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What were the Seven Novels of George Elliot

    Adam Bede, 1859
    The Mill on the Floss, 1860
    Silas Marner, 1861
    Romola, 1863
    Felix Holt, the Radical, 1866
    Middlemarch, 1871–72
    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

Jules Verne


What are three big Tolstoy works

War and Peace

Anna Karenina

A Confession


Which Norwegian is often referred to as one of the founders of Modernism in the theatre

What are six major works

Henrik Ibsen

Peer Gynt (1867)
A Doll's House (1879)
Ghosts (1881)
An Enemy of the People (1882)
The Wild Duck (1884)
Hedda Gabler (1890)


What is the occupation of Silas Marner

A Weaver

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.


who is this (and who painted it)

A young Wilkie Collins painted by John Everett Millais in 1850


Anthony Trollope portrait.jpgwho is this

Anthony Trollope


Born and Died in London


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Jules Gabriel Verne (1818-1905)


Louisa May Alcott headshot.jpgwho is this

Louisa May Alcott


Born in Pennysylvania, and died in Boston


Who is the lead protagonist of Elliot's Middlemarch

Dorothea Brooke


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



who is this

A 20year old Leo Tolstoy


Ay what cemetry are Wilkie Collins and Anthony Trollope both buried

Kensal Green

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,

The Moonstone,

Armadale, and

No Name.





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 Idiot

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

£20,000 wager
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

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Richard Doddridge Blackmore (1825-1900)

Bord in Longworth (now in Oxfordshire) and died in Teddington (Middlesex)


L.N.Tolstoy Prokudin-Gorsky.jpgwho is this

Leo Tolstoy (aka Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy)




What was Anthony Trollope's first published novel

The Macdermots of Ballycloran (1847)


who is this

George Elliot


What affliction did Dostoyevsky suffer from



Wilkie-Collins.jpgwho is this

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.


who is this

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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

Henrik Ibsen


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?

Razkolnikov (Rodion)


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

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George Elliot

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.


Vasily Perov - Портрет Ф.М.Достоевского - Google Art Project.jpgwho is this

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)


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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)


CharlesKingsley.jpegWhat 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

Poor Folk


Robert Browning

Robert Browning (1812-1899)


Who was Robert Browning's famous wife

Elizabeth Barrett


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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


A scorpion


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)

'Parliamentary Novels'

Plantagenet Palliser and his wife Lady Glencora


(The plots involve British and Irish politics in varying degrees, specifically in and around Parliament.)