issue 40: January - February 2004 

QUIZ18th-Century English Literature

A good tough quiz to end the year, which even had a winner, Gillian McAllister from England. The prize is gone but if you would like a go click here - but, no peeking below, no stooping to conquer...

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Names, please . . .

1. Prototype for Barbara Walters and Geraldo, he got exclusives with Rousseau, Voltaire and even a newsworthy revolutionary Corsican general, Pasquale di Paoli, before his daddy said he had to come home and settle down. Which, fortunately, he didn’t quite do.
James Boswell

2. A good friend and benefactor to the London literati - helping to found the Literary Club - he made his name in another area of the arts and lived in what is now Leicester Square, where his ear trumpet was a familiar fixture.    Sir Joshua Reynolds

3. If your words or deeds displeased this writer, he’d likely pen, in the spirit of the times, a scathing satire about you - probably in heroic couplets written in a grotto.  Alexander Pope

4. Letter and fiction writer, this connoisseur was also known for his purchase of "a little plaything house" outside London which he turned into a thirty-room Gothic castle, complete with plaster battlements and towers.  Sir Horace Walpole

5. This minor poet made a name for himself by writing a collection which contains an often anthologized poem that begins: "DEAR Madam, did you never gaze / Thro’ Optic-glass, on rotten Cheese?" Stephen Duck 

6. One of the first feminists, who wrote a memorable feminist tract, this well-known woman died giving birth to a writer who would eclipse her in fame. Mary Wollstonecraft

7. Under a pseudonym in 1722, this author wrote a hauntingly realistic eyewitness account of the Great Plague of 1665 - an extraordinary feat considering this "honest cheat" was only five years old at the time. Daniel Defoe 

8. At age twelve, this writer discovered a name in an epitaph at a local church and began writing as though he himself were this person, whom he conceived as a fifteenth-century Bristol priest. When his verse was exposed as being "18th century," he became depressed and committed suicide at age seventeen.  Thomas Chatterton

9. This unfortunate writer, who once wrote under the pseudonym of "Mrs. Midnight," died in a debtors' prison and before that was confined in an insane asylum where he insisted that visitors get down on their knees and pray with him, which many of London’s literati did. Christopher Smart

10. A fattened child of one year in age, this writer proposed, would make a delicious fricassee for the rich. Jonathan Swift

11. He made the famous slip of defining "pastern" as the "knee" of a horse rather than the part of the foot between the fetlock and hoof.  Samuel Johnson

Novels, if you would . . .

12. All the Gothic trimmings are here in this first modern-style thriller of romance and terror, later parodied by Jane Austin and taken up by Hammer Horror films. Mysteries of Udolpho

13. The simple plot covers a round trip from Wales to London, to Scotland and back again, its principal interest lying in the interplay of characters, whose mutual hostility is resolved in the end, turning them into "a family of love." Humphry Clinker

14. In this novel, the characters at one point find themselves in the snowy mountains on the Spanish/French border, fighting off wolves and bears.  Robinson Crusoe

15. This title character’s virginity was under threat (and eventually lost) for over a million pages as she writes about it and writes about it and writes about it . . .    Clarissa

16. Until its republication in the 20th century, this porno novel's fame was mainly limited to copies sold surreptitiously to special customers; it differs from others of the era in that it develops its characers with some care and exhibits literary qualities of satire and comedy. Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, more commonly known as Fanny Hill, by John Cleland

17. In this popular novel of sentiment, the parish priest and his large family live an idyllic life until he loses his money and all hell breaks loose. Happy ending, though. The Vicar of Wakefield

18. Among the many adventures of this title character, one includes unknowingly marrying her brother and having loads of kids. Moll Flanders

Characters from fiction, poetry and drama . . .

19. The person who tells Tom Jones that Tom’s lady love "was lain with by half the young fellows at Bath," and goes on to broadside Tom with a bottle of wine. Ensign Northerton

20. Lusty lady who tries every which way to seduce the brother of Pamela. Lady Booby from Joseph Andrews

21. This woman - with unfortunate consequences - asked her husband during sex if he remembered to wind the clock. Mrs. Shandy

22. She is shamed and dishonored, poor girl, when a strand of her hair is snipped. Belinda from A Rape of the Lock

23. Beautiful, naive daughter of a marquis, who has a passion for reading romances which influences her approach to life and causes many comical and melodramatic misunderstandings. Arabella, from The Female Quioxte

24. This rascal receives stolen goods, and then, to make extra money, informs on his clients, including his daughter’s husband.  Peachum from The Beggar's Opera

25. When he fails to receive the expected fortune from his wife, this gentleman abandons her and his child. Later, when asked to recognize his daughter as his own, he insists she’s been in his care since infancy. Sir John Belmont from Evelina by Fanny Burney

26. This wise old philosopher, born in Africa, accompanies a young prince on his journey to learn of the world. Imlac from Rasselas

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issue 40: January - February 2004  

Short Fiction

Mary Woronov: George and Shoe Store
Leelila Strogov: Fatso
Simmone Howell: Golden
Connla Stokes: The Splurgy Shore
picks from back issues
Lynn Coady: Jesus Christ, Murdeena
Pedro Juan Gutiérrez: Buried in Shit
and Stars and Losers


Manuel Vázquez Montalbán: 1939 – 2003
The man and his work
Two reviews
: An Olympic Death
and The Buenos Aires Quintet


Ilan Stavans


John Steinbeck
answers to last issue’s 18th-Century English Literature

Readers' Poll

Readers’ Poll Results - Best/Worst of 2003

Book Reviews

Demonized and The Devil in Me by Christopher Fowler
The Epicure’s Lament by Kate Christensen
Blind Love by Mary Woronov
Lizard Dreaming of Birds by John Gist
Dreamland by Newton Thornburg

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