Richard Lederer's Literary Trivia

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Richard Lederer's Literary Trivia

What fictional detective survived an attempted murder by his creator? (Sherlock Holmes)

Who was the single mother, living on state benefits, whose wizardly series of novels has made her the richest writer in England? (J. K. Rowling)

Which American poet composed and read a poem at John F. Kennedy's inauguration? (Robert Frost)

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Overview

Richard Lederer's Literary Trivia

What fictional detective survived an attempted murder by his creator? (Sherlock Holmes)

Who was the single mother, living on state benefits, whose wizardly series of novels has made her the richest writer in England? (J. K. Rowling)

Which American poet composed and read a poem at John F. Kennedy's inauguration? (Robert Frost)

Richard Lederer is the author of more than 3,000 books and articles about language. His syndicated column, "Looking at Language," appears in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. He has been elected International Punster of the Year and has been profiled in The New Yorker, People and The National Enquirer. Lederer hosts A Way with Words on weekend public radio. He lives with his wife in San Diego.

"Richard Lederer is the True King of Language Comedy."
-Sidney Sheldon

"If America had 'Living National Treasures,' the way Japan and Korea do, Richard Lederer would be one."
-Barbara Wallraff, author of Your Own Words

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423602118
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 4/12/2007
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Lederer is the author of more than 35 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series. He is founding cohost of A Way with Words on public radio and his syndicated column, "Looking at Language," appears in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. He lives in San Diego.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     9
Authors     16
Authorial Anecdotes     18
Author! Author! Author!     28
Letter-Perfect Writers     33
Pen-Ultimate Names     36
Titles     42
The Mother of All Titles     44
Heavyweight Titles     52
Title Search     62
Playing the Numbers Game     71
Works     78
Try These for Openers     80
Unreal Estate     87
Super Sleuths     92
Notable, Quotable Poetry     97
Language Throws the Book at Us     104
All's Well That Ends Well     108
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