What were the Seven Novels of George Elliot
Adam Bede, 1859
The Mill on the Floss, 1860
Silas Marner, 1861
Felix Holt, the Radical, 1866
Daniel Deronda, 1876
What was George Elliot's first complete novel
Adam Bede (1859)
For what big four novels is Jules Verne most famous
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870),
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864),
From the Earth to the Moon (1865),
and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873)
What is the name of Phileas Fogg's French valet
Passpartout (literally means 'Goes Everywhere' or skeleton key in French)
Who is the second most translated author in the world after Agatha Christie
What are three big Tolstoy works
War and Peace
Which Norwegian is often referred to as one of the founders of Modernism in the theatre
What are six major works
Peer Gynt (1867)
A Doll's House (1879)
An Enemy of the People (1882)
The Wild Duck (1884)
Hedda Gabler (1890)
What is the occupation of Silas Marner
Formely a cult member accused of a crime he didn't commit he moves away from his home town and lives in isolation working at his loom
But his collection of money is stolen and he is left destroyed, until a young girl appears in his house who he adopts
The girl is the bastard daugter of Godfrey Cass a local gentry, and the man who stole the money was his evil brother
In the end Silas finds salvation with the daughter Eppie, who doesn't go back to her real dad.
A young Wilkie Collins painted by John Everett Millais in 1850
Born and Died in London
Jules Gabriel Verne (1818-1905)
Louisa May Alcott
Born in Pennysylvania, and died in Boston
Who is the lead protagonist of Elliot's Middlemarch
Who...writing at the time of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870 stated, "I begin to believe in only one civilising influence—the discovery one of these days of a destructive agent so terrible that War shall mean annihilation and men's fears will force them to keep the peace."
Wilkie Collins, predicting the deterrence concept of mutually assured destruction that defined the Cold War nuclear era.
Henrik Ibsen - the 2nd most important playwright after Shakespeare
A 20year old Leo Tolstoy
Ay what cemetry are Wilkie Collins and Anthony Trollope both buried
This is Brent on the southern border of Kensington and Chelsea
What were the two sets of theme novels by Anthony Trollope
The Chronicles of Barsetshire, which began with The Warden (1855)
and the Palliser novels
In what year did Tolstoy publish War and Peace
What was the 2009 film about Tolstoy's final year
Who played Tolstoy
Who was Tolstoy's wife
Who wrote the book from which the film is taken
Who directed it?
A 2009 film about Tolstoy's final year, The Last Station, based on the novel by Jay Parini, was made by director Michael Hoffman with Christopher Plummer as Tolstoy and Helen Mirren as Sofya Tolstoya. Both performers were nominated for Oscars for their roles.
What the big four Wilkie Collins novels (he wrote 30)
The Woman in White,
Who wrote Lorna Doone
Where is it set?
What natural weather/climatic event, a real event, features in the book (what years)
What other major historical event
R. D. Blackmore
Its subtitle is A Romance of Exmoor
so unsurprisingly it is set in Exmoor.
Great Frost of 1683 - 1684
reported as the worst in history
During the Frost, the surface of the River Thames was reported as frozen to the depth of one foot.
Monmouth Rebellion against James II
Who did for Devon what Walter Scott did for the Highlands or Thomas Hardy for Wessex
R. D. Blackmore
What is the name of Silas Marner's adopted daughter
What are Dostoyevsky's big three works (he wrote 15 novels and novellas)
Crime and Punishment
The Brothers Karamazov
In what year and where does Phileas Fogg's trip around the Earth begin. And for what sized wager was it undertaken
Fogg leaves London by train on 2 Oct 1872
For what two novels and two poems is Lewis Carroll most famous
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel
Through the Looking-Glass,
poems "The Hunting of the Snark" and
What is the real name of George Elliot
Mary Ann Evans
Where was the setting of Trollop's Chronicles of ......
Barsetshire, an imaginary county
who is this
Richard Doddridge Blackmore (1825-1900)
Bord in Longworth (now in Oxfordshire) and died in Teddington (Middlesex)
Leo Tolstoy (aka Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy)
What was Anthony Trollope's first published novel
The Macdermots of Ballycloran (1847)
What affliction did Dostoyevsky suffer from
Wilkie Collins (1824-1889)
Lifelong friend and protege of Charles Dickens
Born and Died in London
Why did Dostoyevsky have a close shave with death
In 1849 he was arrested for his involvement with the Petrashevsky Circle—a secret society of liberal utopians as well as a literary discussion group. He and other members were condemned to death, but at the last moment, a note from Tsar Nicholas I arrived at the scene of the firing squad, commuting the sentence to four years hard labour in Siberia.
Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909)
A London lad who was nominated for a Nobel Prize in literature every year from 1903-1907 and again in 1909
Which Norwegian playwright and poet is the most performed dramatist in the world after Shakespeare
With whom did George Elliot have (at the time) a scandalous affair
The philosopher and critic George Henry Lewes
In the novel Moonstone (I know you know that), what is the Moonstone.
Why is it called that?
Who is the heroine?
The Moonstone is an Indian diamond of religious significance.
It is said to wax and wane in brilliance along with the moon.
The heroine is called Rachel Verinder
What was the name of the main protagonist in Crime and Punishment, and who does he eventually fall in love with
What year was it published
Which murderer inspired the book and why?
Sonia (Sofia Semyonovna Marmeladova)
Inspired by Pierre Francious Lacenaire (1803 - 1836)
During his trial, he fiercely defended his crimes as a valid protest against social injustice. He turned the judicial proceedings into a theatrical event and his prison cell into a salon. He made a lasting impression upon French society and upon several writers
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll)
Born in Cheshire, died in Guildford Surrey
Who are the main protagonists in The Mill on the Floss, and what is the Mill
Which county is it set in?
The George Elliot novel details the lives of Tom and Maggie Tulliver, a brother and sister growing up at Dorlcote Mill on the River Floss at its junction with the more minor River Ripple near the village of St. Ogg's in Lincolnshire, England
who is this
Real name Mary Ann Evans
Born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, died in Chelsea, London
Where is George Elliot buried
Eliot was not buried in Westminster Abbey because of her denial of the Christian faith and her "irregular" though monogamous life with Lewes.
She was interred in Highgate Cemetery (East), Highgate, London in the area reserved for religious dissenters or agnostics, next to George Henry Lewes; Karl Marx's memorial is nearby.
In 1980, on the centenary of her death, a memorial stone was established for her in the Poets’ Corner.
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)
Born in Moscow, but died in St Petersburg
Who wrote Little Women, and what were its two sequels
How many sisters feature in Little Women
What is their surname?
What does the book cover
Louisa May Alcott
The sequels were Little Men and Jo's Boys
Little women features the four March sisters
The novel follows the lives of four sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy —detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood, and is loosely based on the author and her three sisters
Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)
In what journal was Wilkie Collins' Woman in White serialised
All the Year Round (a journal associated with Dickens)
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)
author of The Scarlet Letter (1850) and The House of Seven Gables (1851)
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)
Born in Boston, US
The first well known American author to try to earn a living through writing alone --> financial difficulty most of his life
Thomas Hughes (1822-1896)
Born in Berkshire
What was the most famous work [character] of Thomas Hughes
who was the principle enemy
Tom Brown's School Days (1857)
semi-autobiographical work set at Rugby School, which Hughes had attended. It had a lesser-known sequel, Tom Brown at Oxford (1861).
Tom's enemy was the bully Flashman, who featured in George MacDonald Fraser's series Flashman.
What is Politian
The only play be Edgar Allen Poe
What was E. A. Poe's only complete novel
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket
When did the term 'renaissance' first reach the UK
Mathew Arnold in Culture and Anarchy (1869), when he anglicised the French word to Renascence.
But it achieved wide currency through Jacob Burckhardts 'The Civilisation of Renaissance Italy' (1960) and Walter Peter's 'The Renaissance' (1872)
What was his big novel on social justice in sympathy with the chartist movement
Charles Kingsley (1819-1875)
Alton Locke (1850)
What was Dostoyevsky's first novel
Robert Browning (1812-1899)
Who was Robert Browning's famous wife
Elizabeth Barrett [Browning] (1806-1861)
Won of the most prominent poets of the Victorian period
died in Italy
She was a rival to Tennyson for the laureate position when Wordsworth died
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
famous American poet from Massachusetts
Who is the alleged famous decendent of Herman Melville
The musician Moby
Real name Richard Melville Hall
What pet did Henrik Ibsen keep on his writing desk
What was the first book in Anthony Trollop's Palliser series (year)
How else are the series known
Who is the main protagonist couple (in all but the last book)
Can You Forgive Her? (1864)
Plantagenet Palliser and his wife Lady Glencora
(The plots involve British and Irish politics in varying degrees, specifically in and around Parliament.)