Monday, September 7, 2009

Tuesday Trivia

  1. Who used the pen names Acton, Ellis, and Currer Bell?
  2. Lolly Willowes, a novel about a spinster who realizes her vocation as a witch, won what unique honor when it was published in 1926?
  3. What was the name of French writer Alexandre Dumas' home in Paris?
  4. What was Goldilock's name when the hungry little girl was first introduced in the famous children's fairy tale The Three Little Bears over a hundred years ago?
  5. What English word derived from Greek translates to the phrase “goat song?”
Last Week’s Answers

In the novel Futility, published in 1898--fourteen years before the sinking of the Titanic--an "unsinkable" luxury liner was lost after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage. What was the ship's name?

The Titan. It was the creation of writer Morgan Robertson.

How many years after American expatriate Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer was published in France did the novel become legal in the United States?

Twenty-seven. Published in France in 1934 with a dust jacket cautioning booksellers not to display it in their shop windows, the book was banned in the U.S. until 1961 on the grounds of obscenity.

What book was the best-seller of the year in America in 1794?

Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography, which had been published in England the year before — three years after his death.

The name of what Texas town came close to being changed in the late 1950s because of a controversial best-selling novel?

Lolita, TX came close to changing it’s name because of the novel by Vladimir Nabokov. After much debate, the citizens of the small southeast Texas town decided to keep the name adopted by their forefathers in honor of early settler Lolita Reese.

What English literary classic was inspired by the adventures of Scottish pirate Andrew Selkirk?

Robinson Crusoe. Daniel Defoe wrote the tale after hearing the story of Selkirk's four and a half years on uninhabited Juan Fernandez Island off the coast of Chile.


Anonymous said...

1. Bronte sisters

Stephanie Polukis said...

1. Definitely the Brontes.

5. Satire?

Anonymous said...

I actually know the answers to 1. and 5.without looking them up (i.e. cheating) or being a smart-alek. 1. is the Brontes -- but don't aske me which one was which (does it really matter?) and 5. is "Tragos oide" or tragedy! (HooHaah!)

Now: 2. Given the subject matter, was its "honor" that it was banned? 3. I believe Alexandre Dumas named his Parisian home Manderley. 4. Goldilock's first name was Nigel Jameison Sylvanus Smythe, but when Robert Southey was named Poet Laureate of England, he changed the name for reasons he forever refused to disclose. The secret died with him. **Alas!**