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  Who made this comment on the technical progress enabling people to come up with ever new methods of transportation and travel?

"When they have managed to get travellers comfortably seated inside a cannon so that they can be shot off like bullets in any given direction civilisation will doubtless have taken a great step forward. We are making rapid strides towards that happy time when space will have been abolished; but they will never abolish boredom, especially when you consider the ever increasing need for some occupation to fill in our time, part of which, at least, used to be spent in travelling."
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  Who remarked, upon having read Nicholas Nickleby (albeit on the eve of WWII):

"How unreal Dickens is! Jazz-band sentimentality."
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  Among William Shakespeare's countless contributions to the English language (and in this instance, to at least one other language as well, namely German) is this expression of assent to another person's statement; typically not just referring to the statement's contents but also to the way it is phrased: See if you know the answer
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  Which book inspired the title song of Mark Knopfler's 2000 album Sailing to Philadelphia? See if you know the answer
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  Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits fame once wrote a song named for which play by William Shakespeare? See if you know the answer
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  On August 10, 2009, the Andaman Islands were hit by a magnitude 7.6 earthquake occurring below the Indian Ocean.

In which novel does this remote group of islands, or rather the penal colony once located there, figure as the backdrop of one or more characters' history?
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  The first name of ____________ Palliser, the central character of Anthony Trollope's "Palliser" Novels, is the name of which British dynasty? See if you know the answer
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  The plot of James Joyce's Ulysses famously takes place on a single day; namely, June 16, 1904.

What book by Danish author Peter Høeg, though not set on one day alone, takes "love and its conditions on the night of March 19, 1929" as its focus and central point of reference?
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  What writer (and which of his/her famous works) inspired the story "Journey into a Dark Heart" in Peter Høeg's Tales of the Night?

(Note: Høeg's story deals with a train ride in what was formerly the Belgian Congo. The author sought in the question him-/herself appears as a character in the story.)
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  Edgar Allan Poe's three tales involving amateur detective Auguste Dupin -- his so-called Tales of Ratiocination -- are The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Purloined Letter, and ... See if you know the answer
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