[thechat] fantasy authors (was RE: Cadfael)

Luther, Ron Ron.Luther at hp.com
Wed Jan 4 11:17:10 CST 2006

Martin Burns set the record straight:

>>The authorised origin is:
> The story behind Rincewind's name goes back to 1924, when J. B.  
> Morton took over authorship of the column 'By The Way' in the Daily 
> Express, a London newspaper. [snip /]

I stand corrected!  

Neat!  I'll have to keep an eye out for collections of those!

[R]> be more than passingly acquainted with Brecht!
>>No, don't get that one, sorry...

No. Totally my fault.  Typing before thinking .... Again!

While I have some familiarity with the 
longstanding (300+ years counts as 'longstanding', 
right?) tradition in English literature of using 
emblematic names; (things like choosing to name a 
Lothario-like character "Mr. Pinchbottom" for 
example) ... for some reason whenever I see names 
of this type I immediately think of Bertold 
Brecht's 1941 play "Mother Courage".  

I guess the play had an impact on me. Specifically 
the aptly and unforgettably named son who is killed 
in the war. [1]


[1] The character's name is "Swiss Cheese".  

Probably not the best name a soldier could have.

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