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Names of Authors

Like the fictional characters they create, authors often have wonderfully imaginative names. Writers were selected for this list according to their names, not their work. Therefore, representing the Williams is William Makepeace Thackery rather than William Faulkner or William Shakespeare, the majority of readers would not probably not think of Thackery right off and his middle name of Makepeace does deserve a mention. Although duplicates were avoided two Georges did manage to work their way into the line up, but since they were women, the names seemed suitably unusual for inclusion.

So don't be alarmed if your favorite author is not acknowledged here: the following list was not intended to be comprehensive, but rather to demonstrate the rich variety of names, spellings, and combinations that the field of literature can offer. Hope you enjoy the read.


Aldous Huxley, English
Alejo Carpentier, Cuban
Algernon Charles Swinburne, English
Branwell Bronte, English
Carl Sandburg, American
Charles Dickens, English
Christopher Marlowe, English
Daniel Defoe, English
Dashiell Hammett, American
Edgar Allan Poe, American
Ernest Hemingway, American
Evelyn (Arthur St. John) Waugh, English
Ezra (Loomis) Pound, American
Florencio Sanchez, Uruguayan
Ford Madox Ford, English
Franz Kafka, Austrian
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Colombian
Geoffrey Chaucer, English
Gerard Manley Hopkins, English
Henry James, English
Herman Melville, American
Izaak Walton, English
James Joyce, Irish
Joyce Cary, English
John Milton, English
Jonathan Swift, Irish
Jules Verne, French
Lanford Wilson, American
Langston Hughes, American
Maurice Sendak, French
Michael Ondaatje, Canadian
Nathaniel Hawthorne, American
Ralph Waldo Emerson, American
Pablo Neruda, Chilean
Richard Ford, American
Robert Burns, Scottish
Samuel Butler, English
Sherman Alexie, American
Stéphane Mallarmé, French
Tennessee Williams, American
T.(homas) S.(tearns) Eliot, English
Thornton Wilder, American
Tobias (George) Smollet, English
Umberto Eco, Italian
Walt Whitman, American
Sir Walter Scott, Scottish
Wilkie Collins, English
William Makepeace Thackery, English
Wyndham Lewis, English
Zane Grey, American


(Adeline)Virginia Woolf, English
Alice Munroe, Canadian
Amy (Lawrence) Lowell, American
Anais Nin, American
(Anna) Eleanor Roosevelt, American
Anne, Charlotte, and Emily Bronte, English
Anne Sexton, American
Catherine Parr Trail, Canadian
Christina Georgina Rossetti, English
Clarice Lispector, Brazilian
Cora Sandel (Sara Magarethe Fabricus), Norwegian
Dame Edith Sitwell, English
Danielle Steele, American
Dorothy Parker, American
Elinor (Hoyt) Wylie, American
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, English
Ethel (Davis Bryant) Wilson, Canadian
Eudora Welty, American
Felicia Dorothea Hemans, English
George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), English
George Sand (Amandine Lucie Aurore Dupin), French
Harriet Beecher Stowe, American
Helen (Clark) MacInnes, American
Jane Austen, English
Josephine (Louise) Mills, American
Joyce Carol Oates, American
Judith (Arundell) Wright, Australian
Maeve Binchie, Irish
Margaret Atwood, Canadian
Marilyn Symonds, Canadian
Kate Chopin, American
Katherine Mansfield, English
Lillian Hellman, American
Louisa May Alcott, American
Louise Erdrich, American
Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canadian
Marianne Moore, American
Mari(e Susette) Sandoz, American
Mary Shelley, English
Susanna (Strickland) Moodie, Canadian
Sylvia Plath, American
Toni Morrison, American

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