Friday 23 October 2015


Some authors are rather coy about using their first names on their works and we refer to them by their initials and their surname. Can you name the first names of these famous authors?
A. A. Milne (Alan Alexander)
C. S. Lewis (Clive Staples)
D. H. Lawrence (David Herbert)
G. K. Chesterton (Gilbert Keith)
H. G. Wells (Herbert George)
J. D. Salinger (Jerome David)
J. R. R. Tolkien (John Ronald Reuel)
P. D. James (Phyllis Dorothy)
P. G. Wodehouse (Pelham Grenville)
V. S. Naipaul (Vidiadhar Surajprassad!)

Thomas Gray’s Elegy “Written in a Country Churchyard” contains these lines:
“*** **** *** ******* *****'s ignoble strife
Their sober wishes never learned to stray”
Thomas Hardy wrote a famous novel whose title is the asterisked quotation from Gray’s poem. What is the title that completes the poetic couplet?
“Far from the Madding Crowd”

“The Battle Hymn of the Republic” contains the following:
“Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where *** ****** ** ***** are stored”
And the title of a famous John Steinbeck novel complete the quote. Which one is it?
“The Grapes of Wrath”

In Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”, the following lines appear:
“How beauteous mankind is! O ***** *** *****
That has such people in't”
The asterisks obscure the title of a famous Aldous Huxley novel.
“Brave New World”

The following are first lines of famous novels, which ones?

“The past is a different country; they do things differently there.”
“The Go-Between” – L.P. Hartley

“There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.”
“Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë

“Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. There are circumstances in which, whether you partake of the tea of not - some people of course never do, - the situation is in itself delightful.”
“The Portrait of a Lady” Henry James

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”
“Pride and Prejudice” Jane Austen

Who wrote these famous novels?
“Madame Bovary” (Gustave Flaubert)
“The Last Days of Pompeii” (Edward Bulwer-Lytton)
“Death in Venice” (Thomas Mann)
“Murder on the Orient Express” (Agatha Christie)
“The Life and Times of Alexis Zorbas” (Nikos Kazantzakis)
“Don Quixote” (Miguel de Cervantes)

And of course the illustration is Charles Dickens!

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