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LITERARY TRIVIA IV

31) What writer had more than 70 different pen names?


Seventy books would constitute a prolific career. Lauran Bosworth Paine had 70 different pen names. He wrote mostly Western fiction. Lots of it. More than 850 books.

32) What Spanish author wrote more than 5000 novels?


Corín Tellado was a prolific Spanish writer of romance novels and photonovels that were best-sellers in several Spanish-language countries. She published more than 5,000 titles and sold more than 400-million books which have been translated into several languages.

33) What novel features a character named D-503?


Yevgeny Zamyatin's We is set in the future and tells the story of D-503, a spacecraft engineer who lives in the One State.

34) The U2 song "Shadows and Tall Trees" is taken from a chapter title in what famous book?


Chapter 7 of Lord of the Flies is titled "Shadows and Tall Trees," which U2 used as the final track on their debut album, Boy.

35) What percent of books sold in the U.S. in 2004 sold more than 5,000 copies?


Only 2% of the 1.2 million different books sold in the U.S. in 2004 sold more than 5,000 copies.

36) What famous author was a descendant of one of the Salem witches?


Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, was a descendant of one of the Salem witches, Mary Perkins Bradbury, who was sentenced to hang in 1692 but managed to escape and evade capture until the trials had been discredited. She died in 1700 at the age of 85.

37) How many rejections did Louis L'Amour receive before being published?


Western writer Louis L'Amour received 200 rejections before he was finally published. His novels have now sold more than 320 million copies worldwide.

38) What novel begins with: "Call me Ishmael"?


Ishmael, the only surviving crewmember of the Pequod, is the narrator of Moby Dick.

39) What is the subtitle of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein?


Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a grotesque but sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment.

40) What author wrote his last novel in crayon?


Owing to failing eyesight, James Joyce wrote much of his last novel Finnegans Wake in crayon on pieces of cardboard.


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