MIND FIELD by Milo Heenan

Mind Field tests your Literary IQ. This issue, we will concentrate on how well you know your Fiction writers. A score of 30 proves you have an excellent grasp of literature; score of 29-20, pretty good and you can keep your head up; 19-11, you are no dummy, but you need work; 10 and below, better read up. Answers on Monday.


1. Southern writer & essayist suffered from lupus and died at the age of 39
2. Beloved British writer best known for her children’s books featuring animals
3. English writer whose career began in 1955 with a script called “Flight Into Danger”
4. American author, also a Dentist, whose works focused on the Western genre
5. Won U.S. 1953 National Book Award for book on color rendering a man invisible
6. Former RAF member who wrote stories of the macabre with twists for adults and children
7. Russian thought to be one of the greatest writers of all time who wrote “The Confession”
8. Title & author of story of enslaved African-American woman, Margaret Garner
9. Story of an aging man, obsessed with books on chivalry
10. Harlem writer whose first novel was “Go Tell It On the Mountain”
11. Best known for her 1937 novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God”
12. Welsh author of thrillers and historical novels
13. Best-selling author of all times, he wrote 25 novels of hedonism and romance
14. What famous writer was a World War I ambulance driver
15. Won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958 for Horton Hatches the Egg
16. Maine Author dealing with supernatural, horror, suspense, science fiction, fantasy
17. 1982 Novel based on Clara del Valle family and her paranormal powers
18. Pulitzer prize winner in 1948 for a story later adapted to popular Broadway show
19. Second only to Shakespeare in total world sales, she wrote 66 detective novels
20. German-born poet, novelist, and painter who wrote “The Glass Bead Game”
21. Historic novel written by Alfred Dumas about a young man who leaves home for Paris
22. Renowned fantasy writer, he served in World War I as a Lancashire Fusilier
23. Renowned English children’s writer of the famous five and secret seven series of books
24. Famous lawyer, writer known for his popular-selling legal novels, many made into films
25. English romance novelist who wrote 32 novels and sold over 400 million copies
26. English Sci-Fi Author who survived Japan occupied China in World War II
27. Mississippi writer who received acclaim for “Uncle Tom’s Children,” a book of short stories
28. Book inspired by the disappearance of Laci Petersen written after Author lost their job
29. Sci-Fi writer with mental issues asked “What constitutes the authentic human being?”
30. Told of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, at age 13, who made him want to write

ANSWERS to Mind Field:

1. Flannery O’Connor
2. Beatrix Potter
3. Arthur Hailey
4. Zane Gray
5. Ralph Ellison
6. Roald Dahl
7. Leo Tolstoy
8. Beloved by Toni Morrison
9. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
10. James Baldwin
11. Zora Neale Hurston
12. Ken Follett
13. Harold Robbins
14. Ernest Hemingway
15. Dr. Seuss
16. Stephen King
17. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
18. James Michener for Tales of the South Pacific (Broadway musical: South Pacific)
19. Agatha Christie
20. Herman Hesse
21. Three Musketeers
22. J.R.R. Tolkien
23. Enid Blyton
24. John Grisham
25. Jackie Collins
26. J.G. Ballard
27. Richard Wright
28. “Gone Girl” by Gilliam Flynn
29. Philip K. Dick
30. Ray Bradbury
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