How did you do with title clues?

In my last post, I gave you a dozen clues containing the name of a bestselling novel from between 1900 and 1969. You were to answer with the name of another bestselling novel of that period.

Here are the clues and the answers I came up with. Your choices may be different as long as they make sense.


1. The Prince of Foxes is their den leader.

The Vixens

2. Simon The Jester would have felt right at home here.

The House of Mirth

3. The Weavers need this for their work.

The Shuttle

4. Encouraging words for someone at The Point of No Return.

Tomorrow Will Be Better

5. There’s nothing for The Listener to do here.

The Silent Places

6. The Daughter of Anderson Crow, Rosemary’s Baby, and B. F.’s Daughter are all members of this group.

The Younger Set

7. Whatever The Breakfast of Champions is, it isn’t this.

Red Pottage

8. The Gambler might have been willing to risk it.

The Hundredth Chance

9. The Judgment House sees both of these.

The Just and the Unjust

10. First thing Tomorrow Morning

Dawn

11. The Pretenders earn a living here.

Theatre

12. When The Rains Came this died down.

Wildfire


On the last day of 2016, I’ll post my picks for the best novels I reviewed this year. Check back to see how my choices measure up to yours.

© 2016 Linda Gorton Aragoni

Title clues test your verbal skills

Instead of a review today, I’m going to give you chance to test your deductive powers with a quiz based on titles of bestselling vintage novels from 1900 to 1969.

I’ll give you a clue that includes a book title. You respond with the title of a different bestselling novel.

For example, if I said, “This might have been left in The Bishop’s Carriage,” you might say The Bishop’s Mantle.


Here you go:

  1. The Prince of Foxes  is their den leader.
  2. Simon The Jester  would have felt right at home here.
  3. The Weavers need this for their work.
  4. Encouraging words for someone at  The Point of No Return.
  5. There’s nothing for The Listener to do here.
  6. The Daughter of Anderson CrowRosemary’s Baby, and B. F.’s Daughter are all members of this group.
  7. Whatever The Breakfast of Champions is, it isn’t this.
  8. The Gambler might have been willing to risk it.
  9. The Judgment House sees both of these.
  10. It will be first thing Tomorrow Morning
  11. The Pretenders earn a living here.
  12. When The Rains Came, this died down.

If you get stuck, you can look through the site pages listing the bestselling novels from 1900 to 1969.

I’ll post my answers on December 27.

© 2016 Linda Gorton Aragoni

Name that novelist

Some of the bestselling authors of the first half of the 20th century had wider name recognition among Americans than many of today’s celebrities.

That may seem odd, but the total population was smaller then, and there were fewer media outlets competing for attention.

Having books in a home was a indication of social status or at least social aspirations.

Besides that, books were not ephemeral products; for the most part, they were printed on high quality paper that lasted.

Can you identify the novelists in these descriptions?

Below are descriptions of five novelists who were names were household words in their heyday. See how many you can identify. (Answers below the photos.)

1. He had the same novel on the bestseller list four times in a span of 11 years.

2. This ex-preacher is said to be the first man to have a novel sell a million copies and the first novelist to become a millionaire.

3. Critical acclaim and sales don’t always go together, but this novelist took first-place honors on the bestseller list before her novel netted a Pulitzer and was instrumental in her the Nobel Prize for literature.

4. This outdoorsman and conservationist was a prolific novelist who wrote nonfiction and children’s literature, too. Today, however, he’s primarily remembered for his writing about the occult.

5. Despite his famous English name, prolific novelistic output, and regular appearance on the bestseller list between 1900 and 1915, this American novelist is virtually forgotten today.

photos of four novelists
Does any of these novelists fit one of the descriptions?

 

The names of the bestselling novelists

1. Lloyd C. Douglas made the bestseller list with his biblical epic The Robe in 1942, 1943, 1944, and again in 1953 when the film version of the novel was released.

2. Harold Bell Wright is the ex-preacher who made money and historical footnotes in the publishing business. Wright published his first novel at the insistence of his congregation. When he published his second, they kicked him out. From then on, writing became his full-time occupation.

3. Pearl S. Buck  won popular and critical acclaim for The Good Earth before making a name for herself as a civil rights and women’s rights activist.

4. Late in life, The Silent Places author Stewart Edward White became interested in psychic phenomena. White wrote The Unobstructed Universe (1940), which he based on communications from his late wife.

5. The Winston Churchill whose name is nearly always joined to the phrase “American novelist” was a household name in the early twentieth century. Churchill  hit the bestseller list with Richard Carvel (1900) The Crisis (1901), The Crossing (1904), Coniston (1906), Mr. Crewe’s Career (1908), A Modern Chronicle (1910), The Inside of the Cup (1913 and 1914), A Far County (1915).

Let’s Compare Answers to Novel Titles Quiz

Here are the clues to the just-for-fun quiz, and my suggested answers. All the clues and all the answers are from novels on the bestseller lists between 1900 and 1970. My answers are not the only ones that fit the clues. Use the comments box to provide better alternatives.

1. Another term for The Deliverance.

My choice: Escape

2. What might have been left in The Bishop’s Carriage.

My choice: The Bishop’s Mantle

3. A likely inhabitant for The House of Mirth.

My choice: Simon the Jester

4. In Western nations, Seventeen  is usually considered a year early.

My choice: When a Man’s a Man

5. He might have carried The Black Bag.

My choice: The Doctor

6. A White Bird Flying might sing it.

My choice: Swan Song

7. If WInter Comes, these may follow.

My choice: The Hounds of Spring

8. The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come might have carried it.

My choice: A Lamb in His Bosom

9. Pride’s Castle probably had them.

My choice: High Towers

10. Who led The Caine Mutiny?

My choice: The Disenchanted

© 2013 Linda Gorton Aragoni

Think You Know Old Novels? Test Yourself

If you’re full of turkey, exhausted from shopping, and unable to watch another minute of football, curl up with this just-for-fun quiz.

The clue contains the title of one bestseller published between 1900 and 1970. Your answer should be the title of another bestseller of that period.  Base your answers solely on the titles of the novels.

Need some help? Check the bestseller lists. There’s a link above the logo for this page.

Ready?

  1. Another term for The Deliverance.
  2. What might have been left in The Bishop’s Carriage.
  3. A likely inhabitant for The House of Mirth.
  4. In Western nations, Seventeen  is usually considered a year early
  5. He might have carried The Black Bag.
  6. A White Bird Flying might sing it.
  7. If WInter Comes, these may follow.
  8. The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come might have carried it.
  9. Pride’s Castle probably had them
  10. Who lead The Caine Mutiny?

I’ll post my answers Wednesday, and we can compare notes.

Answers to the jobs challenge

Here are the answers to Sunday’s just-for-fun quiz about jobs.

If you missed the puzzle, each clue contained a reference to one bestselling novel. The answer is the title of another bestseller that contains a job title.

1. He might have commanded The Ship of Fools.

Answer: The Captain from Castile.

2. The Rector of Justin might have aspired to this.

Answer: The Bishop’s Mantle

3. This man would like The Shoes of the Fisherman.

Answer: The Cardinal

4. He is peddling The Billion Dollar Sure Thing.

Answer: The Embezzeler

5. The Honorary Consul reports to this person.

Answer: The Ambassador.

6. These guys at HQ have No Time for Sergeants

Answer:  Captains and Kings

7. Burr, he said.

Answer: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

8. Oh, Money! Money! is their cry.

Answer:   The Moneychangers

9. They obvious choice for stealthy attack on The Enemy Camp.

Answer: The Green Berets.

10. He works The Farm.

Answer: The Harvester.

Incidentally, The Harvester was the top selling novel in 1912. It would have had a review in this spot today except that I reviewed it last year on the anniversary of it’s fifth place spot on the 1911 bestseller list.

Look for a review of  1912’s second biggest seller,  The Street Called Straight, here at Great Penformances on Sunday, Sept. 9.

Jobs puzzle for vintage novel lovers

On this Labor Day weekend, here’s a just-for-fun quiz about jobs.

Each clue contains a reference to one bestselling novel. The answer is the title of another bestseller. The clue or the answer or both contains a job title. For example, if I said, “He might have carried The Black Bag,” you might answer The Doctor or Dr. Zhivago.

  1. He might have commanded The Ship of Fools.
  2. The Rector of Justin might have aspired to this.
  3. This man would like The Shoes of the Fisherman.
  4. He is peddling The Billion Dollar Sure Thing.
  5. The Honorary Consul reports to this person.
  6. These guys at HQ have No Time for Sergeants
  7. Burr, he said.
  8. Oh, Money! Money! is this character’s cry.
  9. They obvious choice for stealthy attack on The Enemy Camp.
  10. He works The Farm.

I will post answers Wednesday.

Have a happy Labor Day.

Answers to job titles quiz

Here are answers to the quiz about job titles that appear in titles of pre-1970 bestselling novels.  Links are provided to reviews of novels that have appeared on this blog earlier.

1) One had a carriage, one had a cloak: bishop [The Bishop’s Mantle, Agnes Sligh Turnbull, 1948 ; In the Bishop’s Carriage, Miriam Michelson, 1904]

2 ) Honeyman: The Keeper of the Bees [Gene Stratton-Porter, 1925]

3) No fletcher, he:  Arrowsmith [Sinclair Lewis, 1925]

4) A jurist without prudence: The Prodigal Judge [Vaughan Kester, 1911]

5) Ralph Connor and Mary Roberts Rinehart wrote of him: doctor [The Doctor, Connor, 1904, and Rinehart; 1936]

6) A prestigious political appointee: ambassador [The Ambassador, Morris West, 1965]

7) White collar criminal: embezzler [The Embezzler, Louis Auchincloss, 1966]

8) An unlikely hero for a Fox: shepherd [The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come by John Fox Jr.,1904]

9) Wears red hat, may carry a baseball: cardinal [The Cardinal, Henry Morton Robinson, 1951]

10)  They might have made props for a Tennessee Williams play: glass-blowers [The Glass-Blowers , Daphne du Maurier, 1963]

© 2012 Linda Gorton Aragoni

Novel professionals: a quiz for readers

Work is an important part of most people’s lives, so it is not surprising that job titles show up in the titles of novels. The answer to each of these clues is the title of a twentieth century bestseller before 1970.

How many of these occupations can you identify?

  1. One had a carriage, one had a cloak.
  2. Honeyman
  3. No fletcher, he
  4. A jurist without prudence
  5. Ralph Connor and Mary Roberts Rinehart wrote of him
  6. A prestigious political appointee
  7. White collar criminal
  8. An unlikely hero for a Fox
  9. Wears red hat, may carry a baseball
  10. They might have made props for a Tennessee Williams play

Answers will be posted June 2.

© 2012 Linda Gorton Aragoni

Answers to Novel Bible Titles Quiz

Here are the answers to Wednesday’s quiz. If I have previously reviewed a novel whose title is an answer to a question, I’ve provided a link to the review.

  1. Jacob’s 12 boys: Joseph and His Brethren (H. W. Freeman, 1929)
  2. King David said it first: My Son! My Son! (Howard Spring, 1938)
  3. The last great battle: Armageddon (Leon Uris, 1964)
  4. Isaac’s 7-year-itch: Rebecca (Daphne du Maurier, 1938)
  5. Samson at his last public appearance: Eyeless in Gaza  (Aldous Huxley, 1936)
  6. A first for Noah — and everyone else: The Rains Came (Louis Bromfield, 1937)
  7. Peter was given them: The Keys of the Kingdom (A. J. Cronin, 1941)
  8.  Worth a gamble: The Robe  (Lloyd C. Douglas, 1953)
  9. Describes Goliath perfectly: Giant  (Edna Ferber, 1952)
  10. Stephen was the first Christian one: The Martyred (Richard E. Sim, 1964)
  11. Departure from Egypt: Exodus (Leon Uris, 1959)
  12. Time for circumcision:  The Eighth Day (Thornton Wilder, 1969)
  13. Where Joseph was when the Midianites came along: The Pit (Frank Norris, 1903)
  14. Passover comestible: Unleavened Bread  (Robert Grant, 1900)
  15. The lawgiver:  Moses (Sholem Asch, 1951)