Take our quiz on literary Brooklyn

Brooklyn has played host to authors from Walt Whitman to Truman Capote throughout its colorful history. How much do you know about these authors, their lives and their works?

In the poem "Song of Myself" which opens Walt Whitman's book "Leaves of Grass," what is Whitman famously celebrating in his first line, "I celebrate ____"?

What does Walt Whitman celebrate in "Song of Myself"?

"America"

 

"Myself"

 

"You"

 

"The Earth"

 

When were Henry Miller's books "Tropic of Cancer" and "Tropic of Capricorn" published in the United States?

When were Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn published?

The same decade as in Europe, the 1930s

 

The 1950s

 

The 1960s

 

The 1970s

 

What author popularized the term "Jazz Age"?

Who popularized the term "Jazz Age"?

Hart Crane

 

F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

Henry Miller

 

Walt Whitman

 

What series name has misleadingly been applied to Daniel Fuchs' books "Summer in Williamsburg," "Homage to Blenholt," and "Low Company"?

What is the series name of Daniel Fuchs' trilogy?

Fuchs' Trilogy

 

The New York Trilogy

 

The Company Trilogy

 

The Williamsburg Trilogy

 

Bernard Malamud's book "The Natural" was turned into a movie starring what actor?

Who starred in "The Natural"?

Robert De Niro

 

Paul Newman

 

Robert Redford

 

Dennis Quaid

 

What radio announcement made Alfred Kazin shout at the radio, "No! It's not true!"?

What World War II announcement shocked Alfred Kazin?

Russia signing a nonaggression pact with Germany

 

Hitler invading Poland

 

The Japanese attacking Pearl Harbor

 

VE Day

 

What was Richard Wright's breakthrough novel?

What was Richard Wright's breakthrough novel?

"Native Son"

 

"Black Boy"

 

"Uncle Tom's Children"

 

"Uncle Tom's Cabin"

 

In "Native Son," what is the crime Bigger Thomas commits for which he tries to hide the evidence?

What crime does hero Bigger Thomas commit?

Killing a white man

 

Killing a friend

 

Killing a white woman

 

Killing his wife

 

What is the true identity of one of Truman Capote's most famous heroines, Holly Golightly?

Who is Holly Golightly?

She's a married woman from the South

 

She's an heiress living far from home

 

She's a poor woman who doesn't really own her apartment

 

She's a European immigrant living in America illegally

 

In what work did Arthur Miller create his iconic character Willy Loman?

What work does Willy Loman appear in?

"The Crucible"

 

"Death of a Salesman"

 

"The Crucible"

 

"A View from the Bridge"