What did Emile Zola die of
He died on 29 September 1902 of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by an improperly ventilated chimney.
Who said "Nature, red in tooth and claw"
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Anna Sewell (1820-1878)
Lived in Norfolk
Her only published work was Black Beauty
From what book is the phrase 'She who must be obeyed' from, and who is She?
She: A History of Adventure by Henry Rider Haggard
The story is a first-person narrative that follows the journey of Horace Holly and his ward Leo Vincey to a lost kingdom in the African interior. There, they encounter a primitive race of natives and a mysterious white queen, Ayesha, who reigns as the all-powerful "She", or "She-who-must-be-obeyed"
Who wrote Ben Hur (1880)
what was the subtitle
Lewis 'Lew' Wallace wrote
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
'The most influential Christian book of the nineteenth century'
it was the best-selling American novel from the time of its publication, superseding Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852). It remained at the top until the publication of Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind (1936) - and it was the first novel to blessed by a pope
Carlo Lorenzini (penname Carlo Collodi)
From Florence, (1826-1890)
famous for writing The Adventures of Pinocchio
What did Tennyson say of reason
"Theirs not to reason why, / Theirs but to do and die"
Who provided the inspiration for Henry Rider Haggard's Allan Quartermain
Frederick Courtney Selous (friend of Teddy Roosevelt, and Cecil Rhodes), the famous British white hunter and explorer of Colonial Africa.
Which part of the world is Thomas Hardy associated with, and what did he call his hometown in his books
He is associated with Wessex (albeit Thomas Hardy's definition of Wessex)
His hometown of Dorchester is called Casterbridge in his novels
What was the name of Black Beauties' mother
Between what years was Tennyson poet Laurette, and who came before and after him
From 1850-1892 (when he died)
preceeded by Wordsworth
succeeded by Alfred Austin
In what fictional town is the Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Aventures of Huckleberry Finn set
St Petersburg (inspired by the port town of Hannibal, Missouri where he was living)
Who is the narrator in Black Beauty
The horse (it is a sort of horse autobiography)
the book highlights animal welfare and the need to treat horses better
Name the big three works by Emile Zola
Thérèse Raquin, his first major novel
Les Rougon-Macquart (a set of 20 novels following two branches of a family),
Germinal, the 13th novel of the LRM series above and considered his masterpiece about a coalminers strike in the 1860s
Lewis "Lew" Wallace (1827-1905)
Born and died in Indiana
Was Governor of New Mexico Territory (1878-1881)
What were the four major works of George Gissing
The Nether World (1889)
New Grub Street (1891)
Born In Exile (1892)
The Odd Women (1893)
From which novel is the quote "Live all you can, it's a mistake not to"
The Ambassadors' by Henry James
Who wrote the open letter J'Accuse and with what was it related
It was a letter written to the L'Aurora newspaper by Emile Zola that accused the President of France, Felix Faure, of anti-Semetism and unlawful jailing of Alfred Dreyfus (what is known as the Dreyfus Affair)
J'accuse! has since become a common generic expression of outrage and accusation against someone powerful.
What were the four major novels of Boleslaw Prus
The New Woman
Boleslaw Prus (born Alexander Glowacki)
A Polish author, when Poland was under the Russian Empire
Which writer won prizes from the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Architectural Association. He was in charge of the excavation of the graveyard of St Pancras Old Church prior to its destruction when the Midland Railway was extended to a new terminus at St Pancras
Which author is connected to Halley's Comet
Mark Twain was born during a visit by Halley's Comet, and he predicted that he would "go out with it," too. He died the day following the comet's subsequent return.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)
Born Edinburgh, died Vailima, Samoa
novellist and travel writer
Henry James (1843-1916)
Born in New York, died in London (he died as a british citizen and seems to have been fairly transatlantic)
Primarilu known for novels in which he portrays encounters of Americans with Europeans
Also a major contributor to literary criticism
Born and Died in Dorchester, Dorset
In 1873 Thomas Hardy wrote 'A Pair of Blue Eyes', a novel drawing on Hardy's courtship of his first wife.
What term did he originate with the serialised version of this story (which was published in Tinsley's Magazine between September 1872 and July 1873)
Henry Knight, one of the protagonists, is left literally hanging off a cliff.
August Strindberg (1849-1912)
Swedish playwright and novellist who was born and died in Stockholm
When did Mark Twain write, 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer'
What was its sequal and when was that published
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885)
Henryk Adam Aleksander Pius Sienkiewicz (1846-1916)
"With Fire and Sword", "The Deluge", and "Fire in the Steppe" (The Trilogy) set during the 17th-century Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, while internationally he is best known for Quo Vadis, set in Nero's Rome.
Won the nobel prize in 1905
What is the name of the Mayor of Casterbridge
What were the big six works of Henry James
The Turn of the Screw
The Portrait of a Lady
The Wings of the Dove
What was Henry James's first novel
Watch and Ward (1871) - written whilst travelling through Venice and Paris
What were the two most famous books, and series, by Henry Rider Haggard
King Soloman's Mines,
Allan Quartermain Series (upon which Indian Jones is based)
She: A History of Adventure
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)
Born in Somersby, Lincolnshire
Died in Lurghashall, Sussex
In what year was Black Beauty published, and who wrote it
Sewell died just five months after its publication
What occupation of Samuel Clemens inspired his pen name
This occupation gave him his pen name, Mark Twain, from "mark twain," the cry for a measured river depth of two fathoms.
While training, Samuel convinced his younger brother Henry to work with him. Henry was killed on June 21, 1858, when the steamboat he was working on, the Pennsylvania, exploded. Twain held himself responsible for his brother's death for the rest of his life
Who wrote The Adventures of Pinocchio
Carlo Collodi (real name Carlo Lorenzini)
Emile Zola (1840-1902)
Lived in Paris
Helena Bonham Carter received an Academy Award nomination as Best Actress for her memorable portrayal of Kate Croy from which novel
The Wings of a Dove (1902) by Henry James
Name the seven most notable works of Lord Tennyson
"The Charge of the Light Brigade"
"Tears, idle tears"
"Crossing the Bar"
In Memoriam A.H.H.
Idylls of the King (1856-1885) - 12 poems that tell the legend of King Arthur
Who spent a lot of time in Hawaii and became friends with King Kalakaua
R. L. Stevenson
Where is Thomas Hardy buried
His ashes are buried in Poet's Corner in Westminister Abbey, whilst his heart is buried in Stinsford, Dorset in the same grave as his first wife Emma Lavinia Gifford
What was the first major novel of George Meredith
The Ordeal of Richard Feverel
-sometimes called the first modern novel in the English Language
What is the Society of Authors and who was its first president
The Society of Authors (UK) is a trade union for professional writers that was founded in 1884 to protect the rights of writers and fight to retain those rights, with particular attention to copyright protection and, later, the establishment of Public Lending Right.
Its first President was Lord Tennyson
Which two fantasy novels by Wiliam Morris inspired Tolkein
The Well at the World's End
The Wood Beyond the World
Which R.L. Stevenson novel is set around 18th-century Scottish events, notably the "Appin Murder", which occurred near Ballachulish in 1752 in the aftermath of the Jacobite Rising. Many of the characters, and one of the principals, Alan Breck Stewart, were real people.
The story behind Kidnapped also influenced Walter Scott's Guy Mannering
He gave a copy of this book to his friend and frequent visitor Henry James
William Morris (1834-1896)
Key figure of the Arts and Crafts movement he was also an author and medievalists who helped establish the modern fantasy genre - influencing authors such as Tolkein
George Robert Gissing (1857-1903)
Born in Wakefield, Yorkshire
Died in France
Emile Zola by Edouard Manet (1868)
Born in Portsmouth, died in Boxhill Surrey
What are the big six works of Thomas Hardy
Far from the Madding Crowd (1874)
The Return of the Native (1878)
The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886)
The Woodlanders (1887)
Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891) (its subtitle was 'A Pure Woman: Faithfully Presented)
Jude the Obscure (1895)
What is oftern called 'The Great American Novel'
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885)
From what is the name "Ben Hur" derived
What is the book about concisely]
the Hebrew for "Son of white linen"]
The story recounts the adventures of Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince and merchant in Jerusalem at the beginning of the 1st century. Judah's childhood friend Messala returns home as an ambitious commanding officer of the Roman legions. They come to realize that they have changed and hold very different views and aspirations. During a military parade, a tile falls from the roof of Judah's house and barely misses the Roman governor. Although Messala knows that they are not guilty, he condemns the Ben-Hur family. Without trial, Judah is sent to the Roman galleys for life; his mother and sister are imprisoned and all the family property is confiscated.
Through good fortune, Judah survives and returns to Jerusalem, where he seeks revenge against his one-time friend and redemption for his family. Running in parallel with Ben-Hur's narrative is the unfolding story of Jesus, who comes from the same region and is a similar age. The two reflect themes of betrayal, conviction and redemption. With the Crucifixion, Ben-Hur recognizes that the Christ stands for a different goal than revenge, and he becomes Christian, turning to supporting the new religion with money which he has inherited, inspired by love and the talk of keys to a greater kingdom than any on earth.
Twain was obsessed with science and had a famous friend
who was he, and what inventions did Twain patent
He was friends with Nikola Tesla
Twain patented three inventions, including an "Improvement in Adjustable and Detachable Straps for Garments" (to replace suspenders) and a history trivia game.Most commercially successful was a self-pasting scrapbook; a dried adhesive on the pages only needed to be moistened before use.
What were the three most famous works of Robert Louis Stevenson
Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
What are the first names of R.L. Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde and which one was the bad guy
Who is the lawyer who investigates the case
It is about a London lawyer named Gabriel John Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll and the evil Edward Hyde.
What was the last Thomas Hardy novel
and what was the hero's name
Jude the Obscure, got a battering from the critics, and was frequently called Jude the Obscene, after that he only published poetry
The book was burned publicly by William Walsham How, Bishop of Wakefield, in that same year as its publication
Sir Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925)
typically known as H. Rider Haggard or Rider Haggard
Born in Bradenham, Norfolk, died in London
foudner of the Lost World literary genre (at the lighter end of the spectrum)
Samuel Langhorne Clemens
Born in Missouri, died in Connecticut
What did Tennyson say of love
"'Tis better to have loved and lost / Than never to have loved at all"
Who wrote 'The Egoist' (1879)
George Grossmith (1847-1912)
Comedian and writer
Famous for The Diary of a Nobody and the character Charles Pooter
Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924)
Born in Manchester, but lived in America
What were Frances Hodgson Burnett's three big children's books
Little Lord Fauntleroy
A Little Princess
The Secret Garden
What was the name of Thérèse Raquin's:
husband (what was his relation to her)
The book was an example of which literary movement
If you're feeling very brave, who were the other six major charactors
husband: Camille Raquin
Camille's mother was Theresa's aunt (cousins)
lover: Laurent LeClaire [Camille's childhood friend and coworker]
Naturalism (which used detailed realism to suggest that social conditions, heredity and environment had an inescapable force in shaping human character)
Michaud – the police commissioner and friend of Madame Raquin
Olivier – Michaud's son who works at the police prefecture
Suzanne – Olivier's Wife
Grivet – an elderly employee of the Orléans Railroad Company, where Camille works
François – the Raquins' cat
Who is A.H.H.
who did it help?
In Tennyson's In Memoriam A.H.H.
the latter refers to Tennyson's beloved Arthur Hallam
Queen Victoria described it has her comfort after the bible after the death of Prince Albert
What were her interesting family links?
What was her big novel
Mary Augusta [nee Arnold] Ward (pen name/married name - Mrs Humphry Ward) 1851-1920
born in Australia
Her uncle was Matthew Arnold
and her grandfather Thomas Arnold. the famous headmaster of rugby school
She wrote Robert Elsemere (one of the bestsellers of its age)
What were the big four novels by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876)
The Prince and the Pauper (1881)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889)
In Tess of the D'Ubervilles
What is her surname
What is her pursuer (what does he do to her and what does she do to him at the end)
What is the name of her lover
What happens to Tess in the end
Alec D'Uberville (he stole the ancestry though) - he rapes Tess early in the book leading to child that dies as a baby. At the end of the book she stabs him to death
Angel Clare (son of calvanist preacher)
Tess is executed for killing Alec
Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)
Poet and sister of Dante Gabriel Rossetti
What nick-names does Long John Silver go by
Barbeque and Sea-Cook
Where does Jude in the Jude the Obscure dream of being a scholar
What is his occupation - in the interim
We is the love of Jude's life
But who does he marry
Who is the love of Jude's lift unfortunate husband
What is the nickname of Jude's first son - what is his finale -what is the immediate knockon consequence for her step mum
Arabella Donn (who seduces and tricks him to marriage, claiming to be pregnant)
Richard Philotson, his former school teacher
Little Father Time - he kills himself and Sue and Jude's children believing that the children are a burden - note reads "Done because we are too many"
Sue soon after has a miscarriage - believes it is divine judgement and returns to her first husband
What Henrik Ibsen book was turned into an Oscar nominated film in 1975
Who played the lead lady (and what was her name)
What happens to her in the end, and why?
The movie was called 'Hedda'
An the lead lady is Hedda, played by Glenda Jackson
She shoots herself, because she gave her guns to allow someone else to shoot themselves (an academic competitor to her husband. She also burned his manuscript of his great work)
What is the sad choice at the end of Ibsen's ghosts
To do that, who are?
Mrs Alving, the lead character had a terrible philandering husband
She never told her son, George
Eventually, George falls in love with a maid - Regina, but she turns out to be his half sister, and they cannot continue together
Then George finds he has congenital syphilis from his father and is ill
He asks his mother to help with his death if he lapses towards a vegitative state. As he does, she can't find the necessary pills.
Which Norwegian fairy tale did Ibsen believe to be rooted in fact
What play did it lead to?
Who wrote the music to go with it?
What are the two most famous components of this score
His play is loosely based on this tale.
In the Hall of the Mountain King
You'd know both of these very well