If you want to sound worldly when discussing literature, getting a grasp on pronunciation is a must. McSweeney’s Issue 33, The San Franscisco Panorama, came with a nifty little guide to pronouncing authors’ surnames. It was quite a blow to the self-esteem to discover how many crimes of mispronunciation I have committed over the years! I’ve written a few examples below, but for an exhaustive list with links to audio clips, see this article from The Millions.
|Anais Nin||ah-NAYH-us NIN|
|Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie||en-GO-Zeh ad-DEE-chay|
|Chinua Achebe||CHIN-wah a-CHEY-be|
|Colm Tóibín||COL-um toe-BEEN|
|John Le Carré||luh kahr-AY|
|Kazuo Ishiguro||ka-ZOO-o ish-i-GU-ro|
|Paulo Coelho||PAW-lu co-AY-u|