Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tuesday Trivia

  1. Which American fiction writer began his writing career while working as a pencil sharpener wholesaler in 1911?
  2. Tybalt, in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is named after which anthropomorphic character?
  3. The word “girl” appears only once in what world-famous literary work?
  4. Which children’s author wrote his first book in 1936 while crossing the Atlantic on a luxury liner?
  5. What was the first book Amazon ever sold?

Last Week's Answers

This little book was the first and most famous of a series of five that included The Chimes (1844), The Cricket on the Hearth (1845), The Battle of Life (1846), and The Haunted Man (1848).

A Christmas Carol

What book was the best-seller of the year in America in 1794?

Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography, which had been published in England the year before--three years after his death.

Which author entered the University of Montpellier to study for a doctorate in medicine, but was expelled because he had previously been an apothecary?

Nostradamus was expelled from Montpellier shortly after they discovered he had been an apothecary, a manual trade, which made him ineligible to study at the university.

Who was the inspiration for the popular sixteenth-century nursery rhyme Little Miss Muffet?

Patience Muffet, the daughter of the poem's creator, Dr. Thomas Muffet, and entomologist who wrote about spiders more often than he did about his little girl.

Which author stood trial in Mexico in 1951 for shooting his wife?

William S. Burroughs stood trial in Mexico in the early 1950's for shooting his wife during a drunken party game. He spent 13 days and was charged with culpable homicide.

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