Authors Trivia Quiz
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Thirty minus six
The ancient Greek poet Tryphiodorus is famed for having written an epic poem of 24 books, in which each book:
B) Describes the poet’s thoughts during one of the 24 hours of the day
C) Is a monologue about human folly and virtue by one of 24 Greek gods
D) Was written without using a particular one of the 24 Greek letters
Which English writers created the imaginary country of Gondal?
B) Gerald and Lawrence Durrell
C) Aldous and Julian Huxley
D) Auberon and Evelyn Waugh
The art of detection
Which American author is generally regarded as the inventor of modern detective fiction?
Whale of an inscription
In 1851, Herman Melville published what some have called the greatest American novel, Moby Dick. To which well-known author of his acquaintance did Melville dedicate the work?
Nom de plume
The American short story writer William Sydney Porter is better known by his pseudonym. What was it?
Which British writer was known as the “poet of Empire”?
The Tale of Beatrix Potter
Beatrix Potter is celebrated as an author of children’s books, beginning with The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which she published herself in 1901. After marrying in 1913, aged 47, Potter all but gave up writing, and devoted herself instead to:
Curious about Conrad
Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) was the author of masterpieces like Lord Jim, Nostromo and Heart of Darkness. Surprisingly, Conrad:
B) Dedicated all his works to his mother
C) Had 12 children, of whom 10 were successful writers
D) Knew no English before the age of 21
The Roadrunner and the Headache
Before achieving worldwide success, which author of crime dramas wrote for pulp magazines in the 1920s, creating such heroes as El Paisano, the “Roadrunner”, Ben Harper, the “Man Who Couldn’t Forget”, and Ed Migrane, the “Headache”?
The mask before the man
What was the pseudonym of the famous British writer Eric Arthur Blair?
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