Unmistakable Style

Can you match the author to the prose?


  1. Hunter S. Thompson
  2. Ernest Hemingway
  3. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  4. Edgar Allan Poe
  5. Vladimir Nabokov
  6. Damon Runyon
  7. Molly Ivins
  8. Dr. Seuss
  9. The I.R.S.


  1. All of us were stuck to the surface of a ball, incidentally. The planet was ball-shaped. Nobody knew why we didn’t fall off, even though everyone pretended to kind of understand it. The really smart people understood that one of the best ways to get rich was to own a part of the surface people had to stick to.
  2. From my infancy I was noted for the docility and humanity of my disposition. My tenderness of heart was even so conspicuous as to make me the jest of my companions.
  3. All my life the sun has hurt my eyes, he thought. Yet they are still good.
  4. “Goddamnit! We’re lost!” my attorney was shouting. “What are we doing out here on this godforsaken road? The airport is right over there!” He pointed hysterically across the tundra.
  5. Now it comes out that this little old guy is nobody but Doc Beerfeldt, the great pneumonia specialist, and personally I never see a madder guy, although I wish to say I never blame him for being mad when I learn how Milk Ear Willie and Fats Finstein boff his butler over the noggin when answers their ring, and how they walk right into Old Doc Beerfeldt’s bedroom and haul him out of the hay at the point of their Roscoes and make him go with them.
  6. The days of my youth, as I look back on them, seem to fly away from me in a flurry of pale repetitive scraps like those morning snow storms of used tissue paper that a train passenger sees whirling in the wake of the observation car.
  7. “Look at me! Look at me! Look at me Now! It is fun to have fun. But you have to know how.”
  8. Good Lord, Lubbock, Texas. Well, about 88.3 percent of the world there is sky, and if you are used to that, it feels like freedom and everywhere else feels like jail.
  9. Generally, you can use either Form 1040 or Form 1040A to report your dividend income. Report the total of your ordinary dividends on line 9a of Form 1040 or Form 1040A. Report qualified dividends on line 9b of Form 1040 or Form 1040A. If you receive capital gain distributions, you may be able to use Form 1040A or you may have to use Form 1040. See Exceptions to filing Form 8949 and Schedule D (Form 1040) in chapter 16.



1-D. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

2-C. The Old Man and The Sea

3-A. Breakfast of Champions

4-B. The Black Cat

5-F. Lolita

6-E. Little Miss Marker

7-H. “Lubbock”: Her Teeth Are Stained But Her Heart is Pure

8-G. The Cat in the Hat

9-I; IRS Publication 17, Chapter 8