Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tuesday Trivia

  1. Ernest Hemingway, named after his mother’s father, disliked his given name. What was his reasoning?
  2. The American band Kansas had a song entitled "Journey to Mariabronn," a reference to which German novel?
  3. Which author was the first American to win the Nobel Prize for literature?
  4. “The Short Timers” by Gustav Hasford was the basis for which Vietnam War move?
  5. Who coined the term “The Lost Generation”?

Which playwright is the first person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize for Literature and an Oscar?

George Bernard Shaw was awarded a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925 and an Oscar in 1938. Because he lacked a desire to be acknowledged with public honors, Shaw wanted to refuse his Nobel Prize but accepted it at his wife's request.

Which young adult author is the grandmother of controversial musician Courtney Love?

Paula Fox, author of Slave Dancer, had a daughter named Linda in 1944 that she put up for adoption. Linda Carroll, the adopted child, is the mother of controversial musician Courtney Love; making Fox Courtney Love's grandmother.

Who wrote the play The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window – a work that ran for 110 performances on Broadway and closed the same night its famous author died?

Lorraine Hansberry died on January 12, 1965 at the age of 34 after a long battle with cancer.

As a student at the University of Nebraska in the early 1890s, which female author used the nickname William and dressed as a boy?

Willa Cather can be seen in photographs from the University of Nebraska archives wearing young men’s clothing and sporting an extremely short haircut.

Although she claimed as an adult that she was born in Eatonville, Florida in 1901, which author was actually born in Notasulga, Alabama in 1891?

Zora Neale Hurston

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