Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tuesday Trivia

Richard Lederer, in Literary Trivia, points out that authors have to get their titles from somewhere. Sometimes they stare blankly out the window, trying to think of titles, like that commercial with the composer, staring at the birds on the power lines. Like the composer, sometimes the birds themselves provide the inspiration.

What "bird title" pieces did these authors write?

Richard Bach
Dashiell Hammett
Harper Lee
Colleen McCullough
Edgar Allan Poe

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

How many of these can you figure out, just from the middle name?

Edgar Allan Poe
George Bernard Shaw
Hans Christian Andersen
James Fenimore Cooper
Laura Ingalls Wilder

(I bet you got more than you thought you would!)

Someone asked who the REST of the occupations belonged to, from last week's quiz.
Zane Grey . . . . Dentist
Lewis Carroll . . . . . Mathematician
Nathaniel Hawthorne . . . Customs House Surveyor
O. Henry . . . . Embezzler
Henry David Thoreau . . . . Pencil Maker

OK, here they are:
Attorney: Sir Walter Scott
Elevator Operator: Paul Lawrence Dunbar
Librarian: Marianne Moore
Patent Office Clerk: A.E. Houseman
Tinker: John Bunyan (Seriously, how many of you actually know what a Tinker is/was? Guess first, before you look!)

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