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October 5, 2009

Literature FAQs


Q. Who is called the father of English poetry?

Ans. Geoffrey Chaucer.

Q. Who is called the father of English Drama?

Ans. Christopher Marlowe.

Q. Who is considered to be the father of English prose?

Ans. Sir Francis Bacon.

Q. Who is considered to be the father of modern English literature?

Ans. George Bernard Shaw.

Q. Who is supposed to be the greatest modern English dramatist?

Ans. George Bernard Shaw.

Q. Who was the greatest modern American short story writer?

Ans. O. Henry.

Q. Who is deemed to be the most famous satirist in English literature?

Ans. Jonathan Swift.

Q. Who is called the "Poet of Nature" in English literature?

Ans. William Wordsworth.

Q. Who is considered to be the rebel poet in English literature?

Ans. Lord Byron.

Q. Who is considered to be the poet of beauty in English literature?

Ans. John Keats.

Q. Which English poet was known for his revolutionary fervour?

Ans. P. B. Shelley.

Q. Virginia Woolf is known as a -

Ans. Feminist Writer.

Q. Which school of literary writing is connected with medical theory?

Ans. Comedy of Humours.

Q. Who was the chief proponent of the aesthetic movement?

Ans. Oscar Wilde (Nineteenth-century Irish-born writer).

Q. In which century was the Victorian Period?

Ans. The 19th century.

Q. Did Shakespeare write any novel(s)?

Ans. No.

Q. Who wrote the first English novel?

Ans. Jonathan Swift.

Q. What's the name of the first English novel?

Ans. Robinson Crusoe.

Q. Who composed the first English dictionary compiled?

Ans. Samuel Johnson.

Q. Who was the first English author to receive the Nobel Prize for literature?

Ans. Rudyard Kipling.

Q. Which poet was both a poet and a painter?

Ans. William Blake.

Q. Who is the modern philosopher who was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature?

Ans. Bertrand Russell.

Q. Who brought blank verse in English literature for the first time?

Ans. Henry Howard, the earl of Surrey.

Q. Which English poet was addicted to opium?

Ans. S.T. Coleridge.

Q. Which English poet died of tuberculosis?

Ans. John Keats.

Q. Where did T.S. Eliot born?

Ans. USA.

Q. Where did W.H. Auden born?

Ans. York (city in Yorkshire, northern England).

Q. Where did Katherine Mansfield born?

Ans. New Zealand.

Q. Whose pseudonym was George Orwell?

Ans. Eric Arthur Blair.

Q. Whose pseudonym was Currer Bell?

Ans. Charlotte Brontë.

Q. What was Charlotte Brontë’s married name?

Ans. Mrs. Arthur Bell Nicholls.

Q. Whose pseudonym was Katherine Mansfield?

Ans. Kathleen Murry (née Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp).

Q. What is the full name of O. Henry?

Ans. William Sydney Porter.

Q. What was George Eliot’s real name?

Ans. Mary Ann or Marian Evans.

Q. What is the full name of P.B. Shelley?

Ans. Percy Bysshe (pronounced “Bish”) Shelley.

Q. What is the full name of W.B. Yeats?

Ans. William Butler Yeats.

Q. What is the full name of T.S. Eliot?

Ans. Thomas Stearns Eliot.

Q. What is the full name of  W.H. Auden?

Ans. Wystan Hugh Auden.
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