Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Names, Initially

It occurred to me the other day just how many great writers go by initials. I wonder why? Do they just have a more acute understanding on how words can affect biases? In the past, of course, many women were advised to publish under initials (or a male pseudonym) to attract readership, but I was surprised how few female writers I found that still might be recognized today.
Anyway, I'm sure I've missed some literary greats, so I look forward to your comments. ;)

  • Abbott Joseph--A.J. Liebling
  • Alan Alexander--A.A. Milne
  • Alfred Edward--A.E. Housman
  • Antonia Susan--A.S. Byatt
  • Archibald Joseph--A.J. Cronin
  • Archie Randolph--A.R. Ammons
  • Carolyn Janice--C.J. Cherryh
  • Catherine Lucille--C.L. Moore
  • Cecil Scott--C.S. Forester
  • Cleo Virginia--V.C. Andrews
  • Clive Staples--C.S. Lewis
  • David Herbert--D.H. Lawrence
  • Edgar Lawrence--E.L. Doctorow
  • Edith--E. Nesbit
  • Edmée Elizabeth Monica--E.M. Delafield [Dashwood]
  • Edward Estlin--E.E. Cummings
  • Edward Morgan--E.M. Forster
  • Elwyn Brooks--E. B. White
  • Eric Rücker--E.R. Eddison
  • Francis--F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Gilbert Keith--G.K. Chesterton
  • Harold Lenoir--H.L. Davis
  • Henry Louis--H.L. Mencken
  • Herbert Ernest--H.E. Bates
  • Herbert George--H. G. Wells
  • Hilda Doolittle--H.D.
  • Howard Phillips--H.P. Lovecraft
  • Isidor Feinstein--I.F. Stone
  • James Graham--J.G. Ballard
  • James Matthew--J.M. Barrie
  • James Patrick--J.P. Donleavy
  • Jean-Marie Gustave--J.M.G. Le Clézio
  • Jerome David--J.D. Salinger
  • Joan--J. California Cooper
  • Joanne Kathleen--J.K. Rowling
  • John Boynton--J.B. Priestley
  • John Davys--J.D. Beresford
  • John Maxwell--J.M. Coetzee
  • John Millington--J.M. Synge
  • John Ronald Reuel--J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Letitia Elizabeth Landon--L.E.L.
  • Lyman--L. Frank Baum
  • Mary Frances Kennedy--M.F.K. Fisher
  • Navarre--N. Scott Momaday
  • Pamela Lyndon--P.L. Travers
  • Patrick Jake--P.J. O'Rourke
  • Pelham Grenville--P. G. Wodehouse
  • Philip Dey--P.D. Eastman
  • Phyllis Dorothy--P.D. James
  • Rafael Aloysius--R.A. Lafferty
  • Robert Lawrence--R.L. Stine
  • Ronald Stuart--R.S. Thomas
  • Shira Judith--S.J. Rozan
  • Susan Eloise--S.E. Hinton
  • Terence Hanbury--T. H. White
  • Theodore Francis--T.F. Powys
  • Thomas Stearns--T.S. Eliot
  • Vidiadhar Surajprasad--V.S. Naipaul
  • William Edward Burghardt--W.E.B. Du Bois
  • William Edward Butterworth--W.E.B. Griffin
  • William Butler--W.B. Yeats
  • William Henry--W.H. Davies
  • Winfried Georg--W.G. Sebald
  • Wystan Hugh--W.H. Auden