Alfonso II, the Duke of Ferrara in the mid-sixteenth century, is the speaker in Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess”.
- In The Red and the Black, what do the colors stand for? In Stendhal's 1830 novel The Red and the Black, the red refers to Napoleon's colors or the military life, the black to the clergy or religious life.
- Who was the first president born after the United States declared its independence? The eighth president, Martin Van Buren (1836-1844), was born on December 5, 1782, after the United States declared its independence.
- Who was the first president to have a veto overridden by Congress? John Tyler was the first president to have a veto overridden by Congress in 1845.
- When did Washington Irving (1783-1859) court Mary Shelley (1797-1851)? Washington Irving and fellow American writer John H. Payne were said to have competed for the affection of the author of Frankenstein during a visit to France from 1824 to 1826. Mary's husband…
- How many Pulitzer prizes did Eugene O’Neill win? Eugene O'Neill won four Pulitzer prizes, for Beyond the Horizon (1920), Anna Christie (1922), Strange Interlude (1928), and Long Day's Journey into Night (1957).
- Who said, “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may”? Robert Herrick said, "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may", in the first line of the 1648 poem "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time."