Sunday, April 11, 2010

Mystery Authors - Random Trivia Answers

  • A1) E.M. Forster. Edward Morgan Forster's novels were originally published in 1924, 1908, 1971 (posthumously completed), 1905, and 1910.
  • A2) G.K. Chesterton. Gilbert Keith Chesterton eventually featured the priestly prober in 52 short stories, eventually compiled into five books over two and half decades.
  • A3) P.J. O'Rourke. Patrick Jake O'Rourke has used humor to great effect in fifteen books and countless articles. In 1994, he claimed in All the Trouble in the World, "Of course, the humans in Haiti have hope. They hope to leave."
  • A4) P.L. Travers. Pamela Lyndon Travers created Mary Poppins in 1934 and penned seven sequels over the next 54 years.
  • A5) H.G. Wells. Herbert George Wells had diabetes and may have died from it (or maybe from liver cancer).
  • A6) A.A. Milne. Although Alan Alexander Milne was more famous for his children's stories about Winnie-the-Pooh, he was a more prolific playwright, authoring 25 plays between 1917 and 1951.
  • A7) T.H. White. The books, collectively known as The Once and Future King, were published from 1938 to 1958, with the second installment originally titled The Witch in the Wood.
  • A8) J.M. Barrie. James Matthew Barrie introduced Peter Pan in the play Peter Pan: or, The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up in 1904, seven years before he turned it into the novel Peter and Wendy.
  • A9) C.S. Lewis. Clive Staples Lewis also penned numerous essays and letters about Christianity, to which he converted midway through his life.
  • A10) P.G. Wodehouse. Pelham Grenville Wodehouse introduced Jeeves the valet (responsible for taking care of a person, not a house like a butler) in the 1916 short story "Jeeves Takes Charge". The search engine can now be found at the web site
  • A11) W.H. Auden. Wystan Hugh Auden also elegized another thematic author in "In Memory of W.B. Yeats".
  • A12) T.S. Eliot. Thomas Stearns Eliot studied philosophy at Harvard University in the U.S., the University of Paris in France, and Oxford University in England, where he settled down and got married before returning to Harvard in his 40s.

As you have no doubt realized by now, all of this week's answers are best known by their first and middle initials.

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