By Any Other Name: Behind the Initials

February 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

In this post, you’ll find a link to an article about the real names of some authors who are more well known by their initials, as well as some explanations as to why they may have preferred not using their given names. Click through for their stories (the one about C.S. Lewis is especially charming)! The authors included are:

A.A. (Alan Alexander) Milne, known for the Winnie the Pooh series.
C.S. (Clive Staples) Lewis, known for The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters.
E.E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings, known for his poetry, such as “i carry your heart with me(i carry it in“.
E. B. (Elwyn Brooks) White, known for Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan, as well as for being the “White” in Strunk & White’s Elements of Style.
F. (Francis) Scott Fitzgerald, known for The Great Gatsby .
H. P. (Howard Phillips) Lovecraft, known for his horror stories, especially “The Call of Cthulu“.
H.G. (Herbert George) Wells, known for The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, and The War of the Worlds.
J.M. (James Matthew) Barrie, known for Peter Pan.
J. (Joanne) K. Rowling, known for the Harry Potter series.
J.D. (Jerome David) Salinger, known for The Catcher in the Rye.
J.R.R. (John Ronald Reuel) Tolkien, known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
L. (Lyman) Frank Baum, known for the Wizard of Oz series.
L.M. (Lucy Maud) Montgomery, known for the Anne of Green Gables series.
P.G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse, known for his comic fiction, such as Carry On, Jeeves.
S.E. (Susan Eloise) Hinton, known for The Outsiders.
T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot, known for his poetry, such as “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock“.
W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden, known for his poetry, such as “Funeral Blues“.
W.B. (William Butler) Yeats, known for his poetry, such as “The Second Coming“.

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A Poem for Catherine (or Katherine)

February 18, 2015 § 5 Comments

(From A Collection of Poems, Chiefly Manuscript, and from Living Authors1823; edited by Joanna Baillie)

EPISTLE TO EARL HARCOURT,
ON HIS WISHING HER TO SPELL HER NAME OF CATHERINE WITH A “K”
by “F—-“.

AND can his antiquarian eyes,
My Anglo-Saxon C despise?
And does Lord Harcourt, day by day,
Regret th’ extinct initial K?
And still, with ardour unabated,
Labour to get it reinstated?—
I know, my Lord, your generous passion
For ev’ry long-exploded fashion;
And own the Catherine you delight in,
Looks irresistibly inviting,
Appears to bear the stamp, and mark,
Of English, used in Noah’s Ark;
“But all that glitters is not gold,”
Nor all things obsolete, are old.
Would you but take the pains to look
In Doctor Johnson’s quarto book,
(As I did, wishing much to see
Th’ aforesaid letter’s pedigree),
Believe me, ‘t would a tale unfold,
Would make your Norman blood run cold.
My Lord, you’ll find the K’s no better
Than an interpolated letter,—
A wand’ring Greek, a franchis’d alien,
Deriv’d from Cadmus or Deucalion,
And, why, or wherefore, none can tell,
Inserted ‘twixt the J and L.
The learned say, our English tongue
On Gothic beams is built and hung;
Then why the solid fabric piece
With motley ornaments from Greece?
Her letter’d despots had no bowels
For northern consonants and vowels;
The Norman and the Greek grammarian
Deem’d us, and all our words, barbarian,
Till those hard words, and harder blows,
Had silenced all our haughty foes,
And proud they were to kiss the sandals
(Shoes we had none) of Goths and Vandals.
So call we now the various race
That gave the Roman eagle chace,
Nurtur’d by all the storms that roll
In thunder round the Arctic Pole,
And from the bosom of the North,
Like gelid rain-drops scatter’d forth—
Dread Odin’s desolating sons,
Teutones, Cimbrians, Franks, and Huns;—
But hold, ‘t would try Don Quixote’s patience,
To nomenclate this mob of nations:
Whose names a poet’s teeth might break,
And only botanists could speak,
They at a single glance would see us
Rang’d in the system of Linnæus;
Would organize the mingled mass,
Assign their genus, order, class,
And give, as trivial, and specific,
Names harder still, and more terrific.
But since our Saxon line we trace
Up to this all-subduing race,
Since flows their blood in British veins,
Who led the universe in chains,
And from their “sole dominion” hurl’d
The giants of the ancient world,
Their boasted languages confounding,
And with such mortal gutturals wounding,
That Greek and Latin fell or fled,
And soon were number’d with the dead;
Befits it us, so much their betters,
To spell our names with conquer’d letters?
And shall they rise and prate again,
Like Falstaff, from among the slain?
A licence quite of modern date
Which no long customs consecrate;
For since this K, of hateful sound,
First set his foot on British ground,
‘Tis not, as antiquaries know,
A dozen centuries ago.—
That darling theme of English story,
For learning fam’d and martial glory,—
Alfred, who quell’d th’ unsurping Dane,
And burst, indignant, from his chain;
Who slaves redeemed, to reign o’er men,
Changing the faulchion for the pen,
And outlin’d, with a master’s hand,
Th’ immortal charter of the land;
Alfred, whom yet these realms obey,
In all his kingdom own’d no K,
From foreign arms, and letters free,
Preserv’d his Cyngly dignity,
And wrote it with a Saxon C.
—This case in point from Alfred‘s laws
Establishes my client’s cause;
Secures a verdict for defendant,
K pays the costs, and there’s an end on’t.
The suit had linger’d long, I grant, if
Counsel had first been heard for plaintiff;
Who might, to use a new expression,
Have urg’d the plea of dis -possession,
And put our better claims to flight,
By pre-, I mean pro scriptive right,
Since that which modern times explode,
The world will deem the prior mode.—
But grant this specious plea prevailing,
And all my legal learning failing;
There yet remains so black a charge,
Not only ‘gainst the K’s at large,
But th’ individual K in question,
You’d tremble at the bare suggestion,
Nor ever more a wish reveal
So adverse to the public weal.

Dear gentle Earl, you little know
That wish might work a world of woe;
The ears that are unborn would rise,
In judgment ‘gainst your lordship’s eyes
The ears that are unborn would rue
Your letter patent to renew
The dormant dignity of shrew.
The K restor’d takes off th’ attainder,
And grants the title, with remainder
In perpetuity devis’d,
To Katherines lawfully baptiz’d.
What has not Shakspeare said and sung,
Of our pre-eminence of tongue!
His glowing pen has writ the name
In characters of fire and flame;
Not flames that mingle as they rise
Innocuous, with their kindred skies;
Some chemic, lady-like solution,
Shewn at the Royal Institution;
But such, as still with ceaseless clamour,
Dance round the anvil, and the hammer.
See him the comic muse invoking,
(The merry nymph with laughter choking)
While he exhibits at her shrine
The unhallow’d form of Katherine;
And there the Gorgon image plants,—
Palladium of the termagants.
He form’d it of the rudest ore
That lay in his exhaustless store,
Nor from the crackling furnace drew,
Which still the breath of genius blew,
Till (to preserve the bright allusion)
The mass was in a state of fusion.
Then cast it in a Grecian mould,
Once modell’d from a living scold;
When from her shelly prison burst
That finished vixen, Kate the curst!

If practice e’er with precept tallies,
Could Shakspeare set down aught in malice?
From nature all his forms he drew,
And held the mirror to to her view;
And if an ugly wart arose,
Or freckle upon nature’s nose,
He flatter’d not th’ unsightly flaw,
But mark’d and copied what he saw;
Strictly fulfilling all his duties
Alike to blemishes and beauties:
So that in Shakspeare’s time ’tis plain,
The Katherines were scolds in grain,
No females louder, fiercer, worse:—
Now contemplate the bright reverse;
And say amid the countless names,
Borne by contemporary dames,—
Exotics, fetch’d from distant nations,
Or good old English appellations,—
Names hunted out from ancient books,
Or form’d on dairy-maids, and cooks,
Genteel, familiar, or pedantic,
Grecian, Roman, or romantic,
Christian, Infidel, or Jew,
Heroines, fabulous or true,
Ruths, Rebeccas, Rachels, Sarahs,
Charlottes, Harriets, Emmas, Claras,
Auroras, Helens, Daphnes, Delias,
Martias, Portias, and Cornelias,
Nannys, Fannys, Jennys, Hettys,
Dollys, Mollys, Biddys, Bettys,
Sacharissas, Melesinas,
Dulcibellas, Celestinas,—
Say, is there one more free from blame,
One that enjoys a fairer fame,
One more endow’d with Christian graces,
(Although I say it to our faces,
And flattery we don’t delight in,)
Than Catherine, at this present writing?
Where, then, can all the difference be?
Where, but between, the K, and C:
Between the graceful curving line,
We now prefix to -atherine,
Which seems to keep with mild police,
Those rebel syllables in peace,
Describing, in the line of duty,
Both physical, and moral beauty,
And that impracticable K
Who led them all so much astray—
Was never seen in black and white,
A character more full of spite!
That stubborn back, to bend unskilful,
So perpendicularly wilful!
With angles, hideous to behold,
Like the sharp elbows of a scold,
In attitude, where words shall fail,
To fight their battles tooth and nail.—
In page the first, you’re sagely told
That “all that glitters is not gold;”
Fain would I quote one proverb more—
“N’eveillez pas le chat qui dort.”
Here some will smile, as if suspicious
That simile was injudicious;
Because in C A T they trace
Alliance with the feline race.
But we the name alone inherit,
C has the letter, K the spirit,
And woe betide the man who tries
Whether or no the spirit dies!
Tho’ dormant long, it yet survives,
With its full complement of lives.
The nature of the beast is still
To scratch and claw , if not to kill ;
For royal Cats, to low-born wrangling
Will superadd the gift of strangling.
Witness in modern times the fate
Of that unhappy potentate,
Who, from his palace near the pole,
Where the chill waves of Neva roll,
Was snatch’d, while yet alive and merry,
And sent on board old Charon’s ferry.
The Styx he travers’d, execrating
A Katherine of his own creating.
Peter the Third—illustrious peer!
Great autocrat of half the sphere!
(At least of all the Russias, he
Was Emperor, Czar of Muscovy)—
In evil hour, this simple Czar,
Impell’d by some malignant star,
Bestow’d upon his new Czarina,
The fatal name of Katerina;
And, as Monseigneur l’Archévêque
Chose to baptize her à la Grecque,
‘Twas Katerina with a K:
He rued it to his dying day:
Nay died, as I observ’d before,
The sooner on that very score—
The Princess quickly learnt her cue,
Improv’d upon the part of shrew,
And as the plot began to thicken,
She wrung his head off like a chicken.
In short this despot of a wife
Robb’d the poor man of crown and life;
And robbing Peter, paid not Paul;
But clear’d the stage of great and small,
No corner of the throne would spare,
To gratify her son and heir,
But liv’d till threescore years and ten,
Still trampling on the rights of men.—
Thy brief existence, hapless Peter!
Had doubtless longer been, and sweeter,
But that thou wilfully disturb’dst
The harmless name she brought from Zerbst.
Nor was it even then too late,
When crown’d and register’d a Kate;
When all had trembling heard, and seen,
The shriller voice, and fiercer mien—
Had’st thou e’en then, without the measure,
That Russian boors adopt at pleasure,
On publishing a tedious ukase,
To blab to all the world the true case,
By virtue of the Imperial knout
But whipt th’ offending letter out—
She, in the fairest page of fame,
Might then have writ her faultless name,
And thou retain’d thy life, and crown,
Till time himself had mow’d them down.

By Any Other Name: Writers Named Tom

February 9, 2015 § 1 Comment

There are hundreds of writers named “Tom“, and here is a list of many of them:

Tom Andrews (1961-2001), American critic and poet.
Tom Barry (1885-1931), American comedian, playwright, and screenwriter.
Tom Becker (b. 1981), English children’s book writer.
Tom Birdseye (b. 1951), American children’s book writer.
Tom W. Blackburn (1913-1992), American author, lyricist, and screenwriter.
Tom Bodett (b. 1955), American author, broadcaster, and voice actor.
Tom Bradby (b. 1967), English author and journalist.
Tom Brokaw (b. 1940), American author, broadcaster, editor, and journalist.
Tom Brown (1662-1704), English satirist and translator.
Tom Buckingham (1895-1934), American director and screenwriter.
Tom Burns (1906-1995), Anglo-Chilean editor and publisher.
Tom Clancy (1947-2013), American historian and novelist.
Tom Clark (b. 1941), American biographer, editor, and poet.
–  Tom Cutter (b. 1951), one of the many pen names of American mystery and Western author Robert J. Randisi, who also publishes as “Cole Weston”, “Joseph Meek”, “Joshua Randall”, “Lew Baines”, “Paul Ledd”, “Robert Lake”, “Spenser Fortune”, and “W.B. Longley”, among other pseudonyms.
Tom Dardis (1926-2001), American author and editor.
Tom Dawe (b. 1940), Canadian children’s book writer and poet.
Tom De Haven (b. 1949), American author, editor, journalist, and teacher.
Tom Deitz (1952-2009), American artist, educator, and fantasy author.
Tom Devine (b. 1945), Scottish historian and writer.
Tom Dolby (b. 1975), Anglo-American editor, essayist, filmmaker, journalist, and novelist.
Tom Egeland (b. 1959), Norwegian novelist.
Tom Fontana (b. 1951), American playwright, producer, and screenwriter.
Tom French (b. 1966), Irish poet.
Tom Gallacher (1934-2001), Scottish playwright.
Tom Gibson (1888-1950), American director and screenwriter.
Tom Glazer (1914-2003), American singer and songwriter.
Tom Godwin (1915-1980), American sci-fi author.
Tom Hadaway (1923-2005), English dramatist and screenwriter.
Tom T. Hall (b. 1936), American novelist, singer, songwriter, and short story writer.
Tom Harpur (b. 1929), Canadian author, broadcaster, columnist, priest, and theologian.
Tom Hayden (b. 1939), American activist, author, and politician.
Tom Healy (b. 1961), American poet, professor, and writer.
Tom Holland (b. 1968), British historian and novelist.
Tom (T.A.G.) Hungerford (1915-2011), Australian author and journalist.
Tom Jans (1948-1984), American musician, singer, and songwriter.
Tom Kettle (1880-1916), Irish barrister, economist, journalist, poet, politician, soldier, and writer.
Tom Kristensen (1893-1974), Danish critic, journalist, novelist, and poet.
Tom Kristensen (b. 1955), Norwegian novelist.
Tom Kromer (1906-1969), American novelist.
Tom Lanoye (b. 1958), Belgian columnist, novelist, playwright, and poet.
Tom Lotherington (b. 1950), Norwegian biographer, novelist, poet, and translator.
Tom (T.) Lovatt-Williams (1897-1986), English poet and writer.
Tom MacInnes (1867-1951), Canadian poet and translator.
Tom Mandel (b. 1942), American poet.
Tom Marshall (1938-1993), Canadian novelist and poet.
Tom Maschler (b. 1933), Anglo-Austrian publisher and writer.
Tom McHale (1902-1994), American novelist.
Tom McHale (1941-1982), American novelist.
Tom McGrath (1940-2009), Scottish musician and playwright.
Tom Munnelly (1944-2007), Irish folklorist and writer.
Tom Murphy (b. 1935), Irish dramatist.
Tom Naegels (b. 1975), Belgian author and journalist.
Tom Paulin (b. 1949), Irish critic and poet.
Tom Perotta (b. 1961), American novelist and screenwriter.
Tom Petty (b. 1950), American musician, producer, singer, and songwriter.
Tom Pickard (b. 1946), English filmmaker and poet.
Tom Pocock (1925-2007), English biographer, historian, and journalist.
Tom Purdom (b. 1936), American critic and author.
Tom Raworth (b. 1938), English artist and poet.
Tom Regan (b. 1938), American activist, philosopher, and writer.
Tom Robbins (b. 1932), American novelist.
Tom Schulman (b. 1950), American screenwriter.
Tom Scott (1918-1995), Scottish editor, poet, and writer.
Tom Sexton (b. 1940), American poet.
Tom Shippey (b. 1943), English author, historian, and scholar.
Tom Springfield (b. 1934), pen name of American singer and songwriter Dionysius P.A. O’Brien.
Tom Stacey (b. 1930), English novelist, publisher, and screenwriter.
Tom Stannage (1944-2012), Australian administrator, academic, and historian.
Tom Stoppard (b. 1937), Anglo-Czech playwright and screenwriter.
Tom Snow (b. 1947), American singer and songwriter.
Tom Taylor (1817-1880), English biographer, critic, dramatist, and editor.
Tom Tryon (1926-1991), American actor, author, and screenwriter.
Tom Waits (b. 1949), American actor, singer, and songwriter.
Tom Walmsley (b. 1948), Canadian novelist, poet, playwright, and screenwriter.
Tom Wayman (b. 1945), Canadian academic, poet, and writer.
Tom Whitecloud (1914-1972), American author and physician.
Tom Whitlock (b. 1954), American lyricist and songwriter.
Tom Wintringham (1898-1949), English activist, author, historian, journalist, poet, politician, and soldier.
Tom Wolfe (b. 1931), American author and journalist.

By Any Other Name: Writers Named Alice

February 9, 2015 § 1 Comment

There is quite a long list of writers named “Alice” (many of whom are poets, interestingly). Here is a start:

Alice Adams (1926-1999), American novelist, professor, and short story writer.
Alice Ambrose (1906-2001), American author, logician, and philosopher.
Alice Bailey (1880-1949), Anglo-American theosophist and writer.
Alice Borchardt (1939-2007), American novelist.
Alice Dayrell Caldeira Brant (1880-1970), Brazilian diarist and socialite, who published under the pen name “Helena Morley”.
Alice Brown (1857-1948), American novelist, playwright, and poet.
Alice Mildred Cable (1878-1952), English author and missionary.
Alice Cary (1820-1871), American poet.
Alice Childress (1916-1994), American actress, author, and playwright.
Alice Dalgliesh (1893-1979), Anglo-American author and children’s book writer.
Alice Allison Dunnigan (1906-1983), American activist, author, and journalist.
Alice Morse Earle (1851-1911), American author and historian.
Alice Cunningham Fletcher (1838-1923), American ethnologist and writer.
Alice French (1850-1934), American novelist and short story writer who also used the pen name “Octave Thanet”.
Alice Masak French (1930-2013), Canadian Inuit memoirist.
Alice Fulton (b. 1952), American author and poet.
Alice Esther Glen (1881-1940), New Zealander activist, children’s book writer, journalist, and novelist, who also published under the pen name “Esther Glen”, or as simply “Esther”.
Alice Gomme (1853-1938), English author and folklorist.
Alice Goodman (b. 1958), American librettist and poet.
Alice Bache Gould (1868-1953), American historian.
Alice Corbin Henderson (1881-1949), American author, editor, and poet.
Alice Tisdale Hobart (1882-1967), American novelist.
Alice Hoffman (b. 1952), American children’s book writer and novelist.
Alice James (1848-1892), American diarist.
Alice Elinor Lambert (1886-1981), American romance author.
Alice Roosevelt Longworth (1884-1980), American socialite and writer.
Alice Low (b. 1926), American children’s book writer and editor.
Alice McDermott (b. 1953), American author and educator.
Alice Meynell (1847-1922), American activist, editor, poet, and writer.
Alice Duer Miller (1874-1942), American poet and writer.
Alice Milligan (1865-1953), Irish poet and writer.
Alice Nadine Morrison (1892-1978), American musician and songwriter.
Alice Munro (b. 1931), Canadian short story writer.
Alice Dunbar Nelson (1875-1935), American activist, journalist, and poet.
Alice Notley (b. 1945), American poet.
Alice O’Fredericks (1899-1968), Danish actress, director, and screenwriter.
Alice Oswald (b. 1966), English poet.
Alice Parizeau (1930-1990), Polish-Canadian criminologist, essayist, journalist, and writer.
Alice N. Persons (b. 1952), American poet.
Alice Priestley (b. 1962), Canadian children’s book writer and illustrator.
Alice Rahon (1904-1987), French-Mexican artist and poet.
Alice Ravenhill (1859-1954), Anglo-Canadian activist, author, and educator.
Alice Hegan Rice (1870-1942), American novelist.
Alice Riley (1867-1955), American children’s book writer, playwright, poet, and songwriter.
Alice Sebold (b. 1953), American novelist.
Alice Bradley Sheldon (1915-1987), American science fiction author who wrote under the pen names “James Tiptree, Jr.” and “Raccoona Sheldon”.
Alice Tilton (1909-1976), pen name of American mystery author Phoebe Atwood Taylor, who also wrote as “Freeman Dana”.
Alice Vieira (b. 1943), Portuguese author and children’s book writer.
Alice von Hildebrand (b. 1923), Belgian philosopher, theologian, and writer.
Alice Walker (b. 1944), American activist and author.
Alice Werner (1859-1935), German poet, teacher, and writer.
Alice Muriel Williamson (1869-1933), British novelist who often published in collaboration with her husband, Charles Norris (C.N.) Williamson, and who also wrote under the pen name “Alice Stuyvesant”.

Some of the Most Common Surnames in the World

February 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

Following are some links where you can read up on some of the most common surnames in the world. Take some time to browse through, and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!

This online discussion includes a map of the most common last names in Europe (click on the imgur link on the top of the page to see the map being discussed).
And this is the Wikipedia article listing the most common European surnames, by country.
Here is a link to the 2000 census results for frequently-occurring last names in the U.S.
And this list shows the most common surnames for African-Americans in the U.S.
Click here for the most common surnames for American Indians and Alaskans.
This link leads to a list of the most common Hispanic last names in the United States.
Click here for a list of the most common last names for people of Asian or Pacific Islander descent living in the United States.
Here is the Wikipedia article listing the most common surnames in Central America, by country.
This Wikipedia article lists the most common surnames in Asia, by country.
And this is the Wikipedia article for the most common surnames in Australia.
Here you’ll find an article listing some of the most unique, and the most common, African last names.
This is another article about African last names, including information on the name origin.

How Your Name Can Become a Very Unfortunate E-Mail Address

February 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

Or, Why You Should Think These Things Through From All Angles Before Naming Your Child In Today’s World.

From the article: “Email addresses and usernames are pretty much generated now by schools and workplaces as a standard procedure. It’s usually made up by a combination such as FirstNameInitial LastName@company.com or the first three letters of your first name and the first three letters of your last name @company.com…or…well, you get the picture. For the vast majority, this works out fine. It’s an easy and efficient way to to have standardized emails. For a select few, however, the arrangement of letters turns out to be incredibly unfortunate…and incredibly hilarious for the rest of us.”

Click through to see how well this worked out for some poor schmucks in the real world.

(For the record, the following are the configurations addressed in the article. How well does your name work in all of these configurations? Any awkward results? Do you know of any other configurations in e-mail generating systems which ought to be considered?)

– First initial + entire last name (e.g. Adminta Zoe = azoe)
– First two initials of the first name + entire last name (e.g. Adminta Zoe = adzoe)
– First two initials of the first name + first three initials of the last name (e.g. Adminta Zoe = adzoe)
– Entire last name + first initial of the first name (e.g. Adminta Zoe = zoea)
– Entire last name + first two initials of the first name (e.g. Adminta Zoe = zoead)
– Entire last name + first three initials of the first name (e.g. Adminta Zoe = zoeadm)

By Any Other Name: Writers Named Ann

February 7, 2015 § 1 Comment

There have been many writers named “Ann” throughout the years, dating back to at least the seventeenth century. Here is a starting list:

Ann Bancroft (b. 1955), American adventurer, author, and teacher.
Ann Bannon (b. 1932), pen name of American pulp fiction author Ann Weldy.
Ann Baynard (1672-1697), English natural philosopher and writer.
Ann Beattie (b. 1947), American novelist and short story writer.
Ann Eliza Bleecker (1752-1783), American correspondent and poet.
Ann Brashares (b. 1967), American novelist.
Ann Bridge (1889-1974), pen name of English novelist and traveler Mary Ann O’Malley (also known as “Cottie Sanders”).
Ann Nolan Clark (1896-1995), American children’s book writer.
Ann Cleeves (b. 1954), English crime fiction author.
Ann Turner Cook (b. 1926), American mystery author.
Ann C. Crispin (1950-2013), American sci-fi author.
Ann Dally (1929-2007), English author and psychiatrist.
Ann Darr (1920-2007), American educator and poet.
Ann Diamond (b. 1951), Canadian novelist, poet, and short story writer.
Ann Marie Di Mambro (b. 1950), Scottish playwright and screenwriter.
Ann Downer (b. 1960), American fantasy author and poet.
Ann, Lady Fanshawe (1625-1680), English memoirist.
Ann Fienup-Riordan (b. 1948), American anthropologist and author.
Ann Fisher-Wirth (b. 1947), American author and poet.
Ann Smith Franklin (1696-1763), American editor, publisher, and writer.
Ann Fagan Ginger (b. 1925), American activist, lawyer, teacher, and writer.
Ann Granger (b. 1949), pen name of English novelist Patricia Ann Granger, who also published as “Ann Hulme”.
Ann Griffiths (1776-1805), Welsh hymnwriter and poet.
Ann Hood (b. 1956), American novelist and short story writer.
Ann Harriet Hughes (1852-1910), Welsh novelist who wrote under the pen name “Gwyneth Vaughan”.
Ann Ireland (b. 1953), Canadian novelist.
Ann Jebb (1735-1812), English activist, reformer, and writer, who sometimes published under the pen name “Priscilla”.
Ann Jellicoe (b. 1927), English actress, director, and playwright.
Ann Jonas (1932-2013), American children’s book writer and illustrator.
Ann Jones (b. 1937), American activist, author, and journalist.
Ann Kelly (b. 1941), English children’s book writer and poet.
Ann Lauterbach (b. 1943), American essayist, poet, and professor.
Ann Major (b. 1946), pen name of American romance author Margaret Major Cleaves.
Ann M. Martin (b. 1955), American children’s book writer.
Ann (A.E.) Maxwell (b. 1944), American novelist who often collaborates with her husband, Evan Maxwell, and who also publishes under the pen names “Elizabeth Lowell” and “Lowell Charters”.
Ann Moray (1909-1981), Welsh novelist and singer.
Ann Oakley (b. 1944), English activist, sociologist, and writer.
Ann Packer (b. 1959), American novelist and short story writer.
Ann Patchett (b. 1963), American novelist.
Ann Peebles (b. 1947), American singer and songwriter.
Ann Petry (1908-1997), American novelist and short story writer.
Ann Plato (c. 1824-sometime after 1841), American author, educator, and poet.
Ann Quin (1936-1973), English novelist.
Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823), English Gothic novelist.
Ann Rinaldi (b. 1934), American novelist.
Ann Ronnell (1906/08-1993), American composer and lyricist.
Ann Rule (1931-2015), American crime author who also published under the pen names “Andy Stack”, “Arthur Stone”, and “Chris Hansen”.
Ann Schlee (b. 1934), English novelist.
Ann Eliza Smith (1819-1905), American author and poet.
Ann Stanford (1916-1987), American editor, educator, poet, and translator.
Ann S. Stephens (1810-1886), American editor and novelist.
Ann Thwaite (b. 1932), English biographer and children’s book writer.
Ann Turnbull (b. 1943), English children’s book writer.
Ann Turner (b. 1945), American children’s book writer and poet.
Ann Yearsley (1753-1806), English poet and writer.
Ann Zwinger (1925-2014), American naturalist and writer.

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