Better With Age Quiz

Who are some of the oldest living writers?  See if you can guess. 6.5 points each.  Submit your guesses by Thursday night.

Here are the rules… 1. Open to everyone.  Play once or every week, that’s okay.  I’m happy to have you here today.

2. No cheating.  No looking at other commenter answers or Googling!  Yes, we’re going by the honor system

3. Your first answers will be the only ones accepted.

Answers to last week’s First Lines quiz here.  Current Leaderboard here.

1. This 97-year-old knows a lot about Siamese cats and bestselling mysteries.  Lilian Jackson Braun

2. This 95-year-old  spent 13 years researching and writing the two novels The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, but it was The Caine Mutiny that won him a Pulitzer Prize in 1951.  Herman Wouk

3. This 94-year-old author has written more than 30 books for children and young adults.  The Ramona books are my favorites.  Beverly Cleary

4. This 93-year-old English author is perhaps best known for her Merlin series.  Mary Stewart

5. This 90-year-old is the oldest person to win a Nobel Prize in Literature (in 2007), but I always think of the The Golden Notebook when I hear her name.  Doris Lessing

6. This 90-year-old’s first book is one of my favorites about rabbits adventures in and out of the warren.  Richard Adams

7. This English author just celebrated her 90th birthday last Tuesday.  She’s famous for her Adam Dalgliesh series.  PD James

8. This 90 year old still writes her women’s fiction longhand on legal pads.  Her last book, Crossroads, was published in 2004.  Belva Plain

9. This 89 year old’s most famous work was featured in last week’s quiz.  Go ahead and take a look.  He has never had a driver’s license.  Ray Bradbury

10. I love this 87 year old’s Mrs. Pollifax mystery series.  Dorothy Gilman

11. This 86-year-old South African author writes about love, politics and race.  Her last book in 2005 drew on her experience of the death of her longtime spouse.  Nadine Gordimer

12. Do you recognize this 84-year-old novelist, journalist, essayist, and playwright?  Gore Vidal

13. This 84-year-old minister is well known for co-authoring the apocalyptic Left Behind series.  Tim LaHaye

14. This 82-year-old is famous for her suspense novels.  As is her daughter.  Mary Higgins Clark

15. This 82-year-old Columbian author is best known for One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera.  Gabriel Garcia Marquez

16. This 82-year-old became famous when he wrote and illustrated the children’s book Where the Wild Things Are.  Maurice Sendak

18 thoughts on “Better With Age Quiz

  1. Julie H. says:

    Finally, a few I know!
    1. Lillian Jackson Braun
    2. Herman Wouk (he’s really still alive!?)
    3. Beverly Cleary
    4. Mary Stewart
    10. Dorothy Gilman (I love them too!)
    14. Mary Higgins Clark?
    15. Gabriel Marquez
    16. Maurice Sendak

  2. Nise' says:

    1. Lillian Jackson Braun (I had 2 siamese cats)
    2. Herman Wouk
    3. Beverly Cleary
    6. Richard Adams
    7. PD James (my mom loves this series)
    8. Belva Plain
    9. Ray Bradbury
    13. Tim LaHaye
    14. Mary Higgins Clark
    15. Gabriel García Márquez
    16. Maurice Sendak

  3. Kay says:

    1. Phyllis Whitney
    2. Herman Wouk
    3. Beverly Cleary
    4. Mary Stewart
    5. Doris Lessing (?)
    6.Richard Adams (?) something like that
    7. P. D. James
    8.
    9. John Kennedy Toole (?)
    10. Dorothy Gilman
    11.
    12.
    13.Tim LaHaye
    14.Mary Higgins Clark
    15. Gabriel Garcia (?)
    16. Maurice Sendak

    Well, Stacy, that’s the best I can do off the top of my head. Guessed on a bunch but I know a few of them are correct. This is my only comment on my vacation, but I couldn’t miss your quiz. I’ll be back next week. Having a a great time, by the way. Cool and comfortable in New Mexico mountains. Leaving tomorrow for Oregon.

    • stacybuckeye says:

      I feel so honored that I was your one comment 🙂 Your vacation sounds wonderful. Enjoy it and take lots of pictures!
      78 points. The only one you missed was # 9.

  4. Bumble says:

    Geesh – I thought you were going to make things easier this week?! I was stumped on my initial read-through but then I went back and spent some time with your list and think my brain has come up with a few correct guesses:

    #3 = Beverly Cleary
    #6 = I don’t know the author but I’m sure you are speaking of the guy who wrote Watership Down
    #9 = Ray Bradbury
    #16 = Sendak

    • stacybuckeye says:

      Well, I think you’ll like tomorrow’s quiz. Sorry I didn’t get to John Huges today. Our internet has been down all day. Think I might do that Monday Movie Meme on Friday 😉
      22.5 points. I’m giving you 3 points for 6.

  5. Word Lily says:

    1. Lillian Jackson Braun
    2. Herman Wouk
    3. Beverly Cleary
    5. Doris Lessing
    6. Richard Adams
    9. JD Salinger
    10. Dorothy Gilman
    12. Norman Mailer?
    13. Tim LaHaye
    14. Mary Higgins Clark
    15. Gabriel Marcia Marquez

  6. Jennifer Rayment says:

    1 Lilian Jackson Braun
    2 Herman Wouk
    3 Beverly Cleary
    4 Mary Stewart
    5 ?
    6 Richard Adams
    7 ?
    8 ?
    9 Ray Bradbury (I love him)
    10 ?
    11 ?
    12 Norman Mailer ?
    13 ?
    14 Mary Higgens Clark (Daughter Carol Higgens Clark)
    15 Gabriel Garcia Marquez (always makes me think of my Baby loves a bunch of authors by moxy fruvous – hilarious song)
    16 Maurice Sendak

  7. Wrighty says:

    I know that I know more of these…
    3. Beverly Cleary (LOVE her books!)
    14. Mary Higgens ClarK (and hers!)
    16. Maurice Sendak (this was a classic at our house)

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