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Literary Landmarks of New York
"Many works of literature have been set in Manhattan. In this quiz, you will have to link several NYC sites to the authors who wrote about them."
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Many of the sights of New York have inspired great poems. Hart Crane wrote a famous poem dedicated to which of the following New York landmarks?
The Empire State Building
Washington Square Park
Tiffany's jewelry store was a setting for "Breakfast at Tiffany's". Who wrote it?
Just before his breakdown in "The Catcher in The Rye", to which Central Park location did Holden Caufield take his little sister, Phoebe?
The Central Park Zoo
The Central Park Carousel
The Alice in Wonderland statue
The Wollman Skating Rink
New Yorkers Walt Whitman and Herman Melville were born in the same year (1819) and died one year apart (Whitman in 1892--Melville in 1891). That was about all they had in common. Whitman celebrated the growth of New York, while Melville despised its mercantilism. And yet, for completely opposite reasons, both were drawn to this New York location. Which one is it?
The South Street Sea Port
Throughout the 1920s, a circle of writers called themselves members of "The Round Table". The group included Dorothy Parker, Alexander Woolcott, Edna Ferber, Robert Benchley, George S. Kaufman and Heywood Broun, among others. Where did this group meet regularly?
The Algonquin Hotel
Henry James' relationship with New York was complex, to say the least. He was born here but ultimately rejected it--and America--to become a British citizen. However, New York was the setting for a few of his works. Which New York location did Henry James live near and feature prominently in one of his novels?
The 1920s were known for many things but there was nothing quite like the literary and cultural explosion that took place in Harlem, known as the "Harlem Renaissance". Which of the following writers is closely associated with the Harlem Renaissance?
Louisa May Alcott
Zora Neale Hurston
Harriet Beecher Stowe
All of these
Born in a hotel room near Times Square, this American playwright is known for his gritty, realistic dramas. He is also the only American playwright to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Which playwright am I talking about?
Just about all of this playwright's dramas are set in New York. He wrote "Barefoot in the Park", "Brighton Beach Memoirs", "Plaza Suite" and "Broadway Bound"? Who is this playwright?
I saved the hardest one for last: "A Visit from St. Nicholas", better known as "The Night Before Christmas", has been attributed to New Yorker, Clement Clarke Moore. Moore owned an enormous estate on the West Side of Manhattan, which is now an entire neighborhood. Which neighborhood was the former Clarke estate?
The East Village
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