Ben Jonson (1572-1637)
Edmund Spenser (1553-1599)
What is the journey in the Canterbury Tales
What is generally considered the first tale
What is the name of the Inn where the pilgrims first meet on their journey
Southwark to Thomas of Beckett Shrine in Canterbury Cathedrale
Knight's Tale (Its about Arcite and Palamon) - remember your Shakespeare (its the story of Two Noble Kinsmen)
The Tabard Inn (in Borough High Street, it was demolished in 1850)
Where does the term Anecdote come from
The word 'anecdote' (in Greek: ἀνέκδοτον "unpublished", literally "not given out") comes from Procopius of Caesarea, the biographer of Justinian I, who produced a work entitled Ἀνέκδοτα (Anekdota, variously translated as Unpublished Memoirs or Secret History), which is primarily a collection of short incidents from the private life of the Byzantine court. Gradually, the term anecdote came to be applied to any short tale utilized to emphasize or illustrate whatever point the author wished to make
Who wrote the Spanish Tragedy
Between What Years did he live
Thomas Kyd (1558-1594)
John Dryden (1631-1700)
Glorius John as Walter Scott called him
Restoration England is also known as the Age of Dryden
Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400)
In the New Testament (and Milton) who is Mammon
Wealth or Greed, personified as a deity
What was the Augustan age in English Literature and who were its principal exponents
Writers at this time "greatly admired their Roman counterparts, imitated their works and frequently drew parallels between" contemporary world and the age of the
Some of the major writers in this period were John Dryden (1631-1700), Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), William Congreve, (1670-1729), Joseph Addison (1672-1719), Richard Steele (1672-1729), Alexander Pope (1688-1744), Henry Fielding (1707–54), Samuel Johnson (1709-84).
Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)
John Arbuthnot (1667-1735)
What was Milton's handicap when writing Paradise Lost
What is the Captial of Hell in Paradise Lost
He was blind (and impoverished)
Samuel Pepys (1633-1703)
What is the name of Thomas Hobbes' masterpiece
It championed absolutism for the soveriegn
John Bunyan (1628-1688)
Who cooperated with Shakespeare on Titus Andronicus, and between what years did he live
George Peele (1556-1596)
Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)
What was Henry Fielding's pen name, and what was his interesting Welsh tribute
The Welsh Opera was a presented as a tribute to the Scriblerians
Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375)
Writer of the Decameron
Who wrote the Pilgrim's Progress
It introduced Vanity Fair, where Thakeray took the name
John Milton (1608-1674)
Who wrote the first collection of biographies of women in Western literature
Giovanni Boccaccio, in his work [On or Of] Famous Women
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
John Fletcher (1579-1625)
Who invented the figure John Bull
John Arbuthnot (satirist and polymath) in 1712 in his pamphlet Law is a Bottomless Pit
He also inspired book III of Gulliver's Travels
James Boswell (1740-1795) from Edinburugh
Companion of Samuel Johnson
writer of Life of Johnson (sometimes described as the greatest biography ever written)
Thomas Middleton (1580-1627)
Joseph Spence (1699-1768)
Famous for his collection of anecdotes
What was his big work
Laurence Sterne (1713-1768)
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy
What was his super long novel
Samuel Richardson (1689-1761)
Clarissa: Or the History of Young Lady
Who wrote A New Way to Pay Old Debts (1626)
The most frequently revived non-Shakespearean play in the 18-19th centuries
Who was the villain in A New Way to Pay Old Debts
Sir Giles Overreach
What was considered the last masterpiece of the picaresque genre written from 1715-1735 (and who was it written by?)
by Alain-Rene Lesage
What is the name of Don Quixote's horse
What is Quixote's real name. Where does the other name come from
Who is his side kick
Alonso Quixano, a hidalgo (member of Spanish/Portuguese nobility but who lacks a title) who reads so many chivalric novels that he decides to set out to revive chivalry, under the name Don Quixote.
Francesco Petrarca [aka Petrach]
Petrarch is often called the "Father of Humanism"
Petrarch's rediscovery of Cicero's letters is often credited for initiating the 14th-century Renaissance.
Dante Alighieri (Italian)
What famous phrase / description was coined by Petrarch
'The Dark Ages'
By which he meant that between the ancient world of Rome and his own time, nothing much had happened.
What was Dante's divine comedy called during his time.
What was a comedy then
In Dante's time a comedy was a story in which difficulties faced by the protagonist were resolved in a happy ending
It was originally called the Commedia (or comedy), the Divine bit was added by Boccaccio
Where is Dante's hell situated
Where does the story begin
What separates Upper Hell from Lower Hell
In a Dark Forest (a symbol of sinful life on earth)
The Wall of Dis (below which are sins of violence and malice)
Who guides Dante through Hell and Pergatory
Who guides him through Heaven
Why does he have two guides
Beatrice (the love he never had. He was betrothed to another, and Beatrice died young)
Virgil was born before Christ so can't get into heaven.
Who many chapters (or cantos) are there in the Divine Comedy
3 x 33
+ 1 introduction
In Chaucer's tales,
How many pilgrims are there?
How many tales are they supposed to tell?
Each to tell 4 tales, 2 on the way out, 2 on the way back
In fact only 24 pilgrims tell tales, probably meaning the book was never finished.
What is arguably the best known of the Canterbury Tales
How many husbands are involved
What is the theme
The Wife of Bath
The theme is woman's mastery over men
In Boccaccio's epic, what are the people fleeing
100 stories of people fleeing the plague
His surprising day job?
John Donne (1572 - 1631)
He was a cleric
In 1615, he became an Anglican priest, although he did not want to take Anglican orders. He did so because King James I persistently ordered it. In 1621, he was appointed the Dean of St Paul's Cathedral in London.
Who was the main figure of Samuel Johnson's cointed 'Metaphysical poets'
Who were the two other big names
Who wrote a 1921 essay on The Metaphysical poets
George Herbert and Andrew Marvell
It is an oblique refererrence to their (particularly Donne's wit)
What famous sermon, later described as the author's own funeral sermon (it was addressed to the king, but the author died only a month later), portrays life as a slow descent into sickness and death, but points to redemption and salvation.
Death's Duel sermon by John Donne
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name Molière
(1622 - 1673)
French - unsurprisingly
Who is famous for the comedy of manners 'The Misanthrope'
What is the name of the lead protagonist
Who, for kudos, were the other two leaders of French neoclassical literature and comedy
Pierre Corneille (write of El Cid), and Philippe Quinault (who write The Rivals - of course, he wasn't the only person do use this a book title)
Which book begins with the words
"I was born in the year 1632"
and was progenitor of the fictional autobiography
What word means "the appearance of being true or real"
What was Daniel Defoe's birth name
How many times was he bankrupt
When did he take up writing
Daniel Foe (he added the De later)
Bankrupt twice! He'd been a businessman and merchant - > B1, then he wrote a political pamphlet that got him into trouble and led to B2.
He didn't take up writing until his late 50s (hope for us all then)
Who is considered by many to be Germany's greatest classical playwright, and what brief movement was he associated with
What was his seminal play
In what way was other most famous composition work
Frederick Schiller (1759 - 1805)
A member of the Storm and Stress (or Storm and Urge) movement, known for their energy and physical and emotional violence
His great work was The Robbers (1781)
He also wrote Ode the Joy (1786) which Beethoven used in his S no.9 (albeit, he didn't use the entire poem and he did reorder bits)