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Ezra Pound (1887-1972)

US poet

Part of the Imagist movement





What (and who's) book was about their experiences taking mescaline

Aldous Huxley (a big drug fan)

The Doors of Perception


How many novels and short stories does Hercule Poirot feature in

33 novels

54 short stories


Where did Winne the Pooh get its name

Where did he live

after a Canadian black bear called Winnie (after Winnipeg)

The 'pooh' comes from a swan called Pooh.

Pooh lived in Hundred Acre Wood


Which influential intellectual group was Virginia Woolf a member of

Bloomsbury Group

It has had John Maynard Keynes, E M Forster and Lytton Strachley


What work was Lloyd Webber's Cats musical based on

T S Elliots's

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats


What are the name of Poirots two sidekicks

Inspector James Japp (whose in seven Poirot novels)

(Capt) Arthur Hastings who is his best friend and companion-chronicler




What was Agatha Christie's pen name

Mary Westmacott

For her six romances


What was Agatha Christie's last novel

who are the featured detectives

Postern of Fate

Tommy and Tuppence Beresford


Which two fictional detectives appear in the Christie novel 'The Scarlet Adversary' (1922)

Tommy and Tuppence

that is Tommy Beresford and Prudence Beresford

They started out as accidental blackmailers, but ended up detecting instead.

They appear in four full length novels


When was the character Miss Marple introduced, and in what year

The Murder in the Vicarage (1930) was the first full novel to feature Miss Marple

She'd appeared in short-stories previously which were collated into the book The Thirteen Problems in 1932



What did he die of (what two health problems underpinned it)

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Francis Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)

Born in St Paul, Minnesota

Died of heart attack - suffered from a drink problem, and also had reoccuring TB


How did Hemingway die


During his final years, Hemingway's behavior was similar to his father's before he himself committed suicide;his father may have had the genetic disease hemochromatosis, in which the inability to metabolize iron culminates in mental and physical deterioration


How did Woolf die?

Suffering from depression (post house being destroyed in Blitz, and poor review of her last work) - she probably had a mental illness

Woolf put on her overcoat, filled its pockets with stones, and walked into the River Ouse near her home and drowned herself. Woolf's body was not found until 18 April 1941


Who wrote 'The Mousetrap' and where/when did it open

Which Shakespeare play also features a play called 'The Mousetrap'

What was it originally called

Agatha Christie

Opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in 1952


It was originally a short radio play broadcast in 1947 called Three Blind Mice



Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)



What were F Scott Fitzgerald's four finished novels

What was his fifth unfinished novel published postumously

This Side of Paradise

The Beautiful and the Damned

The Great Gatsby

Tender is the Night

(an unfinished novel The Love of the Last Tycoon was published postumously)


When did Hemingway get his Pultizer and Nobel Prizes

Pulitzer in 1953

Nobel in 1954


What were the four big works of Virginia Woolf

Mrs Dalloway

To the Lighthouse


and the essay - A Room of One's Own


Famous grandfather?

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Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939) - from Surrey

born Ford Hermann Hueffer


His grandfather was Ford Madox Brown (on his mums side)



What was this guys big hit

Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1940)

Russian writer and playwright


The Master and Margarita (about a visit by the Devil to the atheistic Soviet Union)


What was Agatha Christie's first novel, and when was it published, and who was the hero

The Mysterious Affair at Styles published 1920 (US) and 1921 (UK)

It also introduced Hercule Poirot


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Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

Born in Illinois


What type of novel is a Roman a clef

Its French meaning 'novel with a key'

It is a novel about real life, overlaid with a facade of fiction. (e.g. fictious names represent real people)


What are the six most memorable Evelyn Waugh works

Decline and Fall (Waugh's first published novel)

A Handfull of Dust [begat the movie Bright Young Things]

Brideshead Revisited

Sword of Honour trilogy


Vile Bodies


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What was her award winning novel

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Pulitzer Prize winning US author

who wrote

'The Age of Innocence' (1920)


Real first name?

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[Authur] Evelyn [St John] Waugh (1903-1966)



What are the big three works of T.S.Elliot

In what year did he win his Nobel Prize

The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock ( a masterpiece of the Modernist movement)

The Waste Land (1922)

Four Quartets

NB winner in 1948


What was the biographical drama film based on the lift of F Scott Fitzgerald

Beloved Infidel (1959) starring Gregory Peck and Deborah Kerr



What is Agatha Christie's best selling novel

And then there were none (>100m) (1939)

Formerly 'Ten Little N....rs'

Each (they're all guilty) killed one at a time at a mansion on the fictional Soldier Island


How many novels did Hemingway write, and for extra qudos name them

What was his only play

Which one is all about people going to watch bullfighting

The torrents of spring

The sun also rises (this the bullfighting novel)

A Farewell to Arms (1929)

To have and have not

For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940)

Across the River and into the Trees (1950)

The Old Man and the Sea (1952)

The Fifth Column (Play)




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Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

born in Torquay, Devon


What happened to Hemingway in Africa in 1954

He was involved in two plane crashes that shattered his health

- didn't help that he was a borderline alcholic for much of his life


According to legend (its not true) - who was the first man in Paris and liberated in the Ritz in the wake of WWII

Any other WWII exploits?

Which battle did he miss?


- he was present at the liberation of Paris

- he was also present at D-day (in a landing boat he had to stay in because he was previous cargo)

- he was a the Battle of Hurtgen Forest

He missed the Battle of the Bulge due to pneumonia


What is Miss Marple's first name

How many novels does she feature in

Which village does she live in

Who was she based on


appears in 12 novels and 20 short stories

Lives in St Mary Mead

She was based on Christie's step grandmother, or her aunt's cronies.


What was the first novel of his larger work?

What was his big hit

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Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

French novelist

wrote In Search of Lost Time

aka Rememberance of Things Past published in seven parts from 1913-1927)

The first novel was 'Swann's Way'



Blurry monochrome head-and-shoulders portrait of Aldous Huxley, facing viewer's right, chin a couple of inches above hand

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

Born in Surrey, died in LA


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Alan Alexander Milne (AA Milne) -(1882-1956)



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Thomas Stearns Eliot (T. S. Eliot)

(1888 - 1965)

Born in St Louis, Missouri but moved to UK in 1914 aged 25



front face view of a young man

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

died by suicide


In what year did Christie go missing?

Where was she found

For kudos, what name had she registered under


Her husband asked for a divorce, and she went missing for ten days.

15000 volunteers and 1000 police officers searched for her.

She was found at Swan Hydropathic Hotel where she had registered under Mrs Teresa Neele from Cape Town

She probably intended it to embarrass her husband


What was the last novel to feature Poirot

but what was the last novel she wrote about Poirot

Curtain (pub 1975) in which Poirot dies

It was written in the 1940s but was then locked in a bank vault for over thirty years

Poirot was the only fictional character to be given an obituary on the front page of the New York Times

However, the last Poirot novel Christie wrote was Elephants can Remember (1972)


What was Virigina Woolf's birth name

Adeline Virginia Stephen

She married Leonard Woolf (a political theorist)


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Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948) nee Zelda Sayre

Wife of F Scott Fitzgerald


Who wrote the Parade's End tetralogy

What was his other famous work

Ford Madox Ford

The Good Soldier (frequently listed amongst the greatest 20th century works)


Where would you find the following dictum

 "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."

Virginia's Woolf's book sized essay

A Room of One's Own (1929)


Who is the narrator in the Great Gatsby

What is Gastby's real and assumed name

What is the name of Gatsby's love (and her husband)

Who is the Jewish friend of Gatsby and which real character is he based on

Nick Carraway

James Gatz (real) Jay Gatsby (assumed)

Daisy Buchanan (Nick's second cousin once removed) & Tom Buchanan


Wyndham Lewis photo by George Charles Beresford 1913.jpgWhich movement did he cofound

(Percy) Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957)


co-founder of the Vorticist movement


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Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967)

He had no German ancestry, he was named Siegfried because his mum liked Wagner's Operas

One of the leading poets of WW1

the 'Sherston trilogy', three volume fictionalised autobiography



Where does the term laureate come from

In ancient Greece, poems were sung competitively.  The winner was crowned with a laurel wreath, a plant that was sacred to Apollo, the god of poetry.


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Arnold Bennett (1867-1931)

Died of Typhoid

Famous for writing a succession of works on the Potteries, such as Anna of the Five Towns



What is the name of the hero in For Who the Bell Tolls

What is his mission

Who does he fall in love with

Who are the guerilla leaders he falls in with

Who is the general he is tasked by

The title of the book is from a quote by which poet (interestingly what was the first line of the poem he quotes)

Robert Jordan

Blow up a bridge near the city of Segovia


Pablo and Pilar

General Golz

John Donne (1624 poem Devoutions upon Emergent Occassions) - the line begins 'no man is an island'




What was the interested 'pet' fact relating to Hemingway

He loved Cats

More specifically he loved six toed cats.

As such they are now called 'Hemingway' cats


What is the name of the hero in E Waugh's Sword of Honour trilogy

What is the name of his wife (ex-wife) - what happens to her

What was the name of his buddy in the first book

And the Crazy Brigadier

The Scottish hero

His regiment

His club

What are the three component books

Guy Crouchback

Virginia (killed by a V1)


Brig Ben Ritchie-Hook


The Halbadiers

Men at Arms

Officers and Gentlemen

Unconditional Surrender


How does Men at Arms end

Withb Apthorpe dying of liver failure (he was a secret alcoholic) in Freetown

Crouchback also has an adventure with Brig Hook during the Dakar Expedition (1940)


Who wrote the dystopian novel 'We'

What was the 'hero's number, who was his love (and what happened to her)

Which books to We inspire

What was his connection to Tyneside

Yevgeny Zamyatin in 1921


O-90 (got pregnant and went outside the wall) &

I-330 a revolutionary who gets killed by the state

The numbers are taken from the specifications of his favourite ice breaker (ship)

1984 & Brave New World

It was written in response to the author's personal experiences during the Russian revolution of 1905, the Russian revolution of 1917, his life in the Newcastle suburb of Jesmond, and his work in the Tyne shipyards during the First World War. It was on Tyneside that he observed the collectivization of labour on a large scale. Zamyatin was a trained marine engineer, hence his dispatch to Newcastle to oversee ice-breaker construction for the Imperial Russian Navy.


Where did T.S. Elliot write The Wasteland

Which ''artist' from this town


Tracy Enim


Who is the hero of Brideshead Revisited (1945)

Where did the hero study



Captain Charles Ryder

Hertford College, Oxford


Who is the dictator in Brave New World

What is the drug used to mollify people

When was it published (where was he when he wrote it)

Where and when is it set

Where does the title come from

Mustapha Mond ("His Fordship")


1932 (written in 1931, whilst he was in Italy)

Set in London in AD 2540 (632 A.F. 'After Ford')

Miranda's speech in the Tempest (Shakespeare)



Which English poet's work was drawn upon for the title 'A farewell to arms'

When was it published

16th century dramatist George Peele



Who are the two main protagonists in a farewell to arms

What was their occupations

What happens in the end

Frederic Henry and Catherine Barkley

Ambulance driver and nurse

Hemingway had been an AD in Italy during WWI so it was assumed it was autobiographic, but it wasn't

Catherine dies from childbirth, and the baby dies too


What is the withdrawal battle at the centre of a Farewell to Arms

Which famous German officer won the Pour le Merite for his exploits in the battle

Battle of Caporetto (Nov 1917)

Erwin Rommel.

Rommel, then an Oberleutnant, captured 1,500 men and 43 officers with just 3 riflemen and 2 officers to help.

After this battle, the term "Caporetto" gained a particular resonance in Italy. It is used to denote a terrible defeat




What made 1935 interesting for Evelyn Waugh

He was a correspondant reporting from Abysinnia when the Italians invaded


When Ford Madox Ford lived in Winchelsea, who were his famous literary neighbours

H G Wells and Henry James


When FMF worked in the propoganda office under C Masterson during WWI, which four famous novelists did he work with

Arnold Bennett, G K Chesterton, John Galsworthy, Hillaire Belloc



common nickname


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Gilbert Keith Chesterton (G K Chesterton) (1874 - 1936)

"prince of paradox"

He was 6ft 4, and up to 130 kilos




Who is Chesteron's famous priest-detective

What was the most famous short story he appeared in

Father Brown

The Man Who was Thursday

(Chesterton was a serious Christian apologist)


Who was the subject of Waugh's first full length book

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1927)


Famous for his quick and cruel wit, and his indifference about saying the shocking

How was his interview with the BBC in 1953 described

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Evelyn Waugh

BBC interviet - the most ill-natured interview ever broadcast