Literature Dept.

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American Literary Icon

Nickname: Papa

Accusations: Misogyny, Anti-Semitism

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American Naturalist, Hermit

Probed Walden like it was nobodies business

Premature passing: Tuberculosis

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Mark Twain

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American Author

Real name: Samuel Clemens

Hobby: Writing banned books

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Robert Frost

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American Poet

Bane of High School students everywhere

Pulitzer Prizes: 4

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Oscar Wilde

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Irish playwright, poet, and novelist

Known for his wit and aestheticism

Convicted of "gross indecency" in 1895

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Russian Writer

Vices: Gambling, booze

Seminal work: Crime and Punishment

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38

Barack Obama

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44th U.S. President

Master panderer

Sole concern: Re-election

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The Good Doctor

Life Work: Summa Theologica... all in Latin!

Name back at the monastery: The Dumb Ox

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Ben Franklin

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Raconteur, Statesman, Horndog

Diplomat to: France

Kite discovery: Electricity

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Father of Analytical Psychology

Developed the Theory of Synchronicity

Remember when you were Jung?

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Twentieth Century Poet

Penchant for the occult. Lovely tower property.

"But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you."

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e e cummings

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american poet

preferred structure: sonnet

middle name: estlin

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American Poet

Residence: Richmond, VA

Quoth the mancrush, nevermore

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William Shakespeare

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English Playwright and Poet

Lived 1564-1616

Actually Francis Bacon?

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Philip K Dick

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Visionary American Author

Only in Android Dreams: Electric Sheep

Vice: Lysergic Acid Diethylamide

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Novelist

Noted alcholic

Seminal work: The Great Gatsby

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Isaac Newton

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Brilliant Brit

Laws of motion: 3

Locks: Flowing

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Truman Capote

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American Author

In Cold Blood, Breakfast at Tiffany's, etc.

Threw one hell of a party

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Socrates

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Ancient Greek Philosopher

Found guilty of corrupting the youth of Athens

Sentenced to death by drinking Hemlock

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107

Essayist, Author

Author of 1984 and Animal Farm

Soldier in the Spanish Civil War

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108

Jack Kerouac

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American Author

Dharma Bum

Prolific ponitiff of the open mind and road

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124

William Faulkner

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American Author

Nobel Prize Speech: Too drunk to remember

Notable work: Light In August

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It's Evolution, Baby

Seminal Work: On the Origin of Species

Vessel: HMS Beagle

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Father of Psychoanalysis

Ego, super-ego, id

Drug of choice: Cocaine

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The Father of English Literature

Traveled with people of dubious moral character

Hobby: Giving baths to wives

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TS Eliot

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American-born British Poet

Nobel Prizes: 1

Accusation: Anti-semitism

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Jules Verne

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French Author

a.k.a "Father of Science Fiction"

Number of Famous Novels: 54

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James Joyce

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Irish Novelist

Hobbies: Drinking, writing raunchy loveletters

Seminal work: Ulysses

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Aristotle

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Greek Philosopher

Pupil: Alexander the Great

Location: mancrush.com

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187

Orson Welles

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Great American producer, director, writer

Director of Citizen Kane

Frightened many with War of the Worlds broadcast

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189

Plato

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Ancient Greek Philosopher, Mathematician

Among Philosophical founders of Western Culture

Student of Socrates

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Evelyn Waugh

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Aloysius will be cross if you don’t vote for Waugh

Don’t let him “Decline and Fall” in the ratings!

And you thought Catholics weren't good at satire!

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English Philosopher/Scientist

Scientific methods: Observation & inquiry

Chance was Shakespeare: 11%

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Herodotus

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The Father of History

Alternate moniker: The Father of Lies

Exclusively known for 'The Histories'

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Aesop

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Fabled Fabler

Animal Allegory Animal

Lost Fable: Acidophylous and the Timid Tapeworm

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Thomas Paine

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Wrote "Common Sense"

The voice of the American Revolution

Makes John Adams look like a loser

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271

French Author

Three Musketeers, Count of Monte Cristo, etc.

Experienced racism due mixed race heritage

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Franz Kafka

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On trial for:

Not from: The castle

Overall mood and appearance: Kafkaesque

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278

Jack London

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Author, Drinker

Hobbies: Sledding, Trying to Build Fires

Confused By: White Logic

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Adam Smith

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Economist

Seminal work: The Wealth of Nations

Nationality: Scottish

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Author, Tennis Instructor, Genius

Collects: Butterflies

Comfortable discussing: Sexual deviancy

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311

H.L. Mencken

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Journalist, Author, Cynic

"The Sage of Baltimore"

Worthy man of ideas and inspirations

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Nostradamus

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Seer

Quatrains: 941

Prophecies: WWII, 9/11

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Voltaire

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French Writer & Philosopher

Age: Enlightenment

True name: Francois-Marie Arouet

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Confucius

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Chinese Philosopher

Man who eat crackers in bed wake up feeling crummy

Man who run behind bus get exhausted

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Archimedes

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Greek Mathematician

Eureka!

Notable invention: Archimedes' Screw

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Philosopher and Poet

Author of "The Prince"

The end justifies the means?

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Physicist

Gave a Brief History of Time

Postulated the idea of Hawking Radiation

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Dave Barry

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Professional Humorist

Pulitzer Prizes: 1

Best Idea: You Pay Only $8.95 Tax Plan

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Venetian Adventurer

Renowned womanizer

Kills: 122

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Cicero

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Ancient Latin Orator

Name meaning: Chickpea

Nemesis: Marc Antony

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Baruch de Spinoza

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Dutch Philosopher

Equated God and Nature as the same reality

Famous fans: Albert Einstein; Obi Wan Kenobi

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Roman Emperor

Stoic philosopher

Reign: 161-180 AD

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Ezra Pound

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American Poet

Movements: Imagism, Vorticism

Style: Free Verse

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David Sedaris

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Satirical Writer

Technofobe extraordinare

Will talk pretty one day

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Author

Won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001

Appeared in an episode of The Simpsons

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American Writer

I thought you were a trout stream

Location: mancrush.com

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Author, Mechanic

Literary Style: Shocking

Born: Pasco, Washington

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Ovid

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Roman Poet

Full name: Publius Ovidius Naso

Dactylic hexameric work: Metamorphoses

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Hammurabi

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Babylonian King

Penal codes: 1

Babylon, Mesopotamia

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Manicles

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Ancient Greek Historian

Coined the term "Manus Crux"

Admired: Jeterius

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Lucretius

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Roman Poet and Philosopher

Wrote De Rerum Natura

Possibly the world's first atheist

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Hunter S. Thompson

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The Good Doctor

Invented: Gonzo Journalism, drugs in the workplace

Nemesis: Male pattern baldness

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Sun Tzu

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Chinese Military Strategist

Author of The Art of War

Translation: "Master Sun"

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Bill Simmons

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Notable Podcaster

Favored topics: Sox, Celtics, Karate Kid

Location: Grantland

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Arab Astronomer

Wrote The Manhabbas Verses

Era: Circa 700 CE

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Nigerian Novelist

Author of Things Fall Apart

Changing the lives of college freshmen everywhere

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Simon Schama

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British Professor and Art Historian

Host of "The Power of Art"

Could give an enthralling account of you sleeping

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Neil Gaiman

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Rollicking Writer

Blog: Inspirational

Wardrobe: Not so much

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John Hodgman

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Humorist

Founder of the Little Gray Book Lectures

Were you aware of it?!?

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Bob Marley

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Poet & Prophet

White college kids inspired: 235,711

February 6, 1945 - May 11, 1981

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Enlightenment Philosopher

Didn't do anything of note till age 40

His ideas are Rousseau hot right now

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Multatuli

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Dutch Writer

Took umbrage with Dutch colonialism

True name: Eduard Douwes Dekker

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God is dead.

Stat: Generic

Rocken, Prussia

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Pablo Neruda

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Chilean Writer and Poet

Political views: Communist

Cuanto vive el hombre, por fin?

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Controversial Essayist

Work in question: The Satanic Verses

Alias: Sal Bass

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American Author

Man without a country

So it goes.

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Karl Marx

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Socialist Revolutionary

Heritage: Jewish

Mentor: Bruno Bauer

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British Philosopher

Noble laureate 1950

Set on paradoxes

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Uncle Shelby

Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too

Went for a ride in a flying shoe.

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American novelist, essayist

Considers: Lobsters

Secret Identity: Math Weenie

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Rasputin

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Russian Mystic

Also known as: The Mad Monk, Icha

Survived: Being poisoned, shot, stabbed

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Richard Dawkins

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Evolutionary Biologist

Professor at Oxford University

Atheist

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Noam Chomsky

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Indestructible

Omniscient

Flawless, endless logic

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Mancrush Historian

Professor of Manthropology

Top three: Bob Dole, Cicero, Muhammad Ali

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Rogue Philosopher

Framework-shaking pragmatist

"Incorrigible"

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American Historian

Author of "The City in History"

Hometown: Flushing, NY

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The Sage of Anacostia

Abolitionist, author, orator, statesman

Inspiring tale of perseverance

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