Wystan Hugh (W H) Auden
(1907 - 1973)
John Galsworthy (1867-1933)
English Nobel Prize Winner (1932)
What are the big five works of William Faulkner
In addition to which, what were his Pulitzer Prize winning books
The Sound and the Fury
As I Lay Dying
Light in August
A Rose for Emily
Vladimir Nabokov was a well known author, but he was also notable as what else
A chess composer and lepidopterist (butterflies etc)
What were the big five works of Vladimir Nabokov
The Real Life of Sebastian Knight
Speak, Memory (non-fiction)
In Brighton Rock (1938)
Who is the bad guy:
Who are his three henchman:
Who is his unlucky girlfriend
Who is the woman who brings him down
Who does Pinkie kill at the beginning of the book
Who is the rival gangster
Who plays the bad guy in the 1947 film
Who plays the heroine in the 2010 film
Dallow, Cubitt and Spicer
Charles "Fred" Hale [Kolley Kibber]
Richard Attenborough as Pinkie
Helen Mirren as Ida
Noel Coward (1899-1973)
What disorder did he suffer from
Graham Greene (1904-1991)
Born in England, but died in Switzerland (he spent his last years in Vevey on Lake Geneva with Charlie Chaplin, with whom he was friends)
Suffered from bipolar disorder
A very Catholic convert
Came runner up in the NP for 1961
What film was made out of Noel Coward's Still Life
What are the Graham Greene big nine (start off with the four Catholic novels)
The Power and the Glory,
The Heart of the Matter and
The End of the Affair.
The Confidential Agent,
The Third Man, (he wrote the screenplay for the Orson Wells film as well)
The Quiet American,
Our Man in Havana
The Human Factor
What is the big work of John Galsworthy
The Forsyte Saga (1906-1921)
The five consisnt parts being
The Man of Property (1906)
Indian Summer of a Forsyte (1918)
In Chancery (1920)
To Let (1921)
John Boynton [J B] Priestley
(1894 - 1984)
novelist playwright and broadcaster
What were the two most notable works of J B Priestley
The Good Companions
An Inspector Calls ( a play that was premiered in Moscow)
What was Graham Greene's spying history
He was recruited in to MI6 by his sister Elisabeth and was posted to Sierra Leone during WWII.
Kim Philby was his supervisor and friend
William Faulkner (1897-1962)
NB prize winner 1949
PP winner 1955 and 1963)
In what year did Graham Greene write The Power and the Glory
What roughly is it about
- specifically where/when is it set
About an unnamed Roman Catholic 'Whiskey' Priest escaping a crack down on Catholics
Set in Tabasco State Mexico in the 1930s
How does the Lt try to catch the Whiskey Priest in Graham Greene's famous novel
What was the name of the anti-Catholic governor who drove the crack-down
He takes a hostage from each village and should them if the priest visits the village and they don't say
Tomas Garrido Canabal
His campaign succeeded in closing all the churches in the state. It forced the priests to marry and give up their traditional garb. Greene called it the "fiercest persecution of religion anywhere since the reign of Elizabeth'
What is the name of 'Our Man in Havana'
What is his job
What was the name of daughter
Who ended up being his love
What is important about his agents
Who recruited him (why did he accept)
Who does he have to kill in the end
During who's regime is it set
Who is his German friend
Who is the tough police chief
Vacuum cleaner salesman
His 'secretary' Beatrice Severn
They're made up
Henry Hawthorne (recruited to pay for his daughter's excesses)
Carter (an agent sent to kill him)
Captain Segura (Wormold gets him drunk to take his gun)
John Steinbeck (1902-1968)
born in California, died in New York
In what year did Steinbeck win his:
Pulizer Prize for fiction (and what for)
PP: 1940 for 'The Grapes of Wrath'
What are the big-five John Steinbeck works
Which constitute the 'dustbowl trilogy'
Where is the National Steinbeck Centre
In Dubious Battle (DB1)
Of Mice and Men (DB2)
The Grapes of Wrath (DB3)
East of Eden
Travels with Charley
(other big titles include Tortilla Flat [his first commercial and critical success] The Pearl and Cannery Row)
NSC is at Salinas, California, the town he grew up in
From what is the title 'Of Mice and Men taken?'
When was it published
Who are the two main protagonists
What are they?
What are they like
Who's wife is killed - and by whom - and how
Want ends up of the killer
Robert Burn's poem 'To a Mouse' which reads
"The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft agley." (The best laid schemes of mice and men / Often go awry.)
George Milton and Lennie Small two migrant ranch workers
George is smart(ish) and Lennie's guardian. Lennie is dumb but very strong - he gets in trouble because of his power
The ranch owners' son Curley's wife is killed unintentionally by Lennie, who breaks her neck when she panics (after hair stroking incident)
George kills Lennie with a bullet in the head
Steinbeck wrote the screenplay for a 1952 biographical film about whom - what was it called
about Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata
He was a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution (1910-20), the main leader of the peasant revolution in the state of Morelos, and the founder of the agrarian movement called Zapatismo.
The revolution ousted dictator Porfirio Diaz
Booth Tarkington (1869-1946)
twice winner of the PP for fiction
Who wrote the Magnificent Ambersons (1919)
What trilogy was it part of
Who wrote and directed the film version
What was his other big work
The Growth trilogy (it was the second book)
In 1942 Orson Welles wrote and directed an acclaimed film adaptation of the book.
Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949)
died when hit by speeding car as she crossed the street
What was Margerat Mitchell interested in reading while writing gone with the wind
Daphne du Maurier
Which three Daphne du Maurier books were turned into films by Hitchcock
What short story was turned into a film starring Donald Sutherland directed by Nicholas Roeg
Which novel was turned into a film of the same name starring Alec Guiness
Who was her military husband - what was his famous quote?
Rebecca (won best picture oscar in 1941)
N Roeg film - Don't Look Now
Lt Gen Sir Frederick Browning 'father of the British Airborne Forces', he was dep commander of the 1st allied airborne airmy during Market Garden and made the famous quote about 'I think we might be going a bridge too far'
Robert Graves (1895-1985)
full name, Robert von Ranke Graves
Who was Robert Graves's friend in WWI
What was his sequel to I Claudius
which NP was he shortlisted for
What was the name of his WWI memoir
Claudius the God
the 1962 prize, which he lost to Steinbeck
Good-Bye to All That?
Dennis Yates Wheatley (1897-1977)
Which Dennis Wheatley series was on the main inspiration for James Bond
What was his first published novel
What Wheatley book was hailed by James Hilton as "the best thing of its kind since Dracula" (name one of the aristocratic heros of the book)
The Forbidden Territory
The Devil Rides Out - The Duke de Richleau
Who wrote the personnal improvement book
How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936)
What was his other big hit
Although a different time frame, who wrote Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus
One of the core ideas in his books is that it is possible to change other people's behavior by changing one's behavior toward them.
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (1948)
John Gray (1992) - sold >50m copies
The Postman Always Rings Twice in 1934
What genre is it
What other book did he write that one someone an Oscar
James M Cain
The novel was quite successful and notorious upon publication, and is regarded as one of the more important crime novels of the 20th century.
Mildred Pierce (another hardboiled novel)
James Mallahan Cain (1892-1977)
Associated with Hard Boiled Fiction (aka roman noir)
George Prosper Remi (1907-1983)
Tintin was first published in 1929 and he was a young reporter
When was the Grapes of Wrath published
Where did the family come from (nickname for such people)
What was the name of the family and the main protagonist
Where does the book start
Oklahoma (In California they were nicknamed Okies)
Joad (Thomas Joad)
With Tom having just been released early from McAlester prison, where he was serving a sentence for murder
In The Grapes of Wrath, who is the crazy farmer who stays on his land
What is the name of the ex-priest
Who is the brother of the lead protagonist (and also car expert)
Who is the uncle who feels guilty for his wife's death
Who is the pregnant sister
Jim Casy (Casy)
Al (he is also obsessed with women)
Rose of Sharon (and her run away husband Connie Rivers)
Famous 12-volume work?
Anthony Powell (1905-2000)
'A Dance to the Music of Time' series
What was Hemingway's nickname (at least as he got older)
What is The Old Man and the Sea about?
What is the name of the old man
Who is his young apprentice
Which baseball player do they talk about
Where was it written (and actually the same place the story starts)
It centers upon Santiago, an aging fisherman who struggles with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream.
His young apprentice is Manolin
What was name of Hemingway's fishing boat
What was the connection to his wife and to For Whom the Bell Tolls
Time on the boat influenced which two novels
What did he claim to have used his small boat for during WWII
It was the nickname of his wife Pauline
It was also the name of the female rebel leader in FHTBT
The Old Man and the Sea and Islands in the Stream
Hunting German U-boats (more likely a scam for benefits from the Cuban police) - but it served as the inspiration for the third act of his novel Islands in the Stream
What are Hemingway's famous two books about Bull Fighting
What was the name of the semi-autobiographical character who appeared in many of his short stories
Who befriended Hemingway and fostered his talent?
Who did Hemingway go on alchoholic sprees with
Death in the Afternoon (and The Sun Also Rises)
What is the six word novel attributed (albeit unsubstantiatedly) to Hemingway
and what is the term for such short works
For sale: baby shoes, never worn
What is a spoonerism, and from whom is the word derived
A spoonerism is an error in speech or deliberate play on words in which corresponding consonants, vowels, or morphemes are switched (see metathesis) between two words in a phrase
e.g. "The Lord is a shoving leopard"
It is named after Rev. William Spooner (1844-1930) Warden of New College, Oxford who was notoriously prone to the mistake
What is Hobson's choice, and where does it come from
A Hobson's choice is a free choice in which only one option is offered.
I.e. take it or leave it
The phrase is said to originate with Thomas Hobson (1544–1631), a livery stable owner in Cambridge, England. To rotate the use of his horses, he offered customers the choice of either taking the horse in the stall nearest the door or taking none at all.
(According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first known written usage of this phrase is in The rustick's alarm to the Rabbies, written by Samuel Fisher in 1660:
"If in this Case there be no other (as the Proverb is) then Hobson's choice...which is, chuse whether you will have this or none."
What is the name for when choices (or arguments) yield equivalent, often undesirable, results (or conclusions)
Where does the term originate from
It is said to originate with the collecting of taxes by John Morton, Archbishop of Canterbury in the late 15th century, who held that a man living modestly must be saving money and could therefore afford taxes, whereas if he was living extravagantly then he was obviously rich and could still afford them.
What is a dilemma
A dilemma (Greek: δίλημμα "double proposition") is a problem offering two possibilities, neither of which is unambiguously acceptable or preferable.
What is a 'Sophie's Choice?"
A choice between two persons or things that will result in the death or destruction of the person or thing not chosen.
What is the name for when must move and incur harm when one would prefer to make no move (esp. in chess).
What is the name of the O'Hara plantation in GWTW?
Who are the two other major characters
Tara ('a' like in rally)
Ashley and Melanie
Responsible for what series?
responsible for the Mike Hammer hard boiled series
Who came up with the
'first they came' meme
written as a critique of German intellectuals during the Nazi occupation of Germany in the 1930s that remained silent during the Nazi purging of groups they found undesirable.
What book did he write about his own early life story before the Nazis
From U-boat to pulpit
He had been a very successful U-boat commander (earned Iron Cross first class), but after the war became a priest