Literary Lions  LbNA # 9483 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateJul 21 2004
Location???, CA
Planted ByPeriwinkle    
Found By ???
Last Found Jun 27 2007
Hike Distance?

A set of two literary mystery boxes, placed in honor of the memory of my friend Kathryn Lindskoog.

There is a university in Orange County whose mascot is the lion, and whose initials are VU. Proceed to the O. Cope Budge library of this university.

Be sure to call ahead to verify library operating hours, especially during the summer and vacation times when hours are significantly reduced.

Bring an inkpad.

First Letterbox: The Place of the Lion

There are six degrees of separation between the first of the clues and the first letterbox. You may wish to decipher the clues before leaving home, or you may do so utilizing the library resources:

The First Author wrote many books about the Second Author, including "The Lion of Judah in Never-never Land".

The Second Author edited an anthology of quotes from the Third Author’s writings. The name of the book contains the name of the Third Author. The Second Author wrote, in the introduction to the book, "I have never concealed the fact that I regarded him as my master; indeed I fancy I have never written a book in which I did not quote from him."

The Third Author wrote a children's fantasy novel featuring a princess and some ill-mannered mythical creatures who live underground and wreak all kinds of havoc before the end of the story. The Fourth Author wrote of this book "...I for one can really testify to a book that has made a difference to my whole existence...Of all the stories I have read, including even all the novels of the same novelist, it remains the most real, the most realistic, in the exact sense of the phrase the most like life."

The Fourth Author wrote a series of mystery stories featuring a detective priest. The priest's name is also a color. The first book of these stories was published in 1911.

The Fifth Author admired the work of the Fourth Author, and, like him, wrote a series of mystery stories. The hero of her mysteries was a British Lord-turned-amateur-detective. In addition, she wrote a respected English translation of Dante's Divine Comedy.

The Sixth Author was a friend of both the Second and Fifth Authors (so we could have skipped degrees three through five, but where would be the fun in that?) The Fifth Author contributed the essay titled ‘"And Telling You a Story": a Note on The Divine Comedy’ to a volume of essays presented to the Sixth Author. The Sixth Author used to meet the Second Author, along with a group of other writers that included J.R.R. Tolkien, in a pub called The Eagle and the Child.

Now to the first letterbox: Locate the novel written by the Sixth Author that contains the name of the university's mascot in its title. If the novel has been checked out, locate the place it would normally be kept on the shelf.

When you are standing in front of the place of the lion, consider: where would a microbox held in place with magnets be hiding, if it wanted to remain as close as possible to the book without being seen? Adopting the traditional posture of prayer as you are pondering this question may provide inspiration and needed vision.

The very kind head librarian who gave permission for this box to be placed would not be pleased to see ink stains on her carpet, so go to a nearby desk to stamp in!

The Second Letterbox: The Winged Lion

This flighty creature left the place of the lion and ascended to the children’s literature section. He browsed through the Third Author's children’s books. He liked them so much, he settled into a small letterbox directly above them. If you are tall, you won’t need one of the nearby library stools to reach this letterbox.