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Wystan Hugh (W H) Auden

(1907 - 1973)




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John Galsworthy (1867-1933)

English Nobel Prize Winner (1932)



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Vladimir Nabokov



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

Absalom, Absalom!

A Rose for Emily

PP winners:

A Fable

The Reivers



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 Defence

The Real Life of Sebastian Knight

Pale Fire

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

Pinkie Brown

Dallow, Cubitt and Spicer


Ida Arnold

Charles "Fred" Hale [Kolley Kibber]


Richard Attenborough as Pinkie

Helen Mirren as Ida



Noel Coward (1899-1973)


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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

Brief Encounter


What are the Graham Greene big nine (start off with the four Catholic novels)

Brighton Rock,

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)

Awakening (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


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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



James Wormold

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)

Fulgencio Batista

Dr Hasselbacher

Captain Segura (Wormold gets him drunk to take his gun)




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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)

Nobel Prize

PP: 1940 for 'The Grapes of Wrath'

NP: 1962



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

Viva Zapata!

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


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Booth Tarkington (1869-1946)

from Indianapolis

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

Booth Tarkington

The Growth trilogy (it was the second book)

In 1942 Orson Welles wrote and directed an acclaimed film adaptation of the book.

Alice Adams


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Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949)

Atlanta girl

died when hit by speeding car as she crossed the street


What was Margerat Mitchell interested in reading while writing gone with the wind



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Daphne du Maurier

Lady Browning




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)

Jamaica Inn

The Birds

N Roeg film - Don't Look Now

The Scapegoat

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'





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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

Siegfried Sassoon

Claudius the God

the 1962 prize, which he lost to Steinbeck

Good-Bye to All That?


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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)

Gregory Sallust

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

Dale Carnegie

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


Who wrote

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)


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James Mallahan Cain (1892-1977)

Associated with Hard Boiled Fiction (aka roman noir)



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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


Muley Graves

Jim Casy (Casy)

Al (he is also obsessed with women)

Uncle John

Rose of Sharon (and her run away husband Connie Rivers)



Famous 12-volume work?

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Anthony Powell (1905-2000)

Known for

'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

Joe DiMaggio



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)

Nick Adams

Ezra Pound

James Joyce


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

Flash Fiction


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

Morton's fork

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?

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Mickey Spillane

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


Martin Niemoller

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