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Alex Haley - Alex Haley was charged with plagiarism in separate lawsuits, each filed in the spring of 1977.The novel Roots - The Saga of an American Family spawned a 1977 TV miniseries. Who wrote the book?

Richard III - He was the last York king.According to Shakespeare, which king would have loved to have had a horse when he was defeated at the Battle of Bosworth?

The Hobbit - The Hobbit was published on 21 September 1937.In which of the following books would you find the character named Bilbo Baggins?

   a. The Invisible Man  

   b. The Hobbit 

   c. War of the Worlds 

   d. 1984 


 A Confederacy of Dunces - After Simon and Schuster rejected it, because it   In 1969, an unpublished writer named John Kennedy Toole killed himself. Then, of course, his novel was not only published, but became a huge hit and even won a Pulitzer Prize. What was the book?

The Sun Also Rises - The book is still called Fiesta in many international editions. Other possible titles included Two Lie Together, River to the Sea, and The Old Leaven.Hemingway wanted to call this book about Jake Barnes and his expat friends "Fiesta". Instead, his publisher used a line from Ecclesiastes 1.5. What book is this?

Norman Mailer - In the 1990s, CNN Headline News started calling data at the bottom of the screen 'factoids'.Who is credited with coining the word "factoid" in a 1973 book about Marilyn Monroe, intending it to mean widely believed made-up facts?

DOS for Dummies - Written by Dan Goodkin, DOS For Dummies nearly had a different name, as the publisher felt the 'for Dummies' tag demeaned the readers.The first "For Dummies" book came out in 1991. What was it about?

Miguel de Cervantes - He spent five years as a slave in Algeria before his family paid his ransom, having tried four times to escape.Which writer lost use of his left hand at the Battle of Lepanto and was once kidnapped by Barbary pirates?

King Lear - Larry Cook divides his farmland among his three daughters, Ginny, Rose and Caroline.Jane Smiley's "A Thousand Acres" is a Pulitzer Prize winning agricultural retelling of what Shakespeare play?

Ezra Pound - He spent 25 days in an open-air cage, had some sort of nervous breakdown, and was moved to a medical tent. The Cantos describes life in the prison.What poet won the first-ever Library of Congress Bollingen Award, for the Pisan Cantos, which he wrote while indicted for treason after World War II?

Lord Byron - Her husband, William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, became Britain's prime minister and has an Australian city named for him.According to Lady Caroline Lamb, what clubfooted British poet was "mad, bad and dangerous to know"?

Cardinal Richelieu - Although depicted as a villain, Louis XIII's cardinal restored French power. Indeed, despite the fame of the Three Musketeers, in 1616 Louis organized the Swiss Guards to protect him.Athos, Portos and Aramis weren't real, but Armand Jean du Plessis sure was. By what name do we better know him?

James Herriot - James Herriot is the pen name of James Alfred Wight.The TV series, All Creatures Great and Small is based on which author's books?

Peter Benchley - Benchley also authored The Deep, a book about a honeymooning couple discovering two sunken treasures.The blockbuster movie, Jaws, was based on a book that was written by whom?

War and Peace - Written by Leo Tolstoy, Newsweek ranked it first in its list of the Top 100 Books in 2009.The characters named Desinov and Dolokhov can be found in what well-known novel?

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