Who wrote the autobiographical account of laudanum addiction called "Confessions of an English Opium-Eater"
Thomas De Quincey
How and when did Percy Shelley die
On 8 July 1822, when returning from visiting his friends Lord Byron and James Leigh Hunt his boat overturned and he was drowned
He was cremated and his ashes are placed in the Protestant Cemetary in Rome
Who wrote the unfinished novel Sanditon
Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet (1771-1832), born in Edinburgh
popular throughout much of the world during his lifetime
Although a poet laureate for 30 years between 1813-1843 and good poet and historian, what is the biggest literary contribution of Robert Southey
He wrote "The Story of the Three Bears", the original Goldilocks story, which was published in his prose collection The Doctor (1837)
Mary Shelley (née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin; 30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851)
Born in Somers Town, London
daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft (who died of puerperal fever ten days after Mary was born)
What is the Ozymandias quote and who wrote it
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!' (1818)
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Who wrote Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper (1826)
What was the name of Wordsworth's famous sister (to whom he was close all his life)
Who wrote the prophetic books, and what were they
English poet and artist William Blake
They are a series of lengthy, interrelated poetic works drawing upon Blake's own personal mythology
His myths often described the struggle between enlightenment and free love on the one hand, and restrictive education and morals on the other.
William Blake (1757-1827)
A romantic poet and painter, largely unrecognised in his lifetime
George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron (Lord Byron) (1788-1824)
Died in Missolonghi Greece aged 36 from a fever, but regarded their as a national hero
What are the two most famous works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan
Who is the main character in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park
The second eldest of nine children who is sent to live with her mother's sisters at Mansfield Park at age 10. Fanny is sensitive, shy, intelligent, virtuous, with a good sense of morals; and her status at Mansfield Park as a dependent poor relation only intensifies these traits. Much of the novel takes place when she is eighteen and nineteen. She has been in love with her cousin Edmund since she was young and when both realize their feelings, they get married. Fanny is pursued by Mr. Henry Crawford.
What poem is also known as "Daffodils" and what collection does it feature in
William Wordsworth's Poems, in Two Volumes (1807)
It is more famously known as 'I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud'
It was inspired by an event in 1802 when William and his sister Dorothy came across a long belt of daffodils during a walk in the Lake District around Ullswater
John Keats (1795-1821)
Born in Moorgate, died in Rome, Italy of tuberculosis
What are the big six books by Walter Scott
The Lady of the Lake
Waverley (his first novel, published anonymously)
The Heart of Midlothian
The Bride of Lammermoor
What is the connection between computer's and Byron
Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852), born Augusta Ada Byron and now commonly known as Ada Lovelace
She is often considered the world's first computer programmer.
She was born 10 December 1815 as the only legitimate child to the poet Lord Byron and his wife Anne Isabella Byron
Which writer was left lame by childhood polio
Who wrote The Necessity of Atheism (1811)
Percy Bysshe Shelley
From what poem were the words for the hymn Jerusalem (music by Sir Hubert Parry in 1916) based
'And did those feet in ancient time'
it is a short poem by William Blake from a preface to his epic 'Milton a Poem'
What Shelley poem was inspired by the death of friend John Keats
In who's mythology do you find the figues
The maternal Enion is an emanation from Tharmas.
The celestial Ahania is an emanation from Urizen.
The seductive Vala is an emanation from Luvah.
The musical Enitharmon is an emanation from Los.
Washington Irving (1783-1859)
What was Byron's magnum opus
Don Juan, considered once of the most important long poems in English since Milton's Paradise Lost. A satirical epic, Byron would say
What book did Goethe write in 1808
Faust (part one)
When was known as the Golden Age of Russian Poetry and who was its leading figure, when did he live and where was he born
Alexandr Pushkin (1799-1837), born in Moscow to a noble family, albeit one not related to the Czars
Russian's revere him like Shakespeare
Who are the two leading female characters in Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility
and who are the plot device key men
Eilnor and Marianne Dashwood
Edward Ferrars (the one who likes Elinor)
John Willoughby - the good looking bad boy
Colonel Brandon (steady type who falls in love with Marianne)
Which Pushkin novel is a romanticized account of Pugachev's Rebellion in 1773-1774.
The Captain's Daughter
Who kept a fox, four monkeys, a parrot, five cats, an eagle, a crow, a crocodile, a falcon, five peacocks, two guinea hens, an Egyptian crane, a badger, three geese, a heron and a goat with a broken leg
The same character also had a tame pet bear at university
Who wrote the Gothic Novel Zastrozzi: A Romance
It was his first published prose work written whilst he was at Eton
The lead character is the outlaw Zastrozzi, a bad guy
Whose 'The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon' was published in 1819 - and what are some of its famous contents
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Hollow and Rip Van Winkle
Who is this
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
Expelled from school fo his atheism pamplet, he eloped to Scotland with Harriet Westbrook (she drowned herself in 1816)
He later married Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
What was Pushkin's first important novel, and considered a masterpiece
Which Pushkin epic fairy tail poem tells the story of the abduction of the daughter of Prince Vladimir of Kiev by an evil wizard and the attempt by the brave knight to find and rescue her.
Ruslan and Ludmila
What was Pushkin's first notable prose work
The Tales of Belkin
Where was Jane Austen born, and where did she die
Born in Steventon Rectory, Hampshire
and died in Winchester, Hampshre,
She is buried in Winchester Cathedral
Where is the Keats House museum, and what was it originally known as when Keats lived there during his most productive years
It used to be known as "Wentworth Place" and its in Hampstead
Supposedly Ode to a Nightingale was written under a plum tree in the garden
Who write Hyperion (1818) and Endymion: A Poetic Romance (1817)
With whom are associated the Waverley Novels, and what are they
The Waverley Novels are a long series of books by Sir Walter Scott. For nearly a century they were among the most popular and widely-read novels in all of Europe. Because he did not publicly acknowledge authorship until 1827, they take their name from Waverley (1814), which was the first novel in the series.
Where, and with whom did Mary Shelley spend her summar in 1816
What did the occupants do there
Cologny, Lake Geneva
Shelley (Percy) rented Maison Chapuis, whilst Byron and his physician John William Polidori rented Villa Diodati .
They all spent a lot of time in Villa Diodati (aka Villa Belle Rive)
Shelly began to write Frankenstein (F's home was is called Belrive after the Villa)
Polidori began the thoughts behind The Vampyre
Who were the lake poets
The Lake Poets were a group of English poets who all lived in the Lake District of England at the turn of the nineteenth century. As a group, they followed no single "school" of thought or literary practice then known, They were considered part of the Romantic Movement.
The three main figures were
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and
Who was famous for his club foot
Where was Percy Shelley born
Near Horsham in Sussex
He was educated at Eton and when to Oxford University
Who wrote Prometheus Unbound (1818-19)
Who is the main protagonist in Pride and Prejudice, and what is her male counterpart (full name)
Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)
Born in Devon
Died in Highgate, London
He was quite a big Opium and Laudenum addict
One of the "lake poets" with Wordsworth and Southey
Where did Jane Austen live when her big four novels were published
Chawton Cottage, now a museum, in Chawton near Alton in Hampshire
What was Jane Austen's first published work
Sense and Sensibility (1811)
What were the six completed Jane Austen novels
Sense and Sensibility (1811)
Pride and Prejudice (1813)
Mansfield Park (1814)
Northanger Abbey (1818, posthumous)
Persuasion (1818, posthumous)
Which book inspired by Ivanhoe was the first Italian historical novel, and the most famous and widely read novel in the Italian language
The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni
Who has the following end note on his epitaph on his grave
Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water.
24 February 1821
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Robert Southey (1772-1843)
Born in Bristol, died in London
One of the "lake poets" who lived in the lake district
When was Wordsworth Poet Laureate
1843-1850 (when he died)
With whom did Byron have an affair, and what did the lady say of Byron
Lady Caroline Lamb (wife of future PM Viscount Melbourne)
she spurned him on their first meeting describing him as "mad, bad and dangerous to know"
What was Pushkin's most famous play
About a usurper called Boris Godunov, and how his family suffer the same fate at the hands of a pretender 'Tsar Dmitry' acted by an ex-monk called Gregory
What is the subtitle of the poem Jerusalem, and what is the poem about
The Emanation of the Giant Albion
- the last longest and greatest in scope of the his prophetic books based on his own mythology written and illustrated by William Blake
The fall of Albion and his division into the Zoas and their emanations are also the central themes of Jerusalem: The Emanation of The Giant Albion.
The parts into which Albion is divided are the four Zoas:
Tharmas: representing instinct and strength
Urizen: reason, tradition; a cruel god resembling the Gnostic Demiurge.
Luvah: love, passion and emotive faculties; a Christ-like figure, also known as Orc in his most amorous and rebellious form.
Urthona, also known as Los: inspiration and the imagination
What is the surname of Jane Austen's Emma
It is a novel about a novel about youthful hubris and the perils of misconstrued romance.
William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
Born in Cockermouth, Cumbria (Lake District)
Died in Cumberland
James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851)
Jane Austen (1775-1817) as drawn by her sister Cassandra
Who wrote The Vampyre, and what was the name of the vampyre
John William Polidori
Lord Ruthven was the vampyre, and turned the vampyre inot the aristocratic figure it is often known as. Ruthven was probably based on Byron
Where are Keats and P S Shelley buried
Protestant Cemetary, Rome
Who wrote The Swiss Family Robinson (1812) and what was it very succintly about
What is the family's actual surname in the book, and why is it called 'Robinson' in the title
Johann David Wyss
About a Swiss family (Zermatt) shipwrecked in the East Indies en route to Australia
The novel was intended to teach his four sons about family values, good husbandry, the uses of the natural world and self-reliance.
The 'Robinson' comes from the fact that it was based on a Robinson Crusoe type story
What was Walter Scott's first novel and what is it about
Waverley (1814), published anonymously
Waverley is set during the Jacobite uprising of 1745, which sought to restore the Stuart dynasty in the person of Charles Edward Stuart (or "Bonnie Prince Charlie"). It relates the story of a young dreamer and English soldier, Edward Waverley, who is sent to Scotland in 1745. He journeys north from his aristocratic family home, Waverley-Honour, in the south of England, first to the Scottish Lowlands and the home of family friend Baron Bradwardine, then into the Highlands and the heart of the 1745 Jacobite uprising and aftermath.
Waverley station in Edinburgh is named after the station
How did Pushkin die?
He was mortally wounded in a duel in St Petersburg.
He was notoriously touchy about his honour and fought 29 duels.
The duel that killed him was with George Charles de Heeckeren A'Athes, a French officer serving in the Chevalier Guard Regiment, and it came about because he had been trying to seduce Pushkin's babe of a wife
What was Washington Irving's pseudonym
What was his classic parody of the Romance NovelTh
Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866)
Nightmare Abbey (1818)
What is often regarded as the first historical novel
Walter Scott's Waverley
Who was the main clan chief in Waverley
What was the name of his sister
What is the battle in which he rescues Colonel Talbot
What relation was Bonnie Prince Charlie of James II
Battle of Prestonpans (the first significant battle in the Jacobite Rising of 1745)
Bonnie Prince Charlie 'The Young Pretender' was the grandson of James II. And son of the 'Old Pretender' James Stuart (James II's son). The Old Pretender claimed to be James III on the death of his father in 1701
In what composition would you find the 'idiot boy', and what was special about it
In Wordsworth/Coleridge's Lyrical Ballads
The first poem in any language on the subject of a Down's syndrome child
In contrast to the Lake School of Wordsworth and Coleridge an Southey, what was the school of
'Bryon and Shelley'
Who were the principle members of the 'Cockney School'
Byron and Shelley were the 'Satanic School'
The Cockney School included: John Keats, Leigh Hunt, William Hazlitt and Charles Lamb
What was the name of the essay collection by William Hazlitt and Leigh Hunt
The Round Table (1817)
(James) Leigh Hunt (1784-1859)
Charles Lamb (1775-1834)
Wrote Tales from Shakespeare with his sister Mary
This portrait was by William Hazlitt
William Hazlitt (1778-1830)
Often considered one of the greatest literary critics of all time along with Dr Johnson
John Clare (1793-1864)
Sometimes known as the English Robert Burns
known for his celebratory representations of the English countryside and his lamentation of its disruption
What book is the film Clueless based on
Jane Austin's Emma
Can you recite the first line from Pride and Prejudice
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife"
Who are the three principal members of the Bennet family in P&P
Jane (the pretty one), Elizabeth (the best one) and Lydia (the silly young one)
Who is the pompous priest in Pride and Prejudice, and who does he marry
Mr William Collins
First he tries it on with Elizabeth, but doesn't succeed, so in the end marries Elizabeth's friend Charlotte Lucas
Who is the ridiculusly happy rich friend of Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, and who does he marry
Mr Charles Bingley
Who does the youngest Bennet sister end up marrying
He marries her because he is bribed to by Dary