Here Is the CORRECT Way to Pronounce Dr. Seuss (and 17 Other Popular Author Names)
Most people mispronounce Dr. Seuss (hint: it doesn’t rhyme with moose). Learn the correct way to say his name, plus these 17 other famous literary names.
Don’t say: REAR-din, or Ree-OHR-din
Correct pronunciation: RYE-ohr-din (like rye whiskey)
If you ever have trouble remembering the correct pronunciation, think about Riordan’s Percy Jackson series. Percy finds out he’s the son of the Greek god Poseidon, and the “eye” sound in Poseidon is the same sound in the first syllable of Riordan.
Don’t say: Al-bert Kam-muss
Correct pronunciation: ahl-BEHR kah-MOO
Blame the French language for the silent letters and tricky pronunciations that make this famous author’s name so confusing, but you probably recognize it from English or philosophy classes of years past. Don’t miss these 10 high school English books everyone should reread.
Don’t say: see-EZ-ka
Correct pronunciation: SHEH-ska
Sciezska is known for his children’s books, most notably the Time Warp Trio series, but even adults have trouble saying his name.
Don’t say: Sha-BONE
Correct pronunciation: SHAY-bun
Yet another case where the wrong emphasis can totally change a person’s name. Chabon received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, and has also won awards for The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Telegraph Avenue, and Moonglow.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Don’t say: RILL-kee
Correct pronunciation: RILL-kuh
Rilke was born in Prague (now part of the Czech Republic) and made significant contributions to German literature over the course of his life.
Don’t say: Prool, or Prooks
Correct pronunciation: Proo
Proulx, born Edna Ann Proulx, won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her second novel, The Shipping News. She is also known for her novel, Brokeback Mountain, which was later adapted into an Academy Award-winning film. Want more ideas for your reading list? Here are 18 good books you can read in a day.