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Literary Trivia

April 4, 2014

Andrew Marvell wooed his “coy mistress” by promising “my vegetable love should grow.” Writers often pluck their titles from the plant kingdom, from Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel (the pimpernel is an herb in the primrose family) to Orwell’s Keep the Aspidistra Flying (aspidistra is an Asian plant of the lily family).
Identify the herbs, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and plants growing in the titles of books by these authors:
1. John Barth
2. Ray Bradbury
3. Richard Brautigan
4. Erskin Caldwell
5. Anton Chekhov
6. Umberto Eco
7. Louise Erdrich
8. William Faulkner
9. Fannie Flagg
10. Kenneth Grahame
11. Joanne Greenburg
12. Lorraine Hansberry
13. Nathaniel Hawthorne
14. Ernest Hemingway
15. Jean Kerr
16. Daniel Keyes
17. Joce Kilmer
18. Stephen King
19. W. Somerset Maughham
20. Margaret Mead
(from Literary Trivia by Riehard Lederer and Michael Gilleland)

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  1. April 4, 2014 9:37 am

    2. Dandelion Wine
    5. The Cherry Orchard
    6. The Name of the Rose
    7. The Beet Queen
    10. The Wind in the Willows
    12. Raisin in the Sun?
    13. Something about moss. Moss in a House. I can’t remember. It was on my Authors cards when I was a kid.
    16. Flowers for Algernon

    Not very good!

  2. April 4, 2014 9:51 am

    2. Ray Bradbury – Dandelion Wine
    5. Anton Chekhov – The Cherry Orchard
    6. Umberto Eco – The Name of the Rose
    9. Fannie Flagg – Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café
    10. Kenneth Grahame – Wind in the Willows
    12. Lorraine Hansberry – A Raisen in the Sun
    14. Ernest Hemingway – The Garden of Eden?
    16. Daniel Keyes – Flowers for Algernon

  3. April 4, 2014 12:45 pm

    1. John Barth — Sot-Weed? Is that an actual plant?
    2. Ray Bradbury — Dandelion
    3. Richard Brautigan — Watermelon
    4. Erskine Caldwell — Tobacco
    5. Anton Chekhov – Cherry
    6. Umberto Eco — Rose
    7. Louise Erdrich — Beet
    8. William Faulkner — Rose (again)
    9. Fannie Flagg — Green tomatoes
    10. Kenneth Grahame — Willow
    11. Joanne Greenburg — Rose
    12. Lorraine Hansberry — Raisin
    13. Nathaniel Hawthorne — Does Tanglewood count?
    14. Ernest Hemingway — Green hills? Not really. Funny, for a guy with a lot of natural description, I can’t think of one.
    15. Jean Kerr — Daisies (not edible)
    16. Daniel Keyes — Flowers
    17. Joyce Kilmer — Trees
    18. Stephen King — ?
    19. W. Somerset Maughham — ?
    20. Margaret Mead — Blackberry

    Hmm. Roses are overrepresented. Yay for trivia!

  4. April 7, 2014 12:19 pm

    1. The Sot-Weed Factor
    2. Dandelion Wine, The Golden Apples of the Sun
    3. In Watermelon Sugar
    4. Tobacco Road
    5. The Cherry Orchard
    6. The Name of the Rose
    7. The Beet Queen
    8. A Rose for Emily, A Green Bough
    9. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
    10. The Wind in the Willows
    11. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
    12. A Raisin in the Sun
    13. Mosses from an Old Manse
    14. Across the River and Into the Trees
    15. Please Don’t Eat the Daisies
    16. Flowers for Algernon
    17. Trees
    18. Children of the Corn
    19. The Lotus Eater
    20. Blackberry Winter

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