Tuesday, October 25, 2011

  1. Who is the most successful textbook author of all time?
  2. J.K. Rowling’s short story, “The Tale of Three Brothers” is based on which famous tale?
  3. Which famous writer was buried in the Fluntern Cemetery, Zurich, Switzerland, and is so close to the Zurich Zoo that the zoo's lions can be heard from his grave?
  4. What best-selling author opened the first Saab auto dealership in the United States?
  5. Where does the phrase “often a bridesmaid, never a bride” come from?

Last Week's Answers

Which great author received the meager sum of 10 pounds for his greatest work of literature?

John Milton sold the publishing rights to his epic verse work 'Paradise Lost' to a Samuel Simmons in 1667 for only ten pounds.

As far as number of lines is concerned, which is the most demanding of Shakespeare’s roles?

Hamlet is the most demanding of Shakespeare’s roles with 1,422 lines or roughly 36% of the total number of spoken lines in the play. Hamlet’s role is made up of 11,610 words. The character Falstaff has the most lines of any character in all of Shakespeare’s plays combined with 1,614 spoken lines in three different plays: Henry IV, Part I; Henry IV, Part II; and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Which writer’s common-law wife was the madam of a Jacksonville brothel called the Hotel de Dream?

Stephen Crane

Which winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature was born in a ladies’ room during a dance?

Winston Churchill

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