Monday, August 16, 2010

Tuesday Trivia

  1. Which author was offered a Clerkship of Journals in the House of Lords, but was so overcome by stress that he had to forego the position due to a “period of insanity?”
  2. Who was not only the second-youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature after Rudyard Kipling, but also the shortest-lived of any literature laureate to date, having died in an automobile accident just over two years after receiving the award?
  3. Which author is informally known as "the Chekhov of the suburbs?"
  4. Which author accepted her first chamber opera commission in March 2008?
  5. Which author died while on a tour of the White Mountains in 1864 and is buried in the Sleepy Hallow Cemetery in Massachusetts?

Edward Irving Wortis is the given name of which author?

Which famous British writer had a famous cocker spaniel named Flush?

Elizabeth Barrett Browning owned a cocker spaniel named Flush, the subject of a biography penned by Virginia Woolf.

Which play was adapted by the Mudlark Production Company and presented in a series of tweets on Twitter throughout April and May 2010?
The Royal Shakespeare Company and the Mudlark Production Company presented a version of Romeo and Juliet, entitled Such Tweet Sorrow, as an improvised, real-time series of tweets on Twitter.

Which great author is the gate on the campus of Harvard beside Canaday Hall dedicated to?
Both Anne Bradstreet's father and her husband were instrumental in the founding of Harvard in 1636 and two of her sons were graduates. In October 1997, the gate was dedicated to her, the first published poet in America.

Which author along with friend Robert Southey, attempted to found a utopian commune society, called Pantisocracy, in the wilderness of Pennsylvania?

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

1. William Cowper? Is that when he wrote "Lines Written During a Period of Insanity"?

2. That would be Albert Camus. (Two for two; GO ANONYMOUS!)

3. Chekhov = heavy, wordy, dull plays; suburbs = intellectually vacuous. I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess -- Edward Albee?

4. Have no clue. I don't read authors who are still alive.

5. I want to guess Washington Irving because of the Sleepy Hollow reference. But could also be Thoreau because of the Massachusetts reference.