Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tuesday Trivia

Richard Lederer, in Literary Trivia, notes that sometimes the author and the book just don't seem to match up. Some authors have "sporty" names, but write other than sporty novels!

An you identify the author by the sport he or she should be writing about?

Lilliput by all rights should be the venue for the sprints in track and field. Which author? (First name: Jonathan)

A brisk April Morning seems to be the best time to run a marathon. Which author? (First name: Howard)

Wimbledon would seem like the perfect subject for some classic poetry by this author. (First name: Alfred)

March Madness should have inspired which poet to compose some stirring anthems? (First name? Francis)


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

Some authors were born with less than marketable names. Who do we know these authors as?

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was fascinated with words, logic and little girls. Out of these interests he fashioned a wonderland of characters - Humpty Dumptys, Jabberwocks, Mad Hatters, and White Rabbits.

Lewis Carroll

Jozef Korzeniowski was born in Poland and grew up speaking no English until he was seventeen, yet he became one of the greatest stylists to use the English Language. A sailor as a youth, Korzeniowski is most famous for his stories and novels of the sea.

Joseph Conrad

An unpublished Atlanta writer named Peggy Marsh submitted an incomplete manuscript that filled a large suitcase. The title of the novel was to be "Tomorrow is Another Day," and its heroine was to be called Pansy. After a great number of changes, including the title and name of the heroine, the book was published in 1936 and quickly became an all-time bestseller, inspiring a blockbuster movie, and fifty years after that, a blockbuster sequel.

Margaret Mitchell

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