Who are the two main charactors in Waiting for Godot
When did it premier
What did critics say of
Vladimir and Estragon
Who wait endlessly for someone called Godot
Samuel Barclay Bennett (1906-1989)
Pen name: Andrew Belis
Irish avante guard novelist, playwright and director
He is considered one of the last modernists. As an inspiration to many later writers, he is also sometimes considered one of the first postmodernists.
Won his NP in 1969
How many notable Beckett works can you name
Orange for two
Yellow for four
Green for six or more
Malone Dies (1951)
The Unnamable (1953)
Waiting for Godot (1953)
Krapp's Last Tape (1958)
How It Is (1961)
What group was he a member of?
George Perec (1936-1982)
French novelist and filmmaker
Member of the Oulipo group
What was special about the book 'The Void'
Who wrote it
What is this author's most famous work
What is a lipogram
What other book uses the same lipogram as The Void
It doesn't use the letter 'e'
Life A User's Manual (pub in 1978)
A lipogram (from Ancient Greek: "leaving out a letter") is a kind of constrained writing or word game consisting in writing paragraphs or longer works in which a particular letter or group of letters is avoided—usually a common vowel, and commonly "E", the most common letter in the English language.
Ernest Vincent Wright's Gadsby also doesn't use the letter 'E'
Elwyn Brooks (E. B.) White (1899-1985)
From New York State
Can you name the big three books by E.B. White
The Trumpet and the Swan
What term describes words that sound like what they describe (like ping-pong or crunch)
When did he get his Nobel Prize
Gabriel Garcia Marques (1927-2014)
NP winner in 1982
Who wrote one hundred years of solitude (1967)?
What were his two other big books
Garbiel Garcia Marquez
The Autumn of the Patriarch (1975) and
Love in the Time of Cholera (1985).
In what year was The Sun founded
Who launched it, and to replace what newspaper
When did Murdoch take over
When did Page 3 begin, and who was the first
It was launched by owners IPC (International Publishing Corporation) to replace the failing Daily Herald.
1970, first pge 3 girl: Stephanie Rahn (little offence was caused as she was presented as a one-off "Birthday Suit Girl" to mark the first anniversary of the relaunched Sun)
Who wrote One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962)
What was his other 'magnus opus' book
Sometimes a Great Nation (1964)
What did save of his culture when interviewed by Robert Elder
Ken Kesey (1935-2001)
"I was too young to be a beatnik, and too old to be a hippie,"
Umberto Eco (1932-)
The Name of the Rose (who is the detective)
From what is the underlying mystery borrowed
can you name his other big work (what is the name of the conspiracy in the book)
William of Baskerville (his name comes from William of Ockham and The Hound of the Baskervilles as a tribute to logic and detectives)
Borrowed from "Arabian Nights"
what was he during wwii
Jewish American from New York
he was a bombadier during wwii
What were Joseph Heller's top two works,
can you name any others
Something Happened (1974)
He also wrote:
Good as Gold (1979)
God Knows (1984)
Picture This (1988)
Closing Time (1994)
Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man (2000)
Which book followed up the lives of many of many of the characters from Catch-22
Closing Time (1994)
Who is the main charactor of Catch-22
What is he?
Capt John Yossarian
A B-25 bombardier
On what island is Catch-22 set
Pianosa island near Italy
What is 'Catch-22'
Catch-22, specifies that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind.
Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he were sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to.
In Catch-22 which charactors fits the following descriptions
1) Group Cdr at Air Corps Base - obsessed with becoming a Genera - keeps raising required mission numbers
2) The squadron flight surgeon
3) The Mess Officer and wheeler and dealer
4) Obsessed with a whore in Rome
5) The crew navigator
6) Mr perfect
7) intelligence officer
8) the squadron commander
1) Col Cathcart
2) Doc Daneeka
3) Milo Minderbinder
4) Lt Nately
5) Capt Aardvark aka Aarfy
7) Capt Black
8) Major Major Major Major (thats correct btw)
Although set in 1940, what is satirised in 'Catch 22'
The Korean war
Hence there are 1950s anachranisms in the book
Milo Minderbinder's maxim "What's good for M&M Enterprises is good for the country" alludes to former president of General Motors Charles Erwin Wilson's statement before the Senate "What's good for General Motors is good for the country."
The question of "Who promoted Major Major?" alludes to Joseph McCarthy's questioning of the promotion of Major Peress, an army dentist who refused to sign loyalty oaths
Philip Kindred Dick (1928-1982)
Which two PKD books inspired the following books
We can remember it for you wholesale
Do androids dream of electric sheep
The Minority Report (the only difference is the 'The')
Which PKD Novel is set in the "North American Confederation" of 1992,
Who is the protagonist
How many of Philip K Dicks nebula and hugo award nominated/winning novels and novellas can you name
1963 hugo winner - The man in the high castle
nominated for Flow my tears, the policeman said
and Faith of our fathers
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
Do Androids dream of electric sheep
The transmigration of Timothy Archer
John Anthony Burgess Wilson (1917-1993)
Lived the end of is life outside Lugano, Switzerland like Graham Greene
What was Burgess's first published fiction
When was A Clockwork Orange published
Can you think of any other big-ticket novels
The Long Day Wanes - Malaya trilogy
One Hand Clapping
The Worm and the Ring
The End of the World News
What is the name for a secret language used by various groups — e.g. schoolmates, outlaws, colleagues
What is the name of the one used in A Clockwork Orange
What languages does it combine
Nadsat (The name itself comes from the Russian suffix equivalent of '-teen')
It is english with some cockney ryhming sland, Russian (the biggest influence) and German words
Truman Capote (1924-1984)
From New Orleans
What are the two most well known works by Truman Capote
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958)
In Cold Blood (1966) which he labeled a "nonfiction novel." It is a journalistic work about the murder of a Kansas farm family in their home, a book Capote spent four years writing, with much help from Harper Lee
Cecil Scott (C S) Forester (1899-1966)
pen name: Cecil Louis Troughton
Born in Egypt and died in California, but a British novelist
Who was the star of the famous series of books by C.S. Forester
What connects him with John Ford
What was his famous WWII story
Who did he reportedly inspire into writing
He wrote 'The African Queen', the film of which John Ford directed
He wrote 'Hunting the Bismarck' which was filmed as 'Sink The Bismarck!'
Roald Dahl, after they talked about Dahl's experiences as a fighter pilot
Iris Murdoch (1919-1999)
Irish born novelist and philosopher
What was Iris Murdoch's first publised novel
Who was her nobel prize winning lover
What did she win her Booker Prize for, and when
Why was she refused entry into the US in 1946
Under the Net (selected in 1998 as one of Modern Library's 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.)
The Sea, the sea (1978)
ris Murdoch won a scholarship to study at Vassar College in 1946, but was refused a visa to enter the United States because she had joined the Communist Party of Great Britain in 1938, while a student at Oxford. She left the party in 1942 - but remained sympathetic
What was Iris Murdoch's book 'The Red and the Green about'?
What murdoch book was a harbinger of the sexual revolution that hit Britain in the 1960s and 1970s. What was it about. Who helped turn it into a Play
R&G is about the Easter Rebellion
'A Severed Head' - a satirical, sometimes farcical 1961 novel by Iris Murdoch. Primary themes include marriage, adultery, and incest within a group of civilised and educated people.
J B Priestley helped turn it into a play
William Golding (1911-1993)
NP in 1983
Rite of Passage was the first book in which trilogy
Can you name the other two components
To the Ends of the Earth
-Fire Down Below
What was William Golding's first novel? and when published?
Can you name any ten others
Lord of the Flies (1954)
The Inheritors (1955),
Pincher Martin (1956),
Free Fall (1959),
The Spire (1964),
The Pyramid (1967)
,The Scorpion God (1971),
Darkness Visible (1979)
,The Paper Men (1984)
+ TEotE trilogy
also 'The Double Tongue' which was released posthumously
What WWII action was Golding briefly involved in
What action was he more substantially involved in
During World War II, Golding fought in the Royal Navy (on board a destroyer) and was briefly involved in the pursuit and sinking of the German battleship Bismarck.
He also participated in the invasion of Normandy on D-Day, commanding a landing ship that fired salvoes of rockets onto the beaches, and was in action at Walcheren at which 23 out of 24 assault craft were sunk
Dame Beryl Margeret Bainbridge (1932-2010)
Known for psychological fiction
What 1989 Beryl Bainbridge novel was adapted into a film staring Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant
How many times was BB nominated for the Booker Prize
An Awfully Big Adventure (1995)
5 x BP nominee
(and 2 x Whitbread prize winner)
famous for what three series
John Updike (1932-2009)
and Witches of Eastwick (the sequel is the Widow of Eastwick)
also two time PP winner (for two Rabbit books in 1981 and 1990)
Henry Bech (Bech is his alter-ego)
Who is the star of the Rabbit series
What was Updike's book about an attempt to prove the existence of God using a computer programme
Highschool Basketball player named Harry 'Rabbit' Angstrom
It follows his life
What is the name for the repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables of a phrase.
e.g. from Ryhme of the Ancient Mariner
"For the sky and the sea, and the sea and the sky." and "the furrow followed free..."
What is an adverb
A word that changes or simplifies the meaning of a verb, adjective, clause or sentence (or another adverb)
Adverbs are words like slowly, now, soon, and suddenly. An adverb usually modifies a verb or a verb phrase. It provides information about the manner, place, time, frequency, certainty, or other circumstances of the activity denoted by the verb or verb phrase.
found the film incredibly dull.
The meeting went well and the directors were extremely happy with the outcome.
Crabs are known for walking sideways.
Only members are allowed to enter.
I often have eggs for breakfast.
However, I will not eat fried eggs again.
What is an antonym
What are homonyms
What are hypernyms and hyponyms
Antonyms are words with opposite or nearly opposite meanings. For example: hot ↔ cold, large ↔ small, thick ↔ thin, synonym ↔ antonym
Homonyms are words that have the same pronunciation and spelling, but have different meanings. For example, rose (a type of flower) and rose (past tense of rise) are homonyms.
Hypernyms and hyponyms are words that refer to, respectively, a general category and a specific instance of that category. For example, vehicle is a hypernym of car, and car is a hyponym of vehicle.
What is the name of Atticus Finch's two children in To Kill a Mockingbird
Jem and Scout
Who wrote the 1955 novel 'A Night to Remember?'
What was it about
The sinking of the Titanic
Thomas Lanier 'Tennessee' Williams (1911-1983)
What were the big five works by Tennessee Williams
The Glass Menageria (1944) his first work that made him famous
A Streetcar Named Desire
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Sweet Bird of Youth
What is the name of the young writer who is the hero of Under the Net
What the 'net' in question
What is the name of the hero's book
The "net" in question is the net of language.
In under the Net, who are the hero's two key friends
Who are the three women who make up his life
Who is his quasi-buddy fireworks maker and film maker
Finn (a distant Irish cousin)
Dave (a Jewish anti-metaphysical philospher)
Madge (who he starts off with)
Anna Quentin (who he loves)
Sadie Quentin (Anna's sister, the film star who loves him)
What job does the hero eventually get in Under the Net
What is the name of the dog
What is the name of the political agitator
An Orderly in a hospital
Aleksandr Isayevich[a] Solzhenitsyn
What was the famous alegorical work by Solzhenitsyn,
Can you name his two most famous other works
The Gulag Archipelago
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, August 1914
In what year did Solzhenitsyn win his Nobel Prize,
When was he expelled from the Soviet Union,
when did he return to Russia
Lord of the Flies drew upon, but inverted the morality, of which novel (by whom)
What is the global context of the story in Lord of the Flies
What is 'Lord of the Flies' a literal translation of
The Coral Island by R.M. Ballentyne
It takes place during a nuclear war - the children are being evacuated.
Beelzebub (from the bible)
Who are the two main 'good guys' in Lord of the Flies
what happens to them (in broadest terms)
Who heads the opposition (and what whey they collectively - i.e. pre crash)
Who is the third leadership figure
Ralph - sort of tough guy natural leader - who is elected Chief
'Piggy' - bespectacled fat kid
Choir Boys headed by Jack Merridew
What is the obsession of the bad kid in LoftFlies
Where does he make his headquarters
Who is his sadistic side kick
Hunting - and killing pigs in particular
In doing so he allows the signal fire to go out - allowing a ship to pass by without stopping
What is the Lord of the Flies
Who finds it, and considers it as such
What else does he discover
But what happens to him
A Pigs Head (left as offering to 'the beast'), which is swarmed by flies
He discovers the dead pilot, therefore realising that the 'beast' is really a corpse
An goes to tell the others, but is killed by mistake
How do they keep the fire alight in Lord of the Flies
What does this mean when tensions are high
Who kills the fat kid? and why?
The bad tribe raid the good guys base and steal Piggy's glasses.
When the good guys go the enemy stronghold, several members (Sam and Eric) are taken prisoner, and Roger drops a stone on Piggy that results in him being killed
Famous book series (what does the series name refer to)
Mervyn Peake (1911 - 1968) - died of Parkinsons and died of a type of dementia
Born in China
Famous for his Gormenghast series
Gormenghast is an earldom, dominated by a huge castle, ruled by the Groan family
What is Mervyn Peake's crazy story about a man that develops physical traits of an angel and a devil
Where is set?
When he does good things he grows angel's wings
When he does bad things he gets devil's horns
Set on the channel island Sark
In what year was Dune released
Who wrote it? and what inaugural award did it win
Frank Herbert's 1965 epic
won the inaugural Nebula Award
It also won the Hugo award
Who is the main protagonist of the book Dune
Where is his family stewards?
What is the important substance to be found there
How many sequels are there
Where will you now find names of planets from Dune novels
the desert planet Arrakis
the "Spice" Melange
They've been adopted as names for plains and other features on Saturn's moon Titan
Who is Jim in Lucky Jim
Who is the book dedicated, and what is the connection to his character
Who is Jim's professor (and his son?)
Who is his 'girlfriend' and who is his love
What does Jim deliver a (comic) lecture on
Jim Dixon, a medievel history lecturer at a redbrick university in the Midlands
Philip Larkin. Dixon comes from Dixon Drive, Larkin's address from 48-50 in Leicester where he was a librarian
Prof Welch (and his son Bertrand)
Margaret Peel (who sort of but didn't try to kill herself)
Most famous novel?
Muriel Spark (nee Camberg) (1918-2006)
Born in Edinburgh
Famous for 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie'
Who wrote the Machurian Candidate?
With respect to what was their a plagiarism controversy
What was his other famous book
In 1998 a California software engineer noticed several paragraphs in The Manchurian Candidate that appeared nearly identical to portions of the celebrated 1934 novel I, Claudius
He also wrote a series of books about gangsters named Prizzi (including Prizzi's honour)