Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tuesday Trivia

Richard Lederer, in Literary Trivia, notes that nothing beats a strong ending. Can you identify the author by his or her final days?

This American humorist predicted that he would die the same year that Halley's Comet visited (1910). He did. The inscription on his gravestone in Elmira, New York has one of his most famous quotations: "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."

This Russian novelist died in Astapovo in 1910, trying to escape from his wife. As he lay on his deathbed, he refuses to be converted to the Russian Orthodox Church. "Even in the Valley of the shadow of death," he told the priest, "two and two do not make six."

This American writer of poems and short stories spent his last days stumbling into Baltimore polling places and casting ballots for drinks. While preparing for his wedding, he was found wandering delirious near a saloon, and died four days later at the age of forty.


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

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?

Johathan Swift

A brisk April Morning seems to be the best time to run a marathon. Which author?

Howard Fast

Wimbledon would seem like the perfect subject for some classic poetry by this author.

Alfred, Lord Tennison (sorry about that! EWW!)

March Madness should have inspired which poet to compose some stirring anthems?

Francis Scott Key (For you non-basketball fans, the key is that funny shaped bit just under the baskets, where they make the free-throw shots.)

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