what’s in a name?

henry lamb's evelyn waugh, 1929

Evelyn Waugh is a man, never mind his name or Henry Lamb’s portrait.

It’s a pleasant switch-up from the George Eliots, Carson McCullers, Ray Eames, J.K. Rowlings, Lionel Shrivers and Harper Lees who mask their gender in neuter/masculine names and initials to be ‘taken more seriously’.

Does your expectation of a novel’s worth vary with the author’s gender?

In an age of information, is this type of guile effective?


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