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Who was Gregor Samsa

A man who woke up to find himself transfortmed into a giant insect like creature

from Kafka's The Metamorphosis


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William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)


Who wrote Tarzan?

Edgar Rice Burroughs



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Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) from Oswestry


Which nobel laureate wrote Death in Venice (1912)

what were his two other big titles

Thomas Mann


The Magic Mountain


What is Tarzan's tribe of apes called

In their language what does Tarzan mean

Mangani (fictional Great Apes unknown to science)

It means 'White Skin'


What is the meaning of Kafkaesque

Examples include instances in which bureaucracies overpower people, often in a surreal, nightmarish milieu which evokes feelings of senselessness, disorientation, and helplessness. Characters in a Kafkaesque setting often lack a clear course of action to escape the situation. Kafkaesque elements often appear in existential works, but the term has transcended the literary realm to apply to real-life occurrences and situations that are incomprehensibly complex, bizarre, or illogical


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David Herbert Lawrence (1885-1930)

Died in France

He spent much of his life in voluntary exile, which he called his "savage pilgramage"



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founded what philosophy

Aleister Crowley (1875-1947)

also known as Frater Perdurabo and The Great Beast 666

Founded the Thelemite philosophy


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Franz Kafka (1883-1924)

Born in Prague



What were the big three works of W.Somerset Maugham

worth noting a lot of films have been based on his work

Of Human Bondage

The Letter

The Razor's Edge


What were the four big D H Lawrence works

Sons and Lovers

The Rainbow

Women in Love

Lady Chatterley's Lover


What are the three most famous works by Franz Kafka

Die Verwandlung (The Metamorphosis)

Der Process (the Trial)

Das Schloss (The Castle)


Half-length portrait of man in his thirties. He looks to his right so that his face is in profile. He has a mustache, a thin beard, and medium-length hair slicked back, and wears a pince-nez and a plain dark greatcoat, looking vaguely like a Russian revolutionary.

James Joyce (1882-1941) Irish



What are the three novels of James Joyce

The Portrait of the Artists as a Young Man (1916)

Ulysses (1922)

Finnegans Wake (1939)


Who wrote the Phantom of the Opera (1911)

Gaston Leroux


What is Edgar Rice Burroughs two famous characters?


John Carter of Mars (note 2012 Disney movie)

Mars goes under the name Barsoom


What is the name of James Joyce's short story collection and

what was his only play

Dubliners (1914)

Exiles (play 1918)



Gaston Leroux (1868-1927)


what is Tarzan's real English name

What is Jane's surname

What is the name of their son?

John Clayton, Earl Greystoke

Jane Porter (American)

John Clayton aka Korak ('the killer')


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Thomas Mann (1879-1955)

German novelist



who wrote Peter Pan

from which book did the charactor first derive

Which park is PP synonymous with

James Matthew Barrie

Play (1904)

Book (1911)

Peter Pan first appeared in his 1902 book 'The Little White Bird'

Kensington Gardens


What is Wendy's surname in Peter Pan



What is the princess of the tribe of Native Americans living on an island in Neverland

Tiger Lily


Who are Tootles, Nibs, Curly, Slightly and The Twins

The Lost Boys in Peter Pan


Who is Capt Hook's right hand man

Mr Smee


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who is this?

when did he get his NP

Hermann Hesse (1877-1962)

Born in Germany, but became a Swiss national (where he died)

Won the Nobel Prize in 1946


What are the big five Hermann Hesse books

The Glass Bead Game




Narcissus and Goldmund


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James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937)

From Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland

(died in London)



To who's son was JM Barrie godfather

Robert Falcon Scott (his son Peter)

Barrie was one of the seven people Scott wrote letters to in his final hours in Antarctica

Barrie carried the letter around with him for the rest of his life



Who founded a celebrity cricket team consisting of almost every famous literary figure of the time, and what was it called

J M Barrie

it was called the Allahakbarries

based on a misunderstanding of the words 'Allah Akbar' and 'Barries'


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Howard Philips Lovecraft (1890-1937)


born and died in Rhode Island

Horror and Sci-Fi writer

Cosmicism is the literary philosophy developed and used by the American writer H. P. Lovecraft in his weird fiction. Lovecraft was a writer of philosophically intense horror stories that involve occult phenomena like astral possession and alien miscegenation, and the themes of his fiction over time contributed to the development of this philosophy.

Perhaps the most prominent theme in cosmicism is the utter insignificance of humanity.



What horror pulp fiction magazine did Lovecraft publish in

Which sub-genre did it pioneer

Weird Tales

Weird Fiction

Weird fiction is distinguished from horror and fantasy in that it predates the niche marketing of genre fiction. Because genre or stylistic conventions had not been established, weird tales often blend the supernatural, mythical, and even scientific.

Although "weird fiction" has been chiefly used as a historical description for works through the 1930s, the term has also been increasingly used since the 1980s, sometimes to describe slipstream fiction that blends horror, fantasy, and science fiction.


Who invented the charactor Conan the Barbarian

and is known as the father of the sword and sorcery genre

What other series did he come up with

The Texan

Robert E Howard

Aside from Conan he also came up with the Solomon Kane series



Professional photograph of Robert E. Howard wearing a hat and suit.

Robert Ervin Howard (1906-1936)

Born in Texas

Killed himself (shot himself when he learned his mother wouldnt wake from her coma)

Famous for writing in Weird Tales



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William Hope Hodgson (1877-1918)

Essex born body-builder fitness guru who often wrote nautical based horror stories


What were the two big works by William Hope Hodgson

The House on the Borderland

The Night Land


Who is the hero of Joyce's Ulysses

Who is his Telemachus (Where else might you find the character)

Who is Penelope


Leopold Bloom

Stephan Dedalus - the principal subject of 'A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man'

Molly Bloom is Penelope


What is a preposition

Prepositions (or more generally adpositions, see below) are a grammatically distinct class of words whose most central members characteristically express spatial or temporal relations (such as the English words in, under, towards, before) or serve to mark various syntactic functions and semantic roles (such as the English words of, for)



Great Olmond Street Hospital owns the rights to which children's book

Peter Pan


What are the left and right hand pages of book technically known as

left: verso

right: recto


Who created the character Zorro

and who is Zorro

In what story was he debuted

What was the first Zorro film and who did it star

New York pulp fiction writer Johnston McCulley

Don Diego de la Vega

"The Curse of Capistrano"

The Mark of Zorro (1920) starring Doublas Fairbanks


John Buchan (1875-1940)

Scottish author and politician


What position did John Buchan hold between 1935-1940

Governor General of Canada

John in Native headdress


What was the title of John Buchan's first adventure novel set in South Africa and what was the author's connection to South Africa


Prestor John (1910)

Buchan entered into a career in diplomacy and government after graduating from Oxford, becoming the private secretary to Alfred Milner, who was then the High Commissioner for Southern Africa, Governor of Cape Colony, and colonial administrator of Transvaal and the Orange Free State, putting Buchan in what came to be known as Milner's Kindergarten.


In what year did Buchan write the 39 Steps

Who is the hero (and who is he based on)

What was the sequel

[Green question] Can you name the three other books in which the lead charactor remains a major charactor


Richard Hannay (based on his friend from SA, Edmund Ironside - future Field Marshal)

Greenmantle (was the sequel) (1916)

Mr Standfast (1919)
The Three Hostages (1924)
The Island of Sheep (1936)



What role did Buchan play in WWI

What peerage did he get

He was a 2nd Lt in the Int Corps, where he wrote speeches and communiques for Sir Douglas Haig

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In was year was Lady Chatterley's Lover finally published in the UK

1960 - the edition sold out on the first day


What is the quote about history in Ulysees, and who makes it

What is the first proper difficult chapter, involving the same character's stream of consciousness

How are episodes 1-3 known

History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake - Stephen Dadulus

Episode 3 -Proteus, which SD mopes around for a bit reminscing and pondering.

Episodes 1-3 are known as the Telemachiad, before Part II begins which is the Odyssey



When was Ulysses published as a novel (kudos for knowning when it was serialised and in what journal)

On what day exactly is it set (and why?)

What do Joyce fans call that day

Feb 1922 (however, it was first serialised in parts in the American Journal 'The Little Review' from 1918-1920

16 June 1904 (It was the date of his first outing with his future wife)



In what year did Joyce emigrate permanently to continental Europe - and who with

Of what two things did Joyce have phobias

1904 with Nora Barnacle.

They lived in Trieste, Paris and Zurich

Dogs (he'd been attacked by one) and Lightning (which his aunt attributed to being a sign of god's wrath)


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James Joyce in 1915


Who is Richard Hannay's orientalist side-kick (What is his final title - and in which book does he get it)

Who is his wife, and in which book does he meet her

Who is his legendary South African buddy

Who is American ally

What is his son's name

What rank does Richard get to

Sandy Arbuthnot (Lord Clanroyden by time of 'Island of the Sheep')

Mary Lamington (meets her in Mr Standfast)

Peter Pienaar

John Blenkiron

Peter John (a bright but solemn teenage who appears in IofS)

Major General



What is the dangerous organisation in 'The Thirty Nine Steps'

Which member escapes and reappears as the principle enemy in another novel (and which one)

Black Stone

Graf Otto von Schawabing - uber good at disguises, he is goes under Moxon Ivery in Mr Standfast


Who is the main bad guy in 'The Three Hostages'

What happens to him in the end

Mr Medina

Hannay and Medina go one on one in a hunting and climbing battle in the Scottish Highlands, Medina takes a bad turn in a crag and gets stuck - Hannay offers him a rope, but the rope wears and breaks so Medina falls to his death


In what battle is Hannay injured in Greenmantle

What rank is he in the book

What is his cover name

What is Greenmantle

Who is the awesome female villain behind it all

What 2005 example demonstrates its modern relevance.

Battle of Loos in late 2015


Cornelis Brandt

Greenmantle is an Islamic Prophet to be used to unite and rise the Muslim world (in Germany's favour)

Hilda von Einem

In 2005, following the 7/7 bombings, the BBC cancelled its decision to broadcast the novel on Radio 4 that week.  (Even at the time, it wasn't far off some activity the Germans were involved in)