Guidance on how to pronounce those tricky author names, for authors whose last name begins with "A"!

Author Pronunciations

35 last names beginning with "A"

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AB-ag-nail
Aboul-Ela
AH-boo JAH-ber
issel-deen abu-laysh
Gil is short for Gillian, thus pronounced Jill
Chim-muh-MAHN-duh en-GOH-zee ah-DEECH-ee-(ay) The “ay” is soft, not quite a diphthong.
arh-vindh adi-ja
First name pronounced kice (rhymes with rice)
AY-add AHK-tar
u-em ak-pan
The pen name of Grigory Chkhartishvili, pronounced CHAHAR-kesh-veely
Rah-be Ahlah-m'dean
danYELL all-ar-CONE (the "r" is not rolled as in Spanish only double-r's are rolled)
al-bum (as in record album)
All-bright
AL-da. Most pronounce the first syllable to rhyme with ball, but considering Alda's father created the name from the first two letters of his first and last name (Alphonso D'Abruzzo), arguably the first syllable should be as in the Al in Alphonso.
sher-mn a-lexie
Ees-abel Ay-enday (or ä-YEN-d?)
tony al-me-ell
To quote the author, his name is pronounced "just like the nut"
a-NEE-tah ah-mir-rez-wani
AIM-as
ni-CO-lo ama-NEE-tee
ahm-PWAIR-oh
Emphasis on the second syllable of last name
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