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Voltaire - Voltaire is a semi-anagram of Arouet. He wanted to 'crush the infamy' of religious superstition. Despite all this, he became influential in the court of Louis XV.Sent to the Bastille twice for making fun of aristocrats, Francois Marie Arouet wisely opted to write under what best of all pen names?

Catch-22 - So, 22 is 11 doubled. He came up with the name with editor Joseph Gottlieb, who would rearrange the book by taping pages to his wall.Joseph Heller wanted to call it Catch-18, but Leon Uris published Mila 18. Catch-11 was out because of Ocean's 11. Catch-17 was out because of Stalag 17. What was the book finally called?

Robert Louis Stevenson - Jekyll, by the way, was originally meant to be pronounced Jeacle, as it would be in Scotland.Although he published The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde under his own name, who published Treasure Island as Captain George North?

James Bond - The book is called either Birds of the West Indies or Field Guide to Birds of the West Indies.What character did Ian Fleming name for the American author of a guide to birds of the West Indies?

Ernest Hemingway - It was also home to John James Audubon. The six-toed descendants of which author's cats roam free in his former home on Whitehead Street in Key West, Florida?

Sue Grafton - The California community of Santa Teresa was actually created by another mystery writer, Ross MacDonald.D is for Detective. Who created Santa Teresa sleuth Kinsey Millhone?

Scarlet Pimpernel - It is so nicknamed for its ability to close up its flowers in a storm.What swashbuckler is named for a primrose known to scientists as Anagallis arvensis and to some as the poor man's barometer?

Writing the Star-Spangled Banner - That cousin was Francis Scott Key.Writer F. Scott Fitzgerald was named for his second cousin, three times removed. What was this cousin famous for doing?

O Henry - William Sydney Porter worked as the night pharmacist and apparently took his pen name from a guard's name badge.What author embezzled a Texas bank, fled to Honduras, returned to the US to visit his dying wife and spent three years in an Ohio prison?

Sherlock Holmes - Holmes credited morphine and cocaine with augmenting his analytical powers. What fictional sleuth produced a handbook on bees and a monograph on more than a hundred varieties of tobacco ash?

Arthur C Clarke - That being said, he co-wrote it with Stanley Kubrick and the actual IBM logo appears twice in the film, in scenes that suggest HAL is an IBM.Although HAL is one letter up from IBM, what SF writer said HAL is actually short for "heuristic algorithmic computer"?

Iago - He also has the most lines of any non-titular Shakespeare character.Even though the play is named for the Moor, who has the most lines in "Othello"?

450 degrees Celsius - That's for rayon fibers. If the paper is made from cotton, it's 475. He called the book Fahrenheit 451 anyway.Ray Bradbury was actually a little confused. What is the actual ignition temperature for paper?

Peter Pan - James Barrie got it from Fwendy-Wendy, his childhood name for a friend named Margaret Henley.Although already in use as a short form of the Welsh name Gwendolyn, "Wendy" is said to have been created in what story, after James Barrie heard a child mispronounce "friend"?

Arthur Conan Doyle - His wrote a widely derided 1922 defending the existence of fairies.My most famous creation believed in deduction and logic, but I was easily fooled by a couple of schoolgirls and their fake photographs of fairies. Who am I?

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