I was thinking about books which have characters who are authors… was planning to make a top ten, then realised so many were rather Stuck-in-a-Book specialisms, and that I could remember so few, that instead I’d set a little quiz. So, can you name these characters who are writers, and the books in which they appear? (A browse through the books I’ve read this year would help you with one or two!) (May be occasional spoilers…)
Also, no.10 is blank – for you to fill! Characters who are writers, to whatever degree.
1.) Her manuscript was burnt by her sister.
2.) Struggling to follow up his masterpiece Jacob Wrestling, he eventually wrote a novel which began ‘The cat sat on the mat’.
3.) Based on Marie Correlli, this selfish girl wrote romantic sagas, and didn’t understand that a large percentage of her buying public was laughing at her.
4.) This Jewish writer had a typewriter called Minnie.
5.) This vicar’s wife wrote romantic novels, dictating them to a secretary, and wrote so many at once that she got the plots and characters constantly confused.
6.) Two Victorian poets, whom 20th Century academics discover were lovers.
7.) She wrote detective novels about Finnish detective called Sven Hjerson, and was a parody of her own authoress.
8.) Having published a ‘minute and unpretentious literary effort’, her children compare her to ‘Shakespeare, Dickens, author of the Dr. Dolittle books’ and her husband says ‘It is Funny – but does not look amused’.
9.) This detective novelist was arrested for the murder of her lover, and later married a man with a monocle.