OK, we know we gave everyone a slight leg up by actually including a poem title in yesterday's post. There will be no such mercy today. Like the crossword puzzle, these will get harder each day - but still eminently searchable. (And don't use Google - go troll the archive. That's all the fun.)
Also, you should know the Random Number Generator is impervious to your entreaties, frustrations, animadversions. It's a cold, cruel bastard, and there are a lot of you getting the answer right each day and only two lucky winners, so buck up.
OK, here is today's mystery nugget. Full rules on winning one of the two complete sets of The Paris Review Interviews being offered today can be found here. Enjoy:
INTERVIEWER: E.M. Forster speaks speaks of his major characters sometimes taking over and dictating the course of his novels. Has this ever been a problem for you, or are you in complete command?
AUTHOR: My knowledge of Mr. Forster's works is limited to one novel, which I dislike; and anyway, it was not he who fathered that trite little whimsy about characters getting out of hand; it is as old as the quills, although of course one sympathizes with his people if they try to wriggle out of that trip to India or wherever he takes them. My characters are galley slaves.
UPDATE: Congratulations to today's winners Monica Byrne and Levi Stahl, who - along with many of you - correctly identified Vladimir Nabokov. Honorable mention wrong guesses include Gore Vidal, Peter Carey, Zadie Smith, Constance Eakins, Graham Greene, and Evelyn Waugh. Several of you thought this one was the easiest yet but it also generated the most wrong answers to date. (If we gave bonus books for best comments, one would go to our correspondent who wrote, "This is why, perhaps, Nabokov writes such characterologically deficient novels." We don't agree - c'mon, Pnin? - but we laughed.)