Literature by Letter - D

Identify these literary things that start with the letter D.
Quiz by Kestrana
Last updated: December 11, 2019
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Author of "A Tale of Two Cities" and "Oliver Twist"
Charles Dickens
The original blood-sucking vampire book
She visited the Wizard of Oz
What Anne Frank was famous for writing
Lines spoken between characters
Author of "Inferno", "Purgatorio", and "Paradiso"
Ill-fated wife of Othello
Famous Emily Dickinson line: Because I could not stop for _____
he kindly stopped for me
Oscar Wilde character whose portrait aged while he did not
Dorian Gray
Unrealistic resolution to a seemingly hopeless situation
Deus ex Machina
Opposite of a utopia; very popular in 2000s young adult literature
Fantasy western series written by Stephen King
Dark Tower, The
Trilogy about factions Dauntless, Amity, Candor, Erudite, and Abnegation
Greek god of wine, pleasure, and theatre
Elizabeth Bennet's love interest in "Pride & Prejudice"
Mr. Darcy
British author of "James and the Giant Peach" and "Matilda"
Roald Dahl
The events at the end of a story after the conflict has been resolved
City in which James Joyce's "Ulysses" is set
Cervantes's most famous work
Don Quixote
Book of short stories by Boccaccio, told during the era of the Black Death
Decameron, the
Level 83
Dec 15, 2016
It's Elizabeth Bennet, not Barret.
Level 60
Dec 15, 2016
Thanks, not sure how that wound up in there.
Level ∞
Dec 16, 2016
Probably my fault. Sorry!
Level 71
Dec 16, 2016
Nice quizzes! Will you go through all the letters?
Level 60
Dec 16, 2016
Most of them. There's a couple that would need to be combine to avoid having exceptionally obscure answers.
Level 81
Dec 16, 2016
Great quiz!
Level 87
Feb 22, 2017
In the US, "dialog" is an acceptable spelling.
Level 59
May 14, 2024
yeah, but it's not the kind of thing you'd want to encourage.
Level 49
Mar 12, 2017
Dracula was first published in 1897, the ''original blood-sucking vampire book'', would be Polidori's ''The Vampyre'', which was published in 1819.
Level 70
Mar 12, 2017
I agree, the English writer John William Polidori wrote 'The Vampyre' (1819) a really absorbing tale about a man who is a vampire and seducer. Well worth a read.
Level 73
Nov 4, 2019
I second this, there were several blood-sucking vampire novels published before Dracula.
Level 69
Mar 12, 2017
Wouldn't the dénouement be the resolution of the conflict itself? That's how I understand it in French at least; the given hint rather describes an "epilogue".
Level 39
Mar 13, 2017
That seems correct. Signed: a native French speaker. Although the meaning of words tends to get twisted somewhat when they cross the English Channel, so idk how this specific one evolved.
Level 60
Mar 13, 2017
It's the resolution of the story after the climax. The "falling action" or winding down of the story.
Level 73
Sep 28, 2018
I would say that a dénouement in literature is where the story is concluded, or wrapped up. I use it most in the sense of Poirot or Marple explaining who the murderer is and why.
Level 82
Mar 12, 2017
Again, dystopia, at least in it's original sense, is not the opposite of utopia. It is a scenario where things *seem* like they might be a utopia, at least at first glance... but where something is off or not quite right. Hey, we have enough soylent green to feed everyone, that's great.. but... what's it made of? Hey, everyone in this future is young and beautiful and things seem great... but... that's weird.. why is it nobody is over 30 years old and what's this Carrousel you're talking about? Hey cool.. an interactive theme park where we can pretend to be cowboys and do anything we want and nobody ever gets hurt... or do they? etc. these are examples of dystopian stories. Not the Hunger Games, where... everything just sucks.
Level 25
Mar 12, 2017
Level 48
Oct 20, 2018
i kept trying dinotopia....but eventually realised what was needed
Level 80
Dec 14, 2020
...and yet 85% of takers got it.
Level 55
Mar 2, 2021
From "Utopia" on Wikipedia: "The opposite of a utopia is a dystopia..."
Level 59
May 14, 2024
Have you got any references for that meaning? I've never seen it used with that specific meaning and none of the dictionaries I've consulted have it.

e.g. "an imagined state or society in which there is great suffering or injustice, typically one that is totalitarian or post-apocalyptic." Oxford Dictionary of English

"an imagined world or society in which people lead wretched, dehumanized, fearful lives" Merriam-Webster

Level 59
May 10, 2018
I really enjoy your literature quizzes, great work!
Level 74
Nov 24, 2018
Agreed, these are great! Literature needs a badge!
Level 66
Jul 15, 2021
Love these quizzes.....It's been 40 years since I earned (?) a degree in humanities/literature, so l appreciated this check-up.

I can say "day-new-ma" but sure couldn't spell it!

Level 68
Aug 4, 2022
I wouldn't describe The Dark Tower as a "western". Sounds like somebody only looked at the title of the first book.
Level 81
Feb 5, 2023
The Gunslinger is based on western tropes and multiple books in the series have similar settings and structure as well. It's not a perfect description but it's not hugely inaccurate
Level 78
Oct 22, 2022
Very fun--5 stars.