Happy Saturday! Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend. Lately I have been doing a lot of quizzes. Sometimes on my own, sometimes competing with friends and family; it has become a bit of a Friday night tradition in my household since quarantining to organise a pub quiz amongst ourselves. No matter what the topic is, I’ll probably give it a go. But I’ve never actually hosted a quiz before. So I thought for a bit of fun, every Saturday I will post 10 book related trivia questions, and I will also post the previous week’s answers alongside the new questions. Feel free to play individually or in a group, and let me know how you get on in the comments below!
The first round is 10 ‘Who Am I?’ questions – all you need to do is guess the writer!
1. I was born in Dublin in February 1882, before emigrating to mainland Europe in my twenties. I was fluent in French, Italian, Latin, and German, and even learned basic Norwegian so that I could send Henrik Ibsen a fan letter. Even though I never set foot in Ireland again after 1912, my most famous novels and short story collections are set there.
2. I was born Samuel Clemens in November 1835 in the town of Florida, Missouri. Whilst living in Hartford, Connecticut my next-door neighbour was Harriet Beecher Stowe. I had many pen names, including Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass and W. Epaminodas Adrastus Blab before I settled on the name I’m known by.
3. I was born on 4th March 1914 in Hanover, New Hampshire. My first novel, The House Without Windows, was published when I was 12 and my second, The Voyage of the Norman D.w, when I was 14. In December 1939, I left my apartment and disappeared without a trace, at the age of 25.
4. A children’s author, I was born in Cleveland, Ohio and now reside in Bainbridge Island, Washington. I came up with the idea for my famous book series in second grade. The main characters Harold and George are named after two characters from other children’s books: Harold and the Purple Crayon and Curious George. In the 2017 movie adaptation, Ed Helms voiced the titular superhero.
5. Best known as an novelist and memoirist, I was born in Paris in 1804. One of my many lovers was the composer Frederic Chopin. I would collaborate with another of my partners, Jules Sandeau, on articles and signed them collectively. Perhaps this was the inspiration for my pen name, first used in my debut novel Indiana (1832).
6. Born in Lorain, Ohio in 1931, I grew up during the Great Depression. I studied English at Howard University in Washington D.C and after graduating worked as a teacher, and then later as an editor for Random House. In 1993, I won the Nobel Prize for Literature, becoming the first African-American woman to do so.
7. As a children’s author my books have been among the world’s bestsellers since the 1930s, selling more than 600 million copies. Yet I hated kids and was furious whenever they made a racket in my neighbourhood. My daughter described me as, ‘arrogant, insecure, pretentious, and without a trace of maternal instinct’. My famous series include Mallory Towers and the Secret Seven.
8. I was born in 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. I survived through malaria, pneumonia, skin cancer, a fractured skull, hepatitis, both World Wars, the Spanish Civil War, as well as two plane crashes which occurred over consecutive days. A Lookalike Contest is held to celebrate my work every year at Sloppy Joe’s bar in Key West, where I had once lived.
9. I was born in London in 1963 but was raised in Buckinghamshire. I studied History at the University of Kent and later worked at the National Film and Television School as a manager’s assistant. My highly popular series of books was later turned into films starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in the lead roles.
10. A playwright I was born in Canterbury in 1564. It is believed my play Tamburlaine the Great was the first to use blank verse, and I was a massive influence on William Shakespeare. I was accused of both spying and heresy, and I was stabbed with a fork during the middle of an argument over payment of a bill, killing me instantly.
Like I mentioned, let me know how you get on, and I shall post the answers next Saturday!