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Literary Connections

February 7, 2014

Can you link the following literary people or things? (from Who Killed Iago, by James Walton)

Group One:
–The Edgar Allan Poe story that ends with the unnamed narrator confessing to the murder of an old man
–the first novel by Amy Tan
–the missing word from the title of a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald: “The ___ as Big as the Ritz”
–the missing word from the first line of a much-mocked poem by William Wordsworth: “—! with which Wilkinson hath tilled his lands”

Group Two:
–Vikram Seth’s first novel
–Thornton Wilder’s 1927 bestseller, set in Peru
–Pierre Boulle’s 1952 bestseller, set in Burma
–the love between Robert Kincaid and Francesca Johnson

Group Three:
–the 1960 novel narrated by Jean Louise Finch
Beau Geste
–“Hail to thee, blithe Spirit”
–Iain Banks’s 1992 road

Group Four:
The Rainbow
–All Quiet on the Western Front
–The Satanic Verses
Thomas Carlyle’s French Revolution

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  1. February 7, 2014 7:51 am

    Okay, group one is the suits in a deck of cards — the telltale HEART, joy luck CLUB, DIAMOND as big as the Ritz, and I don’t know the Wordsworth one but I’m assuming it’s spades. The third group is about birds — To Kill a Mockingbird, P.C. Wren was the author of Beau Geste, that line’s from a poem dedicated to a bird although I can’t remember which one (you can see that my knowledge of the Romantic poets is lacking because I don’t like them!), and the Iain Banks book is The Crow Road.

    That was hard! And fun! (I don’t know the other two.)

  2. February 7, 2014 9:39 am

    No blessed idea. If it weren’t for Jenny’s answer I’d still be staring blankly at all of them!

  3. freshhell permalink
    February 7, 2014 4:38 pm

    Yeah, I was thinking there was something in each group that linked to the next ones and….just scratched my head in confusion.

  4. Jenny permalink
    February 7, 2014 6:49 pm

    The second one is all bridges — you meant Vikram Seth’s first novel, didn’t you? Which is The Golden Gate, about the Golden Gate bridge. I know Bridge of San Luis Rey and Bridges of Madison County. I don’t know the other one but I assume it’s also a bridge.

    I can’t figure out the last one. I’d say all banned/ burned books but who has banned The French Revolution???

    • February 10, 2014 5:09 pm

      Oh, I did mean Vikram Seth’s, but typed Wilder from the next line. I’ve fixed it, although too late to give the five of you a fair chance (which you didn’t need!).
      You’re right about the last one–it is burned books.

  5. February 10, 2014 5:19 pm

    Group One: suits of cards
    The Tell-Tale HEART
    The Joy Luck CLUB
    The DIAMOND as big as the Ritz
    SPADE! With which Wilkinson has tilled his lands.

    Group Two: bridges
    The Golden Gate
    Bridge of San Luis Rey
    The Bridge over the River Kwai
    The Bridges of Madison County

    Group Three: birds
    Scout Finch
    P.C. Wren
    To a Skylark
    The Crow Road

    Group Four: burned books
    The Rainbow was banned and burned for obscenity
    All Quiet on the Western Front was burned by Nazis
    The Satanic Verses were burned by Muslim groups
    Carlyle lent his only copy of the first volume of The French Revolution to his friend John Stuart Mill. Mills housemaid found it by the fender and used it to light the fire. It took Carlyle six months to rewrite the burned book.

  6. February 13, 2014 2:56 pm

    I wondered about a Bridge connection. Yay me.

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