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Edgar Allen Poe, Jules Verne and Albert Camus
« on: July 29, 2011, 01:22:02 AM »
This was posted as a quiz question - what connects Edgar Allen Poe, Jules Verne and Albert Camus?

Haven\'t seen the answer and everything that springs to mind - births, deaths, marriages, occupations, plagues, balloons - doesn\'t fit.

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Re: Edgar Allen Poe, Jules Verne and Albert Camus
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2011, 12:16:41 PM »
I don\'t suppose that it\'s simply that they were all writers. ;) :P
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Re: Edgar Allen Poe, Jules Verne and Albert Camus
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2011, 03:02:16 PM »
I tried the Nobel Prize for Literature but its not that - something like it?  

Did Verne andCamus have anything to do with Ravens, or just birds?

It is claimed Poe \"invented\" the detective novel and Verne was the founding father of science fiction, but how does Camus fit into that~?

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Re: Edgar Allen Poe, Jules Verne and Albert Camus
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2011, 03:45:10 PM »
It would be very annoying if the answer is that they\'re all authors - a book shop posed the question, so it\'s probably not.

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Re: Edgar Allen Poe, Jules Verne and Albert Camus
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2011, 03:46:59 PM »
That\'s what makes it a good question, there\'s a lot of things that things that relate to two of them only.

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Re: Edgar Allen Poe, Jules Verne and Albert Camus
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2011, 11:35:33 AM »
Did anybody come up with an answer to this poser? I have been scratching my head and even resorted to google, but still cant find a link:S
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Re: Edgar Allen Poe, Jules Verne and Albert Camus
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2011, 07:48:34 PM »
I have a vague memory of another quiz question asking what Albert Camus had in common with some other people and it was that they were all goalkeepers.  I can\'t remember who the others were but I definitely remember Camus as it seemed so unlikely.  Is there anything in that?

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Re: Edgar Allen Poe, Jules Verne and Albert Camus
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2011, 11:07:56 PM »
Just Googled to see if anything new had turned up and, for me at least, this thread is first to appear, followed by the original question on FaceBook.

My current thinking is that there\'s songs by The Cure either based on their writings or suing a title - A Forest and Killing An Arab, but I can\'t think of a Jules Verne one.

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Re: Edgar Allen Poe, Jules Verne and Albert Camus
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2011, 03:34:33 PM »
Camus and Poe both went to University but didnt finish their courses, Camus for health, Poe for financial reasons.  Verne studied law ? where and got his licence but didnt practice.  All did other jobs before becoming writers (though that is not unusual).  As far as I have got.  Anything there?

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Re: Edgar Allen Poe, Jules Verne and Albert Camus - the answer!
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2011, 03:47:08 PM »
Quote from: \"Ophelia\'s Bookshop\"


all three have been cited as the author of the same quote

\"the four conditions for happiness:
1 - life in the open air;
2 - freedom from ambition;
3 - creativity;
4 - love of another being.\"


It\'s a quote I\'ve never heard.

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Re: Edgar Allen Poe, Jules Verne and Albert Camus - the answer!
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2011, 04:09:21 PM »
It\'s a quote I\'ve never heard.

No, nor me - they sound almost Buddhist, dont they?
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Re: Edgar Allen Poe, Jules Verne and Albert Camus - the answer!
« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2011, 04:34:50 PM »
And it doesn\'t seem a thing Poe would say at all.  

No sources are cited, though if it\'s just that the quote has been attributed to them there may not be any.

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Re: Edgar Allen Poe, Jules Verne and Albert Camus - the answer!
« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2011, 07:42:28 PM »
I have just googled \"Four Conditions For Happiness\" and sure enough there they are, all on the first page!
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Re: Edgar Allen Poe, Jules Verne and Albert Camus - the answer!
« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2011, 08:08:20 PM »
Quote from: \"The Domain Of Arnhein, by Edgar Allan Poe, published 1847\"


With opinions such as these my young friend, too, was fully imbued; and thus it is worthy of observation that the uninterrupted enjoyment which distinguished his life was, in great measure, the result of preconcert. It is, indeed, evident that with less of the instinctive philosophy which, now and then, stands so well in the stead of experience, Mr Ellison would have found himself precipitated, by the very extraordinary success of his life, into the common vortex of unhappiness which yawns for those of preeminent endowments.

But it is by no means my object to pen an essay on happiness.

The ideas of my friend may be summed up in a few words.

He admitted but four elementary principles, or, more strictly, conditions, of bliss.

That which he considered chief was (strange to say!) the simple and purely physical one of free exercise in the open air. \'The health,\' he said, \'attainable by other means is scarcely worth the name.\' He instanced the ecstasies of the fox-hunter, and pointed to the tillers of the earth, the only people who, as a class, can be fairly considered happier than others.

His second condition was the love of woman.

His third, and most difficult of realization, was the contempt of ambition.

His fourth was an object of unceasing pursuit; and he held that, other things being equal, the extent of attainable happiness was in proportion to the spirituality of this object.



Which is a bit different to

Quote from: \"\"

1. life in the open air
2. freedom from ambition
3. creativity
4. love of another being

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Re: Edgar Allen Poe, Jules Verne and Albert Camus - the answer!
« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2012, 08:01:42 PM »
Here\'s a similar one and I do know the answer to it...

What connects Albert Camus with Edgar Allan Poe* and Buster Keaton?

*again! They seem inseparable don\'t they? ;)

I was going to put the answer here in spoiler tags but you can\'t do them here, seemingly. Oh well....