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Alan Dent
"TITLE TESTS... A QUIZ BOOK FOR PERSONS WITH CLAIM TO CULTURE..."
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Alan Dent
"TITLE TESTS... A QUIZ BOOK FOR PERSONS WITH CLAIM TO CULTURE..."
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Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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Alan Dent
1905 - 1978
"TITLE TESTS... A QUIZ BOOK FOR PERSONS WITH CLAIM TO CULTURE..."
autograph manuscript quiz book, inscribed on the title page "This edition, in the author's hand, is limited to two copies, of which this is Number One. It belongs to Vivien Olivier. Christmas 1941", consisting of five hundred quiz questions on art, literature, drama and film, with the answers given at the foot of the even numbered pages, 36 pages, small 8vo, cream buckram over blue boards, inscribed with the title along spine, upper inner joint cracked, staining to the lower edge of each leaf (possibly water damage)
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Catalogue Note

Scottish film and theatre critic Alan Dent first met Vivien when she was in rehearsals for The Doctor's Dilemma in the autumn in 1941, although he had been an admirer for several years. He became good friends with both Vivien and Larry, advising him during the preparations for his three Shakespeare films. 

A note on the final page of this charming quiz book reads "All of these questions, excepting the 500th and last, have been asked in John O'London's Weekly". The final question in the book refers to itself, the answer being "a book devised by Alan Dent". 

After her death, Hamish Hamilton commissioned Dent to write his Vivien Leigh: A Bouquet (1969), in which he remarked: "I thought the world of Vivien Leigh as a friend, and I think the world a much dimmer and duller place in her absence" (p.14).

In the same book, he quotes the letter Vivien wrote thanking him for this gift: "That is really the most splendiferous little book. I am completely enchanted with it and bursting with admiration of you [...] I won't tell you what our marks were. But we were highly delighted to pass muster - and that in spite of the fact that Larry though Red Russule, Scarlet Cap, The Slayer and Stinkhorn were names of rustics in Thomas Hardy! I nearly gave him one mark because I laughed so much..." (ibid., p.19).

Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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London