[Puzzleblogger Kevan Choset, August 31, 2005 at 12:30pm] Trackbacks
A Break From Math:

What do the following books have in common? (No googling.)

  • Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace

  • The Dogs of War, Frederick Forsyth

  • Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury

  • Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

  • Pale Fire, Vladimir Nabokov

Titles from Shakespeare
8.31.2005 1:33pm
alkali (mail) (www):
I assume the answer is gross abuse of footnotes, although oddly I don't recall the footnotes in the Bradbury book.

(Serious answer, coded for those in the know: Hml, HV?, Mac, Temp, [?]P
8.31.2005 1:33pm
MattDessem (mail):
It's Hml, JC, Mac, Temp, ToA.
8.31.2005 1:36pm
Shelby (mail):

I think #2 is JC and #5 ToA.
8.31.2005 1:41pm
D. B. Rego:
The first four are famous phrases from Shakespeare's plays. I am not familiar with the last one, so I'm assuming that that one is also from one of Shakespseare's plays.
8.31.2005 1:48pm
centrist (mail) (www):
They are all books I will never read.

"Alex, who are 3 people who have never visited my kitchen?"
-Cliff from Cheers
8.31.2005 1:48pm
First post is correct. Wish I had woken up sooner. :(
8.31.2005 1:51pm
Kevan Choset (mail):
Anyone care to offer any more?
8.31.2005 2:15pm
Alexandra von Maltzan (mail) (www):
Perhaps I can redeem myself for last night's mathematical stupidity. An English education guarantees Master Shakespeare ad nauseam.

Famous phrases from Shakespearean plays:

'Infinite Jest' is from Hamlet
'The Dogs of War' is from Julius Caesar
'Something Wicked This Way Comes' is from Macbeth
'Brave New World' is from The Tempest

And now the last one I do need help with. 'Pale Fire' is from?
8.31.2005 2:17pm
Alexandra von Maltzan (mail) (www):
O.K. got it:
'Pale Fire' is from Temon of Athens
8.31.2005 2:21pm
ur_land (mail):
Here's a few more (all from Hamlet, btw):

Ogden Nash The Primrose Path
Philip K. Dick Time Out of Joint
Jonas Salk How Like an Angel
Isaac Asimov The Gods Themselves
8.31.2005 2:29pm
Goober (mail):
Sound and the Fury, obviously. I've heard speculation that Dostoyevsky's The Idiot is from the same Macbeth soliloquoy, but I don't know of any actual evidence for that.
8.31.2005 2:35pm
If spelling variations are permitted (as they should be), Wyrd Sisters.
8.31.2005 2:38pm
alkali (mail) (www):
My first thought on seeing "ToA": "That's an odd way to abbreviate Titus Andronicus."
8.31.2005 2:50pm
I believe "The Gods Themselves" is from Schiller, not Shakespeare.

"Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain."
8.31.2005 2:57pm
Goober (mail):
Google yields:

"Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia, the gods themselves throw incense." The quote Schiller sounds like a better source, but I suppose it could be either.
8.31.2005 3:00pm
There are three shows from the original Star Trek series that share this characteristic: Dagger of the Mind, The Conscience of the King and All Our Yesterdays.
8.31.2005 3:12pm
Devin McCullen (mail):
The Asimov title is from the Schiller quote, because it also provides the titles for the sectons of the book, although slightly modified: Against stupidity/the gods themselves/contend in vain?
8.31.2005 3:39pm
Sanjay Krishnaswamy (mail):
And, a little joyous observation about "Pale Fire" and the _Timon of Athens_ quote. In "Pale Fire," the narrator at one point feels the need to quote _Timon_. His only available copy of Shakespeare was tranlsated into Zemblan, so he translated it back into English and rendered the passage. His rendering does not contain the phrase "Pale Fire," of course, but if you then go to _Timon_, there it is. A little charming play from Nabokov.
8.31.2005 3:52pm
Zubon (mail) (www):
"Anyone care to offer any more?"

Villains by Necessity by Eve Forward (King Lear)
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard (Hamlet)
8.31.2005 4:12pm
AR (mail):
Agatha Christie: Sad Cypress and By the Pricking of My Thumbs.

Manning and Boyd: Her Privates We
8.31.2005 5:15pm
Shelby (mail):

No, it's the little-known tragedy "Table of Authorities".
8.31.2005 5:27pm
Sasha (mail):
In the Star Trek episodes, don't forget "By Any Other Name." Also, "Spock's Brain" -- no, wait a minute. In the animated series, "How Sharper than a Serpent's Tooth." Movies: "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country." Deep Space Nine: "Once More unto the Breach" and, deja vu, "The Dogs of War."

Also, a few of Robert Parker's Spencer novels: at least "Perchance to Dream" and "Ceremony."
8.31.2005 8:09pm
"The Winter of Our Discontent" by John Steinbeck. From the first line of "Richard III."

"For Whom the Bell Tolls." Hemingway. From John Donne's "Meditation 17."

G.B. Shaw's "Arms and the Man." From the first line of the Aeneid.
8.31.2005 9:52pm
Sasha (mail):
Traderteek -- Holy mission creep, Batman! Did this just become "Name works whose titles come from any famous author"?
8.31.2005 10:12pm
Christie's play The Mousetrap takes its title from Hamlet, IIRC.
8.31.2005 11:15pm
James Fulford (mail) (www):
OK, Ceremony, by Robert B. Parker is from Yeats, not Shakespeare, "The ceremony of innocence is drowned."

There's a huge list of titles from Shakespeare here.

However, from memory, not only is there a book called How Like an Angel, there's also one called How Like A God, an early effort by Rex Stout, and Her Privates We was also called The Middle Parts Of Fortune.
8.31.2005 11:38pm
D.Fox (mail):
Joe McGinniss' book about the Jeffrey McDonald murders, Fatal Vision, takes its title from the same Macbeth speech as "Dagger of the Mind."

Then there's Garry Wills' Bare Ruined Choirs and Kate Wilhelm's Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang &mdash and wouldn't it be fun to shelve those books next to each other?
9.1.2005 12:26am
Syd (mail):
Let's try just one poem by Andrew Marvell:

World Enough and Time by Robert Penn Warren. Also by James Kahn. There're also a nonfiction books with this title, including, logically enough, one of Andrew Marvell.
A Fine and Private Place, by Peter Beagle
Vaster than Empires and More Slow by Ursula K. Leguin

I think theres also a "Times' Winged Chariot"
9.1.2005 2:18am
Sasha (mail):
James Fulford -- Oops, my bad! I had thought "Ceremony" was from the "idle ceremony" speech in Henry V.

An Amazon search reveals a number of books that don't appear in the very comprehensive list referenced above by James Fulford:

for instance "Not Wisely but Too Well" by Rhoda Broughton; a couple of books called "Lonely Dragon" (that's Coriolanus); a few books called "Pursued by a Bear" or "Exit, Pursued by a Bear" (that's Winter's Tale), not all of which are nonfiction about Shakespeare (I presume these don't count); "Damned Spot" by Barry Cuff (possibly an "adult" book).
9.1.2005 10:31am
Anonymous (mail):
They all have an "e" in their title.
9.1.2005 1:16pm