Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tuesday Trivia

Richard Lederer, in Literary Trivia, wonders if there's ever a time when a committee is more than a collection of stomachs with no brains?

Which "committees" of authors (more commonly known as a "collaboration" in literary fields) wrote these works? (The list of authors is below.)

The Communist Manifesto
Deacon Brodie
The Federalist Papers
The Gilded Age
Is Sex Necessary?

Committees of authors:
Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison
Karl Marx and Frederick Engels
Robert Louis Stevenson and W. E. Henley
Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner
E. B. White and James Thurber

Here are the answers to last week's trivia questions:
(Also from Richard Lederer's Literary Trivia)

Which author had each deathbed experience?

Calling for champagne, this dying author said "I'm dying as I have lived, beyond my means."
Oscar Wilde

This author said "I've had eighteen straight whiskeys. I think this is a record." Then the author died.
Dylan Thomas

This poet said "God will pardon me; it's his profession."
Heinrich Heine

This dying author was asked if his conscience was clear. The author replied "No, it is not."
Oliver Goldsmith

A friend asked this dying author if he had made peace with God. The author replied "I wasn't aware we had ever quarreled."
Henry David Thoreau

This dying author asked "What is the answer?" When the author's friend couldn't answer from grief, the author asked "In that case, what is the question?"
Gertrude Stein

When friends tried to extract some "famous last words" from this dying author, the author's only response was "Can't you see I'm busy dying?"
H. G. Wells

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