and here's a way to test your knowledge. Answer in a comment on The Baltimore Sun's Read Street blog and you'll be entered in a book drawing (you don’t need a perfect score to win). Thanks to the University of Baltimore’s Literary Heritage Project, which provided information for some questions. I'll post the answers later in the week.
1. He learned about dirty deeds as a Pinkerton investigator here and wrote his best-selling detective novels, in a distinctive sparse, clipped prose.
2. A failure at West Point and the University of Virginia, his fortunes began to turn when he won a $50 prize in a short story contest in Baltimore.
3. His trilogy, which mixed fictional characters with real-life newsmakers, sought to define America as it flexed its muscles in the early 20th Century.
4. Moving here to help a troubled wife, he continued the writings that made him a symbol of the Jazz Age. His great-granduncle was a famous poet (name him for bonus).
5. He gained fame for exposing racism’s impact and helped found the NAACP. But after moving to Baltimore, he broke with the organization over the issue of integration.
6. Disenchanted with medical school at Johns Hopkins, she went to Paris to write and hobnob with ground-breaking artists.
7. This Baltimore-born writer was famous for piercing investigations of industries such as oil and food, and advocated for the common worker.
8. The social commentary of this cigar-smoking, beer-drinking writer, who joked about the “booboisie,” was often aimed at religious and political leaders.
9. He was a poet for the people, writing humorous verse about husbands and children, cows and dogs.
10. While headmistress of the Bryn Mawr School, she wrote the book on Greek mythology. But to relax, she really enjoyed reading mystery novels.