Right, to wrap up Persephone 10th Birthday celebration week, I’m going to give away a Persephone book and give the answers to the quiz I posted earlier in the week. Look away now if you don’t want to know the results.
First off, the Persephone celebratory prize goes to… Donnafugata! Or possible Donna Fugata, I’m not sure. If you could email me your address to firstname.lastname@example.org and your choice of Persephone Book, I’ll get it off to you as soon as possible. You went for A Very Great Profession or The Shuttle in your comment – well, I’ve not read the latter, but I can heartily recommend the former.
And now the quiz. It was a little difficult, and I applaud lethe’s amazing attempt. Anyone who wants to test their Persephone knowledge – skip the rest of this post and have a go! Otherwise, here are the questions and answers:
1) Dorothy Whipple is the author with the most Persephone books under her belt – who’s second?
Marghanita Laski (with The Victorian Chaise-Longue, The Village and Little Boy Lost)
2) Three of Persephone’s books were originally published in the 19th century. How many can you name?
Reuben Sachs – Amy Levy
The Runaway – Elizabeth Anna Hart
The Young Pretenders – Edith Henrietta Fowler
3) Which Persephone reprint has sold the most copies?
Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day – Winifred Watson
4) One of the Persephone titles has been filmed as The Reckless Moment (1949) and The Deep End (2001) – which one?
The Blank Wall – Elisabeth Sanxay Holding
5) By my reckoning, 7 of the Persephone authors are male – name as many as you can!
Leonard Woolf (The Wise Virgins)
Denis Mackail (Greenery Street)
Vicomte de Mauduit (They Can’t Ration These)
Nicholas Mosley (Julian Grenfell)
R.C. Sherriff (The Fortnight in September; The Hopkins Manuscript)
Ambrose Heath (Good Food on the Aga)
Duff Cooper (Operation Heartbreak)
6) Which Persephone novel features the character Alex Clare and a convent?
Consequences – EM Delafield
7) Which Persephone author’s real name was Kathleen Beauchamp?
8) Name the longest and shortest Persephone books.
The Victorian Chaise-Longue – Marghanita Laski (shortest, 120pp)
Few Eggs and No Oranges – Vere Hodgson (longest, 624pp)
9) Fill in the place names in Persephone titles:
Good Things in — : Florence White
Farewell — Square : Betty Miller
The — Stories : Katherine Mansfield
A — Child of the 1870s : Molly Hughes
10) And, a really difficult one to finish with, can you remember the titles of the Spring 2009 Persephones, yet to be published!
Making Conversation – Christine Longford (look out for a review soon)
Amours de Voyage – Arthur Hugh Clough
The Other Elizabeth Taylor – Nicola Beauman (can’t wait for this!)