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Mystery Initials

Full names of famous authors

tracked down by Holly Hartman
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The Hobbit

Maybe "John Ronald Reuel" didn't fit on the book cover?!

Ever wonder what the two R's stand for in J. R. R. Tolkien? Curious about whether S. E. Hinton is a man or a woman? Want to know J. K. Rowling's elusive middle name? Read on to solve those mysteries—and get on a first-name basis with other favorite children's authors.

  • J. M. Barrie
    Known for: Peter Pan
    Full name: James Matthew Barrie

  • L. Frank Baum
    Known for: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
    Full name: Lyman Frank Baum

  • L. M. Boston
    Known for: Green Knowe series
    Full name: Lucy Maria Boston

  • S. E. Hinton
    Known for: The Outsiders
    Full name: Susan Eloise Hinton

  • E. L. Konigsburg
    Known for: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
    Full name: Elaine Lobl Konigsburg

  • C. S. Lewis
    Known for: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
    Full name: Clive Staples Lewis

  • A. A. Milne
    Known for: Winnie the Pooh
    Full name: Alan Alexander Milne

  • F. N. Monjo
    Known for: The Drinking Gourd
    Full name: Ferdinand Nicholas Monjo

  • L. M. Montgomery
    Known for: Anne of Green Gables
    Full name: Lucy Maud Montgomery

  • E. Nesbit
    Known for: Five Children and It
    Full name: Edith Nesbit

  • H. A. Rey
    Known for: Curious George
    Full name: Hans Augusto Rey

  • J. K. Rowling
    Known for: Harry Potter series
    Full name: Joanne Kathleen Rowling

  • R. L. Stine
    Known for: Goosebumps series
    Full name: Robert Lawrence Stine

  • J. R. R. Tolkien
    Known for: The Hobbit
    Full name: John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

  • P. L. Travers
    Known for: Mary Poppins
    Full name: Pamela Lyndon Travers

  • E. B. White
    Known for: Charlotte's Web
    Full name: Elwyn Brooks White

  • T. H. White
    Known for: The Sword in the Stone
    Full name: Terence Hanbury White



Did you know?  “Vermont” comes from the French “vert mont,” meaning “green mountain.”

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