Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tuesday Trivia

  1. Which perennial favorite Christmas book was first sold in the same year as the first Christmas card on record was sent?
  2. Which American author and printer wrote his own epitaph which read, “The body of __________, Printer (like the cover of an old book, its contents torn out and stripped of its lettering and gilding), lies here, food for worms; but the work shall not be lost, for it will (as he believed) appear once more in a new and more elegant edition, revised and corrected by the Author.”
  3. How tall was John Keats?
  4. Which author and scientist came up with the date for the end of the world (2060) but studying biblical texts?
  5. Who wrote the longest novel in the English language?
Last Week's Answers

Which author left Harvard without a diploma because he felt the $5 fee was too much to pay?

Henry David Thoreau graduated from Harvard, but refused to pay the diploma fee.

Which author wrote a letter to her niece stating, “Walter Scott has no business to write novels, especially good ones.—It is not fair.—He has fame and profit enough as a poet, and should not be taking the bread out of other people’s mouths.—I do not like him, and do not mean to like Waverly if I can help it—but fear I must.”?

Jane Austen

In 2004, the US defense budgeted $1 million to bring productions of which Shakespeare play to military bases?


Who was the first poet buried at Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey?

Chaucer was the first poet to be buried in Westminster Abbey and he now resides among 29 poets buried and 55 poets commemorated in the Poets’ Corner.

Daniel Defoe changed from his original name to Defoe because he found it “more socially and upward sounding.” What was his original last name?


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