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Game: Can you guess the author?

Asked by ezraglenn (3454 points ) June 11th, 2008

After my miniature version of this game in this, gailcalled suggested I create a whole question devoted to playing the “guess the author game.”

The rules are thus:
Thou shalt post a great quote from a beloved work of literature, and;
Thou shalt not post the author’s name or the title of the work from whence it came and;
Thou shalt make attempts at guessing the authors and specific works which pertain to the other quotes.
...And thou shalt enjoy it.

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susanc's avatar

“Reader, I married him.”

ezraglenn's avatar

“People have thought she tried to cross the lake
At Lochan Neck where zesty skaters crossed
From Exe to Wye on days of special frost.
Others supposed she might have lost her way
By turning left from Bridgeroad; and some say
She took her poor young life. I know. You know.”

paulc's avatar

“The women were proposed to be taxed according to their beauty and skill in dressing, wherein they had the same privilege with the men, to be determined by their own judgment. But constancy, chastity, good sense, and good nature, were not rated, because they would not bear the charge of collecting.”

ezraglenn's avatar

!!!@susanc: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte (or is it Emily? ha ha ha) Bronte.

joeysefika's avatar

“Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin van-guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition”

ezraglenn's avatar

@joey, what a litter of alliteration!

arnbev959's avatar

@joey, it sounds like its from V for Vendetta. is there a book?

kevbo's avatar

Two from the same novel:

He had decided to live forever or die in the attempt, and his only mission each time he went up was to come down alive.

He felt goose pimples clacking all over him as he gazed down despondently at the grim secret Snowden had spilled all over the messy floor. It was easy to read the message in his entrails. Man was matter, that was Snowden’s secret. Drop him out a window and he’ll fall. Set fire to him and he’ll burn. Bury him and he’ll rot, like other kinds of garbage. The spirit gone, man is garbage. That was Snowden’s secret. Ripeness was all.

A bonus quote (again from the same novel) just for topical relevancy:

You know, that might be the answer – to act boastfully about something we ought to be ashamed of. That’s a trick that never seems to fail.

http://wikiquote.org is my new favorite Web site.

kevbo's avatar

Work is love made visible.

And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.

Mtl_zack's avatar

@kevbo’s 2nd post, it reminds me of something mordechai richler might write, but im not absolutely positive. and i think the first one is from a danish guy, whose name has weird letters in it. something like hoeg.

kevbo's avatar

Nope. The second guy is Middle Eastern by birth and the first is American.

arnbev959's avatar

I think the first one is from Catch 22.

mirza's avatar

Work is love made visible. is from the Prophet by Kahlil gibran
He had decided to is from Catch-22
People have thought she tried to cross the lake is from The Rape of the Lock
Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran is from V for Vendetta
The women were proposed to be taxed ” is from Gulliver’s Travels

damn I am good

Trustinglife's avatar

@Mirza, are you good, or are you Google? And damn, if you’re good, you’re really good!

joeysefika's avatar

@petethepothead, for shame.
“is there a book”
It was originally a book (graphic novel) and a great one at that
But yes you’re right

kevbo's avatar

@mirza & pete, bravo!

jstringham21's avatar

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

jstringham21's avatar

“Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”

sarahsugs's avatar

So we beat on…
Great Gatsby, no?

mirza's avatar

@jstingham – the first one is the last paragraph of The Great Gastby. The second one is from good old Holden Caulfield.

@TrustingLife – I read four of the books on the previous answer and my girlfriend read the rape of the lock

gailcalled's avatar

“Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.”

gailcalled's avatar

“And did thee feel the earth move?”

gailcalled's avatar

“Her voice is full of money.”

kevbo's avatar

stately is Ulysses. I just happened to see that yesterday while I was looking up quotes, although I read a chunk of the beginning, too.

mirza's avatar

her voice is full of money is from the great gatsby where they are talking about daisy

gailcalled's avatar

So, who’s doing this from memory and who is peeking? I am doing a bit of both. But I have an idea of the quote I want before I cheat.

gailcalled's avatar

P.S. I cheat only when I want my quote to be accurate. I rely on memory to take a stab at author.

gailcalled's avatar

Polygraph read-out available on request.

readergirl119's avatar

Can you put poems on? If so, here’s a quote:

Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne’er succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
Requires a sorest need.
Not one of all the purple Host
Who took the Flag today
Can tell the definition
So clear of Victory
As he defeated — dying —
On whose forbidden ear
The distant strains of triumph
Burst agonized and clear!

mirza's avatar

@readergirl119: i think its from The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. My lady-friend says its by Emily Dickinson

readergirl119's avatar

It is by Emily Dickinson.

readergirl119's avatar

Who can get this one?

Upon the gallows hung a wretch,
Too sullied for the hell
To which the law entitled him.
As nature’s curtain fell
The one who bore him tottered in, —
For this was woman’s son.
”‘Twere all I had,” she stricken gasped —
Oh, what a livid boon

arnbev959's avatar

Emily Dickinson?

NVOldGuy's avatar

How about
On the beach – On the beach – On the beach – This is the way the world ends not with a bang but a whimper.

readergirl119's avatar

@petethepothead: That’s exactly right!

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