Monday, March 29, 2010

Tuesday Trivia

  1. In 2004, which world-renowned author’s daughter discovered a 5,000-word story entitled "The Incident of the Dog's Ball" in the attic of her home?
  2. Which young adult writer is the brother of the man who invented the sole of Sperry Top-Sider shoes?
  3. Which American fiction writer began his writing career while working as a pencil sharpener wholesaler in 1911?
  4. Which young adult author did not begin writing children’s literature until the age of 47?
  5. Under nom de plume Ashley Cooper, which American author wrote a long-running column for the Charleston Post Courier until 1993?

Ernest Hemingway, named after his mother’s father, disliked his given name. What was his reasoning?

According to Hemingway, he didn’t want to be "associated with the naive, even foolish hero of Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Earnest".

The American band Kansas had a song entitled "Journey to Mariabronn" a reference to which German novel?

Journey to Mariabronn was based on Herman Hesse's Narcissus and Goldmund.

Which author was the first American to win the Nobel Prize for literature?

In 1926, Sinclair H. Lewis refused the Pulitzer Prize for his book, 'Arrowsmith,' but in 1930 he became the first American to be named a Nobel Laureate in literature, which he accepted.

“The Short Timers” by Gustav Hasford was the basis for which Vietnam War move?

“The Short Timers” was the basis of “Full Metal Jacket.” Similarly the movie “Platoon” was based on a script by Michael Herr and “Apocalypse Now” was loosely based on Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.

Who coined the term “The Lost Generation”?

In a conversation with Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein said "All of you young people who served in the are all a lost generation". The phrase usually depicts a generation of young men and women where are characterized by doomed youth, hedonism and creativity, that had been severely wounded by their experiences and horrors of the war.

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