Monday, February 4, 2013

To Authors With Love: A February Birthday Quiz

by Julia Buckley

All of the authors mentioned below were born in this month. See how much you know about the people whose words became their careers.

 1. This poet, born on February 1, 1902, famously wrote that we should "Hold fast to dreams/for if dreams die/Life is broken-winged bird/that cannot fly."

2. This Swedish mystery writer, born on February 3, 1948, created the character of Wallender.

3. This literary great, born on February 3, 1874, famously hosted American expatriates at her Paris salons.

4. This film-maker, born on February 4, 1940, co-wrote the cult classic Night of the Living Dead.

5. This great writer would be 201 on February 7th.  He never finished writing The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

6. This writer, born Katherine O'Flaherty on February 8th, 1850, wrote The Awakening.

7. This producer and American crime writer, born on February 11, 1917, according to Wikipedia, "became the most famous after he turned 50 and began writing best-selling novels, such as Master of the Game (1982), The Other Side of Midnight (1973), and Rage of Angels (1980).  He is the seventh best selling writer of all time."

8.  This French mystery writer, born on February 13th, 1903, created the world-famous Maigret mysteries.

9. This English mystery writer, born February 17, 1930, has been called, along with P.D. James, the British Queen of Mystery.

10. This American humorist, born on February 21, 1927, started a newspaper column at an Ohio paper and ended up being syndicated and writing best-selling books about the experiences of an average American "housewife."

How did you do?  I'll post the answers later today.  Happy February!

1 comment:

Julia Buckley said...

Okay, for those who played but did not comment, here are the answers:

1. Langston Hughes
2. Henning Mankell
3. Gertrude Stein
4. George R. Romero
5. Charles Dickens
6. Kate Chopin
7. Sidney Sheldon
8. Georges Simenon
9. Ruth Rendell
10. Erma Bombeck