Literature Quiz Finals - Writers Round I
Seven authors, two clues for each:
b. He settled for no advance at all, just a handshake from Paris publisher Robert McAlmon, for his first collection Three Stories and Ten Poems. He was happy just to get it published. He prized guns all his life, and blew his head off while suffering from depression in 1961.
b. When he won the Nobel Prize, he refused the money that accompanied the honour, complaining that since it was announced he had been beseiged with requests for loans from every bankrupt writer he had ever known. 'I can forgive Alfred Nobel for inventing dynamite,' he said, 'but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize.' He left money in his will to help implement a new alphabet with phonetic spelling - a lifelong obsession.
b. An alcohol and laudanum addict, he still managed to join his local Temperance Society to lecture others on the evils of the demon drink. He is said to have died of rabies.
b. As well as a pet bear, he had ten horses, six dogs, three monkeys, five cats, an eagle, a parrot, a crow, a falcon and five peacocks.
b. He was such a patron of brothels that after he died the French Government gave the prostitutes a grant to attend his funeral. This they did, wearing black scarves as a gesture of respect… around their private parts. He was a candidate for French presidency too.
b. While on a train journey in Kent in 1864 with the half-completed manuscript of one of his books, the train was derailed and some of the carriages plunged over a bridge. Miraculously he survived, as did his manuscript, but the experience didn’t do him much good and afterwards he became increasingly agitated when writing anything. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this was the last book he completed. He died in 1870.
b. After the death of Robert Southey in 1843, he became Poet Laureate but never wrote a single line of poetry in the seven years he held the post.