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Baron Morgan

The Baron's Author Limerick Quiz

Mike's challenge is far beyond me, so here's something for those equally lacking. The limerick below relates to an author. Who?

There was a young fellow from Jiangxi
Whose novels were frightfully fancy
But gloomy and dark
With sketches of snark
While he might even have been able to make the last line rhyme and scan

Usual rules, whoever gets it right gets the next go.
TheRejectAmidHair

A writer of dark fantasy born in China ... Mervyn Peake comes to mind here!
Baron Morgan

Very good, Himadri. Peake, bearing in mind that he also illustrated The Hunting of the Snark and wrote poetry. Your go.
TheRejectAmidHair

Two limericks for the price of one:

Convicted and sent to Siberia,
(I ask you! can life get much drearier?)
Admired by Freud,
But still, he annoyed
Nabokov, who thought him inferior.

His novels are pretty good thrillers,
Invariably featuring killers,
But though it sounds odd,
Theyre all about God
The fun bits are no more than fillers.

Which writer am I describing here?
MikeAlx

Fyodor Dostoevsky?
TheRejectAmidHair

That was quick!

Yes, Dostoyevsky it is. Your turn now.
MikeAlx

There once was a man of Tyrone,
Under several names he was known.
His tall tales of Finn
Came with rodents stitched in;
Hempen drawers that with hedgehogs were sewn.
Evie

I know who that is, but am not going to say, because I don't want a turn myself!  But I'm sure someone else will get it.
Baron Morgan

Flann O'Brien, but you'll ahev to wait tuntil IU've worked off the fffects of my eleventh bottle of plain befiore i can fpsoit the next limerick.
Evie

So I see...!   Wink
MikeAlx

Baron Morgan wrote:
Flann O'Brien, but you'll ahev to wait tuntil IU've worked off the fffects of my eleventh bottle of plain befiore i can fpsoit the next limerick.

It is true that we will.
Chibiabos83

I think whoever manages to define 'fpsoit' most accurately gets the next go after the Baron.
Baron Morgan

Okay, now recovered...

This author was ever so French
And wrote about many a wench
A beast on a train
And trouble with grain
That no wine could possibly quench
Sandraseahorse

Zola!  The beast on a train must be "The Beast in Man" about a mad train driver.  And several of his characters are alcoholics, especially in "L'Assomoir".
Baron Morgan

Correct! Your go.
Sandraseahorse

Writing under a pen name, this "Polly"
Was certainly no dizzy dolly
But a fearsome blue-stocking,
Sometimes tragic and shocking.
But I prefer something more jolly.
Caro

Hmm, George Eliot?
Sandraseahorse

Yes, Caro.  Your go.
Caro

Oh, how stupid of me to do this - as if I haven't enough to do at the moment.  (Regular reporter is on leave for a couple of weeks and I am filling in; as she is full-time and I usually do a few hours a week this is more work than I am used to. And we are off to Australia for a week soon.)
I will sit to and make my brain work this very minute and get back soon.  

Cheers, Caro.
Caro

Right, slight problems with rhythm and syntax, but it will have to do.

With a new kind of style she did well,
And in her great group was a swell,
Books not known for their length
Inner thoughts were her strength
But in private her mind was all hell.
Baron Morgan

Virginia Woolf?
MikeAlx

Could that be a certain V. Woolf? Topical, if so, as I've just started reading 'To The Lighthouse'.
Caro

That's right for both of you - you will to fight over the rights to go next.
I read To The Lighthouse at varsity, and tried to read Mrs Dalloway not long ago, but didn't persevere for long.  Too much like hard work at the time.

Cheers, Caro.
Baron Morgan

Ah ha! Pipped Mike to the post!  Razz

A twentieth century writer
Unknown for anything lighter
Than clergy and pigs
Policemen and digs
But nobody could have been whiter
MikeAlx

Could be you, Baron, on recent showings!  Wink  But I suspect Mr Wodehouse may be in the frame for this one.
Baron Morgan

Wrong!
Gul Darr

"But nobody could have been whiter"

C.P.Snow?   Wink I doubt that he wrote about clergy and pigs though!
Baron Morgan

Wrong again, I fear.
Gul Darr

Agatha Christie? Clergy and policemen, certainly. Pigs and digs? Hmm. White? Could Agatha have the same root as Agnes = Lamb? Or Christie = Christ, associated with white?  Wink
Evie

James Joyce?
MikeAlx

Is it one of the Whites? E.B., T.H., Patrick or Edmund? (What a lot of writing Whites there have been!).
Stewart

Flann O'Brien?
Baron Morgan

It is not true that it is a White, while the wise might wish to consider alternative meanings for the word and the difficulties of rhyming the final line of limericks.
Gul Darr

Noel Coward? (Yellow doesn't rhyme with writer and lighter!)
Baron Morgan

Clever, but no cigar. Consider the clergy, pigs, policemen and digs.
Caro

Kingsley Amis?
lunababymoonchild

Changed my mind and withdraw my entry.

Luna
Sandraseahorse

George Orwell?  Pigs in "Animal Farm".  Policeman in "Burmese Days."  Digs in "Road to Wigan Pier".  I think he could have written  something called "The Clergyman's Daughter".  But I don't see how the whiter bit comes in.
Baron Morgan

Well done Sandra, George Orwell it is, although deliberately deceptive. Whiter was an admittedly rather feeble effort but a reference to his moral character.
Sandraseahorse

My go?  I really didn't think my guess was correct so I'm stuggling a bit.  But here goes:

This writer of many a mystery
Had his own bit of personal history.
No conventional Papa
His menage a trois
Would have been frowned on by any consistory.
Gul Darr

Well done, Sandra!

Is the answer to your limerick Conan Doyle?
Sandraseahorse

No. Right era.
Gul Darr

Wilkie Collins?
Sandraseahorse

Yes!  Your turn.
TheRejectAmidHair

Referee! That surely was foul play!

I excluded Wilkie Collins because I was trying to think of someone from the same era as Conan Doyle ... and Wilkie Collins was already an established author by the time Conan Doyle was born!  Laughing
Sandraseahorse

Oh, dear! I nearly added "- almost" to "right era". I wish I had now. I suppose they could be described as same era in that their lives overlapped (Collins 1824-89) and ACD (1859 - 1930) and both are associated with the Victorian era ( although the later Sherlock Holmes stories are Edwardian).

I was just trying to be helpful. Embarassed

I think the Baron should adjudicate.
TheRejectAmidHair

All right then, I'll let you off this time. Just make sure it doesn't happen again!

Yours sincerely,
Mr Grumpy (Well, that's what my daughter used to call me...)
Gul Darr

Himadri, the same thought crossed my mind, but I thought it was worth a shot!

Okay, here goes:

You were born and first lived in the East,
Though sadly now you're deceased.
With the most luscious words
My ears ever heard
You dished up a literary feast.

To identify you, here's a clue:
You wrote also of France and Corfu.
But the relative nature
Of truth never made you
More famous than your brother's zoo.
Evie

Hurray, hurray!  That's the fantabulous Lawrence Durrell.
Gul Darr

Crikey, that was quick Evie! Your turn.
Evie

I just happened to be here, and he is one  of my very favourite writers!  Here is mine - I had it already prepared, in case I managed to get one right:

A writer who showed he had heart,
Yet in more than one way could be tart;
His political outlook
Took up more than one book,
And a major modern statesman took his part.


[You have to rush the last line a bit, but I am quite proud of the second line!]
Stewart

Rudyard Kipling?
Evie

No - nice try, though - did 'tart' make you think of Mr Kipling?
Stewart

Evie wrote:
No - nice try, though - did 'tart' make you think of Mr Kipling?

Yep.
TheRejectAmidHair

I think the Major statesman was John Major (Major by name if not by stature), and since he picked The Little House at Allington as his Desert Island Book, I'd guess the Tart is Trollope.
Evie

Yes indeed! Trollope it is.  Tart by name and tart by nature (sometimes!).
TheRejectAmidHair

Despite his renown and his fame,
Mistakes still abound: it is claimed
He wrote a humdinger
About a Welsh singer,
And cricket's his favourite game.
Stewart

Henry Fielding.
TheRejectAmidHair

Either you're all too brilliant or I'm making them too easy!

Your turn.
MikeAlx

Damn, I thought it was Dave Batting and his classic novel 'Harry Secombe'!  Wink
Stewart

Sorry, I can't think of anything right now. Someone else can take my mantle.
Stewart

Sod it, I just made one up:

Quote:

Ill probably deserve a good slapping
For a rhyme on the theme of kidnapping
You wont find it funny
That fifty percent of the money
Is all you need to stop you a-flapping.
Baron Morgan

F Scott Fitzgerald?
Stewart

Baron Morgan wrote:
F Scott Fitzgerald?

Nope.
Stewart

Is this really so hard? No more guesses?
TheRejectAmidHair

It is very cryptic .. I really have no idea! The word "Kidnapping" only reminds me of Stevenson, but it's not him. Sorry - I'm stumped!
Baron Morgan

The kidapping of pigs is a common Wodehousian theme, and he has flappers too, but otherwise I don't see how it fits.
Stewart

Oh, it has nothing to do with the author's themes.
Stewart

If nobody has got this by 17:00 GMT, I'll just reveal the answer.
Baron Morgan

I'm trying to work on it as a crytpic clue, only I can't find any references to an author called Spanker Kidney.
TheRejectAmidHair

Spanker Kidney! What a terrific nom de plume that would be!
MikeAlx

Surely, Baron, all you need do is turn out a novel under that nom-de-plume before 5 o'clock, and the prize is yours.  Wink
Baron Morgan

75,000 words in 1hr 45. Easy....
MikeAlx

How many words, Miss Grace?
Stewart

Stewart wrote:
Sod it, I just made one up:

Quote:

Ill probably deserve a good slapping
For a rhyme on the theme of kidnapping
You wont find it funny
That fifty percent of the money
Is all you need to stop you a-flapping.


To narrow it down:
Quote:

...kidnapping...
fifty percent of the money
Is all you need...
MikeAlx

Arthur Ransome?
Baron Morgan

That's how I got the Kidney bit...

Sleepchild Mon?
Dozeboy Knee?
Penny Snoozegirl?

I give up.

ps 75,000 words is the usual minimum, but admittedly not in under 2 hrs.
Stewart

MikeAlx wrote:
Arthur Ransome?

Yes, that's it.  Rolling Eyes  Laughing
Chibiabos83

Good old 'alf a ransom.
TheRejectAmidHair

'Alf a Ransom ... that's absolutely bloody awful!
Stewart

As I said:

Quote:
Ill probably deserve a good slapping
...
You wont find it funny
MikeAlx

Careful Himadri - there's such a thing as throwing down a gauntlet, you know!  Wink
MikeAlx

MikeAlx wrote:
How many words, Miss Grace?

In case anyone missed the allusion...
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=fzHviElN74Y
MikeAlx

OK, time for another limerick then:

The West Country lives in my heart,
I've a Norman but not at the start;
And at last, never less,
Am just bound to impress
When my stories I deign to impart.
Baron Morgan

Hardy?
Evie

Somerset Maugham?
MikeAlx

Correct Evie. I hope you groaned suitably at 'never less/Am'. Wink

Your turn...
Evie

I certainly did, Mike - a groan that did your efforts proud!!

Here is a very poor effort, and certainly far less sophisticated than recent ones!

A many-hued goddess to start,
A wicked tycoon to depart;
Prolific and clever,
But reason was severed,
A sad end for a creator of art.
Sandraseahorse

Is it Iris Murdoch?  Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.
Not_Smart_Just_Lucky

And Murdoch would be Rupert. Ah, very clever!
Evie

Yes, Iris Murdoch - well done, Sandra, your turn!
Sandraseahorse

I'm running out of inspiration.  Here goes:

This writer, a National Treasure,
Has penned diaries and plays for our pleasure.
A king and a tramp
And a teacher quite camp,
I've watched and enjoyed in my leisure.
MikeAlx

Alan Bennett?
Sandraseahorse

Yes.  Your go.
MikeAlx

First and last, I was the same,
Taking pride in my grandfather's name.
I dragged mine through the mud
And the gore and the blood -
Out of some of which, four novels came.
Gul Darr

Sebastian Faulks?
TheRejectAmidHair

Ford Madox Ford?
MikeAlx

Ford Madox Ford it is - your turn, Himadri.

(The grandfather in question was Ford Madox Brown, the Pre-Raphaelite painter).

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