Which Famous Author IS It?

 For thousands of years, as well as today, writers have shaped our thoughts, our ideas and our concepts of beauty. Can you identify the following famous authors with just a few clues?
 
 
This horror book author made the whole world afraid of clowns and has written at least 97 books.
Stephen King's IT, when it came out as a mini-series, terrified a whole generation of kids and has just been adapted again for screen.
Stephen King
Dean Koontz
H.P. Lovecraft
Clive Barker
 
 
This author was hailed as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His most well known character is an orphan.
Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist is one of the most famous literary characters in the world as well as his famous question: "Please sir, may I have some more?"
Charles Dickens
Oscar Wilde
George Eliot
Robert Browning
 
 
This novelist, journalist and famous author wrote much about war before he put an end to his life with a shotgun.
Ernest Hemingway fought in WWI and had many strong emotions about war, manhood, weapons and bravery. He frequented Cuba and was a known drinker.
Ernest Hemingway
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Mark Twain
Edgar Allan Poe
 
 
This author invented no less than 1,700 words in the English language we use today.
So many of the words we use today were invented by William Shakespeare, 400 years ago. To name a few - Elbow, Critic, Bandit, Lonely, Lackluster...
William Shakespeare
Geoffrey Chaucer
Samuel Beckett
Oscar Wilde
 
 
This author uses rhyming in their works, and is the best selling children's author in history.
Theodor Seuss Geisel is also known, of course, as Dr. Seuss!
Theodor Seuss Geisel
Roald Dahl
J.K. Rowling
Lewis Carrol
 
 
This author is the best selling female author of all time (arguably the most for both sexes), and is known for her mystery novels.
Agatha Christie has sold over 2 BILLION copies of her books.
Agatha Christie
Danielle Steel
Maya Angelou
Toni Morrison
 
 
This author was a brilliant Russian author who moved to America and proceeded to write just as brilliantly in English. One of his most famous novels is actually an erotic novel.
Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita is one of the most famous books in the world, but it was considered very explicit when it published in 1955.
Vladimir Nabokov
Leo Tolstoy
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Alexander Pushkin
 
 
This Prague-based author took their own life, tragically, and never knew their works became famous after their death. Their books had to do with unsolvable and inexplicable events happening to his hapless protagonists.
most of Franz Kafka's works were published by his agent, even though Kafka asked him to burn it all.
Franz Kafka
Vincent van Gogh
Sylvia Plath
Hunter S. Thompson
 
 
This Boston-born poet, novelist and short story writer expanded the style of confessional poetry and highlighted the injustices of gender-based roles and the psychiatric care of their time.
Unfortunately, as it seems with many talented authors, Sylvia Plath took her own life.
Sylvia Plath
Maya Angelou
Toni Morrison
Robert Frost
 
 
This author is arguably the most famous American poet in the world, best known for his 12 poem volume entitled Leave of Grass, which came out in 1855, and for the poem ‘O Captain! My Captain!’
Walt Whitman
Robert Frost
T.S. Eliot
John Ashbery
 
 
This author has a "Sir" in front of his name, is one of the most famous Broadway composer of musicals, composing 21 musicals. His most famous musical stars singing animals.
Cats is perhaps the most successful Broadway musical of all time.
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Stephen Sondheim
Cole Porter
Harold Prince
 
 
This screenwriter is one of the most well respected, bizarre and prolific authors in Hollywood today. His movies are eccentric and often surreal. His protagonists have included Jim Carrey and John Malkovich.
Charles Kaufman has written award winning movies such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Charlie Kaufman
Woody Allen
Quentin Terantino
Ethan Cohen
 
 
This writer is the richest author in the world at the moment.
Do we even need to explain this one? Harry Potter books and movies are everywhere!
Stephen King
JK Rowling
Dan Brown
John Grisham
 
 
This Irish author has written the most difficult book to read, made with a stream of consciousness style that makes it one of the most challenging reads in the world.
James Joyce wrote Ulysses, which is infamous for being a book almost impossible to read and definitely impossible to fully understand.
James Joyce
William Butler Yeats
Maeve Binchy
Jonathan Swift
 
 
This writer has written the most famous work of fantasy in the world, published in 1954. Their most famous trilogy was made into huge blockbuster movies.
J.R.R. Tolkien never saw the revival of his epic fantasy series, but we have no doubt he would have enjoyed the epic movies that came out a decade ago for his trilogy The Lord of the Rings.
JK Rowling
J.R.R. Tolkien
George R. R. Martin
C. S. Lewis
Not Much Luck
Unfortunately you only got 5 or less of the authors correctly, meaning you didn't pass this quiz. Shame, as these authors represent some of the finest wisdom, prose and poetry to be seen on this planet, and we really recommend you read at least some of them in this life!
Good Job!
You've recognized a fair bit of these authors in one of our tougher English quizzes, that's no easy feat. These writers and poets have all rocked the world on its heels, creating new ideas, sculpting beauty with words and changing out points of view with new thoughts. You did pretty well for yourself, but there are some you didn't get. Don't you want to know where you went wrong? Have a look at our answers to see it all.
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