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It introduces the characters of Charley Anderson, airplane manufacturer; J. Ward Moorhouse; Eleanor Stoddard; and Fainy "Mac" McCreary, who joins the Mexican Revolution. Set in the days just before World War I, this novel interweaves events from these character's lives with biographies of real-life contemporaries such as Eugene Debs. For 10 points, name this first book of the U.S.A. Trilogy by John dos Passos.
The 42nd Parallel (prompt on "USA Trilogy" before "this novel" is read)
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He was many things: a high-school principal, a songwriter for Broadway musicals, a consul in Venezuela and Nicaragua, and a lawyer. At the age of 41, in 1912, he published his first novel anonymously, and later, in 1927, he published a group of black dialect sermons in verse. For 10 points, name this NAACP leader who created the aforementioned Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man and God's Trombones.
James Weldon Johnson
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He achieved a wide audience with his Lanny Budd series, eleven contemporary historical novels beginning with World's End, that revolve around an antifascist hero. He also wrote about the controversial Sacco and Vanzetti trial in his 1928 book Boston, as well as the Teapot Dome Scandal in his 1927 book Oil! He is most famous for his sixth novel, inspired by one of his newspaper assignments and published at his own expense after several publishers rejected it. FTP, name this American naturalist author of The Jungle.
Upton Sinclair
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Privately published in 1893 under the pseudonym of Johnston Smith, it was first published under the author's real name in 1896. Set in Rum Alley, a slum district, it tells of Jimmie Johnson and his sister, the ill-treated children of a brutal father and drunken mother. FTP, identify this Stephen Crane story in which the girl drowns herself after becoming a prostitute.
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
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A drama critic for The New York Times from 1917 to 1930, his first successful play, written in collaboration with Marc Connelly, was Dulcy. His plays with Connelly included Beggar on Horseback and Merton of the Movies, one of the first satires on Hollywood. Among his other collaborations were Of Thee I Sing, with Morrie Ryskind and Ira Gershwin, and Dinner at Eight with Edna Ferber. FTP, identify this member of the Algonquin Round Table, many of whose most famous plays, including The Man Who Came to Dinner and You Can't Take it With You, were in collaboration with Moss Hart.
George Simon Kaufman
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It is narrated by Amasa Delano, the captain of a seal-hunting ship who encounters off the coast of Chile a slave ship whose human cargo has revolted. Although it takes Delano some time to unravel the situation, eventually he saves the title character, who is the captain of the slaver, and his remaining crew, and the leaders of the insurrection are slaughtered. FTP, identify this short story published in Putnam's Monthly Magazine in 1855 and later included in the collection The Piazza Tales, written by Herman Melville.
Benito Cereno
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It describes both Amory Blaine, protagonist of the novel This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald; and Jake Barnes, hero of the novel The Son Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway. A mechanic working on Gertrude Stein's car inspired a hotel proprietor to coin the phrase. For 10 points, what term describes young people who came of age between World War One and the Great Depression?
Lost Generation
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There was one passenger in the coach, a small, dark-haired person in a glossy buff calico dress. She was so slender and so stiffly starched that she slid from space to space on the leather cushions, though she braced herself against the middle seat with her feet and extended her cotton-gloved hands on each side. Mr. Jeremiah Cobb drives the stagecoach in which we first meet the title character of, for 10 points, what Kate Wiggin novel?
Rebecca of Sonnybrook Farm
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Its author said of it, "It's the whole story. It's all my politics." Its title sacrifice is described as "many deeds of war to the land vaguely realizing westward," and describes that land "such as she was, such as she would become." Written in 1942, it was not well known until January 20, 1961, when the poet read it for John Kennedy's inauguration. FTP name the poem which begins "The land was ours before we were the land's," written by Robert Frost.
The Gift Outright
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So let me dish you this comedy about a family I knew when I was growing up. So begins this not-very-comic novel, in which the events of Fantastic Four #141, especially the attack of Annihilus on Reed and Sue Richards, is used to parallel the disintegration of the Hood and Williams families. It is memorably set in 1973 Connecticut, and ends with an apocalyptic "key party." FTP name this 1994 novel by Rick Moody, about a famous weekend blizzard, adapted into a 1997 film by Ang Lee.
The Ice Storm
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The first title object is a converted female boarding school, in which everything is bolted to the floor. The second is in Vienna and was originally called the Gasthaus Freud. The third is the headquarters for a rape crisis center; its only six guests ever are an Arizona family lost in a snowstorm. FTP, name this John Irving novel, more about life in Vienna and New York than about room service in Concord.
The Hotel New Hampshire
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Born in 1886 in Philadelphia, he urged African-Americans to seek inspiration and take pride in their cultural heritage. He felt that race relations could be made better through literature and art and that African-Americans could gain confidence and acceptance by setting high standards for themselves. FTP, name this man who virtually started the Harlem Renaissance, author of The New Negro.
Alain Locke
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Thirteen years after its first appearance, it was made into an opera by Louis Gruenberg with a libretto by Kathleen de Jaffa. The main character flees his palace and, while wandering in the jungle, hallucinates that he is being sold at an auction before being shot to death with silver bullets. FTP, identify this 1920 play, which is set on an island in the West Indies ruled by a former Pullman porter, a work of Eugene O'Neill.
The Emperor Jones
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In the 1950's, he began a series of "Contemporary Chronicles" which includes Chosen Country and Century's Ebb. The author of such plays as Airways, Inc. and The Garbage Man, he began a trilogy about the Spotswood family in 1939 which included The Grand Design, Number One, and Adventures of a Young Man. FTP, name this novelist of the District of Columbia trilogy whose other works include Three Soldiers and Manhattan Transfer.
John Dos Passos
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This melodrama's title refers to a song sung by German soldiers returning from World War I, which is sung by the main character when he is blackmailed by Count Teck de Bancovis. He kills Teck and the play ends with him explaining his actions to his American in-laws and departing for Germany. FTP, name this 1941 play about Kurt Muller, designed to rouse American sentiment against Hitler, written by Lillian Hellman.
The Watch on the Rhine
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This Columbia-educated dramatist would author plays such as Dark Age, The Strange Mushroom, Fatherly Love and many plays for children, although his greatest success was possibly The Little Nymph. He collaborated with Vivian Darkbloom on The Lady Who Loved Lightning, which was the unnamed play seen in Wace by Humbert Humbert and Lolita. For ten points, name this character who is murdered by Humbert later in the novel Lolita.
Clare Quilty (Prompt on Cue)
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This work, which received the National Book Award, is composed of a title novella and five short stories, which include You Can't Tell a Man by the Song He Sings and The Conversion of the Jews. The novella concerns itself with a materialistic, Jewish, suburban family, and characters include Brenda Patimkin and the narrator Neil Klugman. FTP, what is this 1959 novella by Philip Roth?
Goodbye, Columbus
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An African fantasy, Les Blancs¸ and this author's autobiography, To Be Young, Gifted, and Black, were completed by her husband Robert Nemiroff. An earlier play, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, was a drama of political questioning and affirmation set in Greenwich Village. FTP, who is this playwright best known for her 1959 play about the Younger family, A Raisin in the Sun?
Lorraine Hansberry
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The narrative in this work is in a spiral structure that repeats most of the book's events several times from only slightly different perspectives. A repeated refrain alludes to François Villon's Ballade des Dames du Temps Jadis (bah-LOD day DOM doo TOM zha-DEE), but the question has been changed to "Where are the Snowdens of yesteryear?" Other important characters include Aarfy, Clevinger, Appleby, and Nately's *****'s kid sister. FTP, name this novel about the pilot Yossarian, whose title is now used to describe any lose-lose situation.
Catch-22
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She ran away from home when she was 12 and was taken in by Doc, the man she would later marry. Eventually, she ran away to L.A. and then to New York, though she split with O.J. Berman after skipping her tryout for "The Story of Dr. Wassail." She remains an associate of Berman's though, constantly trying to interest him in the work of the writer who lives downstairs, the nameless narrator whom she always calls "Fred," after her brother, until her brother is killed in the war. For 10 points-name this character whose real name is Lulamae Barnes, the central character of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Holly Golightly (accept Lulamae Barnes on early buzz)
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This short story revolves around two hitmen sent out to kill an ex-boxer in small town America. While searching for the boxer, Andreson, they announce at a local restaurant their intentions in hopes of finding out where he lives. One patron of the restaurant, Nick, runs off to warn Andreson but is startled that Andreson is willing to accept his fate. This story appeared in print in 1927 in the collection Men Without Women. For ten points, name this short story by Ernest Hemingway in which Nick Adams first appears. (no...)
The Killers
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This poem, which first appeared in Poetry magazine in 1913, uses a banjo, a flute, tambourines, and a bass drum which plays throughout most of the poem. It was meant to be sung to the tune of "The Blood of the Lamb." Written to honor the passing of a social activist, it opens with the lines "BLANK led boldly with his big bass drum-The Saints smiled gravely and said: "He's Come."/ Walking lepers followed, rank on rank/ Lurching bravos from the ditches dank." FTP, name this poem that was written by Vachel Lindsay.
General William Booth Enters Into Heaven
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Nat Miller has a problem because his son, Richard, is overly rebellious, following the example of his drunken uncle, Sid Davis. When David McComber refuses to let his daughter Muriel date Richard, he goes on a binge and consorts with Belle, a "swift babe from New Haven", but when he comes home things are straightened out and his girl Muriel purifies him with a kiss. Such is the plot of, FTP what unusually comedic play by Eugene O'Neill?
Ah, Wilderness
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Her adventures, narrated to a therapist named Spenser Montag, begin when she inherits her late husband's share of an acting company owned with his uncle Buck Loner. Her idea is to teach men how to behave in the age of "Woman Triumphant" and to avenge the many abuses of her late homosexual husband by forcing Buck Loner out and completely humiliating the acting student Rusty Godowsky, but by a strange twist of fate it is revealed after an auto accident that she is, in fact, her late husband who had had a sex change operation. Such is the weird plot of, FTP, what novel, one of the most famous of Gore Vidal?
Myra Breckinridge
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It incorporates the previously published short work A Portrait of Bascom Hawke. As the novel opens, the protagonist is leaving for graduate school. His introduction to Boston and his favored place in Professor James Hatcher's course in playwriting is delineated, and at Harvard he must come to terms with his father's death and his own ambitions to be a great playwright. He ends up teaching English at New York University, drinking heavily, writing furiously, and chasing women. On the voyage home from a European tour, he notices another passenger, Esther Jack, a woman who will become his lover and literary sponsor. FTP identify this 1935 Thomas Wolfe work, featuring Eugene Gant, the sequel to his 1929 Look Homeward Angel.
Of Time and the River: A Legend of Man's Hunger in His Youth
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Mothers, daughters and colonialism continue to fuel this novelist's imagination as in 1996s The Autobiography of My Mother. Born Elaine Potter Richardson in St. John's, Antigua she left the West Indies when she was 16, and after several domestic jobs in and around New York City, she became a staff writer on the New Yorker. Her first short-story collection, At the Bottom of the River, with its rich echoes of everyday life, imaginative metaphors, and often incantatory style, won her widespread recognition, especially for the story "Girl." In Lucy she describes her heroine in an urban American setting. FTP identify this author most well known for a series of connected short stories centering on the coming of age of an island girl, called Annie John.
Jamaica Kincaid
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Born in Alabama he practiced medicine for a year before contracting tuberculosis. His time in bed involved a great deal of serious reading and turned him onto literature. Essay collections include The Message in the Bottle and Lost in the Cosmos. Will Barrett, the protagonist of The Last Gentleman and The Second Coming must reach through amnesia to an accommodation with reality. Love in the Ruins and his final novel, both feature Dr. Tom More, spiritual descendant of the English martyr, who wanders through an America of the near future that has been twisted out of natural shape. FTP identify this writer of The Thanatos Syndrome and the 1961 work The Moviegoer .
Walker Percy
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He began his writing career in San Francisco working for a newspaper, and he published his first story, "The Haunted Valley," in the Overland Magazine. The Old Gringo by Carlos Fuentes is actually an imagining of this man's last months. In his seventies, he disappeared across the Mexican border after revisiting the Civil War battlefields of his youth in his Collected Works. His second story collection was Can Such Things Be?, and his first was In the Midst of Life, which included a famous story that details the pre-execution dream of Peyton Farquhar. FTP, name this author of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and The Devil's Dictionary.
Ambrose Bierce
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She was the great granddaughter of theologian Lyman Beecher, which also connects her to Harriet Beecher Stowe. Her husband left her to marry her best friend, the writer Grace Ellery Channing. However, she is probably best known for her relationship to her doctor S. Weir Mitchell, who prescribed a "rest cure" for her "nervous disorders." FTP name the writer who transformed her treatment for depression into the short story "The Yellow Wall-Paper."
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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The play opens with the main character being ferried by Charon across the river Styx. Time becomes nonlinear as incidents in the protagonist's life are reiterated, from his days as an undergraduate studying classics at Cambridge to his unrequited love for his classmate Moses Jackson to his encounter with a post-Reading ("redding") Oscar Wilde. FTP, name this work about the poet A. E. Housman, Tom Stoppard's most recent play.
The Invention of Love
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Among her lesser-known works are The Pearl of Orr's Island and Old Town Folks, both of which were based on the childhood memories of her husband, Calvin. When her friend Lady Byron died and Byron's former mistress wrote a book bashing her, she replied with the work Lady Byron Vindicated. She is better known, however, for an early novel. FTP, name this woman, the daughter of a famous evangelical preacher and the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
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Nothing ever happens in North Dormer. At least, so it seems to Charity Royall, until one day a young stranger, Lucius Haney, arrives from the world outside. Soon an attraction develops between the two, but Haney abandons Charity after she becomes pregnant. FTP, name this novel, referred to by its author as "the hot Ethan" because of its similarities to her earlier work, Ethan Frome.
Summer
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They employed a burlesque modeled on Hudibras and advocated a strong central government and attacked proponents of democratic liberalism such as Thomas Jefferson. Together they produced a satirical mock epic, The Anarchiad, which was a polemic against states slow to ratify the constitution. FTP, name this group of American poets, all graduates of Yale, whose membership included John Trumbull, Joel Barlow, and Timothy Dwight.
Hartford Wits or Connecticut Wits
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Characters in this 1852 novel include Westervelt, an evil mesmerist; Priscilla, who falls under Westervelt's influence; Zenobia, a dark, queenly woman; and Hollingsworth, an egotistical reformer. We find out about these characters through the coldly inquisitive narrator, Miles Coverdale. FTP, what is this Nathaniel Hawthorne work, based on his experiences at Brook Farm?
The Blithedale Romance
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His later works express the theme that although time passes and things change, the larger patterns of Nature are recurrent. While living in rural Maine, he wrote his "Letters from the East" essays for the New Yorker, a magazine for which he wrote almost since its inception. His collaboration with Thurber for Is Sex Necessary? increased the fame of both men, and he also wrote a monthly column for Harper's entitled "One Man's Meat." FTP, name this author best known for his children's books and a guide on the conventions of writing he wrote with his Cornell English professor William Strunk.
E. B. White
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He got his first break as a writer just out of high school, as a beat reporter for the Kansas City Star. In the early twenties he found his way to Paris where writers such as Ford Madox Ford, Ezra Pound, and Gertrude Stein helped him publish his first collection, Three Stories and Ten Poems. This was followed by the publication in 1926 of one of the most important novels to emerge from the American Expatriate community of the 20's. FTP name this author of The Sun Also Rises.
Ernest Hemingway
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His novels, such as Love in the Days of Rage and Her, are mostly forgotten today, though written in the last half of the twentieth century. The same is true of his plays, which include Routines and Unfair Arguments with Existence. It is his collections of poetry which have made this San Francisco bookstore owner famous; these include Pictures of the Gone World and A Coney Island of the Mind. FTP name this U.S. literary figure.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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She was seduced by one of her cousins at the age of sixteen, and soon after took up working in a St. Louis whorehouse. After returning to New York City to meet her father at Johnny the Priest's Saloon, she falls in love with Mat Burke. She marries Burke, who signs on to sail on the Londonderry with her father, Chris Christopherson. FTP, name the title character of a 1921 drama by Eugene O'Neill.
Anna Christie or Anna Christopherson
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This newspaper's founder said, "I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time." It began in 1924, and the founder remained its editor until 1933. As with The Smart Set, the paper was created by the collaboration of George Jean Nathan with the cynical author of The American Language and Prejudices. FTP, name this H. L. Mencken creation.
American Mercury
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After being incarcerated in the Ohio State Penitentiary for armed robbery, he began to write fiction, and several of his articles were published in Esquire and other magazines while he was in jail. After his release he wrote novels such as The Crazy Kill and Cotton Comes to Harlem, both murder mysteries. FTP, who is this black author whose most famous novel is If He Hollers Let Him Go?
Chester Himes
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He probably died as a result of slowly being poisoned with herbal medicines prescribed by a vengeful physician named Roger. The red marks that appeared on his chest when he suddenly dropped dead after admitting to a brief sexual affair with a parishioner could probably be attributed the poison, but witnesses claimed that the marks formed the shape of a letter "A." FTP, name this repentant reverend who commits adultery with Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter.
Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale
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His misfortunes include the destruction of his house at Back Bay and the disintegration of his daughter Irene's plans for marriage. However, unlike his business partner, he maintains his moral integrity, and his family's attitude towards wealth contrasts with that of the Coreys, one of whom marries his daughter Penelope. FTP, name this character whose "rise" is chronicled in the best-known novel of William Dean Howells.
Silas Lapham (accept Rise of Silas Lapham after glaring at player)
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This character is introduced to us as a "tall, strong girl," who consoles her brother Emil when his kitten is stuck on a telegraph pole, then fetches her friend Carl Linstrum to rescue the poor pussy. By the end of the book, she, now a middle-aged woman, murmurs to Carl, "I am tired. I have been very lonely, Carl." Meanwhile she runs a Nebraska farm spread despite the resentment of her brothers, Lou and Oscar. For 10 points name this heroine of the Willa Cather novel O Pioneers!
Alexandra Bergson (accept either part)
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His horse's name is Gunpowder. His favorite rosy-cheeked student in his singing classes is Katrina Van Tassel. His rival for her affection is Abraham van Brunt, better known as Bram Bones. Of course, on the night he throws a pumpkin at this character he is disguised as the Headless Horseman. FTP name this schoolteacher, the main character of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."
Ichabod Crane
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Individual sections examine the works of Jane Austen, Milton's daughters, George Eliot, and Charlotte Bronte, all combining Toward a Female Poetics. The book's title refers either to Bertha Rochester or to the narrator of "The Yellow Wallpaper." FTP, identify this key work of feminist literary criticism by Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar.
The Madwoman in the Attic
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He is oppressed by his girlfriend Betty's demands that he live a normal life, and his attempts to give hope to those who confide in him always meet with failure. Mr. and Mrs. Doyle receive advice from him, and Mrs. Doyle tries to seduce him, leading to his murder by Mr. Doyle. Throughout the novel he suffers from the cynical comments of his editor, Shrike. FTP, name this Nathanael West title character, a newspaper advice columnist known only by his female nom de plume.
Miss Lonelyhearts
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In 1873, this man was named first flutist of the Peabody Orchestra in Maryland. In 1879, he became a lecturer at Johns Hopkins, though his subject was literature, not music. His lectures became the basis for such books as The Science of English Verse and Shakespeare and His Forerunners. He also wrote the novels Corn, about southern agriculture, and The Symphony, about northern industry. He is best known, however, as the poet of such works as The Marshes of Glynn. FTP, who is this Georgia-born poet of The Song of the Chattahoochee.
Sidney Lanier
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In writing this work, the author was inspired by Harriet Beecher Stowe's The Pearl of Orr's Island. Set in the town of Dunnet Landing, it is told by an anonymous narrator who stays with the landlady Mrs. Almira Todd. Other characters include Captain Littlepage and Elijah Tilley, a fisherman. The book won admiration from many feminists, and Willa Cather called it one of America's great books. FTP, identify this novel about small-town life on the coast of Maine, written by Sarah Orne Jewett.
The Country of the Pointed Firs
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This book was attacked by Richard Wright for its use of dialect, but the dialect is generally true to form and evidences the author's expertise in anthropology. It tells the story of a woman with unsuccessful marriages to Logan Killicks and Jody Starks, and finally a third which works out until she is forced to kill her rabies-stricken husband, Tea Cake Woods, with a shotgun. FTP, name this novel about a black woman in rural Florida named Janie, written by Zora Neale Hurston.
Their Eyes Were Watching God
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One of the poets associated with this group said that she "used sound and rhythm to imitate, as precisely as she could, how an experience felt." One of the outlets for their work was the magazine "Origin" while the other was eponymous. These poets adopted a form called "projective verse" and members included Denise Levertov, Robert Creeley, and Robert Duncan. For ten points, name this group of poets founded by Charles Olson that was named for the North Carolina college with which its members were affiliated.
Black Mountain Poets
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First and last names required: three characters of this name appears in two works of their creator. The first is a guilt-ridden alcoholic who occasionally takes a break from his "broadway babes" to visit the old homestead near the Hogan farm in "A Moon for the Misbegotten." The other two are father and son in a play that features only the four family members and a servant girl named Cathleen. The father is an actor while the son is a drunk, and together they must deal with the insanity of Mary, the family matriarch. For ten points, give the name shared by these three characters of Eugene O'Neill.
James Tyrone
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The title of this play comes from the protagonist's description of the period between the happiness of childhood and the security of old age. Unable to marry her fiance before his death in World War I, the main character marries Sam Evans, has an affair with Dr. Ned Darrell which produces a son named Gordon, and, after Sam's death, settles into a comfortable marriage with the novelist Charlie Marsden. FTP, name this drama whose nine acts describe the life of Nina Leeds as told by Eugene O'Neill.
Strange Interlude
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Her poems appear in the collections Fruits and Vegetables, Half-Lives, Loveroot, and At the Edge of the Body. Her work Fanny is a picaresque novel in a pseudo-18th century style, while How To Save Your Own Life was the 1977 sequel to her 1973 best seller. That best seller told of a neurotic New York woman in her thirties enjoying a lively two-week sexual experience with an existentialist Englishman. FTP, name this author, best known for the work Fear of Flying.
Erica Jong
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By the novel's end, he is a Lieutenant General in charge of Special Services, and by extension, commander of all Army Air Force combat operations. Having risen to power as the unintended beneficiary of General Peckem's behind-the-scenes machinations, his first action as commander is to order yet another parade. For 10 points identify this scatologically-named officer, who presides over Yossarian's basic training in Catch-22.
Lieutenant Scheisskopf
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Although the title character's house still can be seen, historians are unsure of whether the 1862 incident that this poem describes ever actually took place. The heroine is a ninety-year old woman, whose fearless defense of the Stars and Stripes in Frederick, Maryland manages to impress even the invading General Stonewall Jackson. FTP, give the title of this poem, written by John Greenleaf Whittier.
"Barbara Frietchie"
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His first love affair, excised from the original book but published separately 60 years later, was with actress Vesta Dunning. His second was with the boss's glamorous daughter Dominique. Expelled from the Stanton Institute of Technology, this redhead could never hold a steady job because of his uncompromising attitude, despite his evident architectural talent. FTP, name this creation of Ayn Rand and hero of The Fountainhead.
Howard Roark
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Out in the real world, Dottie loses her virginity to a bad sort, but discovers she likes sex. Polly works as a nurse, and Libby writes book reviews that are almost as long as the book. Helena was registered for the college at birth. The eight characters meet together only twice, at the wedding and funeral of Kay Petersen, their Vassar classmate. FTP name this 1954 Mary McCarthy novel.
The Group
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Elsa was a blue-eyed German peasant who gave up her child to her employer's wife. Hamilton was that son who was of great service to the people. Jones ended up with a broken laugh, a thousand memories, and not a single regret. Anne was the beloved of Abraham Lincoln. We are told in the beginning, though, that all, all are sleeping on the hill in ñ for 10 points ñ what magnum opus of Edgar Lee Masters?
Spoon River Anthology
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In the opening chapter, "In the Bronx," the protagonist is picked up by a truant officer when he goes to the zoo with Nicky Black and Scalzo. Characters in the novel include David Ferrie, a homosexual who tries to rape the main character; Nicholas Branch, the Curator; and Edwin Walker, whom the protagonist fails to murder. FTP, identify this 1988 novel, which ends with the protagonist's mother Marguerite standing by her son's grave on November 25, a recreation of the life of Lee Harvey Oswald written by Don DeLillo.
Libra
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Some of its final sections include "From Noon to Starry Night," "Songs of Parting," and two annexes entitled "Sands at Seventy" and "Goodbye My Fancy." It is generally read today in the ninth or "Deathbed Edition" which appeared in 1892, 37 years after the book was first published. FTP, name this collection which includes "A Passage to India," "O Captain! My Captain!" "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking," and "Song of Myself."
Leaves of Grass
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It is a drama in three acts based on an actual case in 19th century Edinburgh that was detailed in the essay "Closed Doors, or The Great Drumsheugh Case" in Bad Companions by William Roughead. The story concerns an attempt by Mary Tilford, a student at a New England boarding school, to explain to her rich, indulgent grandmother why she has to run away from school. She accuses the women who own and run the school of being lesbians, which ends up closing the school. FTP, what is this play written by Lillian Hellman?
The Children's Hour
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His column of literary criticism, "The Phoenix Nest" was a regular feature in The Saturday Review of Literature. His collections of poetry include Starry Harness and The Spirit of the Scene. He wrote a novel in verse, Rip Tide, and his verse autobiography, The Dust which is God, won him a Pulitzer Prize. FTP, name this American poet, best known among quiz bowlers for editing the Readers' Encyclopedia.
William Rose Benét (buh-NAY)
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Originally titled A Moment's Ornament, its protagonist commits suicide by overdosing on pills. Earlier, she had run up gambling debts and found herself unable to marry Lawrence Selden, a nice man who lacked wealth, and Simon Rosedale, a rich Jew. FTP, name this work, which describes the life of Lily Bart, a 1905 novel of Edith Wharton.
The House of Mirth
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His novels Past All Dishonor and Mignon, unlike most of his work, are historical fictions set just after the Civil War. After writing editorials for the New York World under Walter Lippmann, he became managing editor of the New Yorker in 1931, but gave that up after 10 months to go to Hollywood, where he wrote such novels as Love's Lovely Counterfeit, Career in C Major, and The Embezzler. FTP, identify this noir writer, best known for Mildred Pierce, Double Indemnity, and The Postman Always Rings Twice.
James Mallahan Cain
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As a child, she pursued a rigorous education at home, steeping herself in the classics and in German. In 1844, Summer on the Lakes, an account of a trip to the Midwest, led Horace Greeley to hire her as literary critic for his New York Tribune, making her one of the first self-supporting American woman journalists. FTP, name the intellectual who died in a shipwreck off Fire Island, New York, in 1850, best known for befriending Emerson and editing The Dial from 1840 to 1842.
Margaret Fuller
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The final one, number 385, begins "My daughter's heavier" and states that "Fall comes to us as a prize to rouse us toward our fate." Numbers 78 through 91 are entitled "Opus Posthumous," while the poems from 78 on are dedicated to Mark van Doren and the "sacred memory" of Delmore Schwartz, and are collectively entitled His Toy, His Dream, His Rest. FTP, identify this collection of poems, the first 77 of which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1965, which center around the character Henry and were written by John Berryman.
The Dream Songs
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She takes the last name of her common-law husband, Joe, who is killed while trying to tame a black stallion. Her adopted son, Ned Douglass, is a schoolmaster who is killed by the Cajun assassin Alvert Cluveau. Her name was once Ticey, and she changes her name when a Yankee soldier named Brown suggests it to her. When last seen, this 110 year old woman is inspired by the death of Jimmy Aaron to drink from a whites-only water fountain. FTP, name this former slave, whose "autobiography" was written by Ernest J. Gaines.
Jane Pittman (accept The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman)
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An employee of Fudge Motors Inc., he was a satisfactory employee who paid his Union dues, "was popular with his mates and liked a drink." He was fully insured and "had everything necessary to the Modern Man,/ A phonograph, a radio, a car, and a frigidaire." "Found by the Bureau of Statistics to be/ One against whom there was no official complaint," for ten points, name this anonymous "hero" of a W. H. Auden poem.
"The Unknown Citizen"
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It won an Obie Award for best American play of the 1963-64 season. Set in the summertime, it depicts a conversation between Clay and Lulu, who taunts him for trying to integrate himself into the white world. Eventually, Clay explains that blacks must hide their true antiwhite feelings in order to survive in the white world, but Lulu responds by stabbing Clay and having him thrown off the subway car. FTP, name this one-act play by LeRoi Jones, the future Imamu Amiri Baraka, whose title refers to a legendary wandering ship.
Dutchman
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There was a time when he kissed the now dusty toy dog and the now rusted soldier. He dreamt of the little toys, but the litte toys were true. FTP, these toys wondered what happened to what Eugene Field character who used to sit in a now dusty chair.
Little Boy Blue
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The author based this story on a tale told to him by the clergyman H.L. Connolly. He gained the inspiration for it from the 1755 event known as Le Grande Derangement. The title heroine and her lover dwell near the lakes of Atchafalaya [aa cha fa lye aa] in the towns of St. Maur and St. Martin. After Ms. Bellefontaine is taken to New England, she learns that her lover went to the Ozarks. Working as a nurse in Philadelphia she finally meets up again with a dying Gabriel Lajeunesse. FTP, identify this story about the titular Acadian woman, a narrative poem by Henry Longfellow.
Evangeline
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The author wrote a sequel to this play in 1952 which focuses on the character of Jamie. This play features only five characters: Cathleen, a servant girl; the aforementioned Jamie, who is the elder son and an alcoholic; another son named Edmund who is consumptive; a wife addicted to morphine; and the patriarch of the family, a tight-fisted actor named James. FTP, identify the play which centers around the Tyrone family, a 1957 Pulitzer Prize winner which was published after the death of its author, Eugene O'Neill.
Long Day's Journey Into Night
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In the opening pages of the novel in which he appears, this character is feigning illness in a hospital, but the presence of the "soldier in white" and a hideously affable Texan drive him back to active duty. Greatly affected by the death of a young gunner named Snowden, this member of the Fighting 256th Squadron is last seen following the example of Orr, who crashed his plane in the Mediterrean and escaped from Pianosa to Sweden, but not before this character tries to claim insanity to avoid more bombing missions. FTP, name this captain described in Catch-22.
Captain John Yossarian
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The protagonist of this novel first appears as a 15-year-old in Kansas city, where he is embarrassed by his preaching parents Asa and Elvira. After his sister Esta runs away he works as a soda jerk, then as a bellboy at the Green-Davidson hotel. His affair with Hortense Briggs and a hit-and-run in a stolen car lead him to flee to Chicago, and later to his uncle's collar factory in New York, where he meets the wealthy Sondra Finchley and the poor Roberta Alden, whom he impregnates and murders. FTP, this is the story of Clyde Griffiths, the main character of what bleak novel by Theodore Drieser?
An American Tragedy (prompt on Clyde Griffiths)
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Mrs. Walker embodies the scorn of the American community against her, which she earns by her suspect relations. At Vevey, Mrs. Costello warns her nephew to avoid her because he has little experience with flirty American girls, but a frustrated affection develops between Winterbourne and the title character nonetheless. FTP who is this Henry James character, seduced by Giovanelli, who ultimately dies of malaria in Rome?
Daisy Miller
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His novels include The Dean's December and his nonfiction includes To Jerusalem and Back and It All Adds Up. He created a new Jewish tradition in American fiction through his first novel, Dangling Man. The death of poet and friend Delmore Schwartz was dealt with in Humboldt's Gift. FTP name the author of Henderson the Rain King, The Adventures of Augie March, and Herzog.
Saul Bellow
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She was working as a librarian at McGill in 1964 when she published her first novel, If Morning Ever Comes. In the next decade, she wrote The Clock Winder, Celestial Navigation, and Waiting for Caleb, but it was 1982's Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant that made her famous. FTP, identify this novelist, who relocated to Baltimore in 1967, best known for Saint Maybe, Breathing Lessons, and The Accidental Tourist.
Anne Tyler
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The title character used to argue with Harold Wilson about education, and can't forget Harold's saying that he studied Latin like the violin because he liked it. He refuses to be made ashamed to please his brother, which is why Mary lets him in when she comes up from Rowe's to find him huddled against the barn-door fast asleep, even though her husband Warren can't afford to pay him wages for the haying. FTP, identify this poem, first published in 1914, in which Silas expires before he can help ditch the meadow, a work by Robert Frost.
The Death of the Hired Man
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It was translated into Latin by the brother of Cardinal Newman. The poem's title character was raised by his grandmother Nokomis after his father, the West Wind, offended his mother Wenonah, and he ends up in the Isles of the Blessed after his wife dies. FTP, identify this narrative poem in trochaic meter, based on ethnographic work of Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, which tells the story of an Ojibwa indian chief, an 1855 work of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
The Song of Hiawatha
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Following his service for the Union in the Civil War, he went west with a military expedition and eventually became editor of a San Francisco newspaper. During a brief sojourn in London, he published under the pseudonym "Dad Grile" stories from the magazines Figaro and Fun with the title Cobwebs from an Empty Skull. After returning to the United States he worked for Hearst and wrote a column for the Sunday Examiner. He disappeared in Mexico in 1913, after publishing his most famous work, which he originally entitled the Cynic's Workbook. FTP, name this author of the Devil's Dictionary.
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce
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Her only volume of poetry, April Twilights, was published in 1903, two years before she joined the staff of McClure's Magazine. Her late works include Lucy Gayheart, the story of the daughter of a German-born watchmaker who moves to Chicago to study music; My Mortal Enemy, set in New York around the turn of the century; and Sapphira and the Slave Girl, the only one of her novels to be set in her home state of Virginia. FTP, name this novelist of The Song of the Lark, One of Ours, and Death Comes for the Archbishop.
Willa Siebert Cather
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O Mother race! to thee I bring / This pledge of faith unwavering, / This tribute to thy glory. / I know the pangs which thou didst feel, / When Slavery crushed thee with its heel, / With thy dear blood all gory. "No other race, when free again, / Forgot the past and proved them men / So noble in forgiving." FTP, these lines are from what Paul Lawrence Dunbar ode, addressed to an independent African nation?
Ode to Ethiopia
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Just before his death in 1986, he was experimenting with what he called "fictive biographies," such as "In Kew Gardens," about Virginia Woolf, and "Alma Redeemed," about Alma Mahler. His more famous short stories include "Glass Blower of Venice," in which the failed artist Fidelman is raped by the titular blower, "Rembrandt's Hat," and "Idiots First." FTP, name this American writer, whose eight novels include Dubin's Lives, The Fixer, The Assistant, and The Natural.
Bernard Malamud
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As a child, he was the subject of experiments by a Harvard professor who is now a Nazi scientist. When the novel begins, he is an American working for Allied Intelligence in London. Agents of the Firm, a clandestine military organization, are investigating an apparent connection between his erections and the targeting of incoming V-2 rockets. His quest for the truth behind these implications leads him on a nightmarish journey of either historic discovery or profound paranoia, depending on your interpretation. FTP, name this hero of Thomas Pynchon's 1974 National Book Award-winning novel Gravity's Rainbow.
Lieutenant Tyrone Slothrop
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Francis Marion Tarwater has been raised by his fanatical, tyrannical grand-uncle Mason to be a prophet; when Mason dies, though, he gives up and thus suffers tortures of doubt and indecision. He briefly weighs the value of humanistic rationalism, as his uncle George exemplifies, but suddenly experiences a vision and accepts his calling. FTP, this is a description of what 1960 work, a Southern gothic novel by Flannery O'Connor?
The Violent Bear It Away
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This character ponders on the hands of Wing Biddlebaum, and is used as a sounding board by the wacky Dr. Parcival. The death of his mother and an evening with the banker's daughter, Helen White, form the final impetus for him to skedaddle out of town. For ten points, name this teenage reporter for the Eagle, who departs to become a journalist in a city larger than Winesburg, Ohio.
George Willard
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It is said that he jammed a rag full of powder into the keyhole of another student's room and ignited it to earn dismissal from Yale within two years of his entrance at age 13. He then went to sea for several years and eventually inherited money from his father, but it wasn't until the age of 30 that he started writing when he told his wife, Susan Augusta DeLancey, that he could write a better book than the one he was reading to her, leading to his first novel, Precaution. FTP, name this author whose works include Lionel Lincoln, The Pilot, The Pathfinder and Last of the Mohicans.
James Fenimore Cooper
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Tom Corey appears to return the romantic interest of the protagonist's daughter Irene, but he really loves her older sister Penelope. At a party, the main character reveals his common origins; later, struggling with his conscience, he refuses a business deal and goes bankrupt, and Tom elopes to Mexico with Penelope. Identify this novel about a wealthy self-made businessman who moves to Boston to climb the social ladder, written, FTP, by William Dean Howells.
The Rise of Silas Lapham (accept just Silas Lapham before the last sentence)
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There are strange things done in the midnight sun/ By the men who moil for gold; The Arctic trails have their secret tales/ That would make your blood run cold. So starts a ballad from a 1907 anthology named "The Spell of the Yukon," in which a prospector honors the final request of his friend. Identify this macabre poem in which the title character urges his friend to close the furnace door before the heat escapes, written, FTP, by Robert Service.
The Cremation of Sam McGee
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In a series of episodes, the title character of this novel encounters an array of hapless intellectuals, including the adolescent philosopher John Gilson, who alternatively refers to himself as Raskolnikov and Iago, and a Miss McGeeney, who is writing a biography of the biographer of the biographer of the biographer of the biographer of Samuel Johnson. All of these encounters take place while the protagonist, a lyric poet, is exploring the Trojan Horse. FTP, this is a description of what novel, the first by Nathaniel West?
The Dream Life of Balso Snell
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The title character in this novel is portrayed through the adoring eyes of Niel Herbert. The widow of an industrial magnate, she drinks too much and looks to other men for support. By the time Niel leaves for Boston, he feels only a weary contempt for her, but finds out later that she has married another wealthy man. This is a description of what work by Willa Cather whose title, FTP, is a description of Marian Forrester.
A Lost Lady
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At one point the author tentatively titled this work "The Flesh and the Spirit." After working in a shoe-factory for a short while, the title character quits and ends up staying for free in Ogden Place. Her role in "Under the Gaslight" is just part of the double life she leads after leaving the flat of her sister Minnie Hanson. One of her lovers is the married manager at Fitzgerald and Moys, while the other is a suave traveling salesman she met on the train to Chicago. Eventually, Charles Drouet loses out to George Hurstwood, who ends up committing suicide, in FTP, what work by Theodore Dreiser?
Sister Carrie
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Its introduction includes a dedication, "for Rachel," and the lines, "The phonograph of hades in the brain / are tunnels that rewind themselves;" One of the pieces, "Ave Maria," is written entirely in Latin and is addressed to Seneca, while "Quaker Hill," contains remarks to Isadora Duncan and Emily Dickinson. Its second most famous poem might be "Cape Hatteras," which is directed toward Walt Whitman, however this 1930 collection is primarily known for the opening poem, dedicated to a New York landmark. FTP, identify this best-known work of Hart Crane.
The Bridge
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Early on in this novel we learn that the central character's first and middle names form the title of a particularly bad Balzac novel. Other figures in this novel's twelve books include the conscientious lawyer from Milrose, Connecticut, Mr. Waymarsh, and the talkative London resident with whom the central character flirts, Maria Gostrey. When that central character fails in his mission, Sarah Pocock is sent, but even she cannot convince her brother to return to Woollett, Massachusetts. That is because her brother is involved with the comtesse de Vionnet. By the end Lambert Strether tells Chad Newsome to live his own life in, FTP, what Henry James novel.
The Ambassadors
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Though initially guilt-ridden for her witnessing of Antonio's murder, things turn out somewhat more happily for Hilda when she learns of the sculptor Kenyon's love for her. Less fortunate is Miriam, who had been stalked by Antonio before his death, but life is turned upside down for the killer, an Italian count named Donatello. Such are the events in, for 10 points, what novel by Hawthorne, whose title, drawn from the resemblance of Donatello to a statue by Praxiteles, was also used by Faulkner for his first book of poems?
The Marble Faun
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Set in the mythical kingdom of Poictesme, the title character of this novel is a middle aged pawnbroker who speaks some kind words about the Prince of Darkness and in return his shrewish wife, Dame Lisa, is removed from earth. Searching for her leads him to encounters with such women as his youthful sweetheart Dorothy La Desiree, Helen of Troy, and Guinevere before Koschei, maker of reality and also secretly the Prince of darkness, restores Dame Lisa. For 10 points, identify this 1919 novel, the most famous of James Branch Cabell.
Jurgen
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In this play, the characters Addie, Cal, and Birdie provide a contrast to the central family. The plot concerns a deal between the Chicago financier William Marshall and Ben Hubbard to build a cotton mill. Needing funds, Ben and his sister Regina mastermind the theft of $80,000 from the bank of Regina's husband, Horace Giddens, who discovers the theft. In the ensuing argument, Horace suffers a heart attack and dies while Regina refuses to bring his medication. FTP, name this drama by Lillian Hellman.
The Little Foxes
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So live, that, when thy summons comes to join the innumerable caravan, which moves to that mysterious realm, where each shall take his chamber in the silent halls of death, thou go not, like the quarry-slave, at night, scourged to his dungeon, but, sustained and soothed by an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave, like one who draws the drapery of his couch about him, and lies down to plesant dreams. So ends, FTP, what poem by William Cullen Bryant?
Thanatopsis
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Rosa summons him before his freshman year at Harvard, and recounts to him a story about a wealthy outsider's attempts at establishing a local dynasty. With his roommate Shreve, he fills in the gaps in Miss Coldield's story, and is helped by his father's knowledge of the oral history of Yoknapatawpha. His efforts fail, however, as he cannot come to terms with witnessing the destruction of Sutpen's Hundred and the deaths of Henry and Clytie. FTP, identify this Faulkner character, who narrates much of Absalom, Absalom! and commits suicide in The Sound and the Fury.
Quentin Compson
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The clock is twenty minutes fast when they walk in. When they find out that they can't order the dinner until six they begin to get irritated. Eventually, they order the sandwiches from George at Henry's lunch room and proceed to eat with their gloves on. After they finish eating, they tie Sam, the cook, and Nick up in the kitchen for being "bright boys," and wait with shotguns for a former prizefighter to walk in the door. FTP identify the 1927 short story by Ernest Hemingway in which these events occur that takes its title from the gangsters who come for Ole Andreson.
The Killers
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The title character has a strange birthmark above her right eye, which is variously interpreted as a rose, a snake, her mother's ashes or a tadpole. Other characters include Shadrack, a shell shocked WWI vet who invents National Suicide Day, the Deweys, a trio of troublemakers, and Plum, a heroin addict who is burned to death by his one legged mother. The title character returns to the hillside community known as the Bottom and wreaks havoc stealing men. FTP name this Toni Morrison novel.
Sula
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Published in Little Friend, Little Friend, its violence presaged its author's own sudden death in a 1965 car crash, and its content reflected his service as a navigation tower operator in the airforce. The narrator sleepwalks into military service, awakening in the midst of battle and the title event occurs "six miles from earth," and is cleaned up with a hose. FTP, name this 5-line poem published in 1945 by Randall Jarrell.
The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner
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The two series concern the Mexican War and the Civil War respectively, and satirize political doctrines, the cowardice of editors, and the differences between the North and South. There are three central characters: the scoundrel Birdofredom Swain, the Reverend Homer Wilburn, and Hosea, the title character. FTP, name this series of poems and prose sketches by James Russell Lowell.
The Biglow Papers
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All the world like a woolen lover once did seem on this man's side. Then came a departure. Thereafter nothing fell out as it might or ought. He is a poet with a penchant for wearing black face, and his companion calls him Sir Bones. His father was going to swim out with him, but he decided to shoot himself instead. FTP, name this huffy, unappeasable, hero of John Berryman's Dream Songs.
Henry
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This author's last play was Ladies of the Corridor, while Laments for the Living and After Such Pleasures are two collections of her short stories. Although she won the 1929 O. Henry award for "Big Blonde,", she wrote in other genres as well, most notably the screenplay for A Star is Born along with Alan Campbell, and the volumes of poetry Enough Rope, Sunset Gun, and Death and Taxes. For ten points, name this woman who, with Robert Benchley and Robert Sherwood, formed the nucleus of the Algonquin Round Table.
Dorothy Parker
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In 1850, this man bought a farm near Pittsfield, Massachusetts that he called "Arrowhead." After the commercial success of his first two novels, his readers were disappointed by his virtually unreadable third novel, a strange work of antiquarian literary, philosophical, metaphysical, and political hodgepodge. His poetry is collected in Timoleon, Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War, and John Marr, and Other Sailors. FTP, name this American author of Israel Potter, Mardi, The Confidence-Man and White-Jacket..
Herman Melville
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First published in Hound and Horn magazine in 1930, the characters in this short story include Lupe, an Indian maid, Eugenio, a revolutionary, Braggioni, a singer, and Laura, an English teacher and clandestine worker for the revolutionary cause. Later that year, the tale was the title work of the first collection by its suicidal Texan author. FTP, name this short story by Katherine Anne Porter.
Flowering Judas
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This author completed her undergraduate work at the University of Miami, and her non-poetic works include the short story collection Fifth Sunday, the verse drama The Darker Face of the Earth, and the novel Through the Ivory Gate. The author of Yellow House on the Corner and Museum, she was the writer-in-residence at the Tuskeegee Institute in 1982, and her most recent poetic output is On the Bus with Rosa Parks. FTP, name this former Poet Laureate and author of Thomas and Beulah.
Rita Dove
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In this book, the author finds work as a maid and discovers a discarded copy of John Milton's complete works in the trash, which helps her decide to return to school. Sharply criticized by other African-American writers for its refusal to attack segregation, the story goes from Morgan College to Howard University and finally to Barnard, where the author meets the anthropologist Franz Boas. FTP, identify work, the autobiography of Zora Neale Hurston.
Dust Tracks on a Road
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After graduating with honors in history from Fisk University in 1967, she attended the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Work and Colombia University. In 1968 she published her first poetry collection, Black Feeling/Black Talk. Since then, she has published other works such as Spin A Soft Black Song and Cotton Candy on A Rainy Day and released spoken word albums such as Truth Is On Its Way and The Way I Feel. For ten points, name this American poet, whose work reflects her pride in her African-American heritage.
Yolande Cornelia "Nikki" Giovanni, Jr.
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In 1960, he gets his start as a salesman for the MagiPeel Peeler Company. Soon his wife Janice begins an affair with Charlie Stavros while he himself moves in with the prostitute Ruth Leonard. Known by a nickname derived from his habit of bearing his teeth while a star high-school basketball player, his life is defined by his aimless flight south whenever confronted by a major problem. Seen "rich" and "at rest" in recent novels, FTP, who is this protagonist of four novels by John Updike?
Rabbit or Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom
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This literary character's death is brought about by his loyalty to Cassy and Emmeline. An intensely Christian man, he had earlier been separated from his wife Chloe by Haley, and is horrified by the brutalities endured by his fellow passangers on a ship during his subsequent voyage to Louisiana. He soon befriends Eva St. Clair, but seees his hopes of freedom ended when he is bought by Simon Legree. FTP, who is this title character of the most famous novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe?
Uncle Tom
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The female protagonist of this poem is first seen singing the 100th Psalm. The title character says he is not afraid of bullets or cannons, but admits "That of a thundering 'No!' point-blank from the mouth of a woman, / That I confess I'm afraid of." Due to this, the title character sends his young friend to plead his case for the love of Priscilla, but Priscilla urges John to speak for himself, leading John to declare his own love for Priscilla. FTP, what is this Longfellow poem about a 17th century American historical figure?
The Courtship of Miles Standish
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The death of this poet's second wife Frances Appleton prevented him from working for several years, but he eventually completed the religious poem "Christus". Renowned for his skill with languages, the early romanticism of such early works as "Outre-Mer", "Voices of the Night", and "Hyperion" soon gave way to a fascination with narrative forms and European meters, as seen in works like "Tales of a Wayside Inn". FTP, who was this 19th century poet, the author of "Evangeline" and "Hiawatha"?
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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As a book editor in the 1960s, this graduate of Howard University worked on the writings of Toni Cade Bambara, Gayl Jones, and several other black female writers. During this period, she wrote her first novel, about the experiences of young black girls struggling to define themselves, The Bluest Eye, and she later won a Pulitzer Prize for her novel about a woman who tried to kill her children rather than allow them to be sent back into slavery. FTP, name this author of Jazz, Sula, and Beloved.
Toni Morrison (or Chloe Anthony Wofford)
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After the failure of her father's utopian community Fruitlands this author began supporting her family by writing Gothic works like "Pauline's Passion and Punishment" and "Perilous Play" under the pseudonym A.N. Barnard.. Author of "Flower Fables", her first success as a serious author came with "Hospital Sketches", describing her time as a nurse in the Civil War. FTP, who is this author of "Little Women"?
Louise May Alcott
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The title of this book comes from its introductory piece, which describes the author's farmhouse Arrowhead. The character Bannadonna figures promenantly in the second story, "The Bell Tower", which is followed by The Lightning-Rod Man and The Encantadas. Most famous for its last two stories, Benito Cereno and Bartleby the Scrivener, FTP, what is this collection of "tales" by Herman Melville?
The Piazza Tales
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Poems by this author include Tentative Description of a Dinner Given to Promote the Impeachment of President Eisenhower, and One Thousand Fearful Words for Fidel Castro. Author of "Pictures of the Gone World", he was the founder of the City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco in 1953, and published many of the works of the Beat poets. FTP, name this author of A Coney Island of the Mind.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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The protagonist of this novel was raised by her uncle, from whom she inherited a fortune, but she was actually the daughter of the once-powerful businessman Moodie. A beautiful magazine writer and feminist, the reader is told by Miles Coverdale of her disasterous marriage to the mesmerist Westervelt, and after her-half sister Priscilla wins the heart of the reformer Hollingsworth she kills herself. Centering on Zenobia, FTP, what is this novel set in a utopian community, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne?
The Blithedale Romance
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One major character in this novel is a Mississipian practicing law in New York while writing tracts against "modern times". In opposition to this character is his cousin, an feminist activist. They both vye for the attentions of a pretty, intectually vacant girl who finally decides to leave the women's movement and settle down with Basil Ransom, thus disappointing her protector, Olive Chancellor. Centering on the character Verena Tenent, FTP, what is this Henry James novel whose title refers to the Massachusetts home town of Verena and Olive?
The Bostonians
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This author's first novel, Jocelyn, was published under the pseudonym John Sinjohn, while the first book to appear under his own name was The Island Pharisees. A successful dramatist who examined controversial social issues in plays like Loyalties, Justice, Strife, and The Silver Box, he secured lasting success by examining the members of one family in works like The End of the Novel and A Modern Comedy and in the novels The Man of Property, In Chancery, and To Let, which comprise his most famous trilogy. FTP, who was this author of The Forsyte Saga?
John Galsworthy
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This author left unfinished the poetic drama Politian, and shortly before his death finished the essay Eureka. Rising to fame with early works like Al Aaraaf, Berenice, and Hans Pfaal, many of his greatest short stories were published in his first collection, Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque, but he considered himself mainly a poet, turning out such works as Ulalume, Sonnet-To Science, and The Conquerer Worm. FTP, who was this master of the short story responsible for tales like A Descent Into the Maelstrom, The Masque of the Red Death, and The Gold Bug?
Edgar Allan Poe
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Forced to live on a limited income after his family lost its fortune in mysterious circumstances, this literary character shares a remote Gothic mansion in the Faubourg-St.-Germain with his unnamed companion, a fellow bookworm who he met at an obscure library in Montmartre. He shows that a former suitor murdered Marie Roget, but is better known for solving two other crimes, one involving Minister D--'s blackmailing of a woman of royalty, the other concerning the murder of Madame L'Espanaye and her daughter in a locked room. FTP, who is this Edgar Allan Poe creation described in The Purloined Letter and The Murders in the Rue Morgue?
C. Auguste Dupin
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Some of this poet's notable works include Robert of Lincoln, The Fountain, and The Flood of Years. A direct descendant of John and Priscilla Alden, he influenced politics as editor of the New York Evening Post, but is most important today for works written in his youth, including a satirical poem attacking Jefferson entitled The Embargo and the short poem To a Waterfowl. FTP, who was this first great American poet most famous for Thanatopsis?
William Cullen Bryant
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On a magazine assignment the narrator of this novel goes to the island of San Lorenzo, where the black adventurer Earl McCabe has been ousted by Papa Monzano with the aid of Franklin Hoenikker. Meanwhile, Lionel Boyd Johnson has become a spiritual leader by creating a religion called Bokononism. The climax occurs with Papa Monzano kills himself with an invention of Franklin's father Felix called ice-nine, which freezes any water in which it comes in contact. FTP, such is a description of what 1963 novel by Kurt Vonnegut?
Cat's Cradle
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The protagonist of this novel is educated on matters of wealth and social position by Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Vance, while an encounter with Bob Ames inspires her to resume her career as an actress, prompting her to work on the New York stage under the name Madenda. Having left her hometown of Columbia City, Wisconsin for the Chicago apartment of her sister Minnie, she soon begins an affair with Charles Drouet, but her desire for material wealth and social connections leads her to leave Drouet for George Hurstwood, who commits suicide when she leaves him. FTP, what is this novel about Caroline Meeber, written by Theodore Dreiser?
Sister Carrie
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Shortly before his death this author began a new trilogy with the novel The Dunne Family, while his last collection of stories is Olive and Mary Anne. Arousing controversy with his frankly naturalistic style, he wrote a series of novels about the character Danny O'Neill, who first appeared in his most famous trilogy. FTP, who is this author of the Studs Lonigan trilogy?
James T. Ferrell
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This literary character was originally named Maury by his mother, who frequently calls him God's judgment on her. Often supervised by Versh, T.P., and Luster Gibson, he is often seen standing at the gate of his family's house, but when it was once left unlocked he grabbed a passing girl, leading his older brother Jason to have him castrated. Throughout his life, the only person who can stop his bellowing is his sister Caddie. FTP, who is this mentally impaired youngest son of the Compson family in The Sound and the Fury?
Benjy Compson or Benjamin Compson
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Included in this novel are descriptions of Interzone, where Liquiefactionists, Divisionists, Senders, and Factualists contend for control. It opens with the protagonist disposing of his herion paraphernalia in Washington Square, after which he travels with his friend Gains buying drugs, escapes the narcotics agents Hauser and O'Brien, and travels to South America in search of sex and a halucinogenic vine called Yage. Throughout the novel, the protagonist, Bill Lee, experiences paranoid fantasies in which he believes he works for Islam Incorporated in Freeland, where he engages the services of Dr. Benway. FTP, what is this surrealistic classic of Beat Literature written by William S. Burroughs?
Naked Lunch
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Important developments in this novel are often related by the sewing-machine salesman V.K. Ratliff, and include a crooked horse-trading deal struck by Pat Stamper and the schoolteacher Labove's failed seduction of one of the female protagonists. The central character becomes wealthy by conning Henry Armstid into believing there is buried treasure at the Old Frenchman place. Initially given a job as a store clerk to placate his father Ab, he later marries into a rich family when Hoake McCarron abandons Eula Varner. FTP, what is this novel detailing the rise of Flem Snopes, the first in a trilogy by William Faulkner?
The Hamlet
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Among the characters in this novel are the slave girl Sada, who risks her life to pray before a statue of the Virgin Mary, and Jacinto, who risks his life protecting the secrets of the Navajo faith. The protagonist, an aristocrat from Auvergne, France, initially comes into conflict with the morally suspect Padre Martinez, but with the aid of his friend Joseph Vaillant he is soon successful enough in his endeavours to build the cathedral in Sante Fe which eventually becomes his resting place. FTP, what is this novel about Archbishop Jean Latour's attempts to bring Catholicism to the American West, written by Willa Cather?
Death Comes for the Archbishop
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The locale of this story and its "flush times" become news in Red Dog after the pony expressman leaves. Many of the tough residents attribute the changes that occur at the site to the arrival of the title character, whose 'rasslin' tendencies impress Kentuck, and make Man O'War Jack start singing lullabies. Stumpy eventually names him and raises the boy on Ass's milk, but it is John Oakhurst who first gives the boy his nickname for surviving the birth that kills his mom, Cherokee Sal. FTP, identify this short story featured in the Overland Monthly in 1868, one of Bret Harte's most famous works.
The Luck of Roaring Camp
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It ends with a separate section portraying seven black men and five white men working in a chain gang by the Forks Falls highway. Denizens of the nameless Georgia town include the Rainey twins, malaria victim Merlie Ryan, and the Macy brothers, which consist of the amiable Henry and the violent Marvin. The latter defeats the protagonist Miss Amelia in a wrestling match at the title locale after the malevolent hunchback Lymon intervenes. FTP, name this dark tale about the parasitic nature of love, a 1951 novella by Carson McCullers.
The Ballad of the Sad Cafe
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He collaborated with Roy DeCarava on a pictorial essay which was published posthumously as The Sweet Flypaper of Life. He wrote a semi-autobiographical novel about the picaresque adventures of Sandy Rodgers entitled Not Without Laughter, while his dramas include Simply Heavenly and Tambourines to Glory. He also wrote a series of newspaper sketches about the urban folk hero Jesse B. Simple, but he is better known for his poetry, collected in works like The Pather and the Lash and Fine Clothes for the Jew. FTP, identify this Harlem Renaissance author of The Weary Blues and Montage of a Dream Deferred.
Langston Hughes
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The title character is wooed via trips to the theater to see plays in which a girl is skirted away from a palatial home and a cruel guardian by a hero with "beautiful sentiments." The phrase "gone to the devil" is repeated several times as the heroine is disowned by her drunkard mother, and despite the promise of a happy, petit-bourgeois life, everything is ruined by the schemes of Nellie, an audacious woman who steals Pete the bartender away from the title character. FTP, identify this sad tale of a doomed girl-come-prostitute in the Bowery district, written by Stephen Crane.
Maggie:
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The climax of this novel occurs on the narrator's thirtieth birthday, when he declares "I'm five years too old to lie to myself and call it honor." Descended from the Dukes of Buccleuch, the narrator had come east to learn the bond business. He is constantly offered "gonnegtions" by the wily Jew purported to have fixed the 1919 World Series, Meyer Wolfsheim, becomes involved with Jordan Baker, and becomes privy to the secrets of the title character, who loves Daisy Buchanan. Narrated by Nick Carraway, FTP, what is this most-famous novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald?
The Great Gatsby
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This poem's eleventh section contains the famous episode of the "twenty-ninth bather," who watches twenty-eight men bathing in the ocean and wishes she could join them unobserved. The poet takes on the speaker's voice in the twenty-fifth section, proclaiming "Speech is the twin of my vision, it is unequal to measure itself," while the sixth section contains another famous scene in which a child asks the narrator, "What is the grass?" The first work in the collection Leaves of Grass, FTP, identify this autobiographical poem by Walt Whitman.
Song of Myself
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2,400 square miles in area, this region takes its name from the Chickasaw for "water flowing slow through the flatland, " and is bounded on the north by the Tallahatchie River and on the south by its namesake. Jefferson is the seat of this county based on Lafayette, its creator's home, and it is the site of numerous plantations, including those of the Greniers, McCaslins, and Sutpens. FTP name this county in northern Mississippi that is the setting for many of the works of William Faulkner.
Yonknapatawpha County
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This novelist depicted a talented writer based on Thomas Wolfe in Youngblood Hawke, and wrote of the founding of Israel in The Hope and The Glory. An aspiring New York actress is the focus of Marjorie Morningstar, while the Henry family is described in The Winds of War and War and Remembrance. In his best-known work, Willie Keith narrates the story of Steve Maryk's rebellion against Captain Queeg on a World War II minesweeper. FTP, identify this author of the 1952 Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Caine Mutiny.
Herman Wouk
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This author first gained acclaim for early novels line "The Victim" and "Dangling Man", while recent novels include "The Dean's December" and "The Theft". Known for drawing attention to the modern moral and social crises experienced by Jewish-Americans, his work ranges from the picaresque "The Adventures of Augie March" to philosophical works like "Mr. Sammler's Planet" and "Henderson, the Rain King". Winner of the 1976 Nobel Prize in Literature, FTP, who is this author of "Humboldt's Gift"?
Saul Bellow
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He lives near the intersection of 57th and Indiana, and we also know that he lost his virginity to Iris, but it was Lucy Scanlan who was his first true love. His friends include Tommy Doyle, Danny O'Neill, and Weary Reilly, who rapes a young girl named Irene. We meet him as a cocky fifteen-year-old and follow him through his time as a house painter and affair with Catherine Banahan, only to see him die during from pneumonia in Judgment Day, the last novel about him. FTP, name this Chicago native and Irish-American title character of a trilogy by James T. Farrell.
William "Studs" Lonigan
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She recently collaborated with photographer Chester Higgins Jr. on a portrayal of eighty thriving senior citizens entitled Elder Grace. While living in Egypt, she edited the Arab Observer and held the same post for the African Review during her time in Ghana. In the autobiographical Gather Together in My Name and the essay collection Even the Stars Look Lonesome she revisited her childhood in rural Arkansas. FTP, name this writer, best-known for her inauguration poem, "On the Pulse of Morning," and the controversial I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
Maya Angelou
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While in London, he met Sir Walter Scott and began his own translation of the folktale "Peter Klaus the Goatherd." His later publications included Astoria, The Adventures of Captain Bonneville, and the travel sketches A Tour on the Prairies. Upon his return to the U.S. he completed the multi-volume Life of Washington, his first significant writing since some sketches he penned on the Alhambra while he was U.S. minister to Spain. At this point he had already introduced Launcelot Langstaff, the first of his pseudonymous characters, in the Salmagundi Papers. FTP, name this man who also created Diedrich Knickerbocker and Geoffrey Crayon and wrote "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."
Washington Irving
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The cat Pitty Sing is taken along on the journey because of the fear that he might brush against one of the gas burners and asphyxiate himself. Along the way, the family described in this story stops at Red Sammy Butts' restaurant, The Tower, to eat some barbecue sandwiches. The trouble begins when the decision is made to go see an old house and their car flips over and off the road. Bailey and John Wesley are the first to be shot, and his wife and June Star are killed soon after. Meanwhile the grandmother pleads with The Misfit, whose seemingly remorseless murder of them all simply reaffirms the title of this short story. FTP, identify this Flannery O'Connor tale that also names her first story collection.
"A Good Man Is Hard to Find"
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While in London he wrote for the magazines Fun and Figaro, using the pen name of Dod Grile. These writings and others appeared in three books, including The Fiend's Delight and Black Beetles in Amber. Upon his return to the U.S. he wrote tales like "Moxon's Master," which appears in Can Such Things Be?, and "A Horseman in the Sky," which appears in In the Midst of Life. This all happened before 1913, when he disappeared somewhere in Mexico. FTP, name this author best-known for the short-story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and his Devil's Dictionary.
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce
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Its second part is believed to be autobiographical, particularly in the description of the village of Entepfuhl. Particularly notable in that section are the chapters "Natural Supernaturalism" and "Center of Indifference," which follows the "Baphometic Fire-baptism" of the protagonist. However, "The Everlasting Yea" and "The Everlasting No" are the best-known sections of this work, whose hero is "God-Begotten Devil's Dung," or Diogenes Teufelsdrockh. Its title refers to the author's Clothes Philosophy and translates as "The Tailor Retailored." FTP, name this masterpiece of Thomas Carlyle's
Sartor Resartus (prompt on early "Tailor Retailored")
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The protagonist of this novel first met her love at a party thrown to celebrate her cousin Marian's engagement. She is fond of her Aunt Almond, but has a love-hate relationship with her other aunt, Mrs. Penniman. The timid heroine finally has it out with her father, the Doctor, during a trip to Europe and he decides to reduce her inheritance if she marries her beau. After hearing this, Morris Townsend leaves and is unsuccessful in a second courtship some years later. FTP, identify this novel centering on Catherine Sloper, a Henry James work named for James' childhood neighborhood.
Washington Square
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His nonfiction works include the long Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction and a collection of essays, The Necessary Angel. Not typical of his favorite genre is the short play entitled Bowl, Cat, and Broomstick. Poems like "Domination of Black" and "Le Monocle de Mon Oncle" appeared in the collection Harmonium, and other famous poems include "The Comedian as the Letter C," "Sea Surface Full of Clouds," "Peter Quince at the Clavier," and "Sunday Morning." FTP, name this insurance firm vice-president who got into a famous fistfight with Ernest Hemingway and wrote "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" and "The Emperor of Ice Cream."
Wallace Stevens
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In this novel the protagonist's husband has recently become a disc jockey for KCUF radio, and her psychiatrist admits to having been a Nazi doctor at Buchenwald. The Paranoids refer her to The Courier's Tragedy, a play that she sees and after which the mystery begins. In the course of executing the will of Pierce Inverarity the protagonist meets the inventor John Nefastis and the stamp expert Gengis Cohen. Ending with the anticipation of the titular part of an auction at which Oedipa Mass hopes to discover more about the Tristero, FTP, name this novel by Thomas Pynchon.
The Crying of Lot 49
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One of this novel's characters is severely beaten and left naked on the steps of the embassy with a note pinned to his chest stating he had raped a native woman. He is being framed for the alleged crime, but he is simply a former OSS officer not the unsavory title character. The title character is more likely Louis Sears, who refuses to heed Colvin's advice. Another possibility is Arthur Alexander Gray, the Ambassador to Vietnam who bribes an interpreter to attempt to hide how close Sarkhan is from falling into Communist hands. FTP, name this title character of a novel by William Lederer and Eugene Burdick whose name is now used to describe any US citizen who makes an ass of himself while abroad.
The Ugly American
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Its conclusion includes mention of Judge Potter's arrangements for a formal apology and compensation, but the damage has already been done. It opens innocently with Mrs. Mortar leading a group of students in a reading of Merchant of Venice. One of the girls, Rosalie, is blackmailed into corroborating a false accusation against the fiance of Joe Cardin. However, Mary Tilford's lies are revealed at the end but not before Martha commits suicide. FTP, name this work in which Karen Wright and Martha Dobie are accused of being lesbians, a play by Lillian Hellman.
The Children's Hour
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Some scholar's say the author based this work on Freud's "The Case of Miss Lucy R." Others, like Leon Edel, claim that it is a reflection of the author's own family turmoil and movement out of London to Lamb House, which is represented by the estate of Bly in this work. The first narrator is a guest of Douglas, the man who introduces the story and loved the other narrator. That second narrator takes on a job in which she befriends Mrs. Grose, who shared some the duties of taking care of Flora and Miles. The terror begins with the appearance of Peter Quint and Miss Jessel, both of whom were known to be dead. FTP, name this Henry James ghost story.
The Turn of the Screw
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The title character works in the court of a king who preferred Gargantua to Voltaire's Zadig. He is in love with Trippetta, who is from his nation, and is finally spurred to action when he is forced to drink and she is beaten as a result of his refusal. Seeking revenge, the title character formulates the game of "The Eight Chained Ourang-Outangs," which is an alternative title to this story. In getting the king and his seven councillors to go along with this game at a masquerade ball, he orchestrates their death in the confusion and escapes. FTP, name this tale about the titular dwarfish jester written by Edgar Allan Poe
"Hop-Frog"
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Tamenund is described as being ancient, speaks mostly in French, and offers wise counsel. Another one of this novel's characters, David Gamut, seems to be a Christian missionary and is never attacked when he sings religious songs. The American, Duncan Heyward, is at first portrayed as selfish but later heroically poses as the protagonist only to be unmasked in a shooting contest. The novel's story revolves around Alice and Cora Munro, whose death is planned by Magua as revenge upon their father. Cora is eventually murdered, but she is avenged by the title character, Uncas, son of Chingachgook. FTP, name this novel about Hawkeye, one of Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales.
The Last of the Mohicans
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The young narrator of this novel is disabused about the boarder Henry Washington when she sees him elicit the services of the local prostitutes, China, Poland, and Miss Marie. She also has a poor opinion of young and snobby Maureen Peal, who makes fun of the protagonist. Claudia, the narrator, and Frieda, her sister, as daughters of the MacTeer family, serve as the antithesis of the protagonist. That protagonist is neglected by her mother, Pauline, and raped and impregnated by her father, Cholly. FTP, name this Toni Morrison novel, which takes its title from Pecola Breedlove's wish for what she thinks will give her the epitome of beauty.
The Bluest Eye
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Among his plays were Clarence and a dramatization of his own novel, Monsieur Beaucaire. These works departed from his typical subject matter, which is better seen in The Conquest of Canaan and later female portraits like Claire Ambler and Presenting Lily Mars. The serious trilogy Growth, which started with Turmoil and ended with The Midlander, contained his most famous novel with its second installment. However, the majority of his best-sellers were amusing tales of adolescence as in Gentle Julia, Penrod, and Seventeen. FTP, name this Indiana native and author of Alice Adams and The Magnificent Ambersons.
Newton Booth Tarkington
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Her works of non-fiction include A Defense of Circe and The Never-Ending Wrong, a 1977 account of the Sacco-Vanzetti trial. Her Collected Stories won the 1965 Pulitzer Prize, and includes stories previously collected in The Leaning Tower and The Old Order, while her other works include a novel set on a German passenger ship sailing from Mexico in 1931. FTP, identify this author of Flowering Judas, Ship of Fools, and Pale Horse, Pale Rider.
Katherine Anne Porter
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His father was killed by Eupheus Hines, his grandfather, who left him on the steps of an orphanage. After Lucas Burch accuses him of a crime, he flees town for a week, but Reverend Hightower is unable to protect him and Percy Grimm kills him and castrates his corpse. FTP, identify this character, who cuts the throat of his lover Joanna Burden in Faulkner's Light in August.
Joe Christmas
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Only two historical figures appear in the novel, Judge James Hall and Colonel John Moredock, the Indian hater. It is generally agreed that the characters of Egbert and Mark Winsome satirize Thoreau and Emerson, while China Aster and his friend Orchis may stand for the author and his father-in-law, Judge Lemuel Shaw. FTP, identify this 1857 work, which begins in New Orleans on April 1 aboard the steamboat Fidele, the last novel by Herman Melville.
The Confidence Man
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A few films mentioned in this novel are "Pre-Nuptial Agreement of Heaven and Hell," "Blood Sister: One Tough Nun," "Annular Fusion is Our Friend," and "Tennis, Everyone?" All of these works were directed by the Apres-garde, anticonfluential director James O. Incandenza, who also runs the Enfield Tennis Academy. The novel shares its title with another one of James's films, whose final version was made by Poor Yorick Entertainment Unlimited. FTP name this massive novel, which includes nearly 100 pages of footnotes, the longest work by David Foster Wallace.
Infinite Jest
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The story is set at Nebraska's Fort Romper, and the titular establishment is owned by Pat Scully. His son Johnnie loses a fight after cheating at cards, but the man who beats him is himself stabbed to death by a gambler at the town's saloon. FTP, identify this story in which the Swede is killed, first published in 1898 by Stephen Crane.
"The Blue Hotel"
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Jake Blount is a working man whose desire to preach has been silenced by the injustice of the world, while Biff Brannon is trapped in a loveless marriage and channels his need for love into tenderness for all who are less fortunate, though he is universally regarded with suspicion. Dr. Copeland was excluded from the friendship between his daughter, son-in-law, and now dead son, and is oppressed as a black man, Mick Kelly is a tomboy who loves music, and in a way all of them are as voiceless as their mute friend who can only communicate with his insane fellow-mute, Antonapoulos. Such is the silent isolation especially expressed by John Singer in, FTP, what novel, a 1940 work of Carson McCullers?
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
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In the chapter on "Dilettantism," the author buys a drawing that might be by Raphael, while the chapter on Darwinism sees him writing an article to introduce Charles Lyell to America. The first edition of the book was published by the Massachusetts Historical Society six months after the author's death, and also features chapters on President Grant, a dynamic theory of history, and the dynamo and the virgin. FTP, identify this book, subtitled "A History of Twentieth Century Multiplicity," an autobiographical work by a grandson and great-grandson of Presidents.
The Education of Henry Adams
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His The Dark at the Top of the Stairs was an enlarged version of his first work, 1947's Farther Off from Heaven. He wrote two novels near the end of his life, Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff and My Son Is a Splendid Driver, but is better known for plays like Summer Brave and Come Back, Little Sheba. FTP, identify this Midwestern dramatist of Bus Stop, Picnic, and Splendor in the Grass.
William Inge
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Due to unknown circumstances of an imperious nature, the protagonist of this story is unable to take service in the gallant army which fought the disastrous campaigns ending with the fall of Corinth. He is about 35 years old, has grey eyes, and is a planter from an old Alabama family, but at the end of the story his body swings beneath the timbers of the titular structure. FTP, identify this 1891 story, which features the death by hanging of Peyton Farquhar, a work of Ambrose Bierce.
"An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge"
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The last three words of this poem, "on extended wings," were used by Helen Vendler as the title of her study of its author. Section 7 depicts a ring of men chanting their boisterous devotion to the sun, while the female figure announces that "in contentment I still feel the need of some imperishable bliss" as she sits among the "complacencies of the peignoir." FTP, identify this poem in eight sections which appears in Harmonium, whose title indicates it takes place early on a particular day, a work of Wallace Stevens.
"Sunday Morning"
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While working as a reporter for the Saint Louis Republic, he wrote the text for a comic opera about a cranky farmer who is transported back in time to the Aztec empire. His work includes the poems of Moods, Cadenced and Declaimed and plays like The Hand of the Potter, but he is better known for his novels, including The Bulwark and a trilogy based on the life of Charles Yerkes. FTP, identify this author of The Financier, Jennie Gerhardt, and Sister Carrie.
Theodore Dreiser
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The protagonist of this novel is killed in Griffin, Texas in 1878 in an outhouse behind a saloon in which a dancing bear has just been shot. Earlier characters who die include Captain White, the Vandiemenlander Bathcat, Toadvine, Glanton, and thousands of others, with the only survivor the seven-foot tall Judge Holden. FTP, identify this 1985 novel, subtitled "The Evening Redness in the West," the best work of Cormac McCarthy.
Blood Meridian
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During his time in Germany, the protagonist of this novel is seduced by Ellie and travels around with Kosti. The entire story is narrated by the real-life author who learns much of it from his friend Elliot Templeton. Before World War I the protagonist had been best friends with Gray Maturin and in love with Isabel Bradley, however the war changed him and he feels the need to see Europe and eventually studies under a sage in India for three years. FTP, identify this work about the philosophical wanderings of Larry Darrell, a novel by Somerset Maugham.
The Razor's Edge
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A side plot in this novel involves the conniving Noemie Nioche, a mediocre artist. At the end the protagonist regrets burning a piece of incriminating evidence given to him by Mrs. Bread. This happens in the home of Mrs. Tristram, who introduced him to the woman he loves, a woman who becomes a Carmelite nun for life. The protagonist hopes to get her back by blackmailing Urbain and his mother, the marquise, who seem to have engineered the death of the Marquis de Bellegarde. FTP, name this work centering on the relationship of Claire de Cintre and Christopher Newman, a novel by Henry James.
The American
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Joseph is a minor servant in this play, but his fellow worker Anise is much closer with the central family. As it opens, we learn of the growing intimacy between David and Marthe and that Mrs. Farrelly's estranged daughter is visiting. David and Fanny are excited by Sara's return, but one of their houseguests attempts to blackmail Sara's husband, Kurt Muller. However, Kurt bludgeons the expatriate count, Teck de Brancovis, to death and leaves at the end. FTP, identify this anti-Nazi play by Lillian Hellman.
Watch on the Rhine
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Some of the characters in the first novel about this fictional person include Paulie Haggerty, Kenny Kilkenny, and Iris, a fourteen-year-old proponent of free love. In the second novel, Davey Cohen remains a fixture, and Phil Rolfe dates this character's sister Loretta while Danny O'Neill provides the author's commentary on the events. In the third novel, titled Judgment Day, this character has an affair with Catherine Banahan, despite loving Catherine Scanlan. FTP, identify the hero of this trilogy by James Farrell.
Studs Lonigan
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The son of a clergyman, this man was a Rhodes Scholar in 1914, and graduated from Yale before going on to Johns Hopkins for his doctorate. He served in WWI in hospitals counseling shell-shocked soldiers where he purportedly burned his collection of textbooks in a fuel shortage. His work was mainly in classifying the differences between pre-Krapaelin and post-Krapaelin cases, the title of a paper on which would look "much more monumental" in German. While visiting his future partner Franz Gregorovius, he meets a mental patient whom he will marry, Nicole Warren. FTP, name this man, the protagonist of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night.
Dick Diver
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The title character of this roman a clef thinks nothing of spending $4500 on a designer jacket and ruining it with espresso later that day, nor does he mind lavishing gifts on his young male Asian lover, Nikki. After his death, the book's narrator and his wife Rosamund go to Saint Martin, where Chick almost dies of food poisoning. FTP, name this 2000 work, based on the life of Allan Bloom and written by his friend Saul Bellow.
Ravelstein
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a position that carries no salary, but includes free room and board. Disgusted by the city and its inhabitants, he heads back to Paris to live with his dissolute friend Fillmore and his girlfriend Macha, a Russian princess with a mean case of the clap. Food and sex dominate the novel, which describes itself as "a prolonged insult, a gob of spit in the face of Art" and usually has a preface by Anais Nin. FTP, identify this Henry Miller novel.
The author-narrator of this novel moves to Dijon, where he is appointed as an honorary teacher of English at a high school
Tropic of Cancer
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The characters in this short story are "three white-bearded gentlemen, Mr. Medbourne, Colonel Killigrew, and Mr. Gascoigne, and a withered gentlewoman, whose name was the Widow Wycherly," in addition to the title character, who many years ago accidentally killed his bride-to-be. In his study, which contains a talking head of Hippocrates, he doles out a potion of youth to his friends. The now-youthful men fight for the woman's love, and, when the effects of the potion wear off, the three leave for Florida, vowing to find the fountain of youth. FTP, name this Nathaniel Hawthorne short story, which does not refer to the author of Being and Time.
"Dr. Heidegger's Experiment"
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After he fell ill during a track meet and was diagnosed with a heart murmur, he turned to poetry. His story collections A Voyage to Pagany and The Knife of the Times preceded a novel trilogy that began with White Mule, which was told entirely from the viewpoint of his wife Flossie as a newborn baby. He also wrote the introduction to Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems and the three-part love poem, "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower," before his posthumous Pulitzer for 1962's Pictures from Breughel. FTP, name this one-time pediatrician and American poet famed for poems like "the Red Wheelbarrow" and Paterson.
William Carlos Williams
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It's not Star Wars, but it does have someone named Carrie Fisher. Oppressive social mores [mo-RAYS], as seen in Mr. Rosedale's suspicion of the main character after she leaves the house of a bachelor, dominate the work. The heroine's beauty makes her an object of jealousy to women like the mistress Dorset. Dorset's gossip about her harms her chances with Percy Gryce, and other potential suitors use and misunderstand her. This results in her fall in status from life at lush country estates, to living at a hotel and becoming addicted to tea. Caught between men like Lawrence Selden, the heroine overdoses on sleeping pills and dies. FTP, name this the novel about the catastrophic fall of Lily Bart, a 1905 work by Edith Wharton.
The House of Mirth
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A biology major from DePauw University, she was born in 1955 in Kentucky. Her early career in journalism can be seen in her essays, collected in the 1995 work High Tide in Tucson. The Kentucky and Tucson settings of her first novel, The Bean Trees, suggests its autobiographical nature, but since then her works, including Animal Dreams, have taken on more openly environmental themes, something also seen in her latest, Prodigal Summer, which was released in October 2000. FTP, name this author, who became a bestseller with her story of Georgia missionaries living through three decades of turmoil in postcolonial Congo, The Poisonwood Bible.
Barbara Ellen Kingsolver
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It was published by Samuel Goodrich only after a secret agreement with Horatio Bridge. Taking its name from Shakespeare's King John, this collection "vexed the dull eare of a drowsie man" and, as its author had hoped, "opened an intercourse with the world." It was reviewed by Poe, who noted its best components as: "The Hollow of the Three Hills;" "Wakefield;" and "Fancy's Show-Box." Poe also admired "Mr. Higginbotham's Catastrophe," claiming that he would like to hear every installment "a hundred times!" FTP, name this 1837 collection of short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Twice Told Tales
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When the narrator goes into the city for the first time in this novel, he attends a party with Catherine and the McKees. Later, he recalls such ridiculous people as the Cheadles, the O.R.P. Schraders, and the Stonewall Jackson Abrams, all of whom he met that summer. The apathy of people is revealed when the pianist Klipspringer calls for a missing pair of shoes, ignoring the funeral at its end. Throughout the novel the eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg stare out over the ash heaps at everyone. Myrtle's death is attributed to the title character, who is killed by Myrtle's husband George. FTP, name this novel narrated by Nick Carraway, the most famous work of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The Great Gatsby
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His grandfather was a cavalry commander during the Civil War, and his father committed suicide with his grandfather's pistol. A one-time professor at the University of Montana, his story begins after receiving orders from General Golz to take the place of Kashkin. His friends include Karkov, a Pravda journalist, and Anselmo, his guide. He is helped by Pablo, Pilar, and their band of loyalists and falls in love with Maria while undertaking a mission to blow up a bridge in fascist territory. FTP, name this protagonist of Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls.
Robert Jordan
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Its brief introduction includes a dedication to Joseph Hergesheimer and James Branch Cabell. The heroine meets her husband at the Marbury's a few years after graduating from Blodgett College. Reform efforts include an attempt to put on a version of Androcles and the Lion, but she has to settle for The Girl From Kankakee, in which the former Ms. Milford stars with Guy Pollock. Other notable characters include Miles Bjornstam, Raymie the artist, and Vida Sherwin. Centering on Carol Kennicott of Gopher Prairie, Minnesota, FTP, name this Sinclair Lewis novel.
Main Street
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a director in the bank - but he didn't walk the thirteen miles to his brother's house because there might be some bad blood between them. He has come back to work for Warren, who utters the memorable line, "Home is the place where, when you have to go there, / They have to take you in." We know that his name is Silas, he has come back to ditch the meadow, and that Mary found him "huddled against the barn-door." Alas, when Warren goes to talk to him, we learn that he is dead. FTP, name this title character of a poem by Robert Frost.
The title character is found upon a return from Rowe's. His brother is rich
"Death of the Hired Man" (accept early Silas)
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It begins with the author's encounter with the protagonist in Warwick Castle and ends with a P.S. from the author, who read the Manuscript that details this story. The protagonist opens his tale by telling how he was knocked out in a duel with a man named Hercules and when he woke up his adventure truly began. With the help of the erstwhile page Clarence and the lady Sandy, he used his mechanical ingenuity to lead a revolution across England, which he arrived in during the year 528. Featuring the son of a blacksmith from Hartford, FTP, name this novel by Mark Twain.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
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His late works include Cue for Passion and The Grand Tour, but after he gave up on Marxism in American Landscape, his writing suffered. His experimental works, like Dream Girl and The Subway, were often failures, unlike his polemical dramas of the 30's, such as Judgment Day and We, the People. FTP, name this American dramatist, best known for Street Scene and The Adding Machine.
Elmer Rice
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"Do they exist or are they spooks?" - and creates a politically correct firestorm over it. This is all ironic, as Coleman Silk has kept his own identity as a black man hidden. FTP, identify this 2000 novel, which features Nathan Zuckerman, a work of Philip Roth.
In the Berkshires, at Athena College, a former boxer finds himself "back in the tornado," as he puts it. Some of his troubles are self-inflicted, including an affair with Faunia Farley, an illiterate janitor, given extra kick thanks to his use of Viagra. But an young scholar fresh from Yale, Delphine Roux, seizes on an innocent comment of his
The Human Stain
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The title figure of this poem is initially described as "Marble-heavy, a bag full of God", but is soon referred to as a "Ghastly statue". Opening with the speaker's statement that "you do not do anymore", she compares the title figure as a Nazi, describing him as "a man in black with a Meinkampf look", and after claiming that he bit her "pretty red heart in two", she finally frees herself from his memory, concluding the poem by telling him "you bastard, I'm through". FTP, what is this confessional poem by Syliva Plath?
Daddy
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In this novel the narrator's insecurity is evident when he explains to Georgette the reason why he cannot have sex with her. Secondary characters include the wise Count Mippipopolous and the strong-willed American woman, Frances Clyne. The narrator is in love with the central female of the novel, who has a brief affair with young Romero. Set during one week in Pamplona, other characters include the writer Bill Gorton, a friend of the narrator, and another writer, Robert Cohn. Michael Campbell is the drunken fiancé of Lady Brett Ashley in this story told by Jake Barnes. FTP, identify this novel by Ernest Hemingway.
The Sun Also Rises
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Beginning her writing career as a reporter in Wisconsin, this author's early books introduced the traveling petticoat saleswoman, Emma McChesney. Her autobiographical works include A Peculiar Treasure and A Kind of Magic, and she collaborated with George S. Kaufman on the plays Dinner at Eight and Stage Door. One of her works told the story of Selina and Dirk Dejong and won the Pulitzer Prize. She was primarily known for her treatment of the Midwest in such novels as Cimarron. FTP, identify this American author, best-known for the novels So Big and Show Boat.
Edna Ferber
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The title character of this novel is addressed as Colonel throughout the book, and feels guilt for an event that took place during the Civil War but threatens to ruin him by the end of the novel. The novel begins with an interview by one of the author's recurring characters, the journalist Bartley Hubbard, who writes a piece about a self-made millionaire from Vermont who deals in paint. When he finds out that a local Bostonian dilettante, Tom Corey, has fallen in love with one of his daughters he decides to build a new house on Beacon Hill. FTP identify this 1885 novel about a man who loses all his wealth but regains his soul, written by William Dean Howells.
The Rise of Silas Lapham
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His first play, Farther Off from Heaven, was produced with the help of Tennessee Williams. Ten years later it was revised for Broadway as The Dark at the Top of the Stairs. He was one of the first American dramatists to deal with the quality of life in the small towns in the Midwest, and he achieved notable success throughout the 1950s. FTP name this American playwright of Come Back, Little Sheba, Bus Stop, and Picnic, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize.
William Inge
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This Alabama native helped found the American Civil Liberties Union and publicly supported the NAACP. The Brooklyn Eagle attacked this author of Midstream for being a socialist, which prompted the response: "Oh, ridiculous Brooklyn Eagle! Socially blind and deaf, it defends an intolerable system, a system that is the cause of much of the physical blindness and deafness which we are trying to prevent." For 10 points, name this Radcliffe-educated author of The Story of My Life and pupil of Anne Sullivan.
Helen Keller
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This writer's most famous novel includes the line "From this moment on, He will punish horribly anybody who torments a bum who has no connections!" God says this as a lynch mob crucifies a nobody bum named Jesus, only to hear God adopt him and give him the powers of the Son of God. The title of the book is The Gospel from Outer Space, which refers to a gift to Earth by a visitor shaped very much like a Tralfamadorian. For 10 points name this fictional novelist who appears in Breakfast of Champions, Slaughter-House Five, and various other works by Kurt Vonnegut.
Kilgore Trout
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Its intended sequel, entitled The Wolf, was still unwritten at the time of its author's death. The protagonist's wife, Laura Dearborn, is bored and unhappy, and dabbles in an affair with a former suitor, but when her husband, the grain speculator Curtis Jadwin, is ruined financially, she returns to him and their love is renewed. FTP, name this novel which was itself a sequel to The Octopus, the middle section of Frank Norris' unfinished Epic of the Wheat trilogy.
The Pit
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It originated as a 1947 short story entitled "Battle Royal," which was later used as the first chapter of the expanded novel. In it, the nameless title character flees the South for New York City and joins a radical revolutionary society known as the Brotherhood, only to discover that the Brotherhood is just as racist as the rest of the world. In the end, he retreats into a hole in the ground and disappears. For 10 points name this work by Ralph Ellison.
Invisible Man
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As summarized by the author, the poem "is essentially about an imaginary character (not the poet, not me) named Henry, a white American in early middle age sometimes in blackface, who has suffered an irreversible loss and talks about himself sometimes in the first person, sometimes in the third, sometimes even in the second; he has a friend, never named, who addresses him as Mr. Bones and variants thereof." Written beginning in 1959, the first 77 of them won a 1965 Pulitzer Prize, while a total of 385 were written by the time the poet threw himself off a bridge in 1972. For 10 points name this series of poems by John Berryman.
The Dream Songs
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Lesser known works include a television adaptation of John Cheever's story The Sorrows of Gin, the play When Dinah Shore Ruled the Earth, and the musical Miami. In her most successful drama, the protagonist is an art historian who discovers that her independence has alienated her from men and from women; this theme is continued in The Sisters Rosenweig. FTP name this author of Any Woman Can't, Isn't It Romantic, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Heidi Chronicles.
Wendy Wasserstein
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This 1949 novel is the story of two cultures: the modern, intellectual American and the timeless, sensual Saharan. It is also the story of a husband and wife, Americans who travel through North Africa on a journey of self-discovery, which leads them to cheat on each other. Eventually, the husband, who is named for a New Guinea city, dies and the wife takes up with a caravan leader. FTP, name the story of Kit and Port Moresby, the best-known work of Paul Bowles.
The Sheltering Sky
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After the death of her cotton-broker husband in 1882, she left Louisiana to return to her native St. Louis. Her literary career blossomed in the 1890's, earning her a reputation as a strumpet at the time, but modern acclaim as a powerful early feminist. Her collections Bayou Folk and A Night in Arcadie, containing short works such as "The Story of An Hour," were more neutrally recieved than her last novel, which shocked Victorian sensibilities with its frank portrayal of adultery. FTP name the then-controversial author who gave up writing after the bitter response to her 1899 novel The Awakening.
Kate Chopin
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At its end, the only surviving member of the central family concludes, "Love isn't permitted to me. The dead are too strong!" After the father returns home at the close of the Civil War, he is poisoned by his wife, who commits suicide when she finds that her lover, Adam Brant, has been killed by her son. That son, Orin, makes an incestuous proposal to his sister, Lavinia, before he shoots himself. Its three parts are Homecoming, The Hunted, and The Haunted. FTP, what is this dramatic trilogy centering on the Mannon family, based on an ancient Greek legend, and written by Eugene O'Neill?
Mourning Becomes Electra
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This author of the plays "The Confidential Clerk" and "The Elder Statesman" wrote fan letters to Groucho Marx and kept a picture of him on his mantle beside Yeats and Paul Valery. His second volume of poetry, "Ara vos prec", carries his early cynicism to extremes, as seen in works like "Gerontion" and the Sweeney poems, while his conversion to Anglicanism in the late 1920s is reflected in his late poems, including "Journey of the Magi", "Ash Wednesday", and "Four Quartets". FTP, name this poet probably best known for his long poem "The Waste Land".
Thomas Stearns Eliot
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Early in his life, he worships the Indian Gray Beaver as a god, but is soon separated from his mother Kiche and ends up under the control of the coward Beauty Smith, who turns him into a professional fighter. Living under the credo "eat or be eaten", he experiences success until a fight with a bulldog who is impervious to his slashing attacks. Saved from death by Weedon Scott, he is domesticated, and later saves Weedon's father from an escaped convict. FTP, who is this wolf, the title character of the companion novel to "The Call of the Wild"?
White Fang
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His trip to Russia inspired the non-fiction work "All-Out on the Road to Smolensk" and the novel "All Night Long". He began writing as early as 1928, first publishing two novellas, "The Bastard" and "Poor Fool". He gained some fame for stories like "Saturday Afternoon", "My Old Man's Bailing Machine", and "Country Full of Swedes", but true success came with his novels centering on grotesque families, such as "God's Little Acre". The one-time husband of Margaret Bourke-White, FTP, who is this novelist responsible for "Tobacco Road"?
Erskine Caldwell
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The title characters are described as having "dried voices when (they) whisper", uttering sounds as "quiet and meaningless as rat's feet over broken glass". Its fifth canto begins with a parody of "Here we go round the mulberry bush", replacing the bush with the prickly pear. Opening with an epigraph from Heart of Darkness and a dedication offering "a penny for the Old Guy", it concludes with an imperfect repetition of the Lord's Prayer, having earlier described "stuffed men leaning together, headpiece filled with straw". FTP, what is this T.S. Eliot poem which ends with the words "This is the way the world ends, Not with a bang but a whimper"?
The Hollow Men
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Characters encountered in this novel include Roland Major, Denver D. Doll, and Ed Dunkel. Describing the narrator's adventures in San Francisco with Remi Boncoeur, his trip to Mexico with Stan Shepard, and his time in New Orleans being mentored by Bull Lee, it is an account of the narrator's time spent among the circle of Carlo Marx and Dean Moriarty. Narrated by Sal Paradise, FTP, what is this novel, the best known work by Jack Kerouac?
On the Road
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In the climactic part of this play, Dowson, Swinburne and Baudelaire are all drunkenly quoted at length, while the sound of foghorns provides the primary metaphor of the last act. Off-stage characters include the cook Bridget and Dr. Hardy, who diagnoses Edmund's consumption. Another symbol is the watering of the whiskey by the servant Cathleen and the dissipated son Jamie, while the mother, Mary, remembers her piano-playing days, shoots up with morphine and blames the death of Eugene on the acting career of her husband, James Tyrone. FTP, name this semi-autobiographical play by Eugene O'Neill.
Long Day's Journey Into Night
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The author of the folk history Twelve Million Black Voices and the essay "The Ethics of Living Jim Crow", his is considered to have written the first American existential novel with The Outsider, written after he moved to Paris. He first came to public attention with stories like "Big Boy Leaves Home" and "Long Black Song", collected in the volume Uncle Tom's Children. American Hunger served as the sequel to his autobiographical Black Boy. For ten points, name this American author best known for the novel Native Son.
Richard Wright
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if she also looks as if it were quite a struggle", which provides a good description of her recurring character Emma McChesney, as well as the writer Dawn O'Hara, the title character of her first novel. She was a frequent collaborator of George S. Kaufman, their works together included "Minick", "Dinner at Eight", and "Stage Door". She won the Pulitzer in 1925 for her story of Selina DeJong and her son entitled "So Big". FTP, name this American author of "Cimmaron" and "Show Boat".
In 1954 she said "A woman can be both moral and exciting
Edna Ferber
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At the end of this book the narrator's friend Carl gets him a job at a newspaper and he helps his friend Fillmore escape a suffocating marriage. At one point he does odd jobs for the eccentric Indian pearl salesman Mr. Nanantetee and befriends a follower of Gandhi, who he takes to a brothel. Earlier, he led a deliberately aimless life in Paris after leaving his wife Mona, and provided an explicit catalog of his sexual experiences with various prostitutes. FTP, what is this controversial book by Henry Miller?
Tropic of Cancer
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The protagonist of this novel loses interest with her internship at a magazine, finds herself unable to lose her virginity to a UN interpreter, is nearly raped on a blind date, and discovers she has been rejected for a summer writing class. Returning home from college, she discovers she is unable to shake off her malaise with psychotherapy and attempts suicide, but after successful shock treatments under the direction of Doctor Nolan she finds her poor spirits lifting, and manages to leave the sanatorium in time to lose her virginity to a math professor and return to school in the fall. FTP, such are the struggles of Esther Greenwood in what novel by Sylvia Plath?
The Bell Jar
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It opens with Almustafa about to board a boat from Orphalese, the city where he has lived for 12 years, but he is stopped by the townspeople. In chaptesr including "Love", "Marriage", "Grieving", "Friendship", "Prayer", and "Religion", Almustafa acts as the mouthpiece for the author, expounding his quasi-mystical beliefs. For ten points, identify this popular volume of prose poems, published in 1923 by Kahlil Gibran.
The Prophet
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A key moment of this novel concerns the revelation by a drunk known as "Owl Eyes" that the titular character's books are uncut, thus giving a hint of his shallow character. While dating the golfer Jordan Baker, the narrator begins to learn about the protagonist, who rose to prominence under the tutelage of the yachtsman Dan Cody. The climax occurs with the murder of the protagonist by George Wilson, who was avenging the death of his wife in a car accident caused by Daisy Buchanan. Narrated by Nick Carraway, FTP, what is this Jazz Age novel, perhaps the best known work of F. Scott Fitzgerald?
The Great Gatsby
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Her wartime experiences influenced the novels "The Marne" and "A Son of the Front", while her early fame came for her writings on interior design like "The Decoration of Houses" and "Italian Villas and Their Gardens". Much attention to architecture and interior design is found in her novels, starting with "The Valley of Decision", while her passionate affair with W. Morton Fullerton inspired "The Reef". Better known are her characterizations of women in "The Custom of the Country" and "The House of Mirth", and her satiric depictions of the New York aristocracy. FTP, who was this author of "The Age of Innocence" and "Ethan Frome"?
Edith Wharton
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A pattern of green leaves often covers the stage to symbolize better times for the protagonist, who is fired by Howard Wagner shortly after he recounts the story of Dave Singleton, a well-liked fellow employee whose funeral was well attended. One of the protagonist's sons fails to secure a loan from his former employer, Bill Oliver, continuing a series of failures which began with his discovery of his father's affair with "the Woman" in a Boston hotel room. Linda is alarmed at the series of car accidents suffered by her husband, who kills himself for the insurance money after he believes he has been reconciled with his son Biff. FTP, what is this play about Willy Loman, written by Arthur Miller?
Death of a Salesman
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Parkinson's disease caused this author to give up work on his "America" series after writing only two plays, "A Touch of the Poet" and "More Stately Mansions". Getting his start with the plays in "Thirst and Other One Act Plays", written while in a tuberculosis sanitarium, his middle period is marked by the use of masks and symbolism, seen in plays like "Marco Millions", "Lazarus Laughed", and "The Great God Brown", but he is better known for his early sea plays like "Beyond the Horizon" and "Anna Christie". FTP, who is this playwright, author of "The Hairy Ape" and "The Iceman Cometh"?
Eugene O'Neill
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She collaborated in writing the portrait "Ada" and "A Novel of Thank You", but her later work "Aromas and Flavors of Past and Present" was unsuccessful. Important information about the Paris "lost generation" is found in her memoir "What is Remembered", but more indicative of her life is her famous namesake cookbook, containing both her famous recipe for hashish brownies and her witty reminiscences of the circle who gathered around her famous partner. FTP, who is this woman immortalized in an "autobiography" written by her companion Gertrude Stein?
Alice B. Toklas
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The action of this work is set in motion due to the theories of the well-known Philadelphia neurologist S. Weir Mitchell, and it ends with the narrator repeated crawling over her unconscious husband John, having just seen what she describes as "strangled heads and bulbous eyes and waddling fungus growths shrieking with derision". She had spent the previous three months in the nursery of an ancestral hall undergoing an extended rest to treat bouts of hysteria, but soon became obsessed with the title object, in which she saw an imprisoned woman. FTP, what is this famous story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman?
The Yellow Wallpaper
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To fulfill her need for excitement, the protagonist of this novel frequents the racetrack, where she develops a physical attraction to Alcee Arobin. She develops dissatisfaction with her life in part due to the piano recitals of Mademoiselle Reisz and her long conversations with Madame Ratignolle while vacationing at Grand Isle, where she soon falls in love with Robert Lebrun, but when Lebrun refuses to explore their love due to her marriage, she drowns herself in the sea. FTP, what is this novel about Edna Pontellier, written by Kate Chopin?
The Awakening
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This poet's first published poem was a reminiscence about an elderly black man entitled "Negro Harry", while his first short-story, "Death in the School-Room", was based on his Long Island teaching experience. His only novel, Franklin Evans, is a temperance tract, while his Civil War poems are collected in Specimen Days and Collect and Drum Taps. He is most famous for poems like "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry", "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking" and "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd." FTP, identify this great American poet, the author of Leaves of Grass and "Song of Myself".
Walt Whitman
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The first stanza of this poem describes the title object as a "venturous bark that flings on the sweet summer wind its purpled wings", while the fourth stanza expresses thanks for the "heavenly message" brought by it. Describing the title object as a "ship of pearl", the poet describes how its "irised ceiling (is) rent" after the death of its "frail tenant", who had added to it throughout its life to make room for its growth, leading the author to conclude in the fifth stanza that his soul should do the same. FTP, what is this famous poem by Oliver Wendell Holmes?
The Chambered Nautilus
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The main character of this novel is encouraged to "watch out fer ol' number one" by The Tattered Man, and is called a "wild cat" by Lieutenant Hasbrouck, who gets shot in the hand and drives a fleeing soldier back into the ranks. Wilson's courage falters after his first battle and he gives the main character letters to hold in case he dies. The veteran soldier Jim Conklin comforts the main character, who picks up the flag after the color-bearer falls in battle. FTP, identify this novel about Henry Fleming, a Civil War novel by Stephen Crane.
The Red Badge of Courage
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He gained fame as a translator with his Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights, while works of nonfiction include 1942's Bombs Away and the Robert Capa collaboration A Russian Journal. He is better known for his novels, lesser-known examples of which are The Short Reign of Pippen IV, and The Wayward Bus. His first work, Cup of Gold, was followed by works like In Dubious Battle and The Red Pony, many of which were based on his experiences in Salinas, California. FTP, identify this American writer of such works as East of Eden and The Grapes of Wrath.
John Steinbeck
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Portia is a servant in the house of the protagonist, who prizes her dead friend's radio at the end of this novel. Another character works at a flying jenny show and eats at the New York Café. One narrative is that of Willie, the criminal son of Dr. Copeland, the only black doctor in town. The climax of this novel occurs when news of the Greek's death, prompts the mute Mr. Singer to kill himself. This suicide upsets the lives of Biff Brannon, Jake Blount, and Mick Kelley in, FTP, what novel by Carson McCullers?
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
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The central character, a resident of the San Bernadino Arms, falls in with such characters as Harry, a purveyor of homemade silver polish, and Miguel, a Mexican breeder of fighting cocks. There's also Abe Kusich, a dwarf horse player, and Earle Stroop, an unsuccessful cowboy actor. This novel famously ends with a riot at the Persian Palace during which Homer Simpson likely dies and the protagonist Tod Hackett, barely escapes. FTP, name this short novel by Nathaniel West.
The Day of the Locust
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In short works such as "Parliament Hill" and "Morning Song" she celebrated her status as a parent, other poems like "Blackberrying" render an esoteric view of her natural surroundings. But the struggle for control evidenced in volumes such as Crossing the Water and Winter Trees also color her most famous lines included in a 1965 collection named after her horse. She writes, "Out of the ash/ I rise with my red hair/ And I eat men like Hair," in the persona of "Lady Lazarus," and discusses torturing her father in "Daddy." FTP identify this poet who killed herself by sticking her head in an oven and whose well known works include The Colossus and the aforementioned Ariel.
Sylvia Plath
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This work appeared in the Crisis 5 years before the publication of its author's first collection in 1926, in it the speaker is lulled to sleep, hears the singing, and sees the "muddy bosom turn all golden in the sunset" as Abe Lincoln goes down to New Orleans on one of the title entities-they are ancient, and older than the flow of blood. It ends with the declaration that the speaker's soul has grown deep. FTP identify this poem about the Euphrates, the Congo, the Nile, and the Mississippi, a work by Langston Hughes.
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
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Warning, first and last names are the same:
James Farrell
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When he returns home from some criminal adventures in Michigan, he hangs out with old acquaintances like the aptly named Five Properties and works for his old boss, Einhorn. After his brother Simon strikes it rich, he's set up with his sister-in-law Lucy Magnus, but that falls through and he ends up stealing textbooks for a living. At the end, he marries the actress Stella and he's still not really happy though the sex is better. The most traumatic incident in his life comes when he's persuaded by a rich girl to join her in Mexico on an expedition photographing her pet eagle, but after he almost takes a job as Trotsky's bodyguard, Thea Fenchel leaves him FTP, name this title character who tells us, "I am an American, Chicago born", in "Adventures" chronicled by Saul Bellow.
Augie March
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Lesser known works by this playwright include Rich Relations and The Sound of a Voice, he also collaborated on a sci-fi musical with Philip Glass called 1000 Airplanes on the Roof. Most of his works like The House of Sleeping Beauties and Family Devotions deal with the assimilation of Chinese immigrants into American society and his first play F.O.B won an Obie award in 1981. But he has since risen to superstardom with his depiction of an unlikely love affair between Rene Gallimard and Song Liling in a play set around a Puccini opera. FTP identify this Stanford educated playwright of M. Butterfly.
David Henry Hwang (pronounced Wang)
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His The Garbage Man, Airways Inc., and Fortune Heights were published in 1934 as Three Plays, that same year also saw the publication of In All Countries, a travel narrative that charted worldwide reaction to subjects like communism and the Sacco-Vanzetti case. Other works include The Great Days and Most Likely to Succeed, but he is most famous for two separate series of novels, one of which begins with Adventures of a Young Man and introduces the character of Glenn Spotswood, while the other begins with The 42nd Parallel. FTP identify this American author of One Man's Initiation and the District of Columbia and USA Trilogies.
John Dos Passos
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The Delicacy and Strength of Lace collects letters to James Wright, while Storyteller contains numerous photographs, and attempts to combine fiction and poetry with tribal legend. Almanac of the Dead focuses on the differences in attitudes towards the environment.But, her most famous novel follows the return of Tayo, a shattered WWII veteran, to his reservation and details his subsequent restoration. FTP identify this Pueblo writer from New Mexico, best known for Laguna Woman and Ceremony.
Leslie Marmon Silko
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Edited, and basically rewritten, from various manuscripts, both versions contain the hypocrite Father Adolf, though the second features time travel between 1490 and the nineteenth century. A.B. Paine's 1916 version features a visit from a character alternately known as No. 44 to Theodor Fisher and his friends Nikolaus and Seppi. After building a miniature castle and terrorizing the villagers of Eseldorf, Theodor realizes the title figure's true identity. FTP name this pessimistic, posthumous short story about an encounter with Satan, written by Mark Twain.
The Mysterious Stranger
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The weirdest part of this novel may be the violation of Angele by a character known only as "the Other." As it ends a young poet from the East, Presley, visits Shelgrim to determine what could have motivated the heartless business practices that drove farmers like Broderson, Osterman, and Annixter out of business. All of the action takes place in and around Magnus Derrick's Rancho de los Muertos where wheat growing land is surrounded and metaphorically suffocated by Behrman's railroad tracks.FTP identify this 1901 work subtitled "A Story of California," a story with a tentacled title written by Frank Norris.
The Octopus
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It ends with an epilogue and a decision not to return to Mary or the world in general. His arrival in New York City is told through flashbacks, beginning with the verbal slip in his scholarship acceptance speech to his Southern town's elite and his participation in a blindfolded fistfight. He later meets Mr.Norton, is expelled from college, and joins up with Brother Jack, a communist, but Jack, as well as potential community leaders, Ras and Rev. Rinehart, come up short, and the novel ends with a violent riot in Harlem. FTP identify this 1952 work whose nameless narrator explains his titular condition by noting that others "see only my surroundings, themselves, or figments of their imagination."
Invisible Man
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Descendants of this poet include the authors of "The Hollow of the Three Hills" and "Luke Havergal". Her later subjects included her response to the death of a grandchild, published in Contemplations two centuries after her death. Losing her home to fire in the same year as the Great Fire of London, she wrote the lines "The world no longer let me love / My hope and treasure lies above" in "Upon the Burning of Our House, July 18th, 1666." Her first poems were published without her knowledge by her brother-in-law in a 1650 volume that gave her her nickname. FTP, name this American poet of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the "Tenth muse lately sprung up in America."
Anne Dudley Bradstreet
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Wildly flushed with wine the protagonist is interrupted during a card game and hears the ominous whisper he had fled from earlier at Dr. Bransby's academy. When this same personage interrupts his attempted swindle of young Glendinning and reveals the extra cards in his cuff the main character must flee once more. But the tale ends at a ball in Rome when a potential romance with Duke Di Broglio's wife ends in the murder of, not only the titular antagonist, but the young rake himself. FTP identify this 1839 short story, a tale of a man haunted by his double written by Edgar Allan Poe.
William Wilson
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This novel's second part, The Horror and the Glory, was edited out of the 1945 first edition. The story begins when the narrator is 4 years old; he sets fire to some curtains out of boredom and burns down half the house. After the family moves to Memphis, the six-year-old narrator begins to drink at the local saloon and curse to the amusement of customers. Eventually he moves to Chicago and joins a communist group. At a national meeting of the John Reed clubs, he can't find lodging because of his color. FTP, name this autobiographical novel by Richard Wright.
Black Boy
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Among the subplots of this novel is the redemption of a man obsessed with the death of his grandfather in the Civil War who reconnects with the world by delivering a baby and attempting to save a fugitive from lynching. In addition to Gail Hightower, it features the love of mill-hand Byron Bunch for the baby's mother, Lena Grove, and their quest to find Lucas Burch, a bootlegger also known as Joe Brown, the baby's father. FTP, name this novel most of whose narrative concerns the tragedy of Joe Christmas, one of the most famous of William Faulkner.
Light in August
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Some of this author's non-fiction works include a biography of John Wesley Powell entitled Beyond the Hundredth Meridian and histories of Mormon settlement of Utah in Mormon Country and The Gathering of Utah, while his The Preacher and the Slave was a fictionalisation of the life of labor leader Joe Hill. Beginning his career with short works like Remembering Laughter and On a Darkling Plain, he scored commercial successes with later works like the Big Rock Candy Mountain and A Shooting Star, while his The Spactator Bird won the National Book Award in 1977, five years after he won the Pulitzer for what is probably his best known work. FTP name this author, perhaps best knwon for the 1972 Pulitzer winner Angle of Repose.
Wallace Stegner
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Luis the Charro, pays Raul, the captain, to avenge the murder of one of his relatives. Alfonsa was forced by her family to abandon her revolutionary lover and though she eventually pays to get the hero and his friends out of jail, she disapproves of her niece's relationship with him. By this point, however, Perez, another prisoner, has Rawlins stabbed, and Blevins is already hanged. In the end, Don Hector's daughter, Alejandra, does not leave her family, and the protagonist returns to Texas. For 10 points, name this novel about John Grady Cole, written by Cormac McCarthy.
All The Pretty Horses
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The most famous line in this poem alludes to John 14:2, while another line alludes to Wordsworth's "The World is Too Much With Us." Its author distinguishes between the Pearly and Paper kinds of its subject, citing Roget's Bridgewater Treatise as a reference. From the death of the subject, "a clearer note is born than ever Triton blew from wreathed horn," suggesting the soul's transcendence after death. That death knell declares, "Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul." For 10 points, name this poem first published in The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table, in which a mollusk is described by Oliver Wendell Holmes.
The Chambered Nautilus
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She translated choruses from Ion, Hippolytus, and Iphigeneia in Aulis, and, inspired by the 50 surviving lines of Stesichorus' Pallinode, wrote the book-length poem Helen in Egypt. She scrawled "DESTROY" across the title page of Asphodel, which includes a fictionalized account of the breakdown of her lesbian relationship with Frances Gregg and serves as a sequel to HERmione, in which the title character has a torrid affair with George Lowndes, based on Ezra Pound. FTP, name this Imagist, who used her initials as a pen name.
Hilda Doolittle (or H.D.)
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The author of this work conveys his feelings of loneliness and alienation in a city in which he is unable to speak the language using both poetry, and surrealist photomontages, some of which superimpose jungle animals on familiar cityscapes. Poems in the work include "Oda a Walt Whitman" and "Paisaje de la multitud que orina (Nocturno de Battery Place)." FTP, name this posthumosly published collection of poems inspired by Federico Garcia Lorca's time at Columbia University.
Poet in New York (Poeta en Nueva York)
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Its several prefaces include the "Incomplete Guide to Symbols and Metaphors" which notes that "no symbolism is meant by the use of Journey's 'Any Way You Want It.'" Opening in Lake Forest, Illinois and moving to Berkeley, the main plot is a nonfiction chronicle of a recent college graduate working on the startup magazine Might while raising a nine-year-old brother after the death of both parents from cancer. FTP, name this 2000 work by Dave Eggers.
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
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As this novel, the second in a trilogy which also includes The Turmoil and The Midlander, closes, George is injured in a car accident. This is ironic because the man who rivals him for his mother's affection had earlier returned to build an automobile factory. Eventually Lucy does reconnect with George, thus fulfilling a promise begun by their parents, but interrupted when Isabel married the established Wilbur Minafer. FTP identify this 1918 featuring Eugene Morgan's attempts at reconciling with the titular family, a work by Booth Tarkington.
The Magnificent Ambersons
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His prose collection, The Necessary Angel, released when the author was 72, asserted that poetry was "the supreme fiction." In his 60s he echoed Baudelaire's notion that beauty is inextricably linked with evil in "Esthétique du Mal." Later poems include "The Plain Sense of Things" and "A Quiet Normal Life," but he's better known for early works like "The Snow Man," "The Idea of Order at Key West," and "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird." FTP, name this American author of the poems "Sunday Morning," "Peter Quince at the Clavier," and "The Emperor of Ice Cream."
Wallace Stevens
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The narrator's fourth wife, Babette, is taking the mysterious drug Dylar in order to curb her fear of death. The narrator hunts down the man that sold it to her and shoots him, later taking him to a hospital. The narrator takes lessons in German in order to avoid embarrassment at a conference and is exposed to the Airborne Toxic Event while driving his family to an emergency shelter. FTP, identify this novel about Jack Gladney, chair of Hitler studies at the College-on-the-Hill, whose title refers to the omnipresent transmissions that pulse over America, written by Don DeLillo.
White Noise
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One of the central conflicts in this novel stems from the rescue of a feebleminded child caught in the path of an oncoming train. Set on the plantation in Shellmound, this novel features such characters as the daughter Shelley, who understands best the pain of her uncle George after Robbie leaves him for being unable to prove his love. Battle and Ellen Fairchild frown upon the title event, preparations for which begin when Laura McRaven comes to live at Shellmound after her mother's death. FTP, identify this novel by Eudora Welty centering on the marriage of Troy Flavin and Dabny Fairchild.
Delta Wedding
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This collection contains three excerpts from a woman named Cress, based on the author's exchanges with poet Marcia Nardi. Based on the author's concept of "no ideas but in things," its title character "treads there the same stones" through the title location. The feminine counterpart to the title city is brought about in book two, "Sunday in the Park," which begins "Outside / outside myself / there is a world, / he rumbled..." Published in five volumes between 1946-58, FTP, identify this epic poem about a New Jersey town written by William Carlos Williams.
Paterson
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Each act in this work is preceded by a prose section that details the history of the setting. The jailer, Mr. Tubbs, expresses an awkward deference to upper class citizens. The conflict begins when Pete, the brother of the protagonist's ex-lover Alabama Red, attempts blackmail. The protagonist, married to Gowan Stevens, almost runs away until her daughter is killed by the maidservant Nancy Mannigoe. This work concerns the efforts of Gavin Stevens to convince the governor of Mississippi of Nancy's innocence. FTP, identify this novel centering on Temple Drake, the sequel to Faulkner's Sanctuary.
Requiem for a Nun
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One of its symbolic characters is a radical who complains of capitalistic oppression. Minor characters include the street-piano man Lucia and Carr, the cynical friend of the protagonist. A pivotal scene finds the henchman Shadow shot, revealing the antagonist's guilt before he dies. The old rabbi Esdras remains silent about the central crime, and his son Garth's life is threatened if it is revealed that Trock was responsible for the crime that Romagna was executed for. Centering on the lovers Miriamne and Mio, FTP, identify this Sacco and Vanzetti-based drama by Maxwell Anderson.
Winterset
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The opening scene of this novel depicts a dispute over a slain deer. One of the characters delivers a soliloquy about the demise of his tribe both at the turkey shoot and at the pivotal scene on Mount Vision. Trouble begins when local magistrate Hiram Doolittle begins prowling around the protagonist's cabin. Elizabeth is saved from an attacking panther, though her father, Judge Templeton, attempts to arrest her mysterious rescuers who include Oliver Edwards, Indian John, and Natty Bumppo. FTP, identify this novel by James Fenimore Cooper, the first volume of the Leatherstocking Tales.
The Pioneers
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It contains the essay "Emergency Exit," which describes the spiritual and ideological crisis of Ignazio Silone. Also containing contributions from Louis Fischer and Stephen Spender, the centerpiece of this essay collection is "Worshipped from Afar." It bears essays by André Gide regarding his disenchantment with the Soviet Union, and by Arthur Koestler regarding his departure from the Communist Party after the arrival of the Nazis. With an essay by Richard Wright, FTP, identify this collection edited by R. H. S. Crossman detailing several famous authors' disillusionment with Communism.
The God That Failed
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The main character and founder of the title location occupies a "throne" on a hillside, from where he observes his scheme through a pocket telescope. Each visiting character is confronted with a conflict upon entering the title location, and Mary Grove decides to stay along with her boyfriend Steve Jamnik, who is a war buddy of Rogers. Rogers and his fiancée Barbara reluctantly leave, though the most poignant departure is provided by Augustine Castle. Professor Burris decides to remain with T. E. Frazier, the founder of the Thoreau-inspired community. FTP, identify this behaviorist novel by B. F. Skinner.
Walden Two
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During a performance run of A Christmas Carol, the title character plays the Ghost of Christmas Yet-To-Come and sees a vision of his own gravestone. Later on, he removes the arms and head from a statue of Mary Magdalene and puts it in the Gravesend Academy auditorium, prompting a speech by the Reverend Merrill from which the novel's title comes. After the title character loses his own arms and bleeds to death from a grenade explosion, his ghost visits the Reverend and causes him to reveal that he is the father of the narrator, John Wheelwright. FTP, identify this John Irving novel centering on the midget title character.
A Prayer For Owen Meany
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This novel ends with the narrator resuming his thesis on the papers of Cass Mastern. Minor characters include the bodyguard Sugar-Boy O'Sheean, and the political opponent Sam MacMurfee. The main character asks the narrator to learn about Judge Irwin, who later commits suicide. Tiny Duffy incites the assassination that this novel centers on, the affair between the main character and Anne, who is married to Dr. Adam Stanton, the main character's assassin as narrated by Jack Burden. FTP, identify this novel about Willie Stark depicting the life of Huey Long, written by Robert Penn Warren.
All the King's Men
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Milton Gloaming keeps track of word frequencies at a séance run by Peter Sachsa and Carroll Eventyr. This séance is run by PISCES, the supernatural division of the agency ACHTUNG, the same organization that employs the Pavlovian psychologist Pointsman and the statistician Roger Mexico in this novel. It is later discovered that the main character was subjected to the psychological experiments of Dr. Laszlo Jamf, which caused him to become sexually aroused prior to imminent danger. FTP, identify this novel in which V2 rockets attacks over WWII London are correlated with Tyrone Slothrop's sexual escapades, written by Thomas Pynchon.
Gravity's Rainbow
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Married to the critic Stanley Edgar Hyman, her only children's book was 9 Magic Wishes while her first novel was titled The Road Through the Wall. The subject of Judy Oppenheimer's biography, Private Demons, she also wrote The Bird's Nest and Life Among the Savages. Her work We Have Always Lived in the Castle was written during a period of psychosis, but it was her short story published in The New Yorker in 1948 that brought her the most fame. The author of The Haunting of Hill House, FTP, name this author of "The Lottery."
Shirley Jackson
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A pivotal event in this novel is the death of the title character's younger brother Tommie, and Billie fights the title character's brother in the beginning, only to fight on his side at the end. Nellie is the cause of the title character's grief and causes her to return home, where her mother and older brother reject her. After a brief affair with the bartender Pete, the title character, after much searching, finally finds an obese and greasy man who agrees to pay for her services. Older brother Jimmie rejects the title character in, FTP, what Stephen Crane novel that centers on a "girl of the streets?"
Maggie, A Girl of the Streets
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An important symbol of maturity in this novel is the protagonist's journey to the theater across Sixth Street. The protagonist's step-aunt Florence reveals in her prayers she is too embittered to find salvation, while Roy gets involved in race riots and street brawls. Elizabeth issues sad prayers, while her husband Gabriel favors his own children over the protagonist, who demonstrates homosexual tendencies toward the preacher Brother Elisha. Taking place in Harlem in the early 20th century, FTP, identify this religious novel by James Baldwin that centers on the character John Grimes.
Go Tell it on the Mountain
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The protagonist of this novel finds solace from his life with the 20-year-old prostitute Molly Novotny, but soon goes to jail for a robbery committed with his friend Solly Saltskin, known as "the Punk" or "the Sparrow." He is overwhelmed by the guilt he feels for crippling his wife Zosh, and later he accidentally breaks the neck of his morphine supplier Nifty Louie Fomorowski and hangs himself before the police can arrest him. Centering on the poker dealer Frankie Machine, FTP, what is this novel by Nelson Algren?
The Man With the Golden Arm
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Early works by this author include Outer Dark, about two incestuous siblings, and Suttree, telling of a man who overcomes a death fixation. His difficult narrative style was first seen in The Orchard Keeper, while later novels like Child of God are typical of his work, often violent tales set in rural Tennessee or Texas. The author of Blood Meridian, FTP, who is this modern American author whose novels include The Border Crossing and All the Pretty Horses?
Cormac McCarthy
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The speaker thanks the title object for the "heavenly message brought by thee, / Child of the wandering sea," and comments "Through the deep caves of thought I hear a voice that sings." The speaker mourns that "Its webs of living gauze no more unfurl; / Wrecked is the ship of pearl!" Later, the speaker rejoices that "From thy dead lips a clearer note is born / Than ever Triton blew from wreathèd horn!" Containing the famous line "Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul," FTP, identify this famous poem about a seashell by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The Chambered Nautilus
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He destroys a tower that has stood since the Romans built it, though he has it rebuilt as a sign of friendship. He repairs a well and tells the inhabitants that God does not mind if they bathe. His chief assistant is Clarence, who executes all of his social programs. He halts his execution by predicting an eclipse, and after slaying Sir Sagramour la Desirous he marries Alisande. He retreats to France during the illness of his daughter Hello-Central, but returns to wage war with the Knights of the Round Table. FTP, name this title character of Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.
Hank Morgan (accept either) or Sir Boss (accept early Connecticut Yankee)
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They include "What Mr. Robinson Thinks," "The Candidate's letter," and "The Courtin." Shifting between verses written in dialect and prose, they feature such figures as the Reverend Homer Wilbur and the scoundrel Birdofreedom Swain, whose view on slavery is the dominant subject of the second series. The first poem, published in the Boston Courier in 1847, deals primarily with the Mexican war, while the second deals with the Civil War. FTP, identify this work finally finished in 1867 and named for the character Hosea, a series of poetical sketches by James Russell Lowell.
The Biglow Papers
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He wrote The Fatal Dowry with Nathan Field and The Virgin Martyr with Thomas Dekker, and was made the head writer of the King's Men after succeeding another collaborator, John Fletcher. The fifteen plays he wrote alone include The Renegado about a heroic Jesuit; The Bondman about a slave revolt in Syracuse; and the realistic The Maid of Honour. However, he remains best known for his two great comedies featuring characters like Frank Wellborn and Sir Giles Overreach. FTP, identify this author of The City Madam and A New Way to Pay Old Debts.
Philip Massinger
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He uses his Big Red tablets to chronicle his "travels" and medieval philosophical musings. Always wearing a green hunting cap, he suffers from a dyspeptic pyloric valve that closes at the slightest provocation. He undertakes a "Crusade for Moorish Dignity" at his first job, where he trashes the company's files in order to eliminate the "backlog." After this job at Levy Pants, he finds another job selling weenies from a pushcart for Paradise Vendors. Finally saved by his girlfriend Myrna Minkoff, FTP, identify this main character of John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces.
Ignatius J. Reilly (accept either name)
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Originally written as a three-part series for The New Yorker, its five sections include "A Noiseless Flash," "The Fire," "Details Are Being Investigated," "Panic Grass and Feverfew," and "The Aftermath." Miss Sasaki suffers from a broken leg in the initial disaster, and later becomes Sister Dominique after the proselytizing of Father Kleinsorge, who becomes Father Takakura. Mrs. Nakamura raises her children and Dr. Sasaki starts a private practice after the opening incident, which causes Reverend Tanimoto to question why he wasn't one of the many injured. FTP, identify this John Hersey novel about the aftermath of the first atomic bomb.
Hiroshima
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The patriarch of this family was John who was likely based on the author's great-grandfather. Bayard lives during the Civil War and befriends a black man named Ringo. One of Bayard's grandsons is killed in World War I, while the other, also named Bayard, returns from the war haunted by guilt. This grandson's reckless driving causes the elder Bayard to have a fatal heart attack. Later, young Bayard marries Narcissa Benbow and becomes a test pilot in Ohio, where he is killed. FTP, identify the surname of this aristocratic family of Yoknapatawpha County, chronicled by William Faulkner in The Unvanquished and in a namesake novel.
Sartoris
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The title character becomes engaged to two women and invites them both to lunch. This novel begins in Elk Hills, where the title character grows up under the tutelage of Doc Vickerson. While a research fellow at the McGurk Institute, the title character discovers the X Principle that might prove a cure for disease, though he learns it was already discovered at the Pasteur Institute. Mentors in this novel include Max Gottlieb and Gustave Sondelius, and the title character's wife Leora dies from the plague on the island of St. Hubert. FTP, identify this novel about a research scientist by Sinclair Lewis.
Arrowsmith
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The son of Jewish and Irish vaudeville performers, he worked for British Intelligence during World War II, and eloped from his lavish New York wedding for an early honeymoon in Florida with his wife Muriel, who he soon begins to call "Miss Spiritual Tramp of 1948". He appears to prefer the company of young girls, such as Esme, an adolescent British choir singer, and the 4 year-old Sybil. He spent much of his youth trying to teach his equally precocious younger siblings the importance of the Upanishads, but eventually shoots himself in the head. FTP, name this eldest of the Glass children and protagonist of A Perfect Day for Banana Fish, the subject of a famous "Introduction" by J.D. Salinger?
Seymour Glass
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The titular event turns out to be a hanging rather than the shooting the reader is led to believe it is at one point. At various times, the protagonist is described as walking down a long road at night under a sky filled with strange constellations or on the way to see his wife and children. However, it turns out that Peyton Farquhar has never actually left his place of capture. FTP, identify this Ambrose Bierce story about the execution of Farquhar at the title structure.
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
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Throughout this novel, the characters are protected from harm by the belief in the insanity of the eccentric singing master David Gamut. Major Heyward disguises himself as a French doctor to aid the rescue of those captured by the Iroquois despite the promise of safe conduct to Fort Edward, and although Alice Munro is saved, Cora Munro and Uncas die at the hands of the evil Magua, who in turn is killed by Hawkeye. FTP, what is this novel set during the French and Indian War, the second of The Leatherstocking Tales of James Fennimore Cooper?
The Last of the Mohicans: A Tale of 1757
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The first edition says that it contains a "compleat description of the four elements, conflitations (sic), ages of man and seasons of the year." Including works like "In Honor of That High and Mighty Princess Queen Elizabeth of Happy Memory," its focal point is the long work "A Dialogue between Old England and New; Concerning Their Present Troubles." Its first American edition included "The Author to Her Book," a modest contemplation of this collection, published in 1650 without the author's knowledge. FTP, name this first book of poetry published by an American, written by Anne Bradstreet.
The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung up in America
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The narrative of this short story is presented as having been published in La Revue Anti-Aristocratique by a certain Monsieur de l'Aubépine, an alter ego of the true author. The lustful old dame Lisabetta aids the protagonist, who does not heed the warnings of the kindly professor Pietro Baglioni. Though his suspicions are roused by purple marks on his skin, wilting flowers, and the title character's ability to kill insects by breathing on them, Giovanni pursues a relationship with Beatrice until discovering he has become poisonous as well due to the experiments of Beatrice's father. FTP, what is this short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne?
Rappaccini's Daughter
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He wrote of a virus plague, an intergalactic conspiracy, and pirates in his 1981 work Cities of the Red Night. With the painter Brion Gysin, he developed a "cut-up" method by which several random texts are blended into one hybrid narrative, a technique explained in The Third Mind. His metaphor for the forces of conformity, the "control machine", appears in Nova Express, while 1985's Queer is a sequel to his first novel, Junkie: Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict. FTP, who is this Beat author best known for the novel Naked Lunch?
William S. Burroughs
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At one point, one of the characters of this story claims to be en route to consult a man named Luchesi, who the other main character insists is ignorant and will provide no insight concerning the title object. Having arranged for his servants to be absent from his estate, one of the characters engineers a meeting with the other at a carnival, and uses his vanity concerning his knowledge of fine wines to trick him into his family's vaults, where Montressor seals Fortunato inside a small crypt, thus avenging Fortunato's "thousand insults". FTP, what is this story by Edgar Allan Poe?
The Cask of Amontillado
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This author died in bed in 1950 while reading a comic book, having earlier served as the oldest war correspondent covering the South Pacific during WWII. His later works were lackluster pulp and science fiction writings like The Cave Girl, The War Chief, and Apache Devil. He is known for the escapist value of his early science fiction fantasies about Mars, including A Princess of Mars and Under the Moons of Mars, but he is mainly remembered today for his tales of an English aristocrat raised by apes in the African jungle. FTP, who was this creator of Tarzan?
Edgar Rice Burroughs
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The opening chapter of this novel closes with the narrator dreaming that he and his father are at a circus where his father refuses to laugh at the clowns. The narrator gets a scholarship after giving a speech to thunderous applause, despite the controversy over the words "social responsibility" and the blood he swallowed after Tatlock threw him blindfolded into a boxing ring with 9 other boys. Its climax comes at a race riot in Harlem, prompting the unnamed narrator to live in the sewers, where he writes the book. FTP, what is this 1952 novel, the best-known work by Ralph Ellison?
Invisible Man
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After an episode in which the protagonist of this novel imagines a voice telling her she'll marry a blind man, she is visited by George Bakewell, but dismisses him because he considers her a curiosity. Miss Ockenden spies on her after a Peruvian misogynist attempts to rape her. The main character is disheartened by her experiences in New York after winning an award for writing from Ladies' Day magazine, and after she is rejected by the writing teacher with whom she had hoped to study, she attempts suicide and must deal with a subsequent series of shock treatments. Describing the life of Esther Greenwood, FTP, what is this novel by Sylvia Plath?
The Bell Jar
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This poem's third section contains a description of the "Unreal City", where the Smyrna merchant Mr. Eugenides asks the poet to lunch. Other sections describe a reading of tarot cards by Madame Sosostris and the drowning of Phlebas the Phoenician. Introduced by a quote from the Satyricon, it is broken up into sections entitled "The Fire Sermon", "Death by Water", "What the Thunder Said", "A Game of Chess", and "Burial of the Dead". FTP, name this poem that begins by labeling April the cruelest month, perhaps the most famous poem by T.S. Eliot.
"The Waste Land"
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Late works by this author include a collection of short pieces called Wolfert's Roost, a five-volume life of George Washington, a Life of Oliver Goldsmith, and a book on Mahomet and His Successors. Great hostility greeted Tales of a Traveler, although the earlier work Bracebridge Hall had been well received. His time as a diplomat in Spain inspired the Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada and a series of Spanish legends entitled The Alhambra. FTP, who was this author famous for A History of New York and The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, the latter of which contained "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"?
Washington Irving
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This author wrote about his experiences with a debilitating virus known as Guillain-Barre syndrome in the book No Laughing Matter. He drew on his experiences in WWII for the failed play We Bombed in New Haven, which was followed by novels like God Knows, Good as Gold, and Something Happened, but he is best-known for his first novel, which featured characters like Snowden, Milo Minderbinder, and John Yossarian. FTP, who was this author of Catch-22?
Joseph Heller
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Many of the characters in this story believe that only the late Barclay Goodson could have been behind the act that sets the plot in motion. In an attempt to repay a debt of gratitude, Reverend Burgess saves Edward Richards from the disgrace that befalls 18 other people, all of whom are revealed to be liars when they attempt to use information provided by the mysterious Howard L. Stephenson to win $40,000, thus ruining the town's reputation for honesty. FTP, what is this story by Mark Twain?
The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
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One part of the story about this character describes his shocking testimony in a trial where his beautiful girlfriend is struck by the prosecutor, prompting him to deck the prosecutor and call him a miserable cur, which reminds him to buy dog biscuits. It ends by describing him standing before a firing squad, while earlier, his adventures as a famed surgeon and flying ace were interrupted by the petty errands he must run while in town with his nagging wife. FTP, name this daydreamer whose "Secret Life" was described by James Thurber.
Walter Mitty
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The daughter of the title figure of this story becomes enamored with the hereditary prince of an Asiatic kingdom who is a fellow traveler on the ship Atlantida. After a life spent accumulating wealth, the protagonist and his family have set out on a two-year vacation in the Old World, but after arriving on the island of Capri, he suddenly and inexplicably dies, and is packed into a crate and shipped back to the title city. FTP, what is this story, the most famous work by Ivan Bunin?
The Gentleman from San Francisco
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This author advocated a spare, impressionistic style in the essay "The Novel Demeuble". Her dissatisfaction with modern society is seen in late works like the three tales comprising 1932's Obscure Destinies and the novel Lucy Gayheart, with the latter's grim ending standing in contrast to an early work on a similar theme, The Song of the Lark. FTP, who is this author of Death Comes for the Archbishop, My Antonia, and O Pioneers?
Willa Cather
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Poems like "Hibiscus on the Sleeping Shores" and "Le Monocle de Mon Oncle" are typical of this poet's early work, characterized by an intricate style and tropical imagery, also seen in the poem "Sunday Morning". Collections like Owl's Clover, Ideas of Order, Harmonium, and The Man With the Blue Guitar established him as an influential poet despite only writing in his spare time. FTP, who was this 20th century American poet, author of "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" and "The Emperor of Ice Cream"?
Wallace Stevens
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The narrator in this work takes on her task due in part to her attraction to the man who sends her to work at the country house Bly, where she meets the housekeeper, Mrs. Grose. Charged with caring for the children Miles and Flora, she soon finds herself in a struggle for their souls with the former valet Peter Quint and her own predecessor, Miss Jessel, but it is left to the reader to decide whether the ghosts are real or simply a figment of her imagination. FTP, what is this ghost story by Henry James?
The Turn of the Screw
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The patriarch of this novel's central family loses money in an attempt to ship ice-boxed lettuce to New York, but later his son takes advantage of a food shortage and saves the fortune with the help of Will Hamilton. Late in the novel, Abra Bacon becomes fed up with her husband's self-righteousness and seeks out his brother, thus repeating the painful love triangle of the previous generation, which saw the prostitute Cathy Ames shoot her husband Adam Trask and leave him for his brother Charles. Based on the story of Cain and Abel, FTP, what is this John Steinbeck novel now in the news for its selection for Oprah's Book Club?
East of Eden
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A key moment in this story is the trip by the female protagonist to Madame Sofronie, where she acquires $20 to supplement her husband's income, which has recently been cut by $10 per week. Her husband Jim soon returns home after purchasing a present his wife had often admired in a Broadway window, but soon learns that Della has sold her hair to buy him a chain for the watch he just sold. FTP, what is this story, the best-known work by O. Henry?
The Gift of the Magi
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Early in this essay, the author claims that by placing undue emphasis on names and customs, society is a conspiracy against the manhood of its members, who should not be ashamed of their instincts, which are from God. He then goes on to question the worship of the past, since the movements of history are the reflections of the personalities of individuals, but each individual has something original in his nature. His main argument holds that great men should be able to live as they would in solitude even while in the midst of the crowd, since "a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds", and "to be great is to be misunderstood". FTP, what is this essay in which Ralph Waldo Emerson advocates trust in the divine self?
Self-Reliance
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The second part of this collection includes "The Bell of Atri," "Lady Wentworth," and "Kambalu," and the third part includes such stories as "The Mother's Ghost," "Azreal," and the last tale, "The Rhyme of Sir Christopher." The first part features a 22-part verse story entitled "The Saga of King Olav." Featuring tales from such characters as the Sicilian, the Spanish Jew, and the Landlord, FTP, what is this Henry Wadsworth Longfellow collection that includes a poem about Paul Revere's ride?
Tales of a Wayside Inn
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He desires to be an engineer or a chemist, but is held back in part by his un-sellable farm in Starkfield. He sees his cat break a pickle dish while his wife is gone to visit a doctor in Bettsbridge, making it impossible to hide his growing attachment to her cousin Mattie. When his wife Zeena orders Mattie to leave, he tries and fails to kill himself and Mattie by running their sled into a tree. FTP, identify this title character of a novel by Edith Warton.
Ethan Frome
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His prose poems exploring urban, bourgeois life were often written from the perspective of the flaneur, an idea elucidated in his essay The Painter of Modern Life. He got his start introducing the works of Poe to Europe through his classic French translations. His decadent lifestyle led to his premature death a year before the publication of his ambitious poetry collection Paris Spleen, but he remains best known for a controversial collection whose use of subtle nuances and striking images laid the foundations for modern poetry. FTP, who was this author of The Flowers of Evil?
Charles Baudelaire
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Gookin is one of the participants in the central event of this work. The protagonist is surprised when a mysterious man claims to have known his father and his grandfather and recounts an occasion when his father set fire to an Indian village. The man goes on to say that the deacons of many churches have drunk communion wine with him. Then, the man with a staff like a black serpent takes him to a secret meeting in the woods, where the title character's life is ruined by seeing his wife Faith at a witches' meeting. FTP, what is this short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne?
"Young Goodman Brown"
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He was dishonorably discharged from the Air Force for being a suspected Communist, and later he said the experience helped him understand "the white sickness." He wrote an influential study called "Blues People," but created a storm of controversy as poet-laureate of New Jersey for his post-9/11 poem "Somebody Blew Up America." FTP, who is this author of the play Dutchman who Bantu-ized his name from LeRoi Jones?
Amiri Baraka (accept LeRoi Jones before said)
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An 1896 version featured such language changes as "kick d'face off im" for "kick deh damn guts out of im.'" The title character can't compete with Nellie, and her drunkard mother Mary curses her out of home. Her brother Jimmie is first seen fighting urchins from Devil's Row, and, like the title character, is rescued by Pete the bartender. After Pete leaves her, she becomes a prostitute, then dies. FTP, name this Stephen Crane story about a girl of the Bowery.
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
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It ends with a declaration of ignorance followed by a journey home from Cherbourg. Quoting Lucretius, it explains America's shame as a reduction of natural power to sentiment and taste. Stopping before St. Gauden's General Sherman, its author marvels at the attractive force of the title subjects on his own mind. Coming between Indian summer and twilight, FTP, name these two symbols of human progress also known as the machine and the woman, a chapter from The Education of Henry Adams.
The Dynamo and the Virgin (accept names reversed)
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Narrated by Theodor Fischer, it is set in late 16th-century Austria. The fate of Theodor and Seppi's friend Nikolaus is changed by the title character's magic, causing Nikolaus to drown while saving a girl. Though the title character asks the boys to refer to him as Philip Traum, he tells them that his name is Satan, and that he is the nephew of the famous fallen angel. Completed in 1916 by A.B. Paine and Frederick Duneka from manuscripts left unfinished by the author, FTP, name this posthumously published Twain novella.
The Mysterious Stranger
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His vocal reading of Emily Bronte's poem "Remembrance" is lauded in another writer's autobiography A Backward Glance. Another anecdote relates how this writer gave the idea for the novel Trilby to George DuMaurier. His own critical writings include French Poets and Novelists and a series of prefaces to the New York Edition revisions of his earlier novels. Some of those novels include Watch and Ward, The Spoils of Poynton, and The Princess Casamassima. FTP, name this American novelist of The American, The Golden Bowl, and The Portrait of a Lady.
Henry James (prompt on just last name)
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Estranged from his corporate lawyer father and his mother, things have not been the same since his brother Allie died of leukemia. His older brother D.B., is a writer in Hollywood but became a prostitute, and his younger sister Phoebe is ten. He lives with roommate Stradlater who has been going out with his childhood friend Jane Galangher. FTP, name this 16-year-old main character who returns home to New York City after being kicked out of Pencey Prep in a book by J. D. Salinger.
Holden Caulfield
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In this literary work, "bouquets", "ribbon'd wreaths", "bugle trills" and the "swaying mass" of the gathered crowd all call for resurrection. The poet's arm beneath the head is not felt as there is "no pulse nor will" and the poet walks with "mournful tread" but the "ship is anchor'd safe and sound...with object won." FTP, name this Whitman poem concerning the "Fallen cold and dead" Lincoln.
"O Captain! My Captain!"
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Among his prose writings are Among my Books and My Study Windows, which bookend his career with the early Conversations on the Old Poets. In his youth he helped edit The Pioneer and later, he would co-edit, with Charles Eliot Norton, the North American Review. One of his works features the Reverend Birdofredum Sawin and a New England farmer named Hosea. Other works can be seen in his third volume of poetry, A Fable for Critics. FTP, name this longtime editor of the Atlantic Monthly and writer of The Vision of Sir Launfal and the Biglow Papers.
James Russell Lowell (prompt on just last name)
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Asa fails to return from the buffalo hunt and is later found shot to death. Dr. Battius, a naturalist and Paul Hover, a wandering bee hunter, help Captain Middleton rescue his wife Inez, who had been kidnapped by Abiram White. Hard-Heart, a Pawnee warrior, refuses to be adopted by a Sioux warrior and is sentenced to death by torture. Ishmael Bush captures the entire group and then sentences Abiram to death for the killing of Asa. FTP, identify this novel which tells of the death of Natty Bumppo, the last in James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales.
The Prairie
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Born in Saskatchewan, most of his works are set in the American West and dealt with the potential of individuals, which he called the "geography of promise." His nonfiction includes two histories of Mormon settlement in Utah and a 1954 biography of John Wesley Powell. His first critical success involved the Mason family's move west and was 1943's The Big Rock Candy Mountain, and other works include the National Book Award-winning The Spectator Bird. FTP name this American author most famous for Angle of Repose.
Wallace Stegner
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Daniel Webster, the title character. FTP, name this Mark Twain tale about the purported athletic prowess of an amphibian.
This story is told by a resident of Angel's Camp, a man whom the narrator sought out on the advice of friend of his from the East. The title character is thwarted by a teaspoon full of quail shot, resulting in the loss of forty dollars. Earlier we learn of the hound Andrew Jackson as related by Simon Wheeler. However, it is another one of Jim Smiley's possessions on which this story is based
"The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"
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He was the inspiration of the character of Arnaldur in the novel Salka Valka, as he had saved Halldor Laxness from deportation with the help of Stephen Crane's daughter. The author of the social studies The Goose Step and The Brass Check, he used the proceeds from his most famous novel to open the short-lived utopia Helicon Hal. He also wrote activist novels, which include an attack on the Sacco and Vanzetti Trial entitled Boston. FTP, name this author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dragons Teeth, as well as a novel about the meat-packing industry, The Jungle.
Upton Sinclair
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She is last seen sitting in a rocking-chair looking out a window and dreaming of greater things. Her companions now include Lola Osborne, who helped her while she was a chorus girl, Bob Ames, who encourages her to move from comedic to dramatic acting, and Mrs. Vance who poses as an example of a wealthy New York lady. Before her fortunes bettered she had come to live in Chicago with Sven and Minnie Hanson but after falling on hard times had become the mistress of Charles Drouet and then George Hurstwood whom she abandons after he becomes destitute. FTP, this describes what Theodore Dreiser title character.
Sister Carrie or Caroline Meeber (accept either name)
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Monygham is a drunken doctor who has never forgiven himself for breaking under the torture of the evil dictator, Guzman Bento. Giorgio Viola fondly remembers storming Sicily with the Redshirts under Garibaldi, and is the only character who calls the title character by his real first name, Giambattista. Emilia Gould is the wife of a man who neglects her as he obsesses over his silver mine. The title character is the "Capataz de Cargadores" in the city of Sulaco in the disorderly fictional country of Costaguana. FTP, these are all characters in what 1905 novel by Joseph Conrad.
Nostromo
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The pinning of her family's future on her brother Ambrosch has resulted in the move to America, and after the death of her father she must work in the fields to support him before moving to Black Hawk and taking a job with the Harlings. Compelled to leave because of her attraction to the social scene, she evades an attempted rape by her new employer, Wick Cutter. Though she is impregnated and then deserted by the train conductor Larry Donovan, she finds happiness in marriage to the composer Cuzak. FTP, identify this character, whose exploits are chronicled by her friend Jim Burden in the Willa Cather work named for her.
My Antonia
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At one point in this poem the poet claims that "a morning glory" at his window satisfies him "more than the metaphysics of books." Earlier an allusion is made to "twenty-eight young men" and "twenty-eight years of womanly life," and the poet is labeled as "a kosmos, of Manhattan the son." Not titled until 1881, it actually appeared in 1855 as more than half of a larger poetic collection. FTP, name this poem by Walt Whitman that opens "I celebrate myself."
"Song of Myself"
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A key symbol in this novel is the great oak chair that sits near the fireplace and becomes the final resting place for three men. Uncle Venner and a queer daguerreotypist, whose true identity is kept secret until the climax, become the patriarch's only acquaintances after he returns from his 30-year prison sentence. The work ultimately reveals that the portrait of the old Colonel hides a niche that contains the disputed Indian deeds, and that Holgrave is a direct descendant of Mathew Maule, whose curse haunted the title location for many years. FTP, name identify this work that focuses on Hepzibah, Phoebe, and Clifford Pyncheon's attempts to deal with their sordid past, an 1850 novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
The House of the Seven Gables
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It is written in 60 short sections and features a carpenter who is often read as a figure of balance. Though helped at times by the kindness of strangers like Mr. Gillespie and Vernon Tull, others take advantage of the central group, such as the drugstore owner who tries to seduce the pregnant daughter. Another child never speaks, and is revealed to be the product of an illegitimate affair between Whitfield, a preacher, and the matriarch of the family, whose wishes prompt the journey to Jefferson. The novel ends with Anse marrying an ugly wife and Darl being taken to an insane asylum. FTP, name this William Faulkner novel about Dewey Dell, Vardaman, Cash, Jewel, and their struggles with the corpse of their mother, Addie Bundren.
As I Lay Dying
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William Dean Howells refused to publish it, and he sent it to Horace Scudder, the editor of the Atlantic Monthly, who also refused. Cousin Henry and Julia never come to visit, though there is a July fourth party and mother and Nellie do visit. The protagonist is fascinated by the way moonlight hits the title object, and compares aspects of the title object to fungus. In the end, she sees behind the pattern the apparition of a woman, and, thinking that she is that woman, tears the title object to escape. FTP, name this short story about a woman's descent into sedentary madness, written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
"The Yellow Wallpaper"
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He bought land from the Chickasaw Ikkemotubbe and kidnapped a French architect for his proudest achievement. At first it was unknown that he had abandoned Eulalia and an infant son, and he was accepted after he married Ellen Coldfield. After serving in the war with Colonel Sartoris, he returned to find his Hundred destroyed. His son, Henry, burned to death, leaving the idiot Charles Bon as his sole progeny. FTP, name this planter whose story is told by Quentin Compson in Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!
Thomas Sutpen (prompt on just first name)
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Carol Terrell's 1993 "Companion" to this work explains many of its literary allusions. Its first part is concerned with a Latin translation of Andreas Divus, who is mentioned in line 68. Its second part begins, "Hang it all Robert Browning, / There can be but one 'Sordello,'" and the first is concerned with the poet's own translation of the Odyssey. The Thrones, Section: Rock-Drill, and Pisan portions were finished later and its publication ended in 1969 with the 117th part. FTP, name this poetic masterpiece of Ezra Pound.
the Cantos
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Near the end of this novel, the narrator lodges with Mrs. Varnum and her daughter, Mrs. Ned Hale, and discusses the title character. That title character is at first unable to express himself due to the presence of his hired man, Jotham Powell, after earlier being horrified at seeing his wife's pickle dish broken. Nevertheless he does confess his love for Mattie, only to be thwarted by his wife, Zeena's, request for more efficient help. FTP, name this novel about the titular New England farmer who experiences a tragic sledding accident, a work by Edith Wharton.
Ethan Frome
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A Mugwump licks warm honey from a crystal goblet in Hassan's Rumpus Room. Herds of sheep and goats pass between the students on the campus of Interzone University. The night porter has shot up all of the adrenaline for kicks, but Dr Benway massages the patient's heart with the rubber vaccum cup from a toilet plunger. Allen Ginsberg claimed that this novel's provocative title refers to the unpleasant instant of seeing what is on the end of our media's "long newspaper spoons." FTP, the word horde was unlocked in what disjointed, hallucinatory 1959 work by William Seward Burroughs?
Naked Lunch
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The only reading material available to him while he was abducted was The Valley of the Dolls. He was told that there are seven sexes on Earth, most of which are only active in the fourth dimension. The fun begins on the eve of daughter's wedding, and he learns that eventually a Tralfamadorian test pilot accidentally blows up the universe. This unfortunate character actually becomes unstuck in time. FTP name this devoted fan of Kilgore trout, a space-time traveler and the protagonist of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five.
Billy Pilgrim (prompt on partial answer)
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This work contains disquisitions on the proper way to listen to Beethoven, exhaustive catalogs of furniture, and a lengthy response to a survey from the Partisan Review. Its title is taken from a line in the Book of Sirach of the Apocrypha. All of the photos lack captions and are found in the front of this book that depicts the lives of the Gudgers, the Woods, and the Ricketts in Hale County, Alabama. Initially commissioned by Fortune magazine in 1936, FTP, name this look at white tenant farmers, a collaboration of Walker Evans and James Agee.
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
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One of the real life incidents incorporated in this novel is when the protagonist and a local guide take shelter from a blizzard in a mountain cave, and another is that protagonist's laborious journey to Baltimore. It is peopled with such characters as the Navajo leader Eusebio and Kit Carson. The central character served as youth in Ohio, where he met his lifelong friend Joseph Vallaint. FTP, name this 1927 novel about Jean Latour, a novel by Willa Cather.
Death Comes for the Archbishop
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He coined his writing style as "veritism" and explained his influence by Henry George and Herbert Spencer in his literary manifesto Crumbling Idols: Twelve Essays on Art. He wrote one drama, 1890's Under the Wheel, and several works of short fiction, including They of the High Trails and Prairie Folks, but he is better remembered for his novels, which include The Spirit of Sweetwater and The Moccasin Ranch. The author of Rose of Dutcher's Coolly, FTP, identify this American regional writer of such works as Main-Travelled Roads and A Son of the Middle Border.
Hannibal Hamlin Garland
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The speaker in this poem's fourth stanza speaks of "a Power whose care / Teaches" the title figure's way "along that pathless coast". The title figure's "toil shall end; / Soon shalt thou find a summer home, and rest," though the moral of the poem is given in the last stanza, which proclaims "He who...guides thy certain flight" shall "lead my steps aright." This poem begins with the lines, "Whither, midst falling dew, / While glow the heavens with the last steps of day". FTP, identify this American poem about a particular bird written by William Cullen Bryant.
To a Waterfowl
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He wears cufflinks made from human molars and supposedly once killed a man who discovered he was von Hindenburg's nephew and second cousin to the devil. Based on the real-life Arnold Rothstein, this literary character constantly offers "gonnegtions" to the narrator of the novel in which he appears, and with the quote "we need to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead," he flatly refuses to attend the funeral of the novel's title character. Supposedly the man who fixed the 1919 World Series, FTP, identify this Jewish gambler that appears in The Great Gatsby.
Meyer Wolfsheim (accept either name)
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This novel ends with the main character's grandfather stating that a gentleman may cry, but he washes his face afterwards. After breakfast at Miss Ballenbaugh's and an incident at Hell Creek Bottom, the main character and his two friends arrive in Memphis and stay at Miss Reba's. Subtitled A Reminiscence, the novel's main character is forced to race against Colonel Linscomb's horse Acheron to retrieve the car sold by Ned McCaslin, while Miss Corrie's attentions are sought by Boon Hogganbeck. Centering on Lucius Priest, FTP, identify this Faulkner novel that received the Pulitzer Prize in 1963.
The Reivers
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The main character of this novel is looked after by Bernard Ducrot in his old age. The main character finds the slave Sada hiding in his church, where he blesses her. Boyd O'Reilly is the young lawyer who manages the affairs of Don Antonio Olivares, who dies before he can make the awaited contribution to the title character. After the arrest of Buck Scales, the title character befriends Kit Carson. Father Vaillant serves as vicar to Father Jean Marie Latour in, FTP, what novel about rebuilding the Church in New Mexico by Willa Cather?
Death Comes for the Archbishop
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The main character quotes passages from authors considered to be "racy" and avant-garde as family members gather to celebrate the Fourth of July. This drama's climax occurs in Act III when the main character goes to a saloon with his brother's friend and resists the overtures of the prostitute Belle. The main character is eventually reunited with his love Muriel McComber after some help from Uncle Sid. At the play's end, Nat is finally reconciled with his son Richard. FTP, identify this play centering on the Miller family, the only comedy by Eugene O'Neill.
Ah! Wilderness
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The protagonist of this novel is worried about the Rosenberg trial and attempts to lose her virginity to a U.N. interpreter, but he rejects her. That virginity is finally lost to a math professor named Irwin, after the protagonist avoided being raped by Marco in New York City. Other characters include Buddy Willard, the protagonist's boyfriend, and Philomena Guinea, the novelist who pays for her treatment. FTP, name this novel which includes a description of the shock therapy applied to Esther Greenwood, an autobiographical work by Sylvia Plath.
The Bell Jar
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The title character likes to work with Harold Wilson, though he is disturbed by Harold's remark that he studies Latin like the violin, because he likes it. Although his brother is director in a bank, he prefers to ditch meadows for strangers in haying time. In response to Mary's final question, Warren announces the titular event. FTP, name this poem that appeared in North of Boston, a work by Robert Frost about a farm hand's demise.
The Death of the Hired Man
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This novel's climax takes place in the section entitled "The White Mulberry Tree". Minor characters in this novel include Amédée Chevalier, who dies from appendicitis, and Crazy Ivar, the hermit horse doctor. The main character's older brothers, Oscar and Lou, hope only to inherit her land, while her younger brother Emil is caught making love to Marie Shabata in her husband Frank's orchard. After Frank kills them both, the main character attempts to have him pardoned. Carl Lindstrum eventually returns from Alaska to marry Alexandra Bergson in, FTP, what major novel by Willa Cather?
O Pioneers!
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The title character has a sword of Damascus hanging on his wall and keeps a "fowling-piece, musket, and matchlock" in the corner. A native issues a war challenge with a snakeskin quiver and later the title character is thought to have died during a raid. The title character halts his reading of Caesar's Commentaries to ask a favor of his friend because he is afraid of "a thundering No! point-blank from the mouth of a woman." Seeking a replacement for his dead wife Rose, he loses Priscilla to the friend he sent on his behalf, John Alden. FTP, name this poem about a love triangle by Longfellow.
The Courtship of Miles Standish
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This freemason is a quack in painting and gemmary like most of his countrymen, but his weakness is the well-deserved pride he takes in his wine connoisseurship. Despite his severe cold, he risks damp and nitre to show that he is a better critic than Luchresi. He has a Medoc and a De Grave, but never gets to try the pipe of alcohol he was asked to evaluate, and ends up walled inside Montressor's cellar. FTP, identify this ironically named character in Poe's "A Cask of Amontillado."
Fortunato
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As a child her French governess had eloped with a Russian nobleman while they were staying in Neufchatel. Complications from her past arise in the person of the Interviewer reporter, Henrietta Stackpole but her fortune is created by the machinations of the sickly Ralph Touchette. She has a complicated relationship with the girl Pansy, who is the secret love child of the manipulative Madame Merle and this character's indolent aesthete of a husband, Gilbert Osmond. Finally confronted by the resolute American suitor, Caspar Goodwood, FTP, name this main character from Henry James' Portrait of a Lady.
Isabel Archer (accept either name)
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The protagonist concludes this work with the statement, "Everybody's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness." Perhaps the climax of this short story is an attempt to bribe God with a gem so huge that it requires two slaves to lift it. It begins at St. Midas' School, where the protagonist agrees to visit his classmate Percy's home in the Montana Rockies, where he falls in love with Kismine, and learns the history of Braddock Washington. Centering on John T. Unger, FTP, identify this short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about the huge gemstone upon which the Washington Estate sits.
The Diamond as Big as the Ritz
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He dies of coronary thrombosis a few days before his trial for murder but not before he commits to writing such famous witticisms as "You can always rely on a murderer for fancy prose." The son of European hotel owners, his mother is killed by a lightning bolt when he is three. His manuscript, subtitled The Confession of a White Widowed Male, is "edited" by John Ray, Jr., and discusses the aptly named Annabel Leigh, before it ends with the murder of Clare Quilty. FTP, name this lover of Dolores Haze, the central character of Nabokov's Lolita.
Humbert Humbert (I guess you can accept either name)
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A key point in this novel is the protagonist's inability to take Lizzie Connelly on his final journey, leading him to realize he has lost touch with the working class. After reading "The Philosophy of Style," the title character writes poems like "The Vine of Life" and "The Jostling Street," but his only admirer is the George Sterling-inspired Russ Brissenden, who shoots himself. The success of his "Sea Lyrics" convinces his fiancée Ruth Morse to come back to him, but he boards the Mariposa and sails for Tahiti. FTP, name this novel about the title aspiring bourgeois poet, a work of Jack London.
Martin Eden
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Beginning with a passage from Beaumont and Fletcher's The Honest Man's Fortune, its author extols the virtue of Scanderbeg and Gustavus, stating that when private men act with original views, the luster of virtue is transferred from kings to gentlemen. Its opening paragraph sums up the author's belief that genius is to believe that one's own thoughts contain the truth of all humanity. The source for the epigram "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds," FTP, name this essay that ends "nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles," by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Self-Reliance
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In the first "Knights and Squires" chapter, this character is described as "an honest, upright man" with a "deep natural reverence," who could withstand "any of the ordinary irrational horrors of the world" but not "an enraged and mighty man." He loses faith in his superior when it is decided to sail into a storm, and this character finally confronts his captain, where he is threatened with a gun. He is contrasted throughout the novel in which he appears with his subordinates Flask and Stubb. With Queequeg serving as his harpooner, FTP, identify this first mate of the Pequod and character of Moby-Dick.
Starbuck
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Complications in this novel include the amorous intentions of Robert and Lizzie Acton and the Unitarian minister Mr. Brand's expectations of a romance with Gertrude. Although concerned that they will be a bad influence, Mr. Wentworth arranges for the visit of his continental relatives, and eventually consents to the marriage of his daughter Gertrude to the artist Felix Young, but Felix's sister, the Baroness Eugenia Munster, fails to arrange a marriage of her own. FTP, what is this novel by Henry James about the title travelers?
The Europeans
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An interesting part of this poem concerns the anecdote of the "common farmer" whose children love him, prompting the poet's longing to "sit by him" in order that they may "touch each other". Later, the description of a slave auction is contrasted with the body's role as the conduit between the soul and the world. Earlier, the poet praised the "action and power" of the male figure and the reproductive powers of the female body, and he closes the poem with a catalogue of body parts. FTP, what is this poem by Walt Whitman?
I Sing the Body Electric
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At the end of this novel, the protagonist has become reconciled with his old rival Catchpole, secured a better job working for the rich patron Julius Gore-Urquhart, and become free to pursue Christine Callaghan. Earlier, he had suffered under the pressure of an on-again off-again relationship with his colleague Margaret Peel and the need to gain a contract renewal from Professor Welch, which he loses after delivering a drunken speech on medieval history. FTP, what is this novel about the unhappy college professor Jim Dixon, written by Kingsley Amis?
Lucky Jim
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A critical moment in this work occurs when the two main characters are unable to get their Buick up a hill in the snow. The main character's obituary appears as the entirety of chapter five despite the fact that his death will not come until the end. The swimmer Deifendorf is regarded as a merman and sometimes Hercules. Most characters have direct analogues in mythology, such as Venus for Vera Hummel and Zeus for Principal Zimmerman. FTP, what is this novel by John Updike about the science teacher George Caldwell and his son Peter, who represent Prometheus and the title character Chiron?
The Centaur
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The main character's son, Nelson, must deal with his pregnant girlfriend. In addition, Nelson wants to become salesman at his father's Toyota dealership, which means displacing the top salesman, Charlie Stavros, who once had an affair with the main character's wife, Janice. Nelson's father wants him to return to college in Ohio, but Janice and his mother-in-law, who owns Springer Motors, want Nelson to have the job. FTP, name this John Updike novel, the third in his series about Harry Angstrom.
Rabbit is Rich
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The narrator writes a letter to Mao Zedong in response to this novel's climax. A dwarf replaces the Babylonian Gil Gamesh after the attempted murder of Mike "the Mouth" Masterson, while other characters include Spit, who was banned for depositing the contents of his sinuses on the ball, and John Baal, who never hit a homerun while sober. The novel concerns the homeless baseball team the Rupert-Mundys and the untold story of the Patriot League. FTP, identify this Philip Roth novel narrated by Word Smith, which shares its name with a phrase coined by Francis Marion Crawford.
The Great American Novel
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Chapter 35, "Fever and Rest," ends with the suicide of Harold Biffen, who leaves a note quoting the novel's most sympathetic figure. When Dora and Maud come to live with their brother, his desire for money increases. Soon he has abandoned the disinherited Marian Yule for Amy Reardon, the wife of his foil, Edwin, a part-time clerk who treats writing as a craft, but can't get a break. The novel ends with Jasper Milvain's triumph symbolizing the compromises that artists have to make. FTP, identify this 1891 work named for a lane synonymous with hack writers, a novel by George Gissing.
New Grub Street
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Both Tales of Burning Love and The Antelope Wife detail tumultuous relationships, while Jacklight is collection of poetry and The Blue Jay's Dance is non-fiction. The half-blood Fleur Pillager is the main character of Tracks, and she also appears in collaborative efforts, like The Crown of Columbus, written with her husband Michael Dorris. Focusing on the culture of the North Dakota Chippewa in works like The Bingo Palace and Love Medicine, FTP, identify this Native American author of The Beet Queen.
Louise Erdrich
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At the end, the two main characters pretend they are children with the phrase "Honey, Honey, I'll play right up to the gates of Heaven with you!" This play begins on a corner where three streets meet, the left side being all white, the right side being all black. The prizefighter Mickey seduces and leaves one of the main characters, though she dodges Shorty's prostitution ring. The other main character repeatedly fails in his attempts to pass the bar examination. Centering on the black Jim Harris and the white Ella Downey, FTP, identify this play about a racially-integrated marriage by Eugene O'Neill.
All God's Chillun Got Wings
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Accompanied by an accordion played by Piney Woods, a group of people in this short story sing a song with the refrain, "I'm proud to live in the service of the Lord, and I'm bound to die in his Army." The grave of one of the title characters is discovered in the end, with the epitaph reading that he struck some bad luck on the 23rd of November, 1850, and handed in his checks on December 7th. Beginning with the titular town's loss of "several thousand dollars, two valuable horses, and a prominent citizen," FTP, identify this story about the Duchess, Uncle Billy, Tom Simson, and John Oakhurst, a tale by Bret Harte.
The Outcasts of Poker Flat
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Because he couldn't bear to work as a janitor to pay his tuition, he dropped out of St. Olaf's College. After the war, he studied at Oxford in an attempt to get as far away from his impoverished North Dakota childhood. He returned to Louisville heartbroken, as his love had married someone else. He soon took up selling stolen securities and made his fortune bootlegging, along with Meyer Wolfsheim. That fortune is partly invested in a lavish West Egg mansion, where he is shot and killed in his pool by Tom Wilson. FTP, name this neighbor of Nick Carraway and former love of Daisy Buchanan, the title character of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.
Jay Gatsby or Great Gatsby or James Gatz
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The protagonist of this novel is forever changed when he is told by a slave in the master's livery to go around to the back of the house to deliver a message. The novel depicts his ruthlessness in leaving his first wife and cheating a Chickasaw Indian out of a hundred square miles of land. His second son, Henry, kills his first son, Charles Bon, to prevent Charles from marrying their sister, Judith. By the end, his Mississippi plantation, the Hundred, is in ruins and he is killed by the father of a poor white girl that he impregnated. FTP, identify this tale of Thomas Sutpen, a novel by William Faulkner with a repetitive title.
Absalom, Absalom
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Philip José Farmer wrote his biography Venus on the Half-shell. In a 1987 interview, his creator admitted that he was inspired by the science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon. Mentioned in Jailbird, his son Leon narrates Galapagos while he himself makes his first appearance in God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. FTP, who is this creation of Kurt Vonnegut, the main character of Timequake and Breakfast of Champions?
Kilgore Trout
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A magazine with his name was published by Lewis and Willis Clark from 1833-1865. As a scholar, his historical researches lay with men, and especially their wives, "rich in that legendary lore so invaluable to true history," which he eventually compiled into a chronicle featuring such men as "Walter the Doubter" and "William the Testy." That chronicle was his history of New York during the reign of the Dutch governors. FTP, name this man whose name became synonymous with New Yorkers and the knee breeches they wore, a creation of Washington Irving.
Diedrich Knickerbocker
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His second wife, Frances Appleton, died when her dress caught fire and he wrote the sonnet "The Cross of Snow" in her honor. He memorialized the oldest Jewish community in the U.S. with his "The Jewish Cemetery at Newport" and wrote of the "spreading chestnut tree" of Brattle Street in "The Village Blacksmith." He used a tale related by Nathaniel Hawthorne for his most famous poem and the historical tale of John and Priscilla Alden for another poem. FTP, name this poet who wrote "This is the forest primeval" in beginning his long verse work of divided lovers, Evangeline.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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This poem is set on the winter solstice, "The darkest evening of the year," in a place that is "lovely, dark and deep." The only sound beside "the sweep/ Of easy wind and downy flake" is the sound of the harness bells, as the narrator's horse expresses its confusion at pausing "without a farmhouse near." FTP name this poem in which the narrator remembers, "I have promises to keep,/ And miles to go before I sleep," written by Robert Frost.
Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
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Scenes three through seven of this play are set in the forest at night, while scenes two and eight are set at dusk and dawn at the edge of the Great Forest. At the beginning an old woman is interrogated by a Cockney trader named Henry Smithers, who goes on to warn the title character that Lem is going to kill him. FTP, name this play set on an island in the West Indies in which a black ruler is killed by silver bullets, a work of Eugene O'Neill.
Emperor Jones
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He wrote two novels, one about the "friends and acquaintances" of Sister Jane, the other a "story of Reconstruction" that depicts Gabriel Tolliver. His Mingo was the first volume in his series of sketches about the people of Georgia, though he is better known for a character who first appeared in the Atlanta Constitution and whose "songs and sayings" first appeared in book form in 1880. FTP, name this Southern writer, who wrote about the Tar-Baby, Br'er Rabbit, and other plantation characters in his stories of Uncle Remus.
Joel Chandler Harris
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During the latter part of his life he received much criticism for organizing a club solely for schoolgirls, the Angelfish Club. His disastrous investment in the Paige typesetting machine was the end of a business career started well when his Charles L. Webster Company published Ulysses Grant's memoirs. Thus he was forced to continue writing, releasing such works as Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, The American Claimant, and a tale of mixed identity in Dawson's Landing, Pudd'nhead Wilson. FTP, name this American who also wrote the travelogues Innocents Abroad and Roughing It and novels about Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.
Mark Twain (or Samuel Clemens)
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For a six-year period the New York Times had a standing policy not to review any of his books because of the fallout from his novel The City and the Pillar, which had a homosexual protagonist. In the next decade, the1950s, he wrote three detective novels under the pseudonym of Edward Box. He would also co-write the script for Ben-Hur, but he is better known for such historical novels as Hollywood and Burr. FTP, name this American novelist of Julian and Empire, who also wrote a satire focusing on a transsexual in his Myra Breckenridge.
Gore Vidal
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He was one of the founders of the Liberty Party and wrote the abolitionist track "Justice and Expediency." His first published book was Legends of New England and in his later life he turned to hymns writing nearly one hundred including "Dear Lord and Father of Mankind." However, he's best known for such poems as "The Barefoot Boy" and "Telling the Bees," many of which employed the rural dialect he popularized. FTP, identify this man known as "The Quaker Poet" who wrote "Snow Bound" and "Barbara Frietchie."
John Greenleaf Whittier
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He briefly associates with Fulton Bemis, Carrie Nork, and Minnie Sontag, a group he refers to as "the Bunch" and a group that he eventually finds not worthwhile. He learns of an affair between May Arnold and his best friend and later engages in his own affair with Tanis Judique. This is during the period after he is shaken by his best friend Paul Riesling's crime and he continues to rebel until his wife Myra falls seriously ill. FTP, name this middle-aged real estate broker from Zenith, the title character of a novel by Sinclair Lewis.
George F. Babbitt (prompt on first name)
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Critical works of this writer include The Time of the Assassins, a study of Rimbaud, and To Paint is to Love Again, which features many of his own watercolors. But it was for more earthy works like Black Spring and Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch for which he is better known. Willing to push the envelope in his depictions of sex, his affair with Anais Nin produced a celebrated set of letters, and his Rosy Crucifixion trilogy was censored for more than a decade in the U.S. His most famous work was a scatological homage to Parisian bohemian life. FTP, name this author of the once controversial novel The Tropic of Cancer.
Henry Miller
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His behavior reminds the narrator of how the provocation of Samuel Adams drove John Colt to commit murder, especially when he is caught one Sunday morning lodging in the narrator's office, where he has set up his "hermitage." The narrator tries unsuccessfully to have Turkey, Nippers, and Ginger Nut confront him, and after moving to a new office, the narrator learns that this character has been arrested for vagrancy and sent to the Tombs. Quiet except for his repeated, passive refusal to perform certain tasks, this is, FTP, what Herman Melville-created clerk whose catchphrase is "I would prefer not to?"
Bartleby the Scrivener
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Ian Fleming induced this writer to interview Lucky Luciano in Naples, resulting in the essay "My Friend Luco." He died shortly thereafter, leaving Poodle Springs unfinished in the wake of the failure of his last complete novel, Playback. He skewered Hollywood in The Little Sister and used an upstate California setting in The Lady in the Lake. All of those works featured his most famous character, who would meet his future wife in The Long Goodbye. FTP, name this American writer whose novel The Big Sleep introduced the detective Philip Marlowe.
Raymond Chandler
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It is in flashbacks that this novel's central character reveals his strict upbringing at the hands of the cruel McEachern and his separation from his first love, the prostitute Bobbie Allen. That character's problems include refusing good advice to join a black law firm and working at a mill to cover up his moonshine business. Perhaps more despicable are Lucas Burch, who betrays that character and Percy Grimm, who castrates and kills him. FTP, identify this novel about the tragic half-black Joe Christmas, a work by William Faulkner.
Light in August
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This Englishman had "long dwelt in Amsterdam" before deciding to move to America. When we first meet him, he proffers a cup of medicine, and is labeled a "Black Man," or the devil in disguise by his wife. He had sent that wife ahead of him to America, and when he was delayed for two years after capture by Indians, he was presumed lost at sea. He eventually arrives in Boston, taking up the profession of a "leech," or doctor, and rooming with Arthur Dimmesdale. FTP, name this evil and vengeful husband of Hester Prynne in Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter.
Roger Chillingsworth
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Parts one and two of this book, "The Gift" and "The Great Mountains," were first published in the North American Review. Part three, "The Promise," came four years later in 1937, and the final section, "The Leader of the People" followed soon after. The young protagonist is mentored by his grandfather and Billy Buck, the only hired hand on the protagonist's father's ranch. The four related tales all chronicle the maturation and loss of innocence of the adolescent Jody Tiflin and his life in Salinas Valley. FTP, name this John Steinbeck novel that is not, as the title would suggest, primarily about a horse.
The Red Pony
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Robert Graves wrote that when this poet was a boy of nine, "he had been violently debauched by his nymphomaniac Calvinist housemaid." He was fond of taking shots at his contemporaries and did so in his English Bards and Scotch Reviewers, while specifically targeting Robert Southey in 1822's The Vision of Judgment. Just two years later he died in Missolonghi after joining the Greek fight for independence. He left behind such dramas as Manfred and such long poems as Childe Harold's Pilgrimage. FTP, name this poet of "She Walks in Beauty" and Don Juan [JOO-un].
George Gordon, Lord Byron
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The title character of this work at one point gives a speech about the legendary Dave Singleman, who inspired him in his profession. A climactic confrontation occurs at Frank Chop's House, where we are introduced to the suspected prostitutes Letta and Miss Forsythe. Other significant moments include the title character's hallucinated conversations with his elder brother Ben and the final scene of Act II in which he drives away to commit suicide to cash in on an insurance policy for his family. FTP, name this play about the failures of Biff, Happy, and Willy Loman, a work by Arthur Miller.
Death of a Salesman
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In her later years, she edited the letters of Anton Chekhov, wrote the plays The Autumn Garden and Toys in the Attic, and defended herself from charges of fabricating parts of her biographies in An Unfinished Woman and Pentimento. In her major works, she created such characters as Mary Tilford and Regina Hubbard. Perhaps more famously she refused to indicate her connections to Communism in a 1952 hearing, stating "I will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions" and she was the model for Nora Charles, a creation of her lifelong lover Dashiell Hammett. FTP, name this American playwright of Watch on the Rhine, The Children's Hour, and The Little Foxes.
Lillian Hellman
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The title character of this novel enjoys the radio work of Norman Corwin. He reminisces on "the pumpkin" and "the pilgrim" while deriding the "monkey" Mary Jane Reed, modeled on Margaret Martinson, as well as his mother Sophie. As an adult he works as the Assistant Commissioner of Human Opportunity for the City of New York. The first page defines the title phenomenon as "A disorder in which strongly-felt ethical and altruistic impulses are perpetually warring with extreme sexual longings, often of a perverse nature." FTP, name this novel consisting of a session at the office of Doctor Spielvogel for the title character, an autobiographical creation of Phillip Roth.
Portnoy's Complaint
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The object of getting the oldest daughter married off hovers at the periphery of this novel that ends with Christine wed to a penniless prince in Paris. This occurs after characters like the artist Angus Beaton and the foreign correspondent Henry Lindau are sought out by Mr. Fulkerson to make the new magazine Every Other Week a success and, more importantly, to keep the heir of a natural gas fortune out of the ministry. The climax of the novel revolves around a streetcar strike during which said heir, Conrad, is killed by a stray bullet. Edward Dryfoos is thus forced to sell his magazine to Basil March in, FTP, what 1890 work, named for the dangers of money, a novel by William Dean Howells.
A Hazard of New Fortunes
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Made an honorary doctor at Abernathy College, his public denunciation of Frank Shallard results in that man's beating by a mob. His affairs include Cleo Bentham, a woman he meets at Banjo's Crossing, Lulu Bains, whom he tricks into marrying Floyd Naylor, and Hettie Dowler, who tries to blackmail him during the height of his popularity at the end of the novel. By that point he has learned well the lessons of Judson Roberts and Sharon Falconer, utilizing radio to broadcast his loud booming voice, developed as captain of the Football team, to thousands of believers in and around Zenith. FTP identify this title character of a 1927 work about a corrupt evangelist by Sinclair Lewis.
Elmer Gantry
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Its section titled "Cutty Sark" is designed as a fugue counterpointing the rhythms of a pianola with the ramblings of a derelict sailor. The first section "Ave Maria" opens with Columbus returning to Spain. "The Harbor Dawn" mimics through its meter the acceleration of a train. The last section, "Atlantis," talks of the "bound cable strands" and the "telepathy of wires" the poet sees in Brooklyn. FTP, name this 1930 poem by Hart Crane.
The Bridge
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A mother tells her little girl not to ride her bicycle around the corner or she'll fall--it is written in a book called "The Twenty-Six Malignant Gates", which is also the title of this novel's second chapter. The first chapter opens with an old woman remembering a very expensive swan she bought years ago. Waverly was a chess champion, but she quit when she and Lindo fought. Lindo's arranged marriage is one of the topics discussed at, FTP, what titular group of four women who gamble, eat rich dinners, and play mah jong , in a novel by Amy Tan?
The Joy-Luck Club
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In an odd excursus in this novel, the protagonist tells the tale of Flitcraft, who left his family in Seattle and became a bigamist in Spokane. The title object was made on the order of Villiers de L'isle d'Adam and was most recently in the possession of the Russian Kemidov. This is all related by the gloriously fat Caspar Gutman, who had employed the homosexual Joel Cairo and the deceiving Brigid O'Shaughnessey to recover it for him. FTP, name this novel that begins and ends in the office of Sam Spade, a work by Dashiell Hammett.
The Maltese Falcon
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He left the novel Answered Prayers incomplete at his death, and his last finished work was the novel Music for Chameleons. The two most important themes in his works were homosexuality and the lost child, as demonstrated by his collections A Tree of Night and Other Stories and One Christmas. However, he is better remembered for the journalistic style of his longer fiction works, such as The Grass Harp and The Thanksgiving Visitor. FTP, identify this American author of Other Voices, Other Rooms who chronicled the adventures of Holly Golightly in his Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Truman Capote
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In "Stratford-Upon-Avon," the narrator visits the remote burial site of Shakespeare. The series of stories including "Christmas," "Christmas Eve," "Christmas Day," and "The Christmas Dinner," concern the Bracebridge family, whose name also graces this collection's sequel: Bracebridge Hall. In "The Spectre Bridegroom," the castle of Baron Von Landshort is the setting for a ghost story. However, the collection is best remembered for another ghost story set in New York and a man who takes a very long nap. FTP name this short story collection by Washington Irving that includes "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."
The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. (prompt on answers of Sketch Book since this is occasionally used as an alternative title)
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Lesser known works include The Judgment of Paris and Dark Green, Bright Red. Those novels along with the plays The Best Man and Visit to a Small Planet were written during an era his memoir Palimpsest describes as his years of "piracy." A lifelong interest in politics inherited from his maternal grandfather manifested itself in two separate runs for Congress and his recent essay collection Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace continues that tradition. While personal experiences suffuse early work like Williwaw, In a Yellow Wood, and The City and the Pillar, he is best known for his takes on historical personages as in Hollywood, Empire, and Julian. FTP identify this author of Burr, Lincoln, and Creation.
Eugene Luther "Gore" Vidal
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Her Collected Poems that she published four years before her death left out many poems and cut many more down to a fraction of their original length. Born in Saint Louis in 1887 and a graduate of Bryn Mawr, collections of her poems include Like a Bulwark and The Arctic Ox. Her poems display her insistence on lexical precision as well as her interests in the zoo and the Brooklyn Dodgers. FTP, name this American poet, associated with the imagists and author of The Pangolin and Other Verse and O, To be a Dragon.
Marianne Moore
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Works by this man, include Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven and the posthumous Europe and Elsewhere, in which he elaborates on the pessimistic ideas of later works like the essay "To the Person Sitting in Darkness." A critic of contemporary popular fiction, "The Stolen White Elephant"and Simon Wheeler, Detective lampooned the public's interest in Alan Pinkerton's novels. A Civil War deserter who tells his story in "The Private Campaign that Failed,"his creation of Colonel Sellers in an 1873 novel he co-wrote with Charles Dudley Warner named his era. But he first tasted literary success with an 1865 story about Jim Smiley and his hopping amphibian. FTP, name this author best known for works like Following the Equator, Life on the Mississippi, and The Prince and the Pauper.
Mark Twain (or Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
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In this work, the prematurely gray-haired newspaperman Matthias Pardon considers seeking a "partnership" with the central character, though he is unable to locate her in the book's concluding chapters. That protagonist's father, Selah, always wears a ridiculous-looking raincoat and plies his trade as a mesmerist on her to give an impetus to her skills as a public speaker, which outshine those of Mrs. Farrinder at a party given by Miss Birdseye. FTP, name this novel in which the Mississippi lawyer Basil Ransom ends-up with Verena Tarrant and whose geographical title hints at Olive Chancellor's queerness, a novel by Henry James.
The Bostonians
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This writer composed burlesques like "Slender's Journey" and the collaboration "Father Bombo's Pilgrimage" after learning to debate with the Cliosophic Society at Princeton, though his Neoclassical poems like "Song of Thyrsis" and his first original poem "Pictures of Columbus" found more success. Works from his Caribbean period include "The Beauty of Santa Cruz" and his best poem "The House of Night," but he is better known for patriotic verses like "General Gage's Confession." FTP, name this "poet of the American Revolution" who wrote "The British Prison Ship" and "The Indian Burial Ground."
Philip Freneau
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Scene 5 concludes with a fat man in a top hat being punched in the face, at which point the main character's companion, Long, flees Fifth Avenue. The fat man, who is not hurt by the attack, remarks that he missed his bus and calls for the police to arrest the title figure. While in jail the protagonist recounts his arguments with Paddy, about the passing of sailboats, and recalls the arrival of the "skoit, all dolled up in white" to his place of work. The play ends after he is rejected by the IWW and wanders to the Zoo where he is crushed to death. FTP identify this play named for the epithet Mildred Douglas uses to describe the lead stoker "Yank" Smith, a 1922 work by Eugene O'Neill.
The Hairy Ape
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Among his lesser known fiction is the children's book Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear and a satiric play based on the Wizard of Oz called "Twister." Other works include the novel Caverns and the Seven Prayers by Grandma Whittier, while his second novel, about the Stampers, an Oregon logging family, was entitled Sometimes a Great Notion. In "The Further Inquiry" he describes a bus trip made with Neal Cassidy and his Merry Pranksters which was also described in Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. His best known work features characters like Chief Bromden, Randle McMurphy and Nurse Ratched. FTP, identify the author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Ken Kesey
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A notable passage of this novel is an account of a bird that flies down the chimney and get trapped in the hall of the main family's house. At the end, the title figure almost attacks her step-mother Fay with a breadboard that symbolically represents the insensitivity and vulgarity of her crude Texas family, who have made a mockery of the funeral of the protagonist's father, Judge McKelva, who dies after an eye operation. Detailing the return to Mount Salus, Mississippi, by Laurel Hand, FTP, what is this Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Eudora Welty?
The Optimist's Daughter
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Nonfiction works include A Defense of Circe and The Never Ending Wrong, about the Sacco-Vanzetti trial. This author's collected short stories won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award in the same year and included such acclaimed works as "Holiday," "The Downward Path to Wisdom," and "Maria Concepcion." The latter was written during her time in Mexico. Her last volume stories The Leaning Tower continued the themes established in Flowering Judas, Her alter-ego Miranda, a young journalist, gets married in Old Mortality and confronts the war in Pale Horse, Pale Rider. FTP identify this author of an allegorical 1962 work Ship of Fools.
Katherine Ann Porter
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The protagonist remembers his week-long gambling session with Herr Lent and his meeting of Tristan Tzara in a Paris bar, before realizing that he "he would never write about any of them... the rich were dull and repetitious." Thus when Compton arrives in the two-seat plane it seems that the main character's decision to photograph a herd of waterbuck, and the scratch he suffered as a result, will not spell his doom. The story ends with Helen yelling for Molo to come to the bedside and the discovery that the writer, Harry, has met the same fate as the leopard in the preface of, FTP, what Hemingway short story named for precipitation on a Tanzanian mountain.
The Snows of Kilimanjaro
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The protagonist and his friend Ned pretend to be Havelock Ellis and Kraft-Ebbing when carousing with an old man at an Italian wine cellar. The title character originally tried to be a magician, but was discouraged when an attempt to sacrifice a lamb went awry, and now the only wall hanging in his bedroom is an ivory Christ. He receives letters from people like Sick-Of-It-All, who wants to have an abortion, and Harold S., whose deaf sister was raped. Fay Doyle attempts to seduce him, but he beats her, angering her husband Peter, who shoots him while Betty looks on. FTP, identify this advice columnist, the subject of a novel by Nathanael West.
Miss Lonelyhearts
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For three years, he shacked up with a weaver in Wilmington, Delaware, and separated dead bodies from wounded ones in the wake of Civil War battles. Earlier, he spent time in a labor prison in Alfred, Georgia for escaping from a plantation to which he was sold for $900. Eighteen years passed since he and four other slaves planned their escape from Sweet Home. Though Denver initially distrusts him and at one point he runs away, what man, FTP, returns to Sethe and helps chase away the ghost of the title character in Beloved.
Paul D
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Individual works like "The Unhappy Lot of Mr. Knott" broke away from the imitations of Wordsworth and Keats that dominate collections like Heartsease and Rue and Under the Willows. A trip to Chartres inspired his The Cathedral, while Democracy and other Addresses and Among My Books discuss his time as Ambassador to Spain and England. But it was his work about a sarcastic reviewer who visits Olympus to dispense opinions about literary contemporaries that brought him fame during his lifetime. That work along with "The Commemoration Ode" and The Vision of Sir Launfal made this New England writer's name. FTP identify this author of A Fable for Critics and The Biglow Papers.
James Russell Lowell
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I'm with you Rockland is repeated in the third part of this poem that was read by its author at the Six Gallery. The second part asks what monster "bashed open" the skulls of the "lamblike youths" and "ate up their brains and imagination" and eventually blames the Canaanite god Moloch. The author sees the afflicted as "starving hysterical naked, // dragging themselves through the Negro streets at // dawn looking for an angry fix." FTP, name this poem which takes as its subject the "angel headed hipsters," a beat anthem by Allen Ginsburg.
Howl
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He used a variety of settings in his fiction, including Philadelphia in Lovely Childs and Hollywood in The Big Laugh, but most of his novels and stories were based in and around his hometown of Pottsville. Thus Swedish Haven in The Lockwood Concern is really Schuylkill. The clash between provinciality and money dominated works like The Doctor's Son and Sermons and Soda Water. His main characters were often successful men who fell hard, including Joe Chapin and Julian English in Ten North Frederick and his most famous work. But, FTP, what writer remains best known for the film adaptations of his Pal Joey and Butterfield 8, as well as his most famous work Appointment in Samarra?
John Henry O'Hara
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The second piece centers on the ways that whiteness means a "morally superior Christian citizen" and forwards the idea that "whatever white people do not know about Negroes reveals... what they do not know about themselves," it then goes on to critique the Nation of Islam and the author's experiences in Harlem. That section, "Down at the Cross: Letter from a Region in my mind," is preceded by the opening section, which argues for self-acceptance over societal acceptance as the key to black power, and is written as a letter addressed to the author's nephew. FTP identify this 1963 book that begins with the essay "My Dungeon Shook" that warns whites about the potential for violence to come, a work by James Baldwin.
The Fire Next Time
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Luke Breckinridge catches Shippy with incriminating papers in his boots, much to the consternation of the hotel employee Sophy. While one of the main characters is on the run, he impregnates Melora Vilas, who later travels around with a creaking cart looking for him. Another of the main characters ultimately spurns Lucy Weatherby for Sally Dupre, after his mansion is accidentally burned by Sherman. Tracing the lives of Clay Wingate and Jack Ellyat, FTP ,name this poetic work whose title refers to the leader of a raid on Harper's Ferry, written by Stephen Vincent Benet.
John Brown's Body
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The title character laments the fate of his mother-in-law Tennie, who is left by her playboy ex-husband. The protagonist is equally appalled at the Freudian analysis his therapist, Edvig, offers him. Before returning to his house in Ludeyville, he gets into a car accident while taking his daughter June to the zoo and gets arrested for carrying a gun. He contemplates his relationships with Daisy, Zipporah, Sono, and Ramona as well as his friend Valentine Gersbach, who cuckolded him. FTP, identify this novel about a man who pens letters to historical personages while worrying about his divorce from Madeline, written by Saul Bellow.
Herzog
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It features a billiard ball swallowing contest and a visit to the Orpheum theater that results in young Auguste peeing his pants. A subplot involves the crazy Central American woman Maria Capa and her relationship to the junk-dealer Zerkow. Those two characters live in the same building as the title character's wife, whose fingers are gnawed off as the book goes on. The trouble begins when a member of the Sieppe family wins the lottery and Marcus Schouler tries to claim the winnings and Trina for himself. It ends in Death Valley with two men chasing a mule to get money not water. Eventually the pet canary dies as does the huge dentist in, FTP what novel, subtitled A Story of San Francisco, by Frank Norris.
McTeague
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Helen Vendler argues that the speaker's intimate addresses in the poem are all about the love of one creator for another. It reflects on the passing of time in the lines "the gray glaze of the past attacks all know how/secrets of wash and finish are reduced to the status of black and white," and it ends with the speaker beseeching the removal of a large hand and bemoaning the limits of memory. The first of the six parts includes quotes from Greenberg and Vasari about Francesco's composition of the title piece, that also names the title poem of a 1975 collection that won the Pulitzer and the National Book Award. FTP identify this poem that takes its name from a distorted Parmagianino painting, a work by John Ashbery.
Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror
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The turning point in the novel occurs during a streetcar strike, which leads to the death of a one-handed socialist, Mr. Lindau, and the death of Conrad by a stray bullet. This follows the success of Every Other Week, a literary magazine, whose art direction, Angus Beaton, is eventually spurned by Christina. During this time Mr. Fulkerson is off wooing the daughter of a Virginia colonel who dreams of publishes a pro-slavery magazine. In the end, Dryfoos takes his family to Paris and sells the magazine's interest. FTP, identify this novel about the erstwhile editor Basil March, written by William Deal Howells.
A Hazard of New Fortunes
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In the sixth stanza, the speaker states that "The words are purposes, the words are maps" and then in the next stanza clarifies that her interest is in "the thing itself and not the myth," despite the opening of the poem, which describes her as "first having read the book of myths." The second stanza describes the ladder, and following the poet's descent, she describes "the drowned face always staring towards the sun", an allusion to the masthead. Following this, she describes herself as mermaid and merman, and compares herself to the ship she is examining. FTP, identify this poem that uses a metaphor of undersea exploration, a work written by Adrienne Rich.
Diving Into The Wreck
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As this work's protagonist dejectedly leaves his sister-in-law's Rue Palatine address he ponders how "the snow of 29, wasn't real snow. If you didn't want it to be snow you just paid some money" as he recalls the stupid fights that he and Helen had in the previous decade. Solvent again after getting on his feet in Prague, the main character's initial drop-in at the Ritz bar to have his daily drink and check out the scene proves to be his undoing when Lorraine Quarles and Duncan Schaeffer, former friends, drunkenly stumble into the Peters' home just as they are ready to give him custody of his daughter Honoria. FTP identify this Fitzgerald short story named for an ancient city whose luxury approximated Paris during the Roaring Twenties.
Babylon Revisited
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This novel includes the tale of "Fauntleroy," a ruined man who has two very different children, and a chapter that focuses on Eliot's pulpit, a 30 foot high rock that serves as the stage for a man who continually spouts off about criminal reform. After the return of Old Moodie and the appearance of the Veiled Lady at a magic show, the narrator, Miles, begins to piece together the mysteries surrounding the intertwined lives of Westervelt's former love Zenobia and her half sister Priscilla. FTP identify this 1852 work about the title utopian community run by Hollingsworth, a work by Hawthorne.
The Blithedale Romance
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Burning Daylight presents its hero in various archetypal American roles, The Road concerns the author's experiences in London as a hobo, and he combined astral projection with a plea for prison reform in The Star Rover. His characters include Billy Roberts who fights for labor in Sonoma, Eugene Everhard who struggles against the oppressive "Oligarchy," and John Barleycorn who tells of his experiences as an alcoholic. The Valley of the Moon and The Iron Heel flanked his autobiographical novel Martin Eden, and followed popular successes like The Son of the Wolf and The Sea Wolf. FTP identify this author most famous for adventure novels about the North, including White Fang and The Call of the Wild.
Jack London
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This novel coincidentally features a dietitian named Miss Atkins, who works at an orphanage and gets caught screwing a doctor by the protagonist, who, only a child then, is trying to eat some toothpaste. As punishment the protagonist is sent to live with the religious and abusive Simon McEachern, whom he later bludgeons to death with a chair. The protagonist then wanders around, struggling to find his racial identity, before arriving in Jefferson and having a love affair with the daughter of abolitionists, Joanna Burden, that ends with her murder. FTP, name this William Faulkner novel about the exploits of Joe Christmas.
Light in August
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Although he is six feet, seven inches tall, he does his best to remain anonymous, and his greatest fear is the Combine. He divides his fellow inmates into Acutes and Chronics, and his defense of George Sorenson leads him to receive electroshock treatments. He also pretends to be deaf and dumb, but is eventually drawn out of his shell by Randle McMurphy, whom he kills out of mercy when Nurse Ratched has McMurphy lobotomized. Eventually regaining his strength and smashing a window with a safe to escape, FTP, who is this half-Indian narrator of Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?
Chief Bromden (also accept Chief Broom)
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Miss Van Campen actively keeps an eye on the protagonist, while Miss Ferguson and Miss Gage tacitly disapprove of a burgeoning relationship. There is a brief respite during a pool game with the 94-year-old Count Greffi who advises living life to the fullest and cannot understand the protagonist's sense of duty, a trait that is contrasted with Moretti's egotism and Gino's patriotism. After the leg heals, the chaos of the retreat and some help from Ralph Simmons allow the couple to row from Stresa to Switzerland and seemingly live happily ever after, that is until some labor complications precipitate a famous walk through the rain. FTP identify this novel about the doomed WWI love of Catharine Barkley and Frederic Henry, a novel by Ernest Hemingway.
A Farewell to Arms
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Charles Perkins used one of them, about a princess who outwits her father, in a lecture on forgiveness, another focuses on the rash decision made by Connecticut farmers to kill some birds, while another discusses Ser Frederigo's falcon. Taking place in a "kind of old hobgoblin hall" where a "red horse prances on the sign" they are initiated by "A justice of the peace" who turns around the fireside and encourages the Spanish Jew, the theologian, and the student. They respond with works like "The Ballad of Carmilhan," "Luigi Monti," and "The Saga of King Olaf." This is FTP what 1863 poetry collection modeled on the Decameron which features the famous "Paul Revere's Ride" a work by Longfellow.
Tales of a Wayside Inn
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identify this sequence of 385 poems about a character named Henry, a work of John Berryman.
Number 91 is the last of a sequence of 14 entitled "Opus Posthumous." The first set includes "'The Prisoner of Shark Island' with Paul Muni" and "A Strut for Roethke," while the last of them begins "My daughter's heavier." The protagonist of the work is a white American in early middle age sometimes in blackface, who has a friend who addresses him as Mr. Bones. For 10 points
The Dream Songs
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name this novel about Taji, an 1849 allegory subtitled "and a voyage thither" and written by Herman Melville.
This novel was modeled on both Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy and Sir Thomas Browne's Vulgar Errors. Places visited in it novel include Dominora, Vivenza, and Serenia, which is ruled by the Christ-like Alma. Accompanied by Yoomy, King Media, and Babbalanja, the narrator travels through the titular islands looking for his lost love Yillah. For 10 points
Mardi, and a Voyage Thither
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The main character gets mad at his wife for suggesting that he use money in a cocoa tin which they had been saving for his son's enrollment at St. Chad's even though his son is not going to use it. After being swindled out of a pound for bus fare, he arrives in Sophiatown, finds his sick sister Gertrude, and later learns that his son has been associating with John, but does not find him until after he has been arrested for the murder of the white farmer James Jarvis. FTP, Stephen and Absalom Kumalo are eventually reunited in what Alan Paton novel?
Cry, the Beloved Country
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The death of Mr. Pinks in this novel forces the protagonist to choose between his two careers. The title character's reading of the speech of Clorinde initially fails to impress, though the tutelage of Madame Carré eventually leads Basil Dashwood to notice her. Following the death of his financier Mr. Carteret, the protagonist accepts the advice of his mentor, the aesthete Gabriel Nash, and resigns as the member for Harsh, leading to his breakup with Julia Dallow, who nonetheless decides to sit for him. FTP, name this novel about the rise of actress Miriam Rooth and the painter Nick Dormer, by Henry James.
The Tragic Muse
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identify this story, the longest in Faulkner's Go Down Moses, which features Ike McCaslin and Old Ben.
Near the end we learn that the protagonist has become a carpenter and has gotten married. In Part 4, which is often set off from the rest of the work, the protagonist's cousin recites part of Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn" to him in an effort to convince him not to refuse his inheritance on account of his slave-owning ancestors. The first part of the story concerns the protagonist's instruction at the hands of Sam Fathers in the ways of the wilderness, which is represented by the title figure, who is eventually killed by Tennie's Jim and the hound Lion. For 10 points
The Bear (prompt on Go Down Moses)
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what is this novel by Thomas Pynchon named for the initial that identifies the woman?
One early section of this novel recounts the murder of the British agent Porpentine by Eric Bongo-Shaftsury, while another introduces the reader to the daring WWI flying ace Eric Godolphin, who suffers severe facial disfigurement on his last mission. The antics of a hedonistic group of New Yorkers called the "Whole Sick Crew" unite the two protagonists, who eventually end up in Malta, where Benny Profane continues his life of indolence and Herbert Stencil comes closer to identifying the mysterious woman from world history with whom he has been obsessed. For 10 points
V.
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The climax of this novel occurs shortly after the protagonist has been replaced by Tebbels at his job. The loss of a dice game to Stoddard prompts violent fantasies of reprisal that parallel the disturbing nightmares that have been worrying the hero's fiancé, Alice Harrison. When he tells her that she would never understand his plight, as the only black foreman at the Atlas Shipyard, because she can pass, she is offended, and he decides to act on his desire for the bigoted co-worker Madge Perkins. But when they are discovered together she accuses him of rape in, FTP, what novel about Robert Jones, the first by Chester Himes.
If He Hollers Let Him Go
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identify this dramatist of Golden Boy and Waiting for Lefty.
He wrote a play about a movie actor who wants to escape the corruption of Hollywood entitled The Big Knife. Another play about actors concerns an alcoholic actor who attempts a stage comeback, The Country Girl. After the failure of Paradise Lost, he received a scriptwriting contract, penning the screenplays for such films as Humoresque, and None But the Lonely Heart. His final play was an adaptation of the story of Noah, The Flowering Peach, but he could never match the success of his early proletarian work, like Awake and Sing. For 10 points
Clifford Odets
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At its end, two characters are "shaken out of the magnolias" after they witness a murder, and the title ditty, including made-up lyrics picked up during the Spanish Civil War, is sung in Act II. Joshua, Babbette, and Bodo are the impressively mature children of Sara, Fanny's estranged daughter. Sara's husband, Kurt, has his briefcase containing $23,000 broken into by the Nazi Teck de Brancovis, but the former murders the latter to thwart a blackmail attempt. The Farrelly estate is the setting of -- for 10 points -- what play meant to alert America to the threat of the Nazis that was written by Lilian Hellman.
Watch on the Rhine
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Name's the same. Perry Gilbert was a mid-20th-century Harvard historian whose works include The New England Mind. "My Uncle Used to Love Me but She Died," along with "Dang Me" and "King of the Road" are among the comic songs that made Roger famous. Poets of Reality and The Ethics of Reading are among the critical works of J. Hillis, while Seventh-Day Advenists claim William as the founder of their church. All these people share their last name with -- for 10 points -- what writer of The Archbishop's Ceiling, All My Sons, The Misfits and Death of a Salesman?
Miller
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Its sections are named for settings including "The Canyon," "Leadville" and "Michoacan," that last being the only one in which the principal female character is happy. In another location, she plants a rose garden, but her husband Oliver finds out about her infidelity and uproots it. These events are narrated by Lyman Ward, a wheelchair-bound historian who recounts his mining-engineer grandfather's life in the frontier west in -- for 10 points -- what novel by Wallace Stegner whose name sounds like a comfortable adjustment setting for a La-Z-Boy.
Angle of Repose
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One of their members' first books, The Newly Fallen, was published by Amiri Baraka. Tom Raworth began a magazine called Outburst, where he published some of their work, and he later founded Goliard Press to publicize them in England. Their educational theories were based on the works of John Rice, and they included Larry Eigner, John Wieners, and Hilda Morley. Their better known members, though, argued for "projective verse" and produced works like For Love, and The Opening of the Field . FTP, identify these North Carolina poets, whose most famous members included Robert Creeley and Charles Olson.
Black Mountain Poets
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Inspired by the review of a J.N. Reynolds pamphlet in the Southern Literary Messenger, fifty-nine years after it was first published, the mysterious ending of this work was explained in a sequel in which Captain Len Guy treks to Tsalal Island to find his lost brother. Augustus Barnard arranges for the title character to stowaway on the ship Grampus. Following a mutiny, an encounter with savages, and cannibalization of a fellow sailor, the novel ends unresolved with the mutineer Dirk Peters and title character drifting in a canoe and encountering a "great, white figure." Continued in Sphinx of the Ice Fields by Jules Verne, --for 10 points-- name this work by Edgar Allan Poe that tells of the misadventures of a namesake mariner.
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket
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This author sets much of his work in the fictional Bayonne, which is patterned on his native Point Coupee (Koo-Pee). In My Father's House centers on a minister who sells out his followers, while the collection Bloodline traces the impact of miscegenation. After finding limited success with his novels, Catherine Carmier and Of Love and Dust, his most recent novel centers on Grant Wiggins who talks to Ms. Emma's condemned son before he is sent to the electric chair. His most famous work is the story of a 108-year-old woman, who recounts her experiences from the civil war to civil rights. For 10 points-- name this African-American writer of A Lesson Before Dying and the Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.
Ernest Gaines
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The protagonist of this novel goes to work for the Harling family after her neighbors move to Black Hawk. After they disapprove of her fondness for dancing, she leaves them to work for Wick Cutter, but his sexual advances drive her back to the farm. She travels to Denver to marry a conductor, but returns pregnant and unmarried and goes back to farmwork, eventually marrying Anton Cuzak. FTP, name this 1918 novel about Jimmy Burden and the Shimerda family, a work by Willa Cather.
My Antonia
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His first novel features the Cloud Hotel, where a madman named Little Sunshine lives, and such characters as Jesus and Zoo Fever, who live at Skully's Landing. His trip to Russia with a company performing Porgy and Bess led to the writing of The Muses Are Heard, while his other works include the stories collected in A Tree of Night and the collection Music for Chameleons. In addition to Other Voices, Other Rooms, he wrote a book about the murder of a Kansas family and a short novel about Holly Golightly. FTP, name this author of In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Truman Capote
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In one of this man's poems, he remarks that the Naiad has been torn from her flood and the Elfin has been torn from the green grass, while the speaker has lost "the summer dream beneath the tamarind tree." Another of his poems mentions a group of marvelous shrines whose "friezes intertwine / The viol, the violet, and the vine." That poem begins by noting that "Death has reared himself a throne" in the titular "City in the Sea," while another of his poems features a "pilgrim shadow" who advises a knight to travel "over the Mountains / Of the Moon" if he wants to "seek for Eldorado." FTP, name this poet who wrote about a maiden who lived "in a kingdom by the sea" in his "Annabel Lee" and about a bird who says "Nevermore" in "The Raven."
Edgar Allan Poe
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One of this man's novels consists of the so-called "Everhard Manuscript," which describes Ernest Everhard's struggle against the Oligarchs. Another of his novels features Van Horn, a man who is killed by cannibals, after which the title character is trained to be a sentinel by the islanders who killed him. In addition to Jerry of the Islands, this man wrote about prehistoric man in Before Adam and about life in the slums of London in The People of the Abyss. Some of his stories were collected in South Sea Tales, while the collection Lost Face includes his "To Build a Fire." FTP, name this American author who also wrote The Sea-Wolf and The Call of the Wild.
Jack London
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He wrote about the American hotel industry in his Work of Art, while a young actress is the subject of his novel Bethel Merriday. Many of his readers were shocked by the sexual frankness of Cass Timberlane, while others were shocked by his novel about a man who discovers that he has African-American blood, Kingsblood Royal. He wrote about a retired automobile tycoon and his wife in his novel Dodsworth, and imagined a fascist takeover of the United States in It Can't Happen Here. FTP, name this American author who wrote about a physician, minister, and realtor in Arrowsmith, Elmer Gantry, and Babbit.
Sinclair Lewis
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One of this man's novels ends with the title character telling George Strong that she loves Hazard and not him. That novel was published under the pseudonym Frances Snow Compton, while another of this man's novels was published anonymously. The latter novel features such characters as Sybil Ross, the sister of the main character, and a Virginia lawyer named John Carrington who falls in love with Madeleine Lee. In addition to that "American novel," Democracy, and Esther, this man wrote numerous non-fiction works, including a book on the Middle Ages, Mont Saint Michel and Chartres. FTP, name this man who wrote a book about his "education," the grandson and great-grandson of American Presidents.
Henry Adams
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As a young man, the people of this man's county called him Ole One Shot because of his marksmanship. This man earns the ire of Miss Caroline, his daughter's teacher, when she discovers that this man taught his daughter to read with the assistance of his cook Calpurnia. In one episode, this man proves that a young woman named Maybella was beaten by someone who mostly used his left hand, which indicates that she was not attacked by Tom Robinson. This man is the father of a boy named Jem and a girl named Jean Louise, who goes by the nickname "Scout." FTP, name this attorney who stands up for a falsely-accused black man in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.
Atticus Finch (prompt on "Finch")
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It mentions people who "in humorless protest overturned only one symbolic pingpong table." Other figures in this work include the "Chinaman of Oklahoma," people who "journeyed to Denver," "died in Denver," and "came back to Denver and waited in vain," and others who "ate fire in paint hotels or drank turpentine in Paradise Alley." Another passage refers to people who "sat through the stale beer afternoon in desolate Fugazzi's, listening to the crack of doom on the hydrogen jukebox." This work is dedicated to a man who met its author while both were at the Columbia Psychiatric Institute, Carl Solomon. FTP, name this poem that begins "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness," a work by Allen Ginsberg.
Howl
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He dropped seven of his names because their initials spelled out PINHEAD, from his birth name of Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs. He saves a central character from the Mangaboos, and later returns with her to the land he once ruled, where he is taken on as a witch's apprentice. He is then decreed to be only the third person in the land who can perform magic after Glinda and Ozma. FTP, name this magician, the namesake of a series of books by L. Frank Baum, who asks you to pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
The Wizard of Oz [prompt on The Wizard]
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One character in this novel spends an evening drinking with Harvey Stone at the Café Select, where he has an unpleasant encounter with Frances Clyne and her lover. Later, that character takes a bus to Burguete [bur-gwet] with Bill Gorton, and the two of them spend some time fishing with an Englishman. Back at the Montoya Hotel, a young man named Pedro Romero proves attractive to this novel's central female character, and after they sleep together Robert Cohn becomes agitated and hits Mike Campbell and the main male character. That character is an American newspaper writer who is also in love with Brett Ashley. FTP, name this 1926 novel about Jake Barnes, a work by Ernest Hemingway.
The Sun Also Rises
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He wrote about a lady whose "thrushes sing in Rathburn bowers" who "cannot guess" that the speaker kneels "to share her hound's caress" in his poem "The Henchman." He wrote about a man who didn't believe that the "Dark Day" of May 19, 1780 was the Day of Judgment in "Abraham Davenport," while he wrote about the death of a woman named Mary and the need of informing some insects of her demise in his "Telling the Bees." His early works include the narrative poem Moll Pitcher and the prose Legends of New England, though he gained recognition as a major poet with the appearance of 1866's Snow-Bound. FTP, name this American author of "Ichabod" and "Barbara Frietchie."
John Greenleaf Whittier
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He remarked upon the sin of sloth in the essay "Nearer, My Couch, to Thee" and expounded upon technology in "Is it OK to Be a Luddite?" In one of his short stories, Cleanth Siegel induces Irving Loon to go on a shooting spree by uttering the word "Windigo," and another short story by this man follows Nathan "*******" Levine. These stories, "Mortality and Mercy in Vienna" and "The Small Rain," can be found in his 1984 collection Slow Learner, which also features the story "Entropy." The female ninja DL Chastain helps Prairie Wheeler on a quest to find her mother in Vineland, while Reverend Wicks Cherrycoke narrates the story of an astronomer and a surveyor in Mason and Dixon. Best known for characters like Oedipa Maas and Tyrone Slothrop, his most well-known work opens "a screaming comes across the sky." FTP, name this reclusive author of V, The Crying of Lot 49, and Gravity's Rainbow.
Thomas Ruggles Pynchon Jr.
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In a letter to the Reverend Samuel Occom, this figure strongly condemned slavery, comparing ministers who held slaves to the Ancient Egyptians. This author also wrote of a desire to "surpass the wind, and leave the rolling universe behind," implying that the titular figure has "pinions" in the poem "On Imagination." Imagination is further glorified in a poem addressed to the painter Scipio Moorhead, but this poet took on a more overtly political tone in poems like "On the Death of Mr. Snider Murder'd by Richardson" and "To his Excellency General Washington." In a better known work, this poet asks "Christians" to remember that Africans can "join the angelic train," though her conversion to Christianity did not spare her a life of poverty and bondage in Boston. FTP name this poet who wrote the collection Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, and also wrote of her own experiences in "On Being Brought from Africa to America."
Phillis Wheatley
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He wrote about some photographs taken by Roy DeCarava in the book The Sweet Flypaper of Life, while he wrote about his decision to take a job as a messboy on a freighter in his autobiographical The Big Sea. His first book featured seven sections, the last of which, "Our Land," includes the poem "Mother to Son." That book was followed by 1927's Fine Clothes to the Jew, while later volumes of poetry included Fields of Wonder and Shakespeare in Harlem. FTP, name this author of Montage of a Dream Deferred and The Ways of White Folks who wrote "The Negro Speaks of Rivers."
Langston Hughes
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One of them is a Carthusian priest who gets in trouble for dispensing communion by standing backwards and tossing the wafer over his shoulder. Another is the father of Ramona who died in a stove explosion, and a letter home from summer camp by one of them at age seven was published as "Hapworth 16, 1924." All of them earned their college funds by appearing on the radio program It's a Wise Child, including one believed to be the unnamed narrator of "The Laughing Man," and another who makes Muriel a widow by shooting himself in "A Perfect Day for Bananafish." FTP, name this group, the subjects of the bulk of Nine Stories as well as all of Raise High The Roof Beam, Carpenters and Franny and Zoey, a recurring family in the works of J.D. Salinger.
Glass siblings/family
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His son Hilary wrote about him in the memoir Last Stands. Some of his best-known works were originally published in Reedy's Mirror under the pseudonym Webster Ford. His collections of poetry include The Serpent in the Wilderness and Starved Rock, while his longer works include the dramatic poem Jack Kelso and the novel Skeeters Kirby. He wrote about the 16th president in the unpleasant Lincoln the Man, but is better known for a work which features 245 characters from a small town in Illinois. FTP, name this author of a collection of poetic epitaphs about the inhabitants of Spoon River.
Edgar Lee Masters
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The second group of these writings includes a piece on "Manners" which concludes with a quotation from Silenus claiming that manking is neither good nor bad but only "ridiculous little creatures." That second group also includes a short consideration of "Gifts" as well as pieces on "Politics" and on the "Nominalist" and "Realist," and ends with a lecture given at Amory Hall. The better-known first group begins with a piece that asserts "There is one mind common to all individual men," and after "History" features writings on "Spiritual Laws," "Circles," "Compensation," and "The Over-Soul." FTP, name this collection of pieces published in two series in 1841 and 1844, which also includes a famous discussion of "Self-Reliance" and which was written by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
the Essays of Emerson
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At the end of one of this man's novels, Levi Blackwater plucks a few hairs from the head of a dead man. That dead man, Selvy, was decapitated by a man named Van in a section of the novel called "Marathon Mines." At the end of another of his novels, a photographer named Brita watches an early morning wedding procession from an apartment in East Beirut. That novel features the death of a novelist named Bill Gray and begins with a Moonie wedding held at Yankee Stadium. In addition to Running Dog and Mao II, this man has written about a professor named Jack Gladney in a novel that features an airborne toxic event. FTP, name this American author of Underworld and White Noise.
Don DeLillo
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In his first book of poetry, this man wrote a poem in memory of Ernest Nelson which ends "Scatter these well-meant idioms / Into the smoky spring that fills / The suburbs, where they will be lost." Another poem in his first collection begins "By a peninsula the wanderer sat and sketched / The uneven valley graves." In addition to "Emblems of Conduct," the poems "Repose of Rivers" and "For the Marriage of Faustus and Helen "appear in his first book, White Buildings. Poems about the "Royal Palm" and "Mango Tree" appear in his third volume, an "island sheaf" entitled Key West, but he is better known for a work which includes sections about Quaker Hill, Cutty Sark, and Atlantis. FTP, name this American poet best known for his epic The Bridge.
Hart Crane
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Her first published story culminates when the bachelor Bowman comes to understand his own life and the marriage of the couple that pull him from a wrecked car. In her autobiography, One Writer's Beginnings, this author describes her experience as a WPA photographer during the 1930s. After "Death of a Traveling Salesman", she collected stories such as "A Piece of News" and "A Petrified Man" in the volume A Curtain of Green. She then wrote The Robber Bridegroom and won a Pulitzer in 1973 for The Optimist's Daughter. FTP, name this writer, who wrote Delta Wedding and The Ponder Heart, best remembered for the short story "Why I Live at the P.O."
Eudora Welty
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He wrote a janitor who watches a high-school graduation in Valedictory, while he wrote about a dog in The Voice of Bugle Ann. His poetic works include Turkey in the Straw and a verse novel about three discharged soldiers, Glory for Me, which became the basis of the movie The Best Years of Our Lives. He wrote about gangsters in Chicago in his first novel, Diversey, while his historical fiction includes a novel about Gettysburg, Long Remember, and such period novels as The Romance of Rosy Ridge and Arouse and Beware. He also wrote Spirit Lake and Valley Forge, but is best known for a 1955 novel about a prison. FTP, name this American author who won a Pulitzer Prize for Andersonville.
MacKinlay Kantor
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In one of this man's stories, a "nothinghead" named Billy the Poet refuses to take his "ethical birth control pills," and rapes Suicide Hostess Nancy McLuhan even though she's a six-foot-tall karate expert. In addition to "Welcome to the Monkey House," this author has written about a man whose wife killed herself by drinking Drano and whose son is a gay pianist working at a Holiday Inn cocktail lounge. That character, Dwayne Hoover, sells Pontiacs in Fairchild Heights before going insane and biting a finger off a famous writer's hand. This man wrote about the spy Howard Campbell in Mother Night and about the writer who created Tralfamadore in Breakfast of Champions. FTP, name this author of a book about Billy Pilgrim, Slaughterhouse Five.
Kurt Vonnegut
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One character in this book breaks his window after seeing a woman in the nude. That character, Reverend Curtis Hartman, is so impressed by this vision of naked flesh that he concludes that Kate Swift is the instrument of his salvation. Another character, the farm girl Louise Trunnion, doesn't mind having sex with the main character, who also has an intimate moment with Helen White. Louise Bentley marries John Hardy after he knocks her up, while the central character of the book is a reporter whose father owned the town's hotel. FTP, name this 1919 book which centers on George Willard, a book by Sherwood Anderson.
Winesburg, Ohio
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Its second volume includes "Chippings with a Chisel" and "The Lily's Quest" before ending with "The Threefold Destiny." That volume opens with such stories as "Old Esther Dudley" and "Howe's Masquerade," two of the "Legends of the Province House," and also includes a story about a family which is wiped out by an avalanche, "The Ambitious Guest." Better known is the first volume, which features a story which Borges thought was the finest ever written, "Wakefield," as well as "The May-Pole of Mary Mount" and "Mr. Higginbotham's Catastrophe." Also including "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" and "The Minister's Black Veil," FTP, name this collection of short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, whose title implies that each story had previously been published in a periodical.
Twice-Told Tales
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The main female character of this novel is sleeping with Bump Bailey until he sets up a practical joke whereby she ends up in bed with this novelfs protagonist. Later, that female character dates a bookie named Gus Sands, but after the protagonist gets a Mercedes she agrees to go out with him, though she causes an accident when she insists on driving without the lights on. At the end of the novel, Memo Paris tries to shoot the protagonist after visiting him with Judge Goodwill Banner, who owns the Knights. FTP, name this 1952 novel which features Roy Hobbs, a star baseball player, and which was written by Bernard Malamud.
The Natural
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This poet wrote "Without a name or history I wake / Between my body and the day" in his poem "Prime," and asked "What does the song hope for?" in his poem "Orpheus." He noted that the "crack in the tea-cup opens / A lane to the land of the dead" in "As I Walked Out One Evening," while his "Lullaby" begins with the lines "Lay your sleeping head, my love / Human on my faithless arm." One of his most famous works features four "bucolics" from various countries who meet in a bar during World War II, whlie another begins by noting that "About suffering they were never wrong, / The Old Masters" in the course of describing a painting about the fall of Icarus. FTP, name this British poet of "Musée des Beaux Arts" and The Age of Anxiety.
Wystan Hugh Auden
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In Chapter 7 of this novel, the protagonist meets Mr. Crenshaw and a vet who is being transferred to St. Elizabeth's. In a later chapter, the protagonist witnesses the death of Tod Clifton, who has abandoned his idealist cause to sell paper dolls. Earlier, the narrator is turned away by Mr. Emerson and gets a job mixing Optic White paint under the supervision of Lucius Brockway. As the novel begins, we learn that the narrator has disguised himself to escape a riot led by Ras the Destroyer, after which he reminisces about a blindfolded wrestling match and his time at a nameless, segregated Southern university. FTP, name this novel by Ralph Ellison.
Invisible Man
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This poem mentions some hunters who are intent on having "the rabbit out of hiding / To please the yelping dogs." Later, the speaker makes the accurate observation "But here there are no cows" before having a vision of another man who "moves in darkness" and appears to be a "savage armed." The speaker resists the temptation to say the word "Elves," and confesses that "Spring is the mischief in me" after noting that his apple trees will never eat his neighbor's pine cones. FTP, name this poem about two people who meet annually to perform the titular activity on the line between their two properties, the first poem in North of Boston by Robert Frost which includes the statement "Good fences make good neighbors."
"Mending Wall"
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He explained his religious views in the essay "Faith in Search of Understanding," which appeared in his aptly-titled collection Assorted Prose. He wrote three novels inspired by characters from The Scarlet Letter, including A Month of Sundays and S., while another series of novels by this man centers on the fictional author Henry Bech. He won a National Book Award in 1963 for a novel which compares the author's father to the mythical figure Chiron, while his most famous early novel concerns a former high school basketball star who flees his marriage with Janice. FTP, name this author of The Centaur and four novels about Harry Angstrom, including Rabbit, Run.
John Updike
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During the 1980s he wrote such books as A Memory of Murder and the collection of short stories The Toynbee Convector. His other recent works include the novel Green Shadows, White Whale, which is about writing a screenplay for Moby Dick. His first published work, Dark Carnival, is like many of his later books in that it is set in Green Town, which was based on his home of Waukegan. More famously, he has written such books as The October Country and The Golden Apples of the Sun. FTP, name this author of Something Wicked This Way Comes and Dandelion Wine, perhaps best known for the story of fireman Guy Montag in Fahrenheit 451.
Ray Bradbury
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This author speaks of the grave as "the bed Christ did perfume" in a poem that begins "as weary pilgrim, now at rest." The speaker of another poem by this author stands "close by the banks of Lacrim flood" and overhears a dialogue between the "the flesh and the spirit." This author concluded that time would be the "fatal wrack of mortal things" whereas God would "last and shine when all of these are gone" in the 33rd and final section of the long poem "Contemplations," and wrote a series of poems on such gripping subjects as "The Four Seasons of the Year," "The Four Humours," and "The Four Ages of Man." Better known are two poems to a loved one who was "absent upon publick employment" and verses upon the burning of her house, which took place on July 10th, 1666. FTP, name this author of The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America.
Anne Bradstreet
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The third chapter describes the courtship of a "tall dark girl" and the doctor, though she died the spring after they were married. In the penultimate chapter, the protagonist walks up Waterworks Hill with the girl he likes, and after they kiss she trips him and sends him rolling downhill. David Hardy escapes from the titular place after knocking out his grandfather Jesse, who was "too greedy for glory," while the chapter called "The Strength of God" chronicles Reverend Curtis Hartman's lust for the local teacher, Kate Swift. Seth Richmond is the main character's rival for the affections of Helen, and other residents of the titular town include Doctor Reefy and Doctor Parcival, who is accused of molesting children. Linked by the presence in every story of the reporter for the Eagle, FTP, identify this work centered on George Willard, written by Sherwood Anderson.
Winesburg, Ohio
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This author discussed the creation of his greatest poem in the essay "Narcissus as Narcissus," which appeared in the volume Reason in Madness. In his poem "The Buried Lake," he discussed his short-lived career as a violinist, which ended after one year at the Cincinnati Conservatory. His first book of poems included "The Subway" and "The Death of Little Boys," which was viciously attacked by Yvor Winters, as well as a titular poem about Alexander Pope. His better known poems include "Aeneas at Washington," "Last Days of Alice," and a poem whose refrain mentions leaves that "flying, plunge and expire." FTP, name this member of the Fugitive school best known for the "Ode to the Confederate Dead."
Allen Tate
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The 1961 film version of this play featured Miriam Hopkins as Lily, 25 years after she had played one of the two main female characters in another film version of this play. The earlier film featured Joel McCrea in a role played by James Garner in the later film, both of which were directed by William Wyler. Both men played a character who is asked to leave after a question he asks is interpreted as an expression of disbelief. A bracelet owned by Helen Burton and taken by Rosalie Wells provides the means whereby Mary Tilford coerces her friend's silence. Ending with the abrupt offstage suicide of Martha Dobie, FTP, name this play in which lives are shattered by suspicion of lesbianism at a girls' school, a work by Lillian Hellman.
The Children's Hour
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One of the characters in this work is occasionally referred to by the nickname of "Alaiyo" [uh-lye-oh], and has a sister-in-law who has recently made a down payment on an abortion. The play ends with another character taking her potted plant to Clybourne Park, much to the chagrin of Mr. Lindner. One contrast is between George Murchison and Joseph Asagai, as the latter advocates a "back to Africa" movement and proves much more attractive to Beneatha. However, the main focus is on a $10,000 insurance check and the effect it has on the lives of the Younger family. FTP, name this play which takes its title from a poem by Langston Hughes, a work of Lorraine Hansberry.
A Raisin in the Sun
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In October 1940, it was erroneously reported that his plane exploded over the Alleghenies, though he landed safely in the mountains of western Pennsylvania. On October 7, 1942, he vanished after making an appearance in Louisville, which led to widespread rioting and nearly resulted in a declaration of war on Canada. Among those arrested in the aftermath of his disappearance were Lionel Bengelsdorf, Bernard Baruch, Felix Frankfurter, and Fiorello La Guardia, while his wife Anne was held prisoner in Walter Reed Hospital on orders of Acting President Burton Wheeler. After he was elected President on an anti-war platform, life became unpleasant for a family living in Newark. FTP, name this possible Nazi stooge who is at the center of the "plot against America" in a recent Philip Roth novel, who in real life was an aviator who piloted The Spirit of St. Louis.
Charles Lindbergh
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The penultimate chapter of this man's novel takes place during Art Night at Benton College, where Gertrude Johnson and President Robbins get into a spat. The title character of one of his poems is dissatisfied with letters from a postman and wants aliens to summon him instead, while the speaker of another poem remembers William James's definition of wisdom as learning what to overlook. In addition to "Next Day" and "A Sick Child," he wrote a number of poems set during World War II, including "A Field Hospital" and "Eighth Air Force." However, he's best known for a five line poem about a man who hunched in the belly of the state till his wet fur froze. FTP, name this author of "The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner."
Randall Jarrell
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It includes a short poem which asks the "sacred moon" to pour down its "unstinted nimbus," while in another poem the author confesses that neither youth nor "delicatesse" pertain to him. The last poem announces that the "hot sun of the South is to fully ripen" (*) the author's work, while the longest poems in it include "The Centenarian's Story" and the "Song of the Banner at Daybreak." More famous are a poem that depicts a string of riders "crossing a ford" and another written "by the bivouac's fitful flame." Many a student has snickered at the title "As I Lay with my Head in Your Lap Camerado," while the poet's labors during the period are depicted in "The Wound-Dresser." FTP, name this collection of poems about the Civil War, a section of Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman which bears a musical title.
Drum-Taps (accept Leaves of Grass before the asterisk)
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Her ability to read Madame Bovary in the original French calls her to the attention of her future boyfriend. She is bedeviled by a group known as the "Trolls," who seem to do nothing but sit in hallways all night long, while she admires a group that calls itself the "Millenial Mutants." At first, she impresses Victor Starling, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, with her research, but he loses interest in her after she gets a D in his class. Her life spirals downward after she loses her virginity at a formal in Washington, D.C. to Hoyt Thorpe, who became a campus celebrity after observing the governor of California receiving a *** ** from an undergrad at Dupont University. FTP, name this title character of the most recent novel by Tom Wolfe.
Charlotte Simmons
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One of his plays presents a prostitute who refuses to sleep with a soldier during World War I. His first play was a comedy about Hannibal's decision not ro attack Rome, while his second play was an adaptation of a story about a movie executive by Ring Lardner. In addition to Waterloo Bridge, The Road to Rome, and The Love Nest, he wrote a play about the Russian invasion of Finland at the beginning of World War II, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize, and a play set in a hotel in the Alps at the beginning of a world war, for which he won another Pulitzer Prize. FTP, name this author of There Shall Be No Night and Idiot's Delight, who won yet another Pulitzer for Abe Lincoln in Illinois and also wrote The Petrified Forest.
Robert Sherwood
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This book was published four years after its author wrote Miss Ludington's Sister, in which he defended the reality of psychic phenomena. Three years after this book was published, its author founded the New Nation, in which he further developed the ideas it contains. It proposes the replacement of corporate monopolies with a single "Great Trust" which would abolish the inefficiency of capitalism, and suggests that each citizen should become an employee of the state. These ideas are discussed by a physician who recounts the history of the previous 113 years to a man who was accidentally trapped in a hermetically sealed room. FTP, name this novel in which Edith Leete is loved by Julian West even though he's old enough to be her great-grandfather, a work set in the year 2000 by Edward Bellamy.
Looking Backward, or 2000-1887
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Oddly, his book on the English novel traced "the development of personality" starting with Aeschylus and ending with George Eliot. In his own novel, Gorm Smallin murders the parents of Philip Sterling while he is in prison. Edmund Wilson so admired this man's poem "The Revenge of Hamish" that he printed it in its entirety in Patriotic Gore. He believed that poetry and music have everything in common, as he argued in his book The Science of English Verse and demonstrated in his poem "The Symphony," though he is better known for his fictional Tiger-Lilies and poems such as "The Marshes of Glynn." FTP, name this American flutist and poet, a one-time Confederate soldier who wrote "The Song of the Chattahoochee."
Sidney Lanier
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This book's preface quotes a letter from Justin McCarthy which describes the situation in the winter following the events it depicts. The second chapter describes the author's attempts to rent a room from Johnny Upright, while we learn about a docker named Dan Cullen and a "winner of the Victoria Cross" in other chapters. Beginning with a chapter on "The Descent" in which the author cannot find anyone who knows anything about the East End, it goes on to consider suicide, the ghetto, "the hunger wail," and similar horrors observed in "the under-world of London" in 1902. FTP, name this classic exposé of the brutality of poverty, a work by Jack London.
The People of the Abyss
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The novel ends with one of the central figures learning the truth about his grandfather from the slave Cinthy and reconnecting with his community by delivering a child. After witnessing the dietitian Miss Atkins having sex with Dr. Charley, the five-year old protagonist is sent to live with the vicious Simon McEachern. This cycle of lust and violence is repeated during encounters with the prostitute Bobbie Allen and the sadistic Percy Grimm, who castrates the main character. The novel climaxes with Byron Bunch's confrontation of Lucas Burch for the love of Lena Grove, and notoriously features the murder of Joanna Burden by her mixed race lover. FTP identify this novel by William Faulkner that focuses on Joe Christmas.
Light in August
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Near the beginning of Act 3, Chuck comes in to get a sherry flip for Cora prior to their wedding, after which they plan on moving to a farm in Jersey. Cecil Lewis and Pier Wetjoen knew each other during the Boer War, and spend much of the play slinging good-natured insults at each other. The most recent arrival is Don Parritt, whose hatred of his mother led him to sell out the Movement. Set during the summer of 1912 in a Raines-Law hotel which was permitted to serve liquor thanks to a loophole in the law, it also features a one-time Syndicalist-Anarchist and a hardware salesman who murdered his wife. FTP, name this play set at Harry Hope's saloon, which features Larry Slade and Hickey, a work by Eugene O'Neill.
The Iceman Cometh
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He was inspired by the work of Tommy Trentino, a prisoner in Trenton State Prison, to write An Open Letter to Stroker!. His essays "The Mystery of the Japanese Woman" and "On Seeing Jack Nicholson for the First Time" were collected in Gliding into the Everglades. He wrote a "study of Rimbaud" in The Time of the Assassins as well as Reflections on the Death of Mishima, but is better known for his own works of fiction, like Quiet Days in Clichy and the posthumous Crazy Cock. A "journey through his major writings" was compiled by Norman Mailer in Genius and Lust, while a trip from Italy to Greece at the beginning of World War II produced his best book, The Colossus of Maroussi. FTP, name this author of a trilogy which includes Sexus, Plexus, and Nexus, who is best known for Tropic of Cancer.
Henry Miller
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He wrote about a French Jew who is married to a German officer under the Nazis in An Infinity of Mirrors. He wrote about the assassination of an American President in Winter Kills, while he wrote about a general who wins control of the United States in Emperor of America. His other books include a novel about a newspaper columnist, Some Angry Angel, and his first book, The Oldest Confession, but he may be better known for a trilogy about a Mob family from New York whose first volume was 1982's Prizzi's Honor. FTP, name this American writer best known for a 1959 novel that was made into a movie three years later, The Manchurian Candidate.
Richard Condon
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In this book's first chapter, the title character becomes jealous of the son of grocer Michael Easy after seeing him dance with a girl. In the conclusion, Mrs. Varnum and Mrs. Hale are surprised by the narrator's account of his visit to the title character's house. It was Harmon Gow who suggested that the narrator employ the title character as a driver. That narrator is an engineer on temporary assignment for a power company in Corbury Junction, who takes shelter in the title character's farmhouse when a snowstorm disrupts a journey to Starkfield. He learns that the title character gave up on his education to take care of his ailing mother with the help of his future wife Zeena, whose own illness led to the employment of Mattie Silver. FTP, name this work in which a sledding accident doesn't prove fatal, a novella by Edith Wharton.
Ethan Frome
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This novel's final narrative features an actress who gets smallpox and retires to the country with her sickly son Jaime (hi-may), though he comes under the care of Uncle Pio before his death. The third part focuses on a twin named Esteban who is upset when his brother Manuel falls in love with the actress Camilla Perichole, while the second part is about an orphan girl named Pepita and the lady who adopted her, the Marquesa De Montemayor. In the final part, a Franciscan monk is burnt at the stake for heresy in response to his research into five deaths. FTP, name this novel about a tragic event of July 20, 1714, which is chronicled in Brother Juniper's account of the collapse of the title structure in a work by Thornton Wilder.
The Bridge of San Luis Rey
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He quotes two lines from Yeats's "September, 1913" at the beginning of a poem which concludes that "Romantic Ireland is not old." In another poem, the title figure is mocked by the earthworms who share with him his muddy haven and ask him "don't you think you were an ass?" "Easter Week" appeared in Main Street and Other Poems, while "To a Young Poet who Killed Himself" appeared in his first book of verse, a 1914 collection best known for a poem dedicated to Mrs. Henry Mills Alden. That poem, which gave its name to the volume, depicted something that "may in summer wear A nest of robins in her hair," a kind of organism that could only be made by God. FTP, name this poet who was killed in 1918, who thought that he would never see a poem as lovely as a tree.
Joyce Kilmer
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He wrote about the time he spent on Bob Dylan's 1975 tour in Rolling Thunder Logbook. He collaborated with Antonioni on the screenplay for Zabriskie Point, but got his start in the theater. His play The Tooth of Crime premiered in London, while earlier works premiered in New York, such as The Rock Garden and Cowboys. He won four Obie awards for a 1983 work which was made into a movie in which he starred, Fool for Love. However, he is best known for a group of plays about families in crisis, including True West and Curse of the Starving Class. FTP, name this author of Buried Child, who has also appeared as an actor, including a performance as Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff.
Sam Shepard
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In this novel, the aid of the engineer Jeff Thompson allows one character to form the Columbus River Navigation Company, while another stakes his fortune on a coal mine in Ilium. The central family saves an orphan from the wreckage of the steamboat Amaranth on their way to Hawkeye. Later, that orphan is seduced by George Selby and her plan to set up the Knobs University in Tennessee fails due to the corruption of Senator Dilworthy. FTP, name this novel featuring the Hawkins family and Colonel Beriah Sellers, a work set during the titular era of American history and written by Charles Warner and Mark Twain.
The Gilded Age
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The tenderness of one of the characters in this work is compared to "the harp-like morning glory strings, / Taut with the dew from garden bed to eaves." The title character is unable to persuade another character that he is able to "find water with a hazel prong." That other character is a boy named Harold who "studied Latin like the violin," with whom the title character would like to "make a team for work." The title character is discovered "huddled against the barn-door, fast asleep" by a character who comes up from Rowe's, and is dragged into the house by Mary even though Warren cannot afford to pay him to ditch the meadow. FTP, name this poem that features the passing of Silas, published in North of Boston by Robert Frost.
"The Death of the Hired Man"
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In one section of this work, an angel advises a man to live as the puppies and lambkins do. In another section, the ocean sees a woman weeping on the shore and divulges that he weeps too when the bustling fates heap his hands with corpses. In the 29th section, a spirit returns from the land of the farther suns to find himself in a "reptile-swarming place." In the final section, a spirit goes through spaces of night and valleys of black death-slime calling for God, only to be killed by a "sword from the sky" after denying the existence of a deity. More famous are the first section, in which the titular figures "came from the sea" with "clang and clang of spear and shield," and the third, in which a naked and bestial creature is observed squatting in the desert and eating his heart, which he likes because it is bitter and because it is his heart. FTP, name this 1895 book of poetry by Stephen Crane.
The Black Riders and Other Lines
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Possibly the first memory of this novel's narrator is his reunion with his father aboard the deck of the Peter Stuyvesant when he was a twenty-one-month old. Its first book, "The Cellar," includes the narrator's encounter with upstairs neighbor Yussie. The narrator is let in on a family secret after the arrival of his loud aunt Bertha, after which he becomes preoccupied with the story of the Prophet Isaiah. The climax occurs in Book IV, "The Rail," in which the narrator is accidentally electrocuted at the tramlines, an event that helps bring his parents Albert and Genya out of their funk. FTP, name this novel narrated by adolescent David Schearl, the masterwork of Henry Roth.
Call it Sleep
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The protagonist is disillusioned when he discovers that a man named Young, who wrote a lengthy "Pictorial Record of Man's Economic Progress," was an escapee from a mental institution. He gets furious with a fellow orderly named Brand after the latter pretends that smelling nembutal is fatal, in the course of slitting the vocal cords of some dogs for a medical experiment. Sol gets him to attend meetings of the John Reed Club, but after Buddy Nealson accuses him of being a Trotskyite he abandons the Communists. Those events take place in the second section of the book, which begins when the protagonist and his Aunt Maggie arrive in Chicago in 1927, and is entitled "The Horror and the Glory." The first part, "Southern Night," describes the author's childhood in Memphis in the era of Jim Crow laws. FTP, name this autobiographical work by the author of Uncle Tom's Children and Native Son, Richard Wright.
Black Boy (accept: American Hunger)
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The title character is so impressed by a cake which contains absinthe in the dough that he offers a job to a cook named Sarah. He strings along Doctor Bradley by promising to consult on the manuscript of Forty Years an Ohio Doctor. He regrets summoning the glamorous Lorraine Sheldon from England to break up the courtship of the editor of the Mesalia Journal and his assistant Maggie Cutler, but his friend Banjo helps him resolve the crisis with the help of a handy mummy case sent to him by the khedive of Egypt. The action takes place during the two weeks before Christmas, during which time the Stanley family is forced to put up with a cranky celebrity after he fractured his hip on their doorstep. FTP, name this play dedicated to Alexander Woollcott, a work about Sheridan Whiteside by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman.
The Man Who Came to Dinner
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In 1926, he began publishing the five-volume memoir that would be known as Leaves from My Life. His socialist views were propounded in the "Proletarian Preacher" column he wrote for the Arbeiter Zeitung, while his less politically-charged journalism included an advice column known as the "Bintel Brief." In his first work of fiction, a man named Jake chooses Mamie over his wife and son, while his longer works include a "novel of Revolutionary Russia," The White Terror and the Red. His major work is a novel about a cloth manufacturer which began appearing in McClure's in 1913. FTP, name this author of The Imported Bridegroom and Yekl, a long-time editor of the Jewish Daily Forward whose best-known novel is The Rise of David Levinsky.
Abraham Cahan
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One character in this work remembers when her son walked around the block singing the Marseillaise at the age of eighteen months. That character also remembers singing a song about a wild cat in "Argentine" who jumped on a sewing machine and received forty-nine stitches. At the beginning of the final act, one character descends a staircase and wakes his son, who is asleep on the sofa, to tell him that his mother is thinking of leaving them. In the end, an alcoholic writer drives his car into a pond so that his ex-wife will be free to marry John Tucker, a death which parallels the suicide of the author's husband Reeves. According to this work's "Personal Preface," it was inspired by the death of the author's mother and written with the encouragement of Tennessee Williams. FTP, name this play which premiered in 1957, a work about the Lovejoy family by Carson McCullers whose title designates an incalculable mathematical value.
The Square Root of Wonderful
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This buyer of "posh" newspapers claims that he did not come down from, but left, his university, which was made of white porcelain, not red brick. This lover of Vaughn Williams calls his flat mate's latent homosexuality "a strawberry mark" and graphically imagines his "bitch" mother-in-law being devoured by worms. At the end of the work in which he appears, he plays Bears and Squirrels with his wife, having earlier been abandoned by her. He takes Helena as a lover, and likes to hang out reading the papers with his friend Cliff while women iron his clothes. FTP, name this jazz trumpeter and husband to Alison, an "angry young man" who is the protagonist of John Osborne's Look Back in Anger.
Jimmy Porter (accept either)
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At one point, the narrator looks through a knot-hole into a "Charity-House," but since it is not supplied with matches, straw, or hay, he concludes that it isn't really a "humane house." The narrator eats apple-sauce and doughnuts which are supplied him by a man with whom he discusses George Washington and the meaning of the name "Axy." In addition to the chapter on the "Wellfleet Oysterman," this book includes chapters on the "Highland Light" and on "Stage-coach Views." In the first chapter, we learn that the author made three visits to the titular location between 1849 and 1855; on the first visit, he observed the wreck of the brig St. John at Cohasset. Also including chapters on "The Plains of Nauset" and "Provincetown," FTP, name this posthumously published book about a portion of Massachusetts which was written by Henry David Thoreau.
Cape Cod
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The title character gets a job writing for a TV series on ABC after nearly being killed by a hit-and-run driver. When she goes to an orgy hosted by Clem Masters, she fondles the breasts of Gloria Gordon before being anally raped by a member of the band the Four Skins, to her irritation. She writes the story of her life for her dentist and analyst, Dr. Randolph Spenser Montag, who is horrified to read about an incident in which she used a strap-on dildo to anally rape one of her students at the Academy of Drama and Modelling, Rusty Godowsky. Her goal is to write a commentary on Parker Tyler's Magic and Myth of the Movies, but she loses interest in films of the 40s after ceasing to take female hormones. FTP, name this 1968 work about a gay man who moves to Hollywood after undergoing a sex change operation, a novel by Gore Vidal.
Myra Breckinridge
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In one of his works, he expresses a desire for a hermit's house beside a stream and mocks vain and foolish men who grasp too wide. That poem was originally entitled "On Retirement," but a later version published under the pseudonym Hezekiah Salem was called "The Wish of Diogenes." He noted that "kindled rum" often burns as blue as brimstone in a poem addressed to Sir Toby, a Jamaican sugar planter, while he imagined a man alighting on Saturn's double ring in a poem addressed to the "celebrated aeronaut" Mr. Blanchard. However, he is best known for a poem which imagines "Pale Shebah, with her braided hair" in the titular place, and which expresses the opinion that the posture we give the dead points out the soul's eternal sleep. FTP, name this poet of The American Village, The British Prison Ship, and "The Indian Burying Ground."
Philip Morin Freneau
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He imitated Burns in his first dialect poem, "The Bailie O'Perth." He called Rafael Semmes the "sweet Peculator / And Depredator / Of every sea," and "The Wrath of McDawdle" and "In Memoriam Jefferson Davis" also appear in his Civil War Poems. Having become famous for "To the Pliocene Skull," he had a huge hit with 1870's "Dickens in Camp," while "A Question of Privilege" and "The Spelling Bee at Angels" were among the narrative poems "reported" by one of his most popular characters. The preface to his best-known work of fiction discusses the Honest and Dissolute Miners in the course of claiming that there is no moral to such stories as "The Right Eye of the Commander" and "Miggles," though he is better known for "Tennessee's Partner" and "Mliss." FTP, name this editor of the Overland Monthly who is even better known for such short stories as "The Luck of Roaring Camp" and "The Outcasts of Poker Flat."
(Francis) Bret Harte
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The protagonist bears a grudge against his brother Jackson for rejecting the estate which Reverend Chandler offers to leave them. He is rescued from death by a ship commanded by Captain Quackenbush, the Juno, on which he meets up again with Isadora Bailey. It is to flee an arranged marriage with Isadora that he joins the crew of the Republic, even though it is commanded by the evil dwarf Ebenezer Falcon. On April 14, 1830, that ship leaves New Orleans on a voyage for the Windward Coast of Africa, where Falcon acquirs the god of the Allmuseri, along with a number of slaves. FTP, name this 1990 novel about Rutherford Calhoun, a work by Charles Johnson whose title refers to a portion of the slave trade.
Middle Passage
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One of his shorter poems features the riddle "Why does the bee have a sword to his fiddle?" which is propounded by one of the titular crows to the other one. The speaker reads "man's epitaph" on the "runic moon" in his "What the Sexton Said," while he compared the author of Aurora Leigh to Mary Pickford in his "Elizabeth Barrett Browning." One of his poems imagines an American folk hero reading the books of Swedenborg on the mountain top called "Going-To-The-Sun," while another depicts a dead "prairie-lawyer" who cannot sleep until peace comes to "Cornwall, Alp and Sea." A poem written for a man who died on March 12, 1902 advised a forgotten eagle to sleep softly under the stone, while another poem imagines banjos rattling and tambourines jing-jing-jingling as a philanthropist enters into heaven. FTP, name this author of "In Praise of Johnny Appleseed" and "Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight," who also wrote "The Congo."
Vachel Lindsay
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One of its few named characters is Caroline, who is told to embrace death "as a welcome friend," while another figure, who is described among the playing "brass bands," is "never lonesome in Babylon." Originally accompanied by Aaron Douglass' drawings, its preface implores the poet to follow the footsteps of John Millington Synge and create an authentic literature informed "by spirits from within" his own culture. It features anthropormorphic descriptions of a supreme being who is "stepping out on space" and who creates man from a riverbed "like a mammy bending over her baby." Compiled over the course of ten years, it was finished during its author's time as field secretary of the NAACP and its most famous sections include "The Judgment Day," "The Creation," and "Let My People Go." FTP identify this collection named for the instrument that its author associated with his own preacher, a work subtitled "Seven Negro Sermons in Verse" by James Weldon Johnson.
God's Trombones
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It tells of a crafty page who trains a falcon to convey his love notes and a rose to a princess in a tower, and who later creates Paganini's magic lute. Other sections discuss the "two discrete statues" of nymphs who guard a great treasure, while two parts are dedicated to the one-armed Governor Manco and his encounters with "a notary" and "a soldier." Its dedication to the painter David Wilkie notes that it will attempt to "illustrate peculiarities, something in the Haroun Al Rashid style," and much of it features the author's guide Mateo Jimenez. The beginning concerns the author's first impressions "by moonlight" and his investigations of the Hall of Governors and the Vermilion towers. Primarily composed during its author's time as a diplomatic attaché to the American legation in Madrid, FTP, identify this work that takes its name from a citadel in Granada, a collection of sketches by Washington Irving.
The Tales of the Alhambra or The Legends of the Alhambra or simply The Alhambra
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Corky, Pug-nose, and Mari are all seduced by the main character's cousin, Héctor, who dreams of becoming a sports star. In the chapter devoted to Paquita we learn that she has an intellectual side, as she muses about Les Misérables. Envious of the protagonist's fine traits and wealth, Cobito twice tries to sodomize him at the George Washington boarding school, where the protagonist rebuffs Esther by mentioning her lower-class upbringing, thus driving her towards Peronist thought. The final chapter consists of a letter written by the protagonist's father Berto, which breaks the chronological sequence of the novel. The protagonist extols the virtues of The Great Waltz in the essay "The Movie I Liked Best." Focusing on the maturation of the intellectual Toto Casals, FTP, name this first novel by Manuel Puig, in which the protagonist obsesses over American films and the titular actress.
Betrayed by Rita Hayworth (accept La Traición de Rita Hayworth)
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This book's epilogue features an ice-cream sociable given by the Methodists, at which Lily Fisher's twins wonder why Tillie is always talking about a thousand dollars. In the final chapter, Fred learns from Mr. Harsanyi that the protagonist's secret is "passion." The title of this novel comes from a Jules Breton painting seen at the Art Institute in Chicago by the protagonist, who is the daughter of a minister in the desert town of Moonstone, Colorado. In her youth, she encounters the mandolin-playing Spanish Johnny and the helpful town physician Dr. Howard Archie, while she learns a lot from self-educated railroad brakeman Ray Kennedy. In a central passage, the sensual experience of bathing at Panther Canyon teaches the protagonist the true meaning of art. FTP, name this novel about the rise of a diva named Thea Kronborg, a novel by Willa Cather.
The Song of the Lark
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Three years prior to the day on which this work is set, the first character who speaks in it underwent an experience that turned his hair white in a single day. It begins atop the Cloudy Mountain, Helseggen, in the dreary district of Lofoden, where three men look out at a group of islands that includes Ambaaren and Vurrgh. The narrator is unimpressed by Jonas Ramus's account of the titular phenomenon, though he finds himself agreeing with the fanciful explanation proposed by Kircher. The story has an epigraph from Joseph Glanville which compares God's works to the well of Democritus, and at a key point it features a footnote referring to a work by Archimedes. Most of the story is told by an old man who saved his life by lashing himself to a water-cask, though his brother is killed by a natural phenomenon. FTP, name this story about a Norwegian fisherman who survives the titular downward journey, a work by Edgar Allan Poe.
"A Descent into the Maelström"
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This man discusses "focalization" as the fundamental fact of reasonable thought in an essay which wonders why dogs don't frame abstract ideas. Another of his essays contends that to know an object is to lead to it through a context which the world supplies. In addition to "Brute and Human Intellect" and "The Knowing of Things Together," he argued that there is only one primal stuff in the world out of which everything is composed in order to answer the question "Does 'Consciousness' Exist?" He called for a survey of the limits of human power in his essay "The Energies of Men," while his final essay was a tribute to the writer Benjamin Paul Blood, "A Pluralistic Mystic." In better known essays, he considered the "Mental Effects of the Earthquake" that hit California in 1906 and discussed the "moral equivalent of war." FTP, name this American philosopher who also wrote books about The Meaning of Truth and The Varieties of Religious Experience.
William James
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It was turned into a musical in 1964 by Lee Adams and Charles Strouse, which featured a young Louis Gossett Jr. along with Sammy Davis Jr. as the title character. In a 1939 film adaptation of this work, the title character's father was played by Lee J. Cobb, who had appeared as Mr. Carp in the Broadway version. That film version, which was directed by Rouben Mamoulian, also starred Adolphe Menjou and Barbara Stanwyck, and featured the first starring role of William Holden. The title character is killed in a car crash after himself killing a man. Earlier, he had convinced Tom Moody to help him, while going out with Moody's girlfriend Lorna. Engaging in a certain sport leads him to risk damaging his hands, which endangers his musical career. FTP, name this play about boxer and violinist Joe Bonaparte, a work by Clifford Odets.
Golden Boy
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After this character tires of acting in tableaux vivants, she tells her friends a "spectral legend" about a man named Theodore who falls in love with a mysterious lady. Later, this woman is eavesdropped upon by someone who takes a room in a hotel that happens to face her rooms in a boarding-house. We first hear from her in a chapter about "A Knot of Dreamers," in which she is mocked by Silas Foster. After she confronts some other characters at the base of Eliot's Pulpit, one of her fancy French shoes is discovered in the mud, after which her body is fished out of the river. She drowns herself in despair because her half-sister Priscilla is beloved by Hollingsworth. FTP, name this character from an 1852 novel, a woman based on Margaret Fuller who appears in Hawthorne's The Blithedale Romance.
Zenobia
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One of the characters in this work notes that a car's mileage is at 55890, which she never gets around to telling anyone. That character tells a story about a man who once gave her a watermelon with his initials carved into it, but since those intials were "E. A. T" a child ate the melon before she could get it. Some of the characters get lunch at The Tower, where they buy barbecue sandwiches from Red Sammy Butts. Another character remarks that he has been in a tornado, has seen a man burned alive, and has himself been buried alive, and criticizes Jesus for raising the dead. That character has helpers named Hiram and Bobby Lee, to whom he remarks that "it's no real pleasure in life." John Wesley and Bailey are the first to die in this story, and are rapidly followed by June Star, June's mother, and the grandmother. FTP, name this story in which the Misfit proves the titular point, a work by Flannery O'Connor.
"A Good Man Is Hard to Find"
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Guerrila warfare in Russia is the subject of his novel Tragic Ground, while Maine is the setting of A Lamp for Nightfall. He dealt with the sensitive subject of nymphomania in Gretta, and addressed the problem of racial hatred in A Place Called Estherville and Trouble in July. He wrote about his attempts to relocate a childhood friend who was black in his In Search of Bisco, while his notable short stories include "Kneel to the Rising Sun" and "Candy-Man Beechum." In a 1933 novel by him, the titular area moves around depending on the protagonist's circumstances, while a 1932 novel features Lov Bensey, Ellie May, Pearl and Jeeter Lester. FTP, name this author of God's Little Acre and Tobacco Road.
Erskine Caldwell
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This work is dedicated to a man who also "in peg-top trousers went the pace that kills along the road to ruin." One of the characters quotes from Carlyle's French Revolution, and also makes a fuss about The Picture of Dorian Gray and Swinburne's Poems and Ballads. A player piano grinds out "Bedelia" at the beginning of Act III, in which the protagonist offers a kiss to the prostitute Belle, but refuses to sleep with her. Sid and Lilly, the protagonist's uncle and aunt, provide comic relief, while David McComber tries to prevent the protagonist from dating his daughter Muriel. Taking place on July 4th and 5th, 1906, the play ends with Richard's realization that he was a fool to go with "fast women." FTP, name this play which features Tommy and Arthur Miller, a nostalgically-titled comedy by Eugene O'Neill.
Ah! Wilderness
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In one of this author's stories, Polly shoots her half-brother Tom after the latter tries to escape from prison before being murdered for killing Captain Walker. In another of his stories, Alice is dismayed when her father mistakes a bishop for a congressman, after which the rules of the Blue Vein Society seem to prevent her from marrying the man she wants. In addition to "Sherriff Campbell's Children" and "A Matter of Principle," this author wrote a play entitled Mrs. Darcy's Daughter, but failed to find a producer for it. Although his last two novels, Baxter's Procrustes and The Colonel's Dream, were received poorly, he achieved financial success with his first novel, The House Behind the Cedars. The stories "Hot Foot Hannibal" and "Po Sandy" are featured in his major collection, which also includes the first story published by an African American in Atlantic Monthly. FTP, name this American author of "The Goophered Grapevine," which appears in The Conjure Woman.
Charles Waddell Chesnutt
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It discusses the meaning of the phrase "still drinking their whisky," and one of the characters wonders what happens if a "four-letter man" marries a "five-letter woman." That character threatens a servant with fifteen lashes for setting the table too slowly and promises not to tell the Mathaiga Club what happened. Another character is a woman who once received five thousand dollars to pose with "a beauty product which she had never used," who threatens to leave her husband at breakfast. At the beginning, the three central characters sit under the double green fly of a dining tent pretending that nothing had happened. At the end, the title character's wife asks Robert Wilson to "please stop" after he asks her why she didn't just poison her husband. FTP, name this story about a man who shows himself to be a coward during a lion hunt, a work by Ernest Hemingway.
"The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber"
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Described as being "born too late and too mediocre," he is convinced to accept special treatment at mealtime after being served "broiled Maine lobster with excellent Roquefort salad and two frozen eclairs." After being falsely accused of forgery, he strikes back by constantly signing his name as "Washington Irving." He escalated his problems after being shunned at pickup basketball games because he looks like Henry Fonda, deciding to shun everybody by having his assistant Towser admit visitors only when he is out of his office. If all else fails, he jumps out the window whenever someone approaches. FTP, identify this man who was named by a joking father and then promoted by a computer glitch, the squadron commander of Yossarian in Catch-22.
Major Major Major Major
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This work contains a digression about the massacre of Baron Dieskau's column under the orders of Major Effingham three years after the former's defeat at a lake which the protagonist calls the Horican. Later, a series of abductions result when another battle is started by a woman's refusal to surrender a shawl, though the revelation of a tattoo of Unamis convinces Tamenud to suspend the death sentence of one abductee. That character had earlier been saved when the psalmist David Gamut took his place at the stake, allowing Duncan Heyward to escape and join the pursuit of Cora Munro. FTP, name this novel in which the attempted vengeance of Magua leads to the death of Uncas, the second of the novels featuring Natty Bumppo by James Fenimore Cooper.
The Last of the Mohicans
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This author confronts sexual issues in A Patriot for Me and Under Plain Cover, one of his Plays for England, which deals with incest. Having collaborated with his mentor Stella Lindon on The Devil Inside Him and with Anthony Creighton on Personal Enemy, he received effusive praise from Kenneth Tynan. Autobiographized in A Better Class of Person, one of this playwright's last works, 1992's Déjàvu, is a sequel to the work set in a "one-room flat in the Midlands" for which he is best known. FTP, name this creator of Helena Charles, Cliff Lewis, and Jimmy Porter; the Angry Young Man behind Look Back in Anger.
John Osborne
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After a scene in which the protagonist falls comatose on the floor, he is kissed by his seventeen-year-old crush and told "Run on, little brother." The events of the novel all take place in a single March day in 1935, the protagonist's fourteenth birthday. That morning he awakes, watches a movie, and comes home to find that his stepbrother has been stabbed. Likened by the author to Noah's son Ham, the protagonist is disliked by his father who sees in him the now-deceased son Royal, whom he abandoned. The novel's second section, "Prayers of the Saints," tells the history of members of the central family including that of the stepfather, Gabriel, who, after being "blood-washed," becomes a preacher. FTP, name this novel centering on John Grimes and by James Baldwin.
Go Tell It on the Mountain
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Its last two lines, "Into the red Eye, the cauldron of morning" refer to the sun, to which the poet is suicidally flying like an arrow. As the poet continues on her path, she sees "Foam to wheat, a glitter of seas" and hears "the child's cry melt in the wall." The poem begins, "Stasis in darkness. Then the substanceless blue" as he exits a stable and suddenly "How one we grow, Pivot of heels and knees!" as she is unable to reach the reins and loses control of the namesake animal, whose name is taken from the Hebrew for "god's lioness." FTP, what is this namesake lyric of a poetry collection by Sylvia Plath?
"Ariel"
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In one line, a patriarch of sheep is compared to the Egyptian God Amun. One activity described is a reading from The Chief of Gambia, an allusion to a poem by Sarah Wentworth Morton. One character in the poem is compared to Apollonius and Hermes and he discusses "the eagle's eggs he got" and his "prodigies of rod and gun." After this, the old Doctor comes around to make sure everyone is all right. Then they try to assuage their boredom by studying the Almanac. FTP, identify this poem, subtitled "A Winter Idyll," which concerns a group of people trapped by a blizzard; a work of John Greenleaf Whittier.
"Snow-bound: A Winter Idyll"
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To pierce intellectual depths and "to speak" with "the perfect rectitude" "of the movements of animals" were two of its preface's stated objectives. In a later additions to the collection, the author describes how "on a little promontory... stood, isolated" "A Noiseless Patient Spider" and how, "Aroused and angry," he resigned himself "To sit by the wounded and soothe them, or silently watch the dead" The fifty-second and final section of its first poem begins "The spotted hawk swoops by and accuses me" before "over the roofs of the world" the untamed poet sounds his "barbaric yawp." FTP, name this quintessential American poetry collection by Walt Whitman.
Leaves of Grass
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This author's first published work discusses the issue of racial stereotyping in the interactions between Boyd and the Wilsons. This author of "A Cauliflower in Her Hair" also wrote about a man who tells his cabbie to only bet on horses with names containing the letters C, R, and L in the story that gives its title to a posthumously published collection. In addition to "After You, My Dear Alphonse" and "One Ordinary Day, with Peanuts," this author also wrote about the mentally unstable Natalie Waite in The Hangsaman and Merricat Blackwood in We Have Always Lived in the Castle. FTP name this writer commonly associated with a story whose title event is led by Mr. Summers on June twenty-seventh; the American writer of The Haunting of Hill House and "The Lottery."
Shirley Hardie Jackson
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One character bemoans his blind worship of Ashtaroth, while another rejects the Bible in favor of Caesar's Commentaries on the Gallic Wars. Hobomok is present at the beginning of the conflict incited by the title character, whose death is announced in the section entitled "The Spinning Wheel." Earlier, the central female character, as she sang the hundreth Psalm, was interrupted and insulted, after which she inquires of her interlocutor, "Why don't you speak for yourself?" FTP, name this Longfellow poem in which Priscilla Mullins marries John Alden rather than the titular Puritan captain.
The Courtship of Miles Standish
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In one of his poems, this author claimed to "crave the stain / Of tears" and the "sweet of bitter bark / And burning clove" before concluding that he longs "to feel the earth as rough / To all my length." In another poem, he claimed to have "looked down the saddest city lane" and to have seen a "luminary clock against the sky" which "proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right." In addition to "To Earthward" and "Acquainted with the Night," he wrote about a "dimpled spider" holding up a moth in his sonnet "Design" and about a "broken drinking goblet" hidden "so the wrong ones can't find it" in the poem "Directive." FTP, name this American poet of "The Gift Outright" and "The Road Not Taken."
Robert Frost
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Stanza four of this poem states that "There is a Power whose care / teaches" the title creature its "way along that pathless coast / the desert and illimitable air, / lone wandering but not lost." The poet reassures his subject that "Soon shalt thou find a summer home" and "Scream among your fellows" and comments that, while "The abyss of heaven hath swallowed up thy form; yet, on my heart / Deeply hath sunk the lesson thou hast given." The narrator wonders whether the title creature "Seek'st...the plashy brink / Of weedy lake, or marge of river wide" as he compares its "certain flight" to "the long way he must tread alone." FTP, name this poem in which the poet prays that god will guide him as he guides the title bird; a work of William Cullen Bryant.
"To a Waterfowl"
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In this work's opening chapter, the author notes the quote "I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. I feel my fate in what I cannot fear" from a Theodore Roethke poem as the impetus for his novel. Towards the end of the work, the author describes the irony of the execution of Edgar Derby. That and other realistic details are interspersed with the optometrist protagonist's schizophrenic wanderings including his zoo-imprisonment with porn star Montana Wildhack on the planet Tralfamadore. FTP, name this book including appearances by Howard Campbell, Eliot Rosewater, and Kilgore Trout, three of the author's other protagonists; a 1969 novel centering on Billy Pilgrim's memories of the firebombing of Dresden, by Kurt Vonnegut.
Slaughterhouse Five: Or, The Children's Crusade, a Duty-Dance with Death
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One character in this play was a "chantoosie" who was taken from the Blue Dragon after she sang "That Old Black Magic." In act two, a drunken college professor reenacts the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet with a waitress named Elma who, Grace points out, is too bright for boys her age. Other characters include Virgil Blessing, who has served as guardian to a cowboy from Montana for eleven years, and Sheriff Will Masters, who is suspicious of Dr. Lyman. In the end, Cherie agrees to go to Montana with Bo Decker and Carl drives the title vehicle away to Wichita. FTP, name this play set in a restaurant thirty miles west of Kansas City; a work by William Inge.
Bus Stop
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The events of this volume are set into motion when "Cass" and his two uncles visit a neighbor. During their visit, the uncles engage in a poker game that results in a marriage and the subsequent birth of the protagonist. The protagonist is referred to as "uncle to half a county and father to no one" and, in 1940, learns that the relative to whom he relinquished his inheritance has incestuously fathered a mulatto child. In the work's namesake final section, we are introduced to Gavin Stevens, who appears in the author's Intruder in the Dust and attempts to arrange for the burial of Sam Beauchamp following his execution. FTP name this book including the sections "Was," "Delta Autumn," and "The Bea;," a McCaslin-clan-centered Faulkner work that takes its name from a Negro spiritual.
Go Down, Moses
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In this novel's opening chapter, a fight is precipitated by a king-high straight flush beating a full house. In the last chapter, a storekeeper blames himself for "sins of omission," which include allowing the suicides of the father and son Tetley. The central action of the novel is precipitated by the disappearance of Kincaid, after which his friend, a former confederate officer, joins a group of twenty-eight who seek out Donald Martin and his two ranch hands. Beginning with the arrival of Gil Carter and Art Croft to Bridger's Wells, this is, FTP, what Walter Van Tilburg Clark novel about the hanging of three innocent men in the titular valley?
The Ox-Bow Incident
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His fascination with poetry began with a translation of the collection Paroles; the day Paris was liberated, he found a poem on a tablecloth written by Jacques Prevert, the poet who would most influence his style. He had moderate success with his first collection, Pictures of a Gone World, the first in the pocketbook series. In his most famous collection, this poet seeks to explore the characteristics of "suffering humanity" caught by the "imagination of disaster." The author who "sees the people of the world" "in Goya's greatest scenes" this is, FTP, what American beat poet, proprietor of City Lights Bookstore, and author of A Coney Island of the Mind?
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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The tutor Putana is gagged, kidnapped, and blinded in this play after she lets it slip that the title character is pregnant. Hippolita dies when she drinks a glass of poison meant for her former lover at the wedding scene, in which her husband, the fake doctor Richardetto, coats a sword with poison for Grimaldi, who mistakenly uses it to stab the nephew of Donado. A double agent can be found in the servant Vasques, who both assists and attempts to assassinate his master Saranzo and Father Bonaventura acts as a go-between for the two sibling lovers at the center of the play. FTP, name this play about the incestuous love between Giovanni and Annabella by John Ford.
'Tis Pity She's a *****
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The antagonist tells the story of a black dog with a constant erection that used to frequently attack him at the beginning of this play, which the Provincetown players premiered with Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape. The antagonist continues with stories about the death of his father and aunt on his graduation day, his affair with a fifteen-year-old Greek boy, and the fact that only the capital letters work on his Western Union typewriter. These stories are addressed to Peter, a reluctant conversation partner, while sitting on a Central Park bench. FTP, name this work culminating with the self-impalement of Jerry; an Edward Albee play set near an animal park.
Zoo Story
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In the essay "Just This Side of Byzantium," this author acknowledges that Greentown and the protagonist Douglas Spaulding are recreations of his childhood. In another of his works, he explored chaos theory in the story of a man who travels to hunt dinosaurs and accidentally stomps a butterfly, then returns to the present to find his society changed. His best-known work centers on a group that uses a salamander as its symbol. The protagonist of that work is influenced by Clarisse McClellan and the professor Faber and eventually begins to secretly read a Bible. After killing Captain Beatty and eluding the Mechanical Hound, Guy Montag is able to escape his past. FTP, name this author of "The Sound of Thunder," Dandelion Wine, and Fahrenheit 451.
Ray Bradbury
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In an early version of this play, the protagonist tries to teach another character to say the word "Jimminy," without success. The play opens in Johnny "the Priest's" bar, whose denizens include two nameless longshoremen and Marthy Owen, who courts the title character's father. In Act III, two central characters coincidentally sign up for the same steamer to Cape Town, the Londonberry, but confront each other aboard the Simeon Winthrop before departing. At the play's end, the title character agrees to leave behind her life as a prostitute in Minnesota and marry the stoker Mat Burke. FTP, name this Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the daughter of Chris Christopherson, written by Eugene O'Neill.
Anna Christie (Accept Chris Christophersen before "father")
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A set of handmade quilts sent by the mother of one of the central characters are a symbol of lower class in this novel, whose events are preceded by the death of the narrator's mother. Tension is created after one of the novel's characters risks his life to rescue a mentally handicapped child who wandered in front of a train. That character's wife, Robbie, left him in Memphis but follows him when he departs for the title event, which takes place at Shellmound. The central family includes Shelley, who wants to be a nun; Aunt Ellen; and Uncle Battle, who dreads the departure of his daughter Dabney. FTP, what is this novel narrated by Laura McRaven and centering on a gathering of the Fairchild family by Eudora Welty?
Delta Wedding
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One of his novels is set in a nameless Arctic city in which Lloyd Seawright and Ward Bennett discover their incompatibility. He reported on-location on both the Boer and Spanish-American wars and outlined his literary beliefs in The Responsibility of the Novelist. He rewrote one of his more prominent novels to exclude a pants-wetting sequence at a theater and his fascination with disgusting characters led him to write of a man who dies in Death Valley after killing his wife and abandoning his dental practice. While he wrote enough of Vandover and the Brute to enable posthumous publication, he died before finishing Wolf, the third part of the Epic of the Wheat. FTP, name this naturalist author of A Man's Woman, The Pit, McTeague, and The Octopus.
Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Norris
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This story is set at a time when "it was not unusual for the love of science to rival the love of woman." The protagonist's "slender figure, and pale, intellectual face" are contrasted with the "smoky aspect, and ... indescribable earthiness" of his assistant, Aminadab. The protagonist's wife she agrees to risk anything rather than be "the object of [her husband's] horror and disgust." According to Georgiana, the title feature "has been ... often called a charm," though Aylmer cannot stand its resemblance to a crimson hand or its mere presence. FTP name this Hawthorne short story in which Georgiana dies after an operation to remove the titular blemish from her face.
"The Birth-mark"
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The end of this play includes a Nazi Marching Song sung by the Fahrenkopf family as they approach the central setting. One character claims that he is made of "Indian rubber," but his "ninety-seven year young" body slips on the ground. That character, Nonno, finally finishes his poem and recites it to his granddaughter Hannah Jelkes. This play's protagonist is dismissed from Blake Tours, allowing him to stay at the Costa Verde hotel run by Maxine. FTP, name this play by Tennessee Williams whose third act sees Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon release the title lizard.
The Night of the Iguana
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One character in this story sends out two thousand bogus double-eagle coins stamped with the likeness of his opponent three days before a election. At one point in this story a crowd breaks into a tune from The Mikado with altered lyrics, concluding with the line "But the Symbols are here, you bet!" supplied by Jack Halliday. These Symbols are 18 of the 19 heads of the best families in town, the sole exception being Edward Richards. They are publicly humiliated as part of an intricate plan for revenge hatched by the title character. FTP name this story set in a town that changes its motto to "Lead Us Into Temptation" after suffering the title humiliation in a Mark Twain story.
"The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg"
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The hymn "Blessed Be the Tie That Binds" is sung once in each act of this play, the first time under the direction of Simon Stimson. The first act opens just before dawn on May 7, 1901, and the third act opens in the summer of 1913 in a graveyard where the dead watch a burial. Its setting rates a 6.032 by MacPherson's gauge, and lies on the old Pleistocene granite of the Appalachian range, a fact that the locals are proud of. People in the audience inquire about culture and awareness of social inequality in the title locale at the prompting of the Stage Manager. FTP, name this work that closes with George Gibb prostrate before the grave of Emily Webb, a Thornton Wilder play whose title setting is Grover's Corners.
Our Town
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He noted that "the poet and the priest were united originally in the same person" in his lecture "The Function of the Poet," and referred to the title concept as "the wings of the mind" in "Imagination." This man's memorial poems include ones written for Kossuth and Lamartine, as well as one on William Garrison. Poems about "The Shepherd of King Admetus" and "Hebe" are included in one of his collections, whose title character requests "golden spurs" to search for the Holy Grail, The Vision of Sir Launfal. Phoebus and Daphne appear in his satirical Fable For Critics, and the namesake farmer, Ezequiel, appears in an 1846 publication opposing the Mexican-American War. For ten points, identify this American poet of the Biglow Papers.
James Russell Lowell
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Many of the characters in this work have connections to U.C. Berkeley, including Shelley, who has dropped out of Berkeley and has a fight with Ada about who will get to give a bath. This work was based partially on the papers of Mary Hallock Foote, which its author helped to acquire while professor at Stanford. Events in this work include the drowning of Agnes as well as the suicide of Frank Sargent, and the main character spends much of his time perusing the letters from his grandmother, Susan Ward, to her friend Augusta while being confined to a wheelchair after having his leg amputated. For ten points, identify this novel containing the reminiscences of Lyman Ward, written by Wallace Stegner.
Angle of Repose
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The protagonist suggests that his name might be Aaron Sparks or George Speeds and claims to have sung with Uncle Roy and his Red Creek Wranglers. One of the last scenes in this work takes place in a diner called the Hot Spot, where the protagonist orders ham and grits for his female companion before abandoning her, after which he drives on to Mobile and picks up a hitchhiker whom he lectures about the saintliness of mothers. Telling of a one-armed carpenter and his scheme to fix up and steal the car belonging to Lucynell and her mother, FTP, name this story of Tom Shiftlet, a work by Flannery O'Connor whose title follows the words "Drive Carefully" on signs that Tom sees on the road.
"The Life You Save May Be Your Own"
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In writing about this novel, its author noted that "the only good thing about the story is the girl," and that girl, much to another character's chagrin, purchases a red stain gown trimmed with gold fringe on her 20th birthday. That character, Austin, also notes with disappointment that Mrs. Almond's daughter has married "very punctually," and later visits Mrs. Montogomery, who admits that her brother is lazy and has spent his savings. Lavinia Penniman's overactive imagination initially aids the suit of a man first encountered at a stockbroker's party, but Dr. Sloper's opinion of that man as a "deluded fortune hunter" and Catherine's own willingness to give up her inheritance drive away Morris Townsend. For ten points, identify this Henry James novel, named for the New York neighborhood where the Slopers reside.
Washington Square
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In one story in this collection, one character kills a young deer while another watches a fourteen-point buck walk by without shooting it. In another, a man is entrusted with an envelope full of money and told to say "No" to the messenger who will come to collect it. That messenger, in the story "Delta Autumn," is a woman who bore Roth's son, for whom the main character gives the woman his hunting horn. In the title story, Samuel's body is brought back from Illinois through the arrangements of Gavin Stevens. Other stories in this collection include "Pantaloon in Black" and "The Fire and the Hearth." Also including a story about a hunt for Old Ben, "The Bear," for ten points, identify this collection of stories linked by such characters as Lucas Beauchamp and Isaac McCaslin, written by William Faulkner.
Go Down, Moses
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This man was the subject of praise in George Orwell's 1940 essay Inside the Whale, in which Orwell also praised this man's Black Spring. A 1949 novel by this man landed Maurice Girodias in trouble and was the first in a series of works whose plot leads up to his divorce from his wife June. In one of his novels, he appears as a narrator who acquires a job with the Cosmodemonic Telegraph Company, while a more famous novel begins with the lines, "We live at the Villa Borghese and we are all dead." Inspired by his travels in the United States in the early 1940s to write The Air Conditioned Nightmare, for ten points, identify this author of the Rosy Crucifixion trilogy as well as Tropic of Capricorn and Tropic of Cancer.
Henry Miller
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He penned a dramatic poem about a sick knight who can only be cured by a maiden sacrificing her life for him, "The Golden Legend." That poem is collected with a retelling of Christ's life called the Divine Tragedy, which forms his Christus trilogy, along with another duo of poems that ends with a scene of St. John wandering the face on the earth. That scene appears in his New England Tragedies after two tales of Puritans and witchcraft, John Endicott and Giles Corey. One of his poems considers "These Hebrews in their graves" in the title locale, and another focuses on the grandson of Nokomis. FTP, name this American poet of "The Jewish Cemetery at Newport" and The Song of Hiawatha.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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This author's critical work includes a discussion of Nathalie Sarraute's novel The Planetarium. Walter Benjamin's essay on Nikolai Leskov, "The Storyteller," is praised in her Under the Sign of Saturn. Her last novel was based on the life of the actress Helena Modjeska, and attracted controversy with claims that she plagiarized Willa Cather. Max dies at the end of her story "The Way We Live Now," and she discussed the work of Edward Weston, Lewis Hine, and Diane Arbus in On Photography. She also wrote a novel about Emma Hamilton, The Volcano Lover, and an essay about Illness as Metaphor. FTP, identify this American author of "Notes on 'Camp,'" which was collected in Against Interpretation.
Susan Sontag
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This work includes a memory of "four light-green eggs speckled with brown." A missing mate inspires the song of a creature addressed as the poet's "dusky demon and brother," and at the end of this poem the sea whispers to the poet "the low and delicious word death, and again death, death, death, death." This poem features a he-bird addressed as "the solitary guest from Alabama," who visits the gray beach of Paumanok. First titled "A Word Out of the Sea" and "A Child's Reminiscence," FTP name this Walt Whitman poem beginning with the boy-poet getting up from bed.
"Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking"
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Characters in this novel include one man who advocates the "Salvation and Five Percent" doctrine and another who is praised in the pages of the Advocate-Times. Along with Cecil Roundtree, the title character attends the S.A.R.E.B. convention, during which he scraps his speech about the good life and instead quotes statistics on industry and manufacturing. The title character privately envies his friend's affair with May Arnold, and approves of his son Ted's elopement. When the title character's wife falls ill, he breaks with Tanis Judique and rejoins the Good Citizen's League. Focusing on a friend of Paul Riesling and husband of Myra, for ten points, identify this novel about a resident of Zenith written by Sinclair Lewis.
Babbitt
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An anecdote in one of his books describes a scam to make Bolenciecwcz eligible for a football game by conducting an economics exam whose only question is "name one means of transportation." An anecdote about getting the "lady on the bookcase" cartoon published is found in another of his memoirs. His memoirs include The Years with Ross, which describes his time at The New Yorker, and My Life and Hard Times. The title character of one of his stories is able to shoot the Webley-Vickers 50.80 with both hands, boss around Doctor Renshaw and captain a hydroplane, but only in fantasies that enable escape from his henpecking wife. For 10 points, name this author of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."
James Grover Thurber
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A novel by this writer is often paired with his brother Clifford's Thorn Fruit, published in the same year, while his 1880 non-fiction work entitled The Science of English Verse reflects a strong interested in music, as in the tale of Lady Horn and other personified instruments, "The Symphony." This author of Tiger-Lilies wrote, "The Creeks overflow" and "a thousand rivulets run twixt the roots of the sod" in his "The Marshes of Glynn." For 10 points, name this Confederate veteran and Macon, Georgia native who made his living as a flautist but also claimed that he is "fain for to water the plain" in his poem "The Song of the Chattahoochee."
Sidney Lanier
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In one of her novels, characters based on actual people include the alcoholic professor Wunsch and Dr. Howard Archie, and the novel opens in Moonstone, Colorado, where the mandolin player Spanish Johnny lives. A protagonist of this author is moved by a Julie Breton painting and has an epiphany at Panther Canyon. In addition to the story of aspiring opera star Thea Kronborg, this author wrote about Joseph Vaillaint's journey through the New Mexican desert with Jean Latour, and Carl Linstrum's love for Alexandra Bergson. For 10 points, name this writer of Song of the Lark, Death Comes For the Archbishop, and O Pioneers!
Willa Cather
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In one of her works, a flat tire causes a character to announce, "Pass the butter to the victim," and Mrs. May is ultimately killed by an animal on the farm. In addition to "Greenleaf," this author wrote a short story in which a boy knocks over a woman and breaks her ankle, and his grandfather Mr. Head denies being related to avoid paying the medical bill. One of her novels is about the teenage preacher from Powderhead, Francis Marion Tarwater, while another features Enoch Emery's theft of "the new jesus" and the fake blind man Asa Hawks. For 10 points, name this writer of The Violent Bear It Away and "Good Country People," who created Hazel Motes in Wise Blood.
Flannery O'Connor
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Edmund White's Hotel de Dream fictionalizes this author writing his lost novel about a male prostitute, supposedly titled Flowers of Asphalt. He described a man eating his own heart in the poem "In the Desert," from The Black Rider and Other Lines, and he began a short story with "None of them k