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Hello, I’ve been posting information on Facebook for the last two years and have finally got round to organising a website. The site contains much of the same information and material as my Facebook site but I’m aware not everyone does Facebook and that the information there is often hard to access other than by labouriously scrolling down. The information here is far better organised and more extensive.

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A literary quiz for you -
Can you put names to the initials. (answers below)

1. A.A. Milne

2. C.S. Lewis

3. H.G. Wells

4. J.D. Salinger

5. F. Scott Fitzgerald

6. J.K. Rowling

7. E.E. Cummings

8. W.B. Yeats

9. T.S. Eliot

10. P.G. Wodehouse

11. W.H. Auden

12. J.M. Barrie

13. J.R.R. Tolkien

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1. A.A. Milne – Alan Alexander
2. C.S. Lewis – Clive Staples. Apparently Lewis never liked his given name. It’s often said that he assumed the name of a beloved dog named Jacksie after it was hit by a car, but his brother had a different story to tell about how the name came to be:
Then, in the course of one holiday, my brother made the momentous decision to change his name. Disliking "Clive," and feeling his various baby-names to be beneath his dignity, he marched up to my mother, put a forefinger on his chest, and announced "He is Jacksie." He stuck to this next day and thereafter, refusing to answer to any other name: Jacksie it had to be, a name contracted to Jacks and then to Jack. So to his family and his intimate friends, he was Jack for life: and Jack he will be for the rest of this book.
3. H.G. Wells – Herbert George
4. J.D. Salinger - Jerome David. As a kid, however, most people called him “Sonny.”
5. F. Scott Fitzgerald - Francis. Actually, it was Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, and no, the name wasn’t a coincidence. He was named after that Francis Scott Key, the one who wrote The Star Spangled Banner. They were second cousins, three times removed.
6. J.K. Rowling - Joanne K. Jo Rowling added a "K" for Kathleen (her grandma’s name) at her publisher’s request. According to Rowling's website, the publisher "thought that a woman’s name would not appeal to the target audience of young boys."
7. E.E. Cummings - Edward Estlin. I had always heard that Cummings insisted on using lowercase letters for his initials, but according to his widow, that was a myth.
8. W.B. Yeats - William Butler
9. T.S. Eliot - Thomas Stearns
10. P.G. Wodehouse - Pelham Grenville. I’m guessing there are a couple of reasons he went with P.G., the least of which is that “Pelham Grenville Wodehouse” takes up a lot of real estate on book covers.
11. W.H. Auden - Wystan Hugh
12. J.M. Barrie - James Matthew
13. J.R.R. Tolkien - John Ronald Reuel. As a child, his family called him Ronald.
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