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Sunday, August 13, 2006

More about changing his name to Coraghessan

From In conversation by Daniel Asa Rose, Washington Post, July 16, 2006

DAR: Speaking of identity, can you tell me something about why you changed your middle name, when you were 17, from John to Coraghessan?

TCB : Well, here too, I needed to establish that identity for myself. "Thomas John Boyle" was just too ordinary, like "Joseph David Smith." I hadn't begun to write yet, but I had all sorts of pretensions about being something or other, and I thought a nice fancy name would help. Coraghessan is a family name on my mother's side. Irish.


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