Literature by Letter - B

Identify these literary things that start with the letter B.
Quiz by Kestrana
Last updated: December 17, 2016
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This tale of Grendel may be the oldest English poem
A non-fictional account of a person's life
Best-selling author of "The DaVinci Code" and "Inferno"
Dan Brown
Harry Potter villain, Ms. Lestrange
Where you might find Sherlock Holmes
Baker Street
Family name of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne
Literary movement of Ginsburg, Kerouac, and Burroughs
Beat Generation
Aldous Huxley novel featuring the "World Controllers"
Brave New World
Classic youth novel about a lovely dark-colored horse
Black Beauty
Some quaint landmarks of Madison County, IA
Scottish village that appears for only one day every 100 years
Sexually adventurous poet who wrote "She Walks in Beauty"
Lord Byron
"Auld Lang Syne" poet. His birthday is a holiday in Scotland
Robert Burns
Last name of married poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett
Protagonist of "The Hobbit"
Bilbo Baggins
Absurdist Irish playwright who wrote "Waiting for Godot"
Samuel Beckett
Sci-fi author of "Fahrenheit 451"
Ray Bradbury
W. Somerset Maugham's most well-known novel
Of Human Bondage
He ages in reverse in an F. Scott Fitzgerald story
Benjamin Button
German term for a "coming-of-age" story
Level 83
Dec 16, 2016
You may want to place the Dan Brown question before the Browning question; answering in the present order gives you a freebie.
Level 60
Dec 16, 2016
Good point, thanks.
Level 70
Dec 17, 2016
These alphabetical literature quizzes are great, Kestrana! Thank you so much for doing them!
Level 60
Jan 13, 2017
Thanks very much, and to QM for editing.
Level 78
Dec 17, 2016
A minor typo in Fahrenheit (you are missing the h).
Level ∞
Dec 17, 2016
Level 74
Feb 13, 2017
Cruised cheerfully through these until the last question... however, I have learned a new word today.
Level 76
Feb 13, 2017
I learned two new things today - Beckett and the last one.
Level 74
Feb 13, 2017
I wish some non-Europeans would write something one day!
Level 60
Feb 15, 2017
Do you have a suggestion for a B related answer that would not be considered obscure by a majority American/European audience?
Level 74
Feb 15, 2017
I appreciate the practical aspects of your concern, but really, if anyone isn't familiar with Borges and Basho (for example), that's their problem. The works of Mariama Ba and Mongo Beti are surely more important to world literature than the Bridges of Madison County. The Latin American Boom features, I think most would say, a more impressive list of accomplishments than the Beat Generation. There's Toni Morrison's Beloved (while American, she'd be the only non-White person on the current list); Farid ud-din Attar's The Conference of the Birds; Keri Hulme's The Bone People; Pramoedya Ananta Toer's Buru Quartet...
Level 56
Feb 16, 2017
Stan and Jan Berenstain! :-D
Level 64
Feb 21, 2017
The only non-European answers for this quiz that wouldn't be very obscure for the majority of the quiz-takers are, in my opinion, Ibn Battuta (medieval Arab traveller, author of the "Travels") and "Bhagavad Gita" (part of the Hindu epic "Mahabharata")
Level 69
Aug 11, 2017
Love love love these ABC lit quizzes!
Level 66
Apr 8, 2019
I know you allready have bakerstreet. But (houndso of) baskerville world be s really nice one imo :) plus i like the one that asked for the scottish town that only appears once every 100 years
Level 76
Aug 19, 2020
A plug for including James Baldwin when you update. Thanks!
Level 47
Sep 10, 2020
Burns Night is widely celebrated, but it isn’t a holiday.
Level 62
Sep 6, 2021
Agree, this is incorrect. St Andrew's Day is not yet a holiday either 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
Level 74
Dec 8, 2022
I understand that the word "lovely" is a hint towards the answer of Black Beauty, but when it's written ambiguously like this could the answer not also be The Black Stallion?