Test your knowledge of Baltimore's literary heritage

Read Street

November 02, 2008|By dave rosenthal and nancy johnston | dave rosenthal and nancy johnston,dave.rosenthal@baltsun.com and nancy.johnston@baltsun.com

Last week on Read Street, we posted a quiz on Baltimore's literary heritage; today we're expanding it. You can keep score at home, e-mail us with the answers (addresses are below) or comment at Read Street. Folks who answer via e-mail or online will be entered in a book drawing (you don't need a perfect score to win). Many thanks to the University of Baltimore's Literary Heritage Project and the Maryland Humanities Council, which provided information for the questions.

1. He learned about dirty deeds as a Pinkerton investigator here and wrote his best-selling detective novels, in a distinctive sparse, clipped prose.

2. After he was a failure at West Point and the University of Virginia, his fortunes began to turn when he won a $50 prize in a short-story contest in Baltimore.

3. His trilogy, which mixed fictional characters with real-life newsmakers, sought to define America as it flexed its muscles in the early 20th century.

4. Moving here to help a troubled wife, he continued the writings that made him a symbol of the Jazz Age. His great-great-uncle was a famous poet (name him for bonus points).

5. He gained fame for exposing racism's impact and helped found the NAACP. But after moving to Baltimore, he broke with the organization over the issue of integration.

6. This Baltimore-born writer was famous for piercing investigations of industries such as oil and food, and advocated for the common worker.

7. Disenchanted with medical school at Johns Hopkins, she went to Paris to write and hobnob with ground-breaking artists.

8. Social commentary of this cigar-smoking, beer-drinking writer, who joked about the "booboisie," often took aim at religious and political leaders.

9. He was a poet for the people, writing humorous verse about husbands and children, cows and dogs.

10. While headmistress of the Bryn Mawr School, she wrote the book on Greek mythology. But to relax, she really enjoyed reading mystery novels.

You'll find the answers here next week.

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