Monday, May 24, 2010

Tuesday Trivia

  1. Who is the woman in the photo on the cover of Amy Tan’s The Bonesetter’s Daughter?
  2. Who said "I do my best writing at night, jacked up on caffeine, utterly alone."?
  3. What is Cormac McCarthy's real first name?
  4. In which magazine was Chris Bohjalian, author of New York Times bestseller Skeletons at the Feast, first published?
  5. The only life-sized stature of which beloved British author is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania?

Last Week's Answers

Which Victorian novelist’s mother, prompted by financial troubles, moved to Cincinnati and opened a store, then moved back to England and wrote an unfavorable account of Americans?

When her husband went bankrupt, Frances Trollope, mother of Anthony Trollope moved to America and opened her bazaar.

What is the shortest correspondence in history between a publisher and an author?

The record for the shortest correspondence goes to Victor Hugo and his publisher Hurst & Blackett in 1862. It is said Hugo was on vacation when Les Misérables (which is over 1200 pages) was published. He telegraphed the single-character message "?" to his publisher, who replied with a single "!".

To whom did Abraham Lincoln, upon first being introduced, allegedly exclaim, “So you're the little lady who started this great war!”

Harriet Beecher Stowe

What do Franklin W. Dixon, Laura Lee Hope, Victor Appleton, Carolyn Keene, and Arthur M. Winfield all have in common?

They are all noms de plume for Edward Stratemeyer, the man responsible for the Hardy Boys, The Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, and the Rover Boys series of young adult literature.

Which Connecticut gentleman was responsible for the creation of the modern spelling bee?

Noah Webster, creator of Webster’s Dictionary and Speller.

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