classics of Western literature from Homer and Sophocles to Borges and Waugh.
To win this prize, simply answer the following 10
questions, and complete the tie-breaker described below.
1 Which city boasted two royal libraries, one housed in a museum and the other in the temple of Zeus, which were destroyed after Caesar's invasion?
2 After whom is Oxford's major library named?
3 Which was the world's earliest known library?
a Assurbanipal's library at Nineveh?
b one in Babylonia, in the 21st century BC?
c Eumenes II's library at Pergamum?
4 Who founded the Library of Congress?
5 Which major English poet of the 20th century was a librarian?
6 Which modern English playwright was prosecuted for defacing library books?
7 Which Nobel Prizewinner's masterpiece involved the peregrinations of a bibliophile and his books? And what was the bibliophile's name?
8 From the point of view of preservation, what is the ideal room temperature at which to keep books?
9 Whose library was his dukedom?
10 Name the architects responsible, in 1852 and 1962 respectively, for the original designs of the old and new British Libraries.
! Send your entry, on a postcard, to: Everyman Competition, The Sunday Review, Independent on Sunday, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DL, no later than Wednesday 4 January. In addition to your 10 answers, your entry should include a definition, in no more than 12 words, of the perfect book collection. The winner will be the sender of the correct entry whose definition the judges consider to be the best.Reuse content