In the past, there had been a tradition for women to write using male pseudonyms as females were not considered to be part of the intellectual group. A lot has changed since then, but those books still bear a name which is not theirs. In an attempt to change this, Women’s Prize for Fiction, along with its sponsor Baileys, is all set to release e-books of classics, and this time they will have the name of the female authors.
The series known as ‘The Reclaim Her Name’ will mark the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Prize. A report in The Bookseller states that 25 novels re-released, and will be available for free. The objective is to initiate conversations regarding the reasons many female authors had to hide their real names. The names include the pseudonymous authors George Sand, George Eliot, George Egerton, among others. The series will also witness a revamping of sorts of the covers, to be illustrated by women.
To celebrate our 25th anniversary, we teamed up with @BaileysOfficial on something very special.
Introducing the #ReclaimHerName collection, 25 books previously published under male pen names, with the real, female authors' names finally printed on them: https://t.co/cdQ4wA1p4D pic.twitter.com/rW4L3ZafFJ
— Women's Prize (@WomensPrize) August 12, 2020
Other novels chosen for the “Reclaim Her Name” project include “Marie of the Cabin Club” by Ann Petry, the first African American woman to sell more than a million copies of a book. It had originally been published under the pseudonym, Arnold Petri.