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A Quote in the Title
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"Many famous authors have used quotations for the titles of some of their works. How many of these ten examples of "quoted titles" do you remember?"
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When John Wyndham wrote "The Kraken Wakes", his novel of a world invaded by ocean dwelling aliens, he took the title from a sonnet, and had his protagonist quote it in the book.
Who originally penned these lines?
"His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee"
Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" novels have enjoyed great success all over the world. When he wrote the 31st one, he chose the title "Monstrous Regiment". This phrase was originally coined in an essay entitled "The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women."
Who wrote this essay?
Pope Pius XII
Of the four titles listed here, three of them use lines originally written by William Shakespeare for their titles. Can you spot the one that was originally written by someone else?
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Under the Greenwood Tree
Evil Under the Sun
Brave New World
Phillip Pullman's fantasy trilogy began with "The Golden Compass" and the three books were collectively known as "His Dark Materials". Whose work was being quoted in both those titles?
Both John Updike and John Steinbeck have written novels which take quotations from the same source for their titles.
Where did the phrases "In the Beauty of the Lilies" and "The Grapes of Wrath" originate?
The Battle Hymn of the Republic
The speeches of Abraham Lincoln
Gilgamesh the King
The writings of Plato
Both "The Young in One Another's Arms" by Jane Rule, and "No Country for Old Men" by Cormac McCarthy, take for their titles quotations from a poem called "Sailing to Byzantium".
Who wrote this poem?
Whose work was Agatha Christie quoting when she named one of her novels "The Moving Finger"?
John Ringo's science fiction series about an alien invasion of Earth, is sometimes called "The Voyage of the Space Bubble" series.
Three of the four books in the series take their titles from lines from the famous poem "Jabberwocky". Who wrote the poem "Jabberwocky"?
H G Wells
The last book by Robert A. Heinlein to be published during his lifetime was "To Sail Beyond the Sunset", in 1988. Who wrote the poem that the title quotes?
"Of Mice and Men" is possibly John Steinbeck's best known work, but do you know from whose poem Steinbeck quoted when he chose the phrase "of mice and men" for the title?
Robert Louis Stevenson
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