Biblioklept and the kind folks at Picador want to give you a handsome new trade paperback copy of James McManus’s history of poker, Cowboys Full – but you’ll have to ante up by taking our literary poker quiz. The first person to post correct answers in the comments section to all three questions will win a copy of McManus’s books.
UPDATE: Commenter Aspher correctly answered the initial questions–only he happens to live in Australia. And the contest is only open to U.S. addresses. Which I knew, but forgot to include in the original version of this post. So. Big sorry out there. I suppose this may confirm one of those American stereotypes–you know, that we see ourselves as the center of the universe. Fortunately, Aspher, via his cordial emails, confirmed a positive Australian stereotype: a good-natured easygoingness about the whole mistake. Mea culpa.
So anyway, there are some NEW questions to answer, under the first set.
1. What Edgar Allan Poe tale of doppelgängers features a duplicitous card sharp?
2. What Faulkner story about two brothers involves a poker game that will decide not one but two marriages? (Hint: although this story can stand alone, it is rightfully part of a collection that is sometimes classified as a cohesive novel).
3. Which British essayist and critic said “Cards are war, in disguise of a sport”?
1. Which Tennessee Williams play ends, significantly, during a poker game?
2. Which Mark Twain story features a poker game set on a steamer headed from Acapulco to San Francisco?
3. Which Russian writer wrote a novel about gambling to pay off gambling debts? (Name the novelist and the novel).