Irving to Irving Relation

Are authors John Irving and Washington Irving related?

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  1. No.

    John Irving was actually born with the name John Blunt, and was later

    changed to Irving when his mother remarried.

    The Dictionary of Literary Biography offers additional details:

    "…John Irving was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, on 2 March 1942.

    His birth name was John Wallace Blunt Jr., in honor of his biological

    father, a World War II flyer who was shot down over Burma. Irving's

    mother, Frances Winslow Irving, legally changed his name to John

    Winslow Irving when he was six years old after he had been adopted by

    her second husband, Colin F. N. Irving…"

    Another take on the story is provided by the Wikipedia entry on John Irving:

    "…John Irving was born John Wallace Blunt, Jr. in Exeter, New

    Hampshire. His mother Helen, a descendant of the Winslows, one of New

    England's oldest and most distinguished families, divorced Irving's

    biological father, an airman serving in the pacific, when Irving was

    two years old. The family maintained a strict silence regarding his

    natural father. When her son was six years old, Helen Winslow married

    Colin F.N. Irving, a Russian History teacher at the prestigious

    Phillips Exeter Academy. John Wallace Blunt, Jr. was adopted by Colin

    Irving and became John Winslow Irving in name…"

    I trust that fully answers your question. But if there's anything

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    search strategy — Searched Google and several biographical databases

    under the author's name.

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