Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tuesday Trivia

Being an author doesn't seem like it would be a dramatic profession. But some writers were indeed larger than life, and there are stories. Who were these authors? (From Richard Lederer's Literary Trivia)

As a young cadet, this American author was expelled from West Point for showing up to march wearing nothing but white gloves.

When this Irish playwright was stopped by U.S. Customs, he proclaimed "I have nothing to declare but my genius!"

When this American poet's first collection of poems appeared in 1855, the Boston Intelligencer's review read:
The author should be kicked out from all decent society as below the level of the brute. He must be some escaped lunatic raving in pitiable delerium.

Here's the answer to last week's trivia question:
(Also from Richard Lederer's Literary Trivia)

In Shirley Jackson's The Lottery, what does the winner of the lottery receive?
Death by stoning.

In Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes, who is Algernon?
A laboratory rat

In The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, what letter is scarlet, and what does it stand for?
The letter "A", for Adultery

What are the two cities in Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities?
Paris and London

In Frank Norris' The Octopus, what is the octopus?
The Railroad

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