Can You Identify the Famous Author by a Book Title?

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Isadora Teich

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Who wrote "The Tell-Tale Heart"?

American horror pioneer and inventor of the detective story Edgar Allan Poe wrote this iconic short story, which was initially published in 1843. It centers around a murderous protagonist desperate to prove his sanity.

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The author of "The Divine Comedy" is:

This 14th-century poetic work has inspired numerous works of art over the years. In it, Dante travels through the afterlife guided by the poet Virgil.

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Who wrote "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"?

Published first in 1998, this is the second in Rowling's world-famous Harry Potter series. At the time of its release in 2002, the film adaptation of this book was one of the highest-grossing films ever made.

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"Moby Dick" was written by_________.

This 19th-century novel is widely considered to be one of the best works of American literature. It tells the tale of Captain Ahab, who is consumed by his pursuit of the white whale Moby Dick.

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Who is the author of "The Catcher in the Rye"?

This 20th-century American novel was originally written for adults but has become common reading in high school English classes across America. It follows teenage protagonist and narrator Holden Caulfield as he plays hooky in New York City.

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Who wrote "Pride and Prejudice"?

This 19th-century novel is a classic novel of manners. With over 20 million copies sold, it is one of the most popular English literary works ever written.

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Who wrote "Beloved"?

Published in 1987, this magical realism novel tells the story of an escaped slave. It takes place after the Civil War.

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The author of "Post Office" is:

Published in 1971, this novel is the first written by Charles Bukowski. This autobiographical novel covers Bukowski's years working for the United States Postal Service with his signature cynical flair.

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Who wrote "Don Quixote"?

"Don Quixote" is a 17th-century Spanish novel. It follows the adventures of a mentally ill nobleman out to single-handedly revive the age of knights and chivalry.

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"Atlas Shrugged" was written by:

This 1957 philosophical fiction novel was Ayn Rand's last book. It features a dystopian America in which businesses suffer because of laws and regulations.

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The author of "Interview with the Vampire" is _________.

This 20th-century gothic horror novel was author Anne Rice's first novel. It is the first of a series of popular novels called "The Vampire Chronicles."

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"Ulysses" was written by:

"Ulysses" is a 20th-century English modernist novel which parallels "The Odyssey." It follows one man over the course of a normal day in Dublin, Ireland.

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The author of "Christine" is:

Stephen King is one of the most famous and prolific horror novelists of all time. In his well-known novel "Christine," a nerdy young man encounters a possessed car.

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Who wrote "Hamlet"?

"Hamlet" was written between 1599 and 1601. This tragedy is one of the most famous and often performed plays of all time.

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The author of "Lord of the Rings" is _____________.

Scholar and author J. R. R. Tolkien wrote these epic high fantasy novels throughout the 1930s and 1940s. With over 150 million copies sold, they are some of the best selling books ever written.

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The author of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is who?

This 19th-century novel is considered to be one of the Great American Novels. It follows the adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a poor child from St. Petersburg, Missouri.

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Who wrote "The Stranger"?

Albert Camus wrote this 20th-century French philosophical novel. It follows a seemingly apathetic man who commits a murder after his mother's death.

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The author of "The Handmaid's Tale" is:

This novel was published in 1985. It follows the journey of a woman living in an America overthrown by an oppressive Christian dictatorship in which biblical law is interpreted as civil law.

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_____________ wrote "The Great Gatsby."

This 20th-century American novel defined and encapsulated the excess and emptiness of the Jazz Age. The book is considered to be a warning about and critique of the American Dream.

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Who is the author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude"?

This 20th-century Colombian novel is a Nobel Prize winner. It uses magical realism to tell the intergenerational story of the Buendia family.

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__________ wrote "The Bell Jar."

"The Bell Jar" is a 20th-century semi-autobiographical novel by American poet Sylvia Plath. The novel follows the protagonist's descent into mental illness and is thought to mirror Plath's own experiences, as she committed suicide shortly after the book was published.

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Who wrote "The Odyssey"?

Many scholars think this book was written in the 8th century BC. It is the second oldest work of western literature following the "Illiad."

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"Crime and Punishment" was written by:

This 19th-century Russian novel was written by Dostoyevsky following 5 years of exile in Siberia. It explores a poor ex-student's "morally justifiable" killing gone wrong.

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The author of "Twilight" is:

Stephenie Meyer's young adult supernatural romance series "Twilight" has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide and been translated into over 30 languages. In it, an everyday teen girl falls in love with a vampire.

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Who wrote "The Home and the World"?

In this 20th-century Bengali novel, a woman is torn between her husband and the demands of a radical leader. It takes place in India.

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The author of "Lolita" is:

This 20th-century English novel is famous for its controversial subject. In it, protagonist and narrator Humbert Humbert develops a tragic obsession with his step-daughter.

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Who is the author of "The Count of Monte Cristo"?

Dumas' 19th-century novel was a huge hit when it was published and has stood the test of time. This tale of revenge was inspired by a real case of wrongful imprisonment.

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"1984" was written by ________.

In this 20th-century English novel, a terrifying totalitarian government crushes its own people while maintaining endless wars. It follows a bland civil servant's uncharacteristic acts of resistance and their consequences.

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Who wrote "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"?

This 19th-century novel was written by Oxford mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It is one of the most influential fantasy works ever written.

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"To the Lighthouse" was authored by:

This 20th-century modernist novel contains almost no dialogue or action, and mostly follows trains of thought. It is widely considered to be one of the best modern English language novels.

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Who wrote "Heart of Darkness"?

This novella is considered a critique of European attitudes regarding imperialism and colonialism. The novel's narrator and protagonist talks about a life-changing Congo River voyage he took.

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"The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" is by:

Dominican American author Junot Diaz wrote this award-winning multigenerational novel about a Dominican family which has been plagued by a curse for generations. It was published in 2007.

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"Fifty Shades of Grey" was written by ____________.

This erotic romance novel was published in 2011. It began as "Twilight" fan fiction.

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Who wrote "Kindred?"

This time-travel and slave narrative novel was published in 1979. It is a popular book read in high school and college courses.

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The author of "Dune" is:

This 20th-century epic is the best selling sci-fi novel in the world. It deals with politics of an interstellar futuristic feudal society obsessed with "the spice."

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About This Quiz

Are you well read? Then see if you can get your thinking cap on and speed-read your way through this quiz. Stories have captured the imaginations of people around the world for millennia, and many people to this day are fiercely protective of and very much love their books. Great stories contain dazzling highs, dizzying lows and everything in between.

So much can be done with words, and some of the greatest literary minds have been pushing the bounds of imagination for centuries. From romance to war epics to sci-fi innovators, it all began with books. From religious texts to folk tales to fiction, books have changed everything about how we view the world, one another, and what is possible.

From Shakespeare to Oscar Wilde to J.K. Rowling, numerous writers have left their mark on the world throughout the years. We identify with and learn from fictional characters. In fact, studies have shown that reading improves memory, relieves stress, and can even help build empathy. Aside from that old book smell, there is a lot of enjoyment and many benefits to be found from cracking open a book or even just opening up one on your Kindle. If you think you know your famous authors, then get your spectacles on and get literate with this quiz!

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