In a recent writer’s group discussion we were throwing out trivia questions about some of our favorite writers. … I though it might be fun to post a quiz based totally on writers who have some strong connection to Mississippi in their personal history. (Answers will be posted in a couple of days.)
1. Which of the following is true about William Faulkner?
… His 1949 Nobel Prize speech was greeted with only polite applause at it’s conclusion as the audience could hardly hear him… later was recognized as one of the great speeches in the history of the award.
… He sent laundry home, by train from New Orleans, to his mother to be washed, dried, ironed, and returned to him the next day.
… He was once asked by Clark Gable, “Oh, Mr. Faulkner, do you write?”
… All the above.
2. Mississippi affiliated Pulitzer Prize winners: What was the winning work (book) for each of the following?
Tennessee Williams 1948 & 53 Faulkner 1963
David Haberstam 1964 Eudora Welty 1973
3. Which Mississippi writer became ( the youngest ever ) editor of Harpers’ Magazine?
Willie Morris Lynne Bryant
Walter Percy James Street
4. Eudora Welty had a long term relationship with which crime detective writer:
Raymond Chandler Elmore Leonard
Ross MacDonald Lew Archer
5. Which Civil War writer has recently done a novel about the stretch of railroad from Meridian to New Orleans? …
Howard Bahr Barry Hannah
Shelby Foote Timothy Smith
6. Jill Conner Brown made which of the following famous?
fried okra Muscatine wine
milk of magnesia bottle art sweet potatoes
7. Which of the following is ( are ) better known for other endeavors than for their writing?
Jerry Clower Jimmy Buffett
William Hodding Carter All the above
8. Which of the following were football players for major Mississippi universities?
Paige Cothren Jerry Clower
Archie Manning All the above
9. Which of the following is a fellow alumnus of Robin Roberts and a winner of the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Olympia Vernon Greg Iles
Julie Smith Alice Walker
10 Who was the first living author to have his/her works published by the Library of America series?
William Faulkner Eudora Welty
Shelby Foote David Haberstam