A Literary Quiz

Earlier this week, I came across a book called ‘Wrotten English’ which contained some interesting references to the literary world. Below is a list of rejected titles for some well known novels. Can you work out which they are?

  1. First Impressions – Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen – Ara, PG and Google, with objections by CO!
  2. Novel Without A Hero – Vanity Fair, W M Thackery  FEEG
  3. Two and Two Are Four – HArd Times, Charles Dickens – Araminta
  4. 1805 – War and Peace. Leo Tolstoy – Papaguniea
  5. The Body and Soul of Sue – Tess of the Durbervilles, Thomas Hardy – Araminta
  6. John Thomas and Lady Jane – D H Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover – Araminta
  7. Four Years of Struggle Against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice – Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf – Bearsy
  8. Ba! Ba! Black Sheep – Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell – Araminta
  9. Something That Happened – Of Mice and Men , John Steinbeck – Theroyalist
  10. Zounds, He Dies – Farewell My Lovely, Raymond Chandler, Araminta.
  11. The House of Faith – Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh – Araminta
  12. The Last Man in Europe – George Orwell’s 1984 – Araminta
  13. If Wishes Were Horses – From Here to Eternity, James Jones – Araminta
  14. The Kingdom by The Sea – Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov – Araminta.

Try not to Google if you can help it. I think it would be more fun to work it out. If it is necessary, I will provide the names of the authors, in a random manner, as a clue.

Thanks Soutie.  OK here are the missing authors:

James Jones
Thomas Hardy
Charles Dickens
Jane Austen
Vladimir Naobokov
John Steinbeck

Raymond Chandler
Evelyn Waugh
Margaret Mitchell

Thank you all.

66 thoughts on “A Literary Quiz”

  1. Right on both counts Ara.
    I used the book mentioned above as my source of reference but the internet seems to provide a slightly different history with regards to Lawrence’s work. Anyway, you got it.

  2. No. 7 is Mein Kampf – and it was actually “Four and a half Years of Struggle … “ [Viereinhalb] 🙂

  3. Bearsy :

    No. 7 is Mein Kampf – and it was actually “Four and a half Years of Struggle … “ [Viereinhalb] :-)

    Ah Bearsy, trust you to be such an expert on the work of Die Fuhrer. 😉 Anyway, you are right.

  4. Sipu, have you considered placing the name of the successful members next to the titles in your post? It’s not difficult with the edit function.

    I see this getting quite confusing as to what’s been solved and what hasn’t later!

  5. Hi Soutie, have done. Would have added colour to the answers, but cannot remember how. Anyway, I am popping out for a bit.

  6. I don’t know or cannot guess any of the remaining, but having done a little “research”, I’ve found a few answers. I have to go out now, so I’ll look in later!

    Another Orwell?

    Only one which may fit is No.3. Animal Farm, but I thought two and two are five!

  7. #2. I think I have seen Vanity Fair by Thackeray subtitled “A Novel without a hero” somewhere.

  8. Nice one Sipu.

    Without naming names, googling is a form of cheating much done by some of our cherished authors who even get poems wrote about them ‘cos they’re a good googler. Much better to have a guess with the possibility of being wrong.
    Therefore, I’ll have a few bashes.

    2. For whom the bell tolls.
    11. Das Kapital

  9. It’s all to do with sour grapes and overwhelming jealousy, Janus, not nastiness.

    On one occasion when my compatriot tore one of my arguments to shreds he denounced sympathy from another blogger with the quip. “He can handle it. Weegies only deal in tough love.” I’m just being a bit poisonous back.
    get well soon, John

    BTW, your pome was a classic. I have scoured back and pressed the likey button. 🙂

  10. The only one I couldn’t find was Number 11, but I’m not sure about the accuracy of some.

    Anyway, I won’t say a word, because I had to resort to “cheating”. 😦

  11. OK, back from lunch!
    Papa G No 4 Correct.
    Bearsy, tres drole
    FEEG # 16 Correct
    Theroyalist, sorry, wrong on both accounts
    Christopher, yes, but no. Not what I was looking for, though I am impressed you knew the origin!!!!!

  12. No problems, Sipu. At least I can sleep with a clear conscience.

    OK, let’s straighten things out here. Now you either know something or you don’t. We can all agree on that. I have no problem with researching via the web or textbooks; learning new information is a wonderful thing, God knows there’s so many things I need to know. Why is Kansas pronounced Kan-Sas yet Arkansas is said Ar-kan-saw?

    Anyway, my truck is with the quizzes hereon and some recent disclosures. I’ve said before that Google has killed the pub quiz; every question can be answered with a quick search. The same goes for the quiz Sipu has posed and Boadicea’s wonderful series (Always keep in with the chief) of Who am I’s?
    In the Who am I’s if I can identify any of the faces, providing I get in first, I will answer. For the others I might have a guess. Then I’ll come back later and read the answers. I don’t see the point in Googling the faces or in this blog’s case, Googling the titles.
    If a stalemate is reached and everyone is stumped Sipu can offer clues. That is a proposal worth considering. Let’s clean this place up by not using external sources and relying on dextrous memory alone.
    Before long John Mackie will be “coughing” the answers to Araminta.

  13. Soutie!

    I was shopping in the metropolis, well Reading actually, the five hour lunch was yesterday.
    In my comment #15, I thought No3 might be Animal Farm.

    I was led astray possibly by PapaG. 🙂

  14. Ara

    Ahh…, now I understand, not comment 3 but your attempt at no.3.

    Well we have nine unidentified titles and sipus given the nine authors (Orwell isn’t there) so safe to say that your uninspired guess was I suppose not inspirational enough 😉

  15. First impressions/Mansfield Park/Jane Austin

    Actually I rather think this is weird, because some were not alternative titles, they were different books.
    If I remember correctly first Impressions was a title for an epistolary novel which was never published and the story line was reworked to make Mansfield Park.

    John Thomas and Lady Jane was written and published as a later alternative exploration of the Lady C. theme. I have a copy on the shelf! it is not the same book.

    So I’m not actually sure that the book from which you extracted this list actually knows what it is talking about.

  16. Oh, I thought first impressions was Pride and Prejudice, but only from a hasty Google, so I think you may be correct. I’m not sure the list is entirely accurate, but I don’t entirely vouch for my “research” results either!

  17. Hi CO, yes, the John Thomas bit is confusing. It was ever thus!!!! I believe though that Lawrence had different perspectives on the subject. I wont go into detail about the ‘conversation’ between the respective genitalia of the couple but I think that the two books had a common conception. As I conceded in my response to Ara my source may have been a bit dodgy, but given that it was likely to have been researched and edited it possibly has more substance than Wikipedia, though I do not guarantee it!

    As for Jane Austen, the book was definitely Pride and Prejudice. If you think about it, it makes more sense than Mansfield Park. Fanny Price was there too long for first impressions to have been relevant. Darcy on the other hand made a very distinctive first impression.

    So, Ara and PG I will go with you, despite your having ‘researched’ it.

  18. Hi Ara, I am not sure why Kingdom by the Sea is relevant to Lolita, but you are right. Nabokov wrote novels in 3 languages, Russian, French and English, which is pretty impressive.

  19. Hi Sipu.

    Good decision. 🙂

    Now, since everyone seems to have given up, I have reason to believe that No.8 is Gone with the Wind. I could hazard a few more results of my research but I’d better leave some work for some of the others!

  20. You are quite right all, Pride and Prejudice, error of memory.
    What is so confusing is that various of her books were first written in the epistolary form under other titles but were never published. Most of the early ones have more than one name.
    She used the name Susan various times in titles for more than a few. The only one that ever got published posthumously by her brother was the novella Lady Susan, the only book of hers to be in epistolary form. No one ever seems to have read it, I recommend it, very funny and far more ironic than most, she toned down most of her work to get it published which is rather a pity. She is seriously vicious when left to her own devices.
    Sometimes in the scholarly works one can get hold of the earlier unrevised unpublished works, terrible spelling but well worth the effort.
    Interesting to see the compromises she had to make to get published.
    Sorry about setting that hare!

  21. I would have thought that #9 was more likely to be Gone with the Wind, Araminta, but that’s only an unresearched guess. If only Enid Blyton’s name were in the list, I would have thought #8 was “Golly goes to Toytown” or some such.

  22. After researching my answer in #1, I’m requesting permission to revise to….

    8 ) Ba! Ba! Black Sheep = Gone with the wind, Margaret Mitchell

  23. Hi Ara, yes you are correct with No 8. Gone With The WInd.

    Good morning CO, I have not read Lady Susan, nor have I ever seen or heard of it, but it sounds being worth a read.

    Sheona, it does seem the sort of title that Ms Blyton would have used, but no.

    Well done Theroyalist and Jeeves. Of Mice and Men it is.

  24. A hard one Sipu – can’t progress without cheating . Thought 9 might be Cannary Row but TR had it nailed – and was about to say that 5 had to be Raymond Chandler. How wrong can you be! 😦

  25. Sipu allowed us to cheat, Peter, but even then it’s not easy.! I can’t find much at all to support my last few answers, and nothing on the Dickens, as yet.

  26. Hi Ara, yes, you are right on all accounts. Well done.
    Peter, Cheating is such a horrid word. Unauthorised research is a better phrase.

  27. Well. I enjoyed your competition too, Sipu.

    I’m feeling rather guilty about enjoying it rather too much, so I apologise for my over enthusiasm in supplying the answers.

  28. HOMAS GRADGRIND, sir. A man of realities. A man of facts and calculations. A man who proceeds upon the principle that two and two are four, and nothing over, and who is not to be talked into allowing for anything over. Thomas Gradgrind, sir – peremptorily Thomas – Thomas Gradgrind. With a rule and a pair of scales, and the multiplication table always in his pocket, sir, ready to weigh and measure any parcel of human nature, and tell you exactly what it comes to. It is a mere question of figures, a case of simple arithmetic. You might hope to get some other nonsensical belief into the head of George Gradgrind, or Augustus Gradgrind, or John Gradgrind, or Joseph Gradgrind (all supposititious, non-existent persons), but into the head of Thomas Gradgrind – no, sir!

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