Friday 25 July 2008

Quiz Results

Well, even after my avalance of clues, the character-as-author quiz remains unsolved... so here are the answers.

Any more novels I should read with characters who write?

1.) Her manuscript was burnt by her sister.
Jo - Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott

2.) Struggling to follow up his masterpiece Jacob Wrestling, he even
tually wrote a novel which began 'The cat sat on the mat'.
Mr. Mortmain - I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

3.) Based on Marie Correlli, this selfish girl wrote romantic sagas, and didn't understand that a large percentage of her buying public was laughing at her.
Angel - Angel by Elizabeth Taylor

4.) This Jewish writer had a typewriter called Minnie.
Toby - The L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks

5.) This vicar's wife wrote romantic novels, dictating them to a secretary, and wrote so many at once that she got the plots and characters constantly confused.
Mrs. Sanders - Frost at Morning by Richmal Crompton

6.) Two Victorian poets, whom 20th Century academics discover were lovers.
Randolph Henry Ash and Christabel LaMotte - Possession by A.S. Byatt

7.) She wrote detective novels about Finnish detective called Sven Hjerson, and was a parody of her own authoress.
Ariadne Oliver - lots of Poirot novels, by Agatha Christie

8.) Having published a 'minute and unpretentious literary effort', her children compare her to 'Shakespeare, Dickens, author of the Dr. Dolittle books' and her husband says 'It is Funny - but does not look amused'.
The Provincial Lady - all the Provincial Lady books after the first one, by E.M. Delafield (these quotations from The Provincial Lady Goes Further)

9.) This detective novelist was arrested for the murder of her lover, and later married a man with a monocle.
Harriet Vane - several novels by Dorothy L. Sayers


  1. Hate to be picky, but Ariadne Oliver also appeared in Agatha Christie's Pale Horse, which was not a Poirot novel.

  2. So should have got that Provincial Lady clue...and you dropped it over on my blog!

  3. Hi. You may enjoy Mary Renault's 1944 novel The Friendly Young Ladies. Leo (Leonora) the main character lives on a houseboat and writes best-selling Westerns. Wish I had that copy of Angel pictured on your blog! Regards, Nicola

  4. Wow! Thanks for posting such an interesting and challenging quiz. I only knew the first two, but enjoyed learning about the others.

  5. The main character in Penelope Lively's Moon Tiger is a journalist, if that counts. Stephen King writes about writers all the time, if you like horror (I'm guessing no.) John Irving has several novels about authors, particularly notably in A Widow for One Year.

    Then there are real authors as characters. I've read mysteries featuring Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Arthur Conan Doyle. Lots of wonderful stuff!

    This was a great quiz. Too bad I was on vacation for it!


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