Mystery Initials
Full names of famous authors

tracked down by Holly Hartman
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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.

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