Literature by Letter - H

Identify these literary things that start with the letter H.
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Last updated: December 19, 2016
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Shakespearean tragedy about something rotten in the state of Denmark
Author of "The Sun Also Rises" and "A Farewell to Arms"
Ernest Hemingway
Hogwarts student; last name: Granger
He wrote "The Scarlet Letter"
Nathaniel Hawthorne
All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put him back together again
Humpty Dumpty
Third novel featuring Sherlock Holmes
Hound of the
Baskervilles, the
Marlow and Kurtz voyage up the Congo River in this work
Heart of Darkness
Great epic poet of "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey"
Greek who was known as "The Father of History" (also "The Father of Lies")
Dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood about a world where women are subjugated
Handmaid's Tale, the
Trilogy where Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry wander through
a series of parallel universes
His Dark Materials
Trilogy about teenage tributes who must fight to the death
Hunger Games, The
Prominent award given for works of science fiction or fantasy
Hugo Award
Japanese poem with seventeen syllables
Arthur Dent is the last surviving man in this sci-fi series
Hitchhiker's Guide to the
Galaxy, the
Author of "Tess of the d'Urbervilles" and "Jude the Obscure"
Thomas Hardy
Unreliable narrator of the book "Lolita"
Humbert Humbert
Hamlet haunted by the Headless Horseman
Sleepy Hollow
Short story writer known for surprise endings. Namesake of a candy bar
O. Henry
Author of "The Kite Runner"
Khaled Hosseini
Level 72
Dec 18, 2016
O.Henry bar? Never heard of him or the candy bar. Is that an American thing?
Level 77
Dec 27, 2016
Both yes. We read O. Henry stories quite a bit in middle school. They are short and they are good for discussion. His most famous is The Gift of the Magi, which is a very good story to read around Christmas Time about the love that two people have for each other that they are willing to give up their own earthly possessions for each other. Once you read it, you'll realize that you have seen this story told over and over again in various ways since he wrote it. As for the candy's pretty good.
Level 81
Dec 21, 2016
Nice quiz!
Level 73
Jan 12, 2017
I *love* O. Henry, but I would've never come to him as an answer in an H-answers-quiz. I've always thought that the O is separated with an apostrophe from the name and I've seen it written like this on multiple book covers. *The more you know...*
Level 73
Jan 12, 2017
Oh, and I love the series! Great idea and execution! :)
Level 60
Jan 13, 2017
Thanks, glad you're enjoying them :)
Level 71
Apr 27, 2017
Yes, I agree. A lovely series and very enjoyable.
Level 68
Feb 2, 2017
Why does Khaled Hosseini break with the pattern of using last names? I just read the kite runner, it's an interesting book and I was certainly glad to see it in a literature quiz, but the clue should at least add (first name). Everywhere else on jetpunk and in these literature quizzes, it is family name unless stated otherwise.
Level ∞
Feb 3, 2017
I'm not sure what the complaint is. Hosseini (starting with H) is his family name.
Level 51
Mar 4, 2017
I suspect the comment refers to name reversal, or whatever you might call it. In some countries, the family name comes first, followed by the personal name. But that's not the case here.
Level 64
Apr 11, 2017
Spelling leniency for Hosseini, given that we can't all transliterate Persian accurately?
Level 74
Mar 13, 2017
Maybe a better, more literary related clue for O. Henry? The Gift of the Magi, or Ransom of Red Chief, or any specific works would be nice?
Level 61
Apr 13, 2017
Were the clues too vague? Too easy?
Level 74
Apr 3, 2021
Too vague
Level 65
Apr 11, 2017
44% Hardy vs 85% humpty dumpty! Wtf!?
Level 56
Apr 11, 2017
Ha, what?????? Are you actually surprised by this, or pretending to be outraged at the woebegone state of 'high' literature? Either way...kooky stuff
Level 90
Apr 11, 2017
Let's see a nursery rhyme that is said to just about every child in the English speaking world for the first 5 or 6 years of their life and is readily seen in popular culture or British author from a 150 years ago whose books were torturous to read and never made into any films of note. It's not like he's the first author most think of when thinking about Victorian era literature. The only book I every had to read in school that I thought was abysmal was Tess. I'm a lot more surprised by O. Henry being guessed by 50% fewer people than Hardy. Maybe it's because lots of people had to read both in school but only one was memorably bad.
Level 65
Apr 12, 2017
thank you, tremendous points
Level 75
Apr 12, 2017
Thomas Hardy wrote some of the finest prose in the English language. His subjects might be bleak, but his writing was amazing.
Level 90
Apr 12, 2017
@ander217, I don't think I ever said that it wasn't amazing writing. I was formulating an opinion why Humpty Dumpty is known by twice as many people as Hardy. I did say that his writing was torturous since It's bleak, slow moving, voluminous and often difficult to follow. As a result a teenager would conclude that it was "abysmal" and "bad". Most people who aren't attracted to the humanities aren't going to seek him out for recreational reading thus not remember him.
Level 65
Feb 5, 2018
I love Hardy. Read all the major AND the minor novels. I'm still torn whether he or Dickens is the King of Coincidence, though.
Level 66
Apr 11, 2017
I remembered that the Greek 'Father of History" was Hero... something something, but I could not remember what the rest was. Also, if you haven't read the Handmaid's Tale, do so now.
Level 64
Sep 6, 2021
Really good to see Hosseini on here. The Kite Runner is a wonderful book; A Thousand Splendid Suns even more so. And especially now, when history is repeating itself