Lucy and Todd

FREE COPY OF MIMI: quiz closed

In Stuff We Like on February 9, 2014 at 10:14 am

Spring has come, and Mimi (Bloomsbury), by Lucy Ellmann, comes out in paperback on February 14, 2014.

In honour of this occasion, the Fiction Atelier proudly announces that three free copies of the novel will be given out to winners of today’s quiz. (More literary identification quizzes will be posted soon.)

And the question is………………………………

Who wrote the following poem?


It is not growing like a tree

In bulke, doth make man better bee;

Or, standing long an Oake, three hundred yeare,

To fall a logge, at last, dry, bald, and seare:

A Lillie of a Day

Is fairer farre, in May,

Although it fall, and die that night;

It was the Plant, and flowre of light.

In small proportions, we just beauties see:

And in short measures, life may perfect bee.


Answers should be sent by Feb. 14 2014 to:

The names of people offering the correct answer will be chosen from a hat on Valentine’s Day, and published on the blog – unless you prefer anonymity. If you win, you will be contacted by email in order to get an address to which to send your copy of Mimi. Good luck!


Feb. 14


Ben Jonson

(from The Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse, eds. H J C Grierson and G Bullough, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1934. 171-175.)

The poem features in Mimi, in commemoration of Bee.

Thanks to all who took part, and look out for future literary quizzes on!

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