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Authors' Dedications

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Authors Dedications game quiz
"Authors use the device of the dedication to express all kinds of feelings for others. This quiz takes ten dedications from the "Bloomsbury Dictionary of Dedications" by Adrian Room. The dedication itself often gives some kind of clue to the answer."

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1. One of the best known dedications in literature appears in a book that was first printed in 1609: "To the only begetter of these insuing sonnets, Mr W. H., all happiness and that eternity promised by our ever-living poet wisheth the well-wishing adventurer in setting forth." Who was the author of the poems?
    William Shakespeare
    Sir Philip Sidney
    John Donne
    Edmund Spenser

2. About 1790, a girl of fifteen wrote a spoof of the fashionable type of sentimental novel, but it was not published till 1922. The dedication reads: "To Madame la Comtesse de Feuillide this novel is inscribed by her obliged humble servant, the Author." Who was this author?
    Mary Shelley
    Jane Austen
    Lady Caroline Lamb
    Fanny Burney

3. "To George Washington, President of the United States of America: Sir, I present you a small treatise in defence of those principles of freedom which your exemplary virtue hath so eminently contributed to establish." Which book was dedicated in this way during Washington's first term as President?
    "The Social Contract" by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    "The Rights of Man: Part One" by Thomas Paine
    "A Vindication of the Rights of Women" by Mary Wollstonecraft
    "Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States" by John Adams

4. "Bob Southey! You're a poet - Poet Laureate,
And representative of all the race.
Although 'tis true that you turned out a Tory at
Last, yours has lately been a common case."

Which poet begins the versified dedication of one of his best known poems in this way?

5. A poem published in 1898 is dedicated "In memoriam C. T. W., sometime Trooper of the Royal Horse Guards, obiit H. M. Prison, Reading, Berkshire, July 7, 1896." Who was the author?
    Alfred Noyes
    A. E. Housman
    Oscar Wilde
    Rudyard Kipling

6. A work of fiction set in a school and published in 1899 is dedicated "To Cormell Price, Headmaster, United Services College, Westward Ho!, Bideford, Devon, 1874 - 1894." What is the book?
    "Eric, or Little by Little" by Dean Farrar
    "Tom Brown's Schooldays" by Thomas Hughes
    "Stalky & Co" by Rudyard Kipling
    "Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School" by Frank Richards

7. Who, in 1936, dedicated a murder mystery "to my many archaeological friends in Iraq and Syria"?
    Dorothy L. Sayers
    Agatha Christie
    Ngaio Marsh
    Margery Allingham

8. "They say my verse is sad: no wonder;
Its narrow measure spans
Tears of eternity and sorrow -
Not mine, but man's.
This is for all ill-treated fellows
Unborn and unbegot,
For them to read when they're in trouble
And I am not."

The collection of poems with this dedication appeared in 1936, just after the author's death.
Who was the author?
    A. E. Housman
    John Masefield
    Siegfried Sassoon
    Rudyard Kipling

9. "This book is dedicated to all those who, working, playing, loving, living and dying at their Level of Incompetence, provided the data for the founding and development of the salutary science of Hierarchiology." Which book, published in 1969, carries this dedication?
    "One-Upmanship" by Stephen Potter
    "Parkinson's Law" by C. Northcote Parkinson
    "The Peter Principle" by Laurence J. Peter
    "The Organization Man" by William H. Whyte

10. "The Searching Spirit," an autobiography published in 1978, is dedicated "to Oma and Elsa." Who was the author?
    Jacques Cousteau
    Billy Graham
    Joy Adamson
    Thor Heyerdahl

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