Are all the artists and works of art
from the U.S.?
The musicians' list is dominated by people born in the U.S. and the majority
of the movies were produced in the U.S. In contrast, the visual artists'
list is dominated by Europeans (15 artists native to European countries)
and the novels list has strong representation from authors born outside
the U.S. (10 authors born in Europe, one born in Africa).
Which lists mention Kentucky natives?
Novels (Robert Penn Warren, born in Guthrie) and musicians (Bill Monroe,
born in Rosine).
What work of art was banned in the United States upon publication?
The number one novel, James Joyce's Ulysses.
Which entry on the movie list won an Oscar for best director after
winning a Pulitzer Prize as a novel?
The Grapes of Wrath: novel by John Steinbeck, movie directed by John Ford.
Which artists have performed at
Singer Ella Fitzgerald performed at the Norton Center for the Arts in 1981,
and jazz trumpet player Wynton Marsalis appeared in concert in 1995. The
college has ties with many artists and works of art on the list; Rodgers
and Hammerstein's My Fair Lady came to Newlin Hall in 1978, as did Duke
Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies in 1984.
What's the newest work of art included on any of the lists?
A movie, Schindler's List, released in 1993 and directed by Steven Spielberg.
The oldest work of art?
A novel published in 1902, The Wings of the Dove, by Henry James.
Who is the youngest person included
on any list?
Jazz trumpet player Wynton Marsalis, born in 1961.
If every person on the list were still living, who would be the oldest?
John Philip Sousa, a composer of marches who was born in 1854 and died in
Which visual artist prepared to become a lawyer and began art studies
at age 30 after turning down a job as a university law professor?
Which novel was written by the son of an illiterate coal miner?
Women in Love, by D. H. Lawrence.
Did any artist get mentioned more than once on the same list?
Movie director John Ford has two movies included: The Grapes of Wrath and
Stagecoach. So does director Alfred Hitchcock, with Rear Window and Psycho.
Which artistic types were most likely to change their names?
Novelists. Six of the 25 novelists changed their names in some way other
than by marriage. Among them: Toni Morrison, whose birth name was Chloe
Anthony Wofford and Ford Madox Ford, changed from Ford Hermann Hueffer.
Several musicians had second thoughts about their names, too. Richard Starkey
became Ringo Starr, Eleanor Fagan became Billie Holiday, and McKinley Morganfield
became Muddy Waters.
Which novelist published only one book?
Ralph Ellison - he was a teacher whose only published work was The Invisible