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November 2, 2008

So you know Baltimore's writers -- Part 2

books.jpgLast week, we posted a short quiz on Baltimore’s literary heritage; today we’re expanding it. Answer in a comment and you'll be entered in a book drawing (you don’t need a perfect score to win). Thanks to the University of Baltimore’s Literary Heritage Project, which provided information for some questions. We'll post the answers here on Tuesday.

1. He learned about dirty deeds as a Pinkerton investigator here and wrote his best-selling detective novels, in a distinctive sparse, clipped prose.

2. A failure at West Point and the University of Virginia, his fortunes began to turn when he won a $50 prize in a short story contest in Baltimore.

3. His trilogy, which mixed fictional characters with real-life newsmakers, sought to define America as it flexed its muscles in the early 20th Century.

4. Moving here to help a troubled wife, he continued the writings that made him a symbol of the Jazz Age. His great-granduncle was a famous poet (name him for bonus).

5. He gained fame for exposing racism’s impact and helped found the NAACP. But after moving to Baltimore, he broke with the organization over the issue of integration.

6. Disenchanted with medical school at Johns Hopkins, she went to Paris to write and hobnob with ground-breaking artists.

7. This Baltimore-born writer was famous for piercing investigations of industries such as oil and food, and advocated for the common worker.

8. The social commentary of this cigar-smoking, beer-drinking writer, who joked about the “booboisie,” was often aimed at religious and political leaders.

9. He was a poet for the people, writing humorous verse about husbands and children, cows and dogs.  

10. While headmistress of the Bryn Mawr School, she wrote the book on Greek mythology. But to relax, she really enjoyed reading mystery novels.

Posted by Dave Rosenthal at 6:00 AM | | Comments (19)
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1. Dashiell Hammet
2. Edgar Allan Poe
3. John Dos Passos
4. F. Scott Fitzgerald/Francis Scott Key
5. W.E.B. Du Bois
6. Gertrude Stein
7. Upton Sinclair
8. H. L. Mencken
9. Ogden Nash
10. Edith Hamilton

1. Dashiell Hammett
2. Edgar Allan Poe
3 John Dos Passos
4.F. Scott Fitzgerald / Francis Scott Key
5. W.E.B.Du Bois ( UMass Amherst's library is named for him. )
6.Gertrude Stein
7. Upton Sinclair
8. H.L.Menken
9.Ogden Nash
10. Edith Hamilton
9.

1. Dasheill Hammett
2. Edgar Allan Poe
3. John Dos Passos (USA)
4. F(rancis) Scott (Key) Fitzgerald - Francis Scott Key
5. W.E.B. DuBois
6. Upton Sinclair
7. Gertrude Stein
8. H. L. Mencken
9. Ogden Nash
10. Edith Hamilton

1. Dashiell Hammett
2. Poe
3. Dos Passos
4. F. Scott Fitzgerald (Francis Scott Key)
5. W.E.B. DuBois
6. Upton Sinclair
7. Gertrude Stein
8. Mencken
9. ?
10. Edith Hamilton

1. Dashiell Hammett
2. Edgar Allen Poe
3. John Roderigo Dos Passos
4. F. Scott Fitzgerald/Francis Scott Key
5. William Edward Burghardt DuBois
6. Upton Sinclair
7. Gertrude Stein
8. H.L. Mencken
9. Ogden Nash

1. Dashiell Hammett
2. Edgar Allan Poe
3. John Dos Passos
4. F. Scott Fitzgerald (Great Uncle = Francis Scott Key)
5. W.E.B. DuBois
6. Upton Sinclair
7. Gertrude Stein
8. H.L. Mencken
9. Ogden Nash
10. Edith Hamilton

Here are my answers to the Baltimore's literary heritage quiz in today's Sun (Nov. 2, 2008):
1. Dashiell Hammett
2. Edgar Allan Poe
3. John Dos Passos
4. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Francis Scott Key
5. W.E.B. Dubois
6. Upton Sinclair
7. Gertrude Stein
8. H.L. Mencken
9. Ogden Nash
10. Edith Hamilton

Sir: Here are the answers to your article in today's Sun (11/2):
1. Dashiell Hammett
2. E.A. Poe
3. John Dos Passos
4. F. Scott Fitzgerald (descendant of Francis Scott Key)
5. I'm not sure but I'm guessing W.E.B. Dubois
6. Upton Sinclair
7. Gertrude Stein
8. H.L. Mencken
9. Ogden Nash
10. Edith Hamilton

Here are my answers:
1. Dashiell Hammett
2. E.A. Poe
3. John Dos Passos
4. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Francis Scott Key
5. W.E.B. DuBois
6. clueless
7. Gertrude Stein
8. H.L. Mencken
9. Ogden Nash
10. Edith Hamilton
Great fun. More of these please.

I enjoy reading your column and as a Baltimore tour guide knew most of the answers without having to look them up.
1. Dashiell Hammett. A few of his CONTINENTAL OP stories make reference to Baltimore.
2. Poe
3. Stumped on this one
4. F. Scott Fitzgerald -- wikipedia entry says he is named for Francis Scott Key
5. my educated guess is W.E.B. DuBois. I didn't know about a Baltimore connection with him.
6. Upton Sinclair
7. Gertrude Stein
8. H.L. Mencken
9. Ogden Nash. I use his poem about loving Balti- More over NY in the close of my tours.
10. Edith Hamilton

Dear Inquisitors: I'd like to try with these answers:

1) F. Van Wyck Mason
2) Edgar Allen Poe
3) ?
4) F. Scott Fitzgerald
5) ?
6) Upton Sinclair
7) ?
8) H. L. Mencken
9) Ogden Nash
10) Lizette Woodworth Reese

1. Dashiell Hammett
2. Edgar Allan Poe
3. John Dos Passos
4. F. Scott Fitzgerald
Francis Scott Key
5. W. E. B. DuBois
6. Upton SInclair
7. Dr. Claribel Cone
8. H. L. Mencken
9. Ogden Nash
10. Edith Hamilton

1. Dashiell Hammett 2. Edgar Allan Poe 3. Don't know. 4. F. Scott Fitzgerald (great-great-uncle Francis Scott Key)
5. Don't know 6. Upton Sinclair 7. Gertrude Stein 8.H. L. Mencken 9. Ogden Nash 10. Edith Hamilton

Here are may answers to the Baltimore Literary Heritage Quiz which appeared in the Sunday Sun on November 2:

1. Dashiell Hammett
2. Edgar Allan Poe
3. John Dos Passos
4. F. Scott Fitzgerald
5. W.E.B. DuBois
6. Upton Sinclair
7. Gertrude Stein
8. H.L. Mencken
9. Ogden Nash
10. Edith Hamilton

1. Dashiell Hammett
2. Edgar Allan Poe
3. John Dos Passos
4. F. Scott Fitzgerald
5. W. E. B. Du Bois
6. Upton Sinclair
7. Gertrude Stein
8. H. L. Mencken
9. Ogden Nash
10. Edith Hamilton

These are fun. How about a quiz about contemporary Balto. authors?

Answers to today's quiz:
1. Dashiell Hammett
2. E.A. Poe
3. J. Dos Passos
4. F.S. Fitzgerald/F.S. Key
5. W.E.B. Du Bois
6. Gertrude Stein
7. Upton Sinclair
8. H. L. Mencken
9. Ogden Nash
10. Edith Hamilton

Dashiell Hammett was my cousin, born in St.Mary's Co., MD as I was.He used to bring his grandmother(Old Mrs. Dasheill as we called her) down to visit. My mother used to say Dashiell was the "thinnest man" she ever knew!

1. Dashiell Hammett

2. Edgar A. Poe

3. John Dos Passos

4. F. Scott Fitzgerald [Francis Scott Key]

5. Roy Wilkins

6. Upton Sinclair

7. Clarabel Cone

8. H. M. Mencken

9. Ogden Nash

10. Edith Hamilton


Thanks for the trip!

Answers to questions in November 2nd issue of your column

1.

2. Poe

3. John Dos Passos

4. F. Scott Fitzgerald
Uncle was Francis Scot Key

5.

6. Upton Sinclair

7. Gertrude Stein

8. H. L. Mencken

9. Ogden Nash

10. Edith Hamilton

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Dave Rosenthal came to The Baltimore Sun as a business reporter in 1987 and now is the Maryland Editor. He reads a wide range of books (but never as many as he'd like), usually alternating between non-fiction and fiction. Some all-time favorites: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery; and anything by Calvin Trillin or John McPhee. He belongs to a book club with a Jewish theme.
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