To Mr. Craig, a fan [Letter 41]

Item Reference Code: 041_11x_001_001

Date(s) of creation

January 30, 1937


Mr. Craig


January 30, 1937

Dear Mr. Craig

Your letter inquiring about the origin of my name has been forwarded to me by my publishers Cassell & Co. In answer to your question, I must say that “Ayn” is both a real name and an invention. The original of it is a Finnish feminine name which is spelled in Russian thus: “Aйнa”. Its pronunciation, spelled phonetically, would be: “I-na”. I do not know what its correct spelling should be in English, but I chose to make it “Ayn”, eliminating the final “a”. I pronounce it as the letter “I” with an “n” added to it.

I hope this will prove helpful to you in your interesting study.

Sincerely yours,