Here are the answers to the quiz on Baltimore's literary heritage. At Read Street, the Baltimore Sun's book blog, on commenter noted that she’s a cousin to Dashiell Hammett. She wrote: He used to bring his grandmother (Old Mrs. Dashiell as we called her) down to visit. My mother used to say Dashiell was the "thinnest man" she ever knew!
1. Dashiell Hammett, whose works include The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man, was a Pinkerton investigator here. His base was the Continental Trust Building, from which he derived the name of his detective, the Continental Op.
2. Edgar Allan Poe’s literary fortunes improved after he won a $50 prize for “MS Found in a Bottle.”
3. John Dos Passos wrote the U.S.A. trilogy: The 42nd Parallel, 1919, and The Big Money.
4. F. Scott Fitzgerald came here to seek help for his troubled wife, Zelda. He was the great grand-nephew of Francis Scott Key, who wrote our national anthem.
5. W.E.B. DuBois, author of The Souls of Black Folks, helped found the NAACP. But even as the organization fought for integration, he sought to establish strong African-American institutions.
6. After leaving Johns Hopkins medical school, Gertrude Stein befriended great artists as an ex-pat in Paris. Her friendship with the Cone sisters led to their bequest to the Baltimore Museum of Art.
7. The Jungle, Upton Sinclair’s expose of the meat-packing industry, helped earn him the nickname “King of the Muckrakers.”
8. H.L. Mencken, the great social critic, was a longtime columnist and editor for the Sun newspapers.
9. Ogden Nash’s light-hearted and fanciful poems have delighted children and adults for decades.
10. Edith Hamilton’s books include Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes.