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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