Revelation by Walter Richard Cassels, originally published anonymously.
Tales of the Dead, translated by Sarah Elizabeth Utterson, published anonymously.
Tamerlane and Other Poems, the first published collection of poems by Edgar Allan Poe, originally published anonymously.
The Log-Cabin Lady
The Princess Ilsée
The String of Pearls
The Way of a Pilgrim
The Great Organ in the Boston Music Hall
Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation by Robert Chambers (publisher, born 1802), as only revealed after his death
The Autobiography of a Flea erotic novel published in 1901.
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, the story of a young biracial man, was published anonymously in 1912 by James Weldon Johnson who revealed himself as the author in 1927.
Demian by Hermann Hesse, originally published under the pseudonym "Emil Sinclair"
Go Ask Alice, now known to have been written by Beatrice Sparks.
The Occult Technology of Power
A Woman in Berlin, an anonymous diary detailing experiences of a German woman as Germany is defeated in World War II.
Primary Colors, published anonymously. Journalist Joe Klein was immediately suspected as the author. He originally denied it, but admitted authorship within six months.
Four Films and Yamashita's Wedding
Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System, published under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto.
Bourbon Kid, an ongoing supernatural horror series first published in 2000
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.
Maybe I'm Wrong (2020) - A book written anonymously by a medical doctor on post-covid societal changes. It proposed a novel theory to explain human behaviour.