Monday, April 19, 2010

Tuesday Trivia

  1. Which author was so in love with his young bride that he visited her grave and opened her coffin nearly two months after her death?
  2. Which poet was sent to Russia to mediate with Nikita Khrushchev?
  3. Which poet pleaded insanity to avoid criminal charges when police found that he was hiding a friend’s stolen goods in his college dorm room?
  4. Which poet compared love to a compass (the tool used to draw arcs and circles in geometry)?
  5. Which poet is buried at Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey sans his heart (which resides with his wife’s body across town)?

Which American writer and literary critic learned Yiddish and literary Hebrew before learning any English?

Harold Bloom

Which children’s author was also a co-creator and head writer for the Nickelodeon show Eureeka's Castle which ran from 1989 to 1995?

Goosebumps author, R.L. Stine

Who is F. Scott Fitzgerald named after?

F. Scott Fitzgerald (full name Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald) was named after his famous second cousin, three times removed, Francis Scott Key, an American lawyer, poet, and writer of the lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner.

Which American novelist and poet’s gravestone is inscribed with the name “Ti Jean” meaning little John?

Jack Kerouac

When their 1812 affair didn’t work out, Lady Caroline Lamb continued her pursuit of which notable British author by calling on him at home, sometimes dressed in disguise as a page boy?

Lord Byron

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I get it! All the questions are about poets because April is National Poetry Month!

1. I'll bet everyone's going to think it's Poe. "So all the night tide, I lie down by the side of my darling, my darling, my life and my bride IN her sepulchre there by the sea..."

2. I'll bet it's somebody like Robert Frost or something. He read at JFK's inauguration.

3. Sounds like something F. Scot Fitzgerald would do. Did he write poetry? I doubt it was Geoffrey Chaucer.

4. My guess would be one of those metaphysical guys -- John Donne, Andrew Marvell?

5. This one has GOT to be Percy Bysshe Shelley. The story I heard was that they cremated him on the beach in Italy, and his entire body was consumed except his heart, which Byron plucked from the smoldering ashes and sealed in a silver casket. You can't make this stuff up!