NABOKV-L post 0003130, Sat, 23 May 1998 08:30:06 -0700

Re: Query: G.H. Orwell (fwd)
From: Charles Nicol <>

He is called G.H. Orwell because VN was a great admirer of the
science-fiction works of H.G. Wells, and he sees *1984* as a pretty
crude backward step from the master by another author with a "well"
in his name.
Charles Nicol

>From Robert Cook, University of Iceland

Query: Why does VN refer to George Orwell as "G. H. Orwell" in the Foreword
to Invitation to a Beheading? As far as I can see from checking books and
bibliographies, Orwell always went by the name "George Orwell," with no
middle initial.