- What was the occupation of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes series of mysteries?
- What do Laura Ingalls Wilder, Kenneth Grahame, Richard Adams, The Marquis de Sade, and Raymond Chandler have in common?
- When was the first novel written?
- What does Jane Smiley say she would be doing if she were not a writer?
Last Week's Answers
Which American short story writer and poet continually called the name “Reynolds!” the night before his death?
Edgar Allan Poe shouted this name, although no one knows to whom they dying man was calling.
How did Voltaire rid himself of tiresome guests?
Voltaire got rid of boring guests by pretending to faint.
The average person uses a vocabulary of approximately 8,000 words. How many did Shakespeare use?
William Shakespeare used a vocabulary of 29,066 different words.
What first name did Arthur Conan Doyle give to his famous detective before he came up with Sherlock?
Sherringford. The name was used in a short story Doyle wrote in 1886. Holmes's sidekick in the story was called Ormond Sacker — soon to be renamed Thomas Watson.
What famous writer claimed she did most of the plotting for her books while sitting in a bathtub munching on apples?