Literary Trivia, Part Twelve


Part Twelve

56. The characters of Nick and Nora Charles are based on
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard
Dashiell Hammett and Lillian Hellman
William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies
Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe
William Powell and Myrna Loy

57. Which of these American authors was not considered a Transcendentalist?
Louisa May Alcott
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Edgar Allan Poe
Henry David Thoreau

58. In order to get published, the Brontë sisters resorted to
adopting gender-ambiguous pseudonyms
marrying editors
threatening their brother with disinheritance
dressing in men’s clothes
paying for advertisements in London newspapers

59. What does Sheriff Walt Longmire always order for breakfast at the Busy Bee Café?
A short stack
Earl Grey tea with lemon
The usual
Two eggs over easy and a side of Canadian bacon
The Blue Plate Special

60. The Bobbsey Twins were a product of the same publishing syndicate that gave birth to
Bomba the Jungle Boy
the Dana Girls
the Happy Hollisters
Tom Swift
all of the above

Answers appear at the bottom of the following page.

Answers to Part Eleven

51. Legend has it that the inscription “O rare Ben Jonson” was intended to read “Orare [pray for] Ben Jonson.” The current plaque, a replacement for the original stone, also misspells his name as Johnson.
52. You would think JFK had enough Cold War intrigue to occupy him in real life, but he was also an avid reader of Ian Fleming’s James Bond stories.
53. Fitzgerald attended—and nearly flunked out of—Princeton. He later fictionalized the experience in This Side of Paradise, published in 1920.
54. Although he untangles mysteries throughout India, Ganesh Ghote is stationed in Bombay.
55. Her novel The Age of Innocence earned Edith Wharton a Pulitzer in 1921, making her the first female author to be honored in this category.

Ben Jonson's plaqueDiamonds Are Forever, Ian FlemingF. Scott FitzgeraldInspector Ghote Hunts the Peacock, H.R.F. KeatingThe Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton

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