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Huge List of Famous Authors

Can you guess the names of these 121 notable authors from their works?
Includes novels, memoirs, plays, novel series and fairytales
Going by their pen name
Quiz by Aaron197
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Last updated: September 6, 2022
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Lifetime
Works
Nation
Author
1973-
Twilight | Midnight Sun
Stephenie Meyer
1965-
The Kite Runner | A Thousand Splendid Suns
Khaled Hosseini
1965-
Harry Potter | Fantastic Beasts
J. K. Rowling
1964-
Da Vinci Code | Angels and Demons
Dan Brown
1964-
Three Sisters | The moon opera
Bi Feiyu
1963-
Fifty Shades of Grey | Fifty Shades Darker
E. L. James
1963-
Life of Pi | Self
Yann Martel
1962-
The Hunger Games | Mockingjay
Suzanne Collins
1961-
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out
the Window and Disappeared | The Girl Who Saved
the King of Sweden
Jonas Jonasson
1957-
Ring | Spiral
Koji Suzuki
1956-
Memoirs of a Geisha
Arthur Golden
1954-
The Remains of the Day | Never Let Me Go
Kazuo Ishiguro
1954-2004
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo |
The Girl Who Played with Fire
Stieg Larsson
1952-
Snow | The Museum of Innocence
Orhan Pamuk
1952-
The Joy Luck Club | Two Kinds
Amy Tan
1951-
Call Me by Your Name | Find Me
André Aciman
1949-
Norwegian Wood | 1Q84
Haruki Murakami
1948-
A Game of Thrones | The Winds of Winter
George R. R. Martin
1947-
The Satanic Verse | Midnight's Children
Salman Rushdie
1947-
The Body | The Shining
Stephen King
1947-
The Alchemist | Eleven Minutes
Paulo Coelho
1944-
The Color Purple | Everyday Use
Alice Walker
1942-2008
Jurassic Park | The Terminal Man
Michael Crichton
1939-
The Handmaid's Tale | Alias Grace
Margaret Atwood
1932-1963
The Bell Jar
Sylvia Plath
1931-2019
Song of Solomon | Beloved
Toni Morrison
1927-2015
The Tin Drum | Cat and Mouse
Günter Grass
1927-2014
100 Years of Solitude | Love in the Time of Cholera
Gabriel García Márquez
1926-2016
To Kill a Mockingbird | Go Set a Watchman
Harper Lee
1924-1984
Breakfast at Tiffany's | In Cold Blood
Truman Capote
1922-2007
Slaughterhouse-Five | Cat's Cradle
Kurt Vonnegut
1922-1969
On the Road | The Dharma Bums
Jack Kerouac
1920-2012
Fahrenheit 451 | The Martian Chronicles
Ray Bradbury
1920-1986
Dune | The Jesus Incident
Frank Herbert
1919-2010
The Catcher in the Rye | Nine Stories
J. D. Salinger
1917-2008
2001: A Space Odyssey | Rendezvous with Rama
Arthur C. Clarke
1916-1990
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory | Matilda
Roald Dahl
1913-1960
The Stranger | The Plague
Albert Camus
1911-1993
Lord of the Flies | The Inheritors
William Golding
1911-1983
A Streetcar Named Desire | Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Tennessee Williams
1908-1986
The Second Sex | The Mandarins
Simone de Beauvoir
1908-1964
Casino Royale | Dr. No
Ian Fleming
1907-2002
Pippi Longstocking | Ronia, the Robber's Daughter
Astrid Lindgren
1907-1989
Rebecca | The Birds
Daphne du Maurier
1905-1980
Nausea | Being and Nothingness
Jean-Paul Sartre
1904-1991
The Cat in the Hat | How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Dr. Seuss
1904-1973
Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair |
100 Love Sonnets
Pablo Neruda
1903-1950
1984 | Animal Farm
George Orwell
1903-1951
The Blind Owl | Dash Akol
Sadegh Hedayat
1902-1968
Of Mice and Men | East of Eden
John Steinbeck
1900-1949
Gone with the Wind | Lost Laysen
Margaret Mitchell
1900-1944
The Little Prince | Wind, Sand and Stars
Antoine de
Saint-Exupéry
1899-1977
Lolita | Laughter in the Dark
Vladimir Nabokov
1899-1961
The Old Man and the Sea | A Farewell to Arms
Ernest Hemingway
1898-1963
The Chronicles of Narnia
C. S. Lewis
1896-1940
The Great Gatsby | Tender Is the Night
F. Scott Fitzgerald
1894-1963
Brave New World | The Doors of Perception
Aldous Huxley
1892-1973
Lord of the Rings | The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien
1890-1976
Murder on the Orient Express | Death on the Nile
Agatha Christie
1889-1945
Mein Kampf
Adolf Hitler
1888-1953
Long Day's Journey Into Night | The Iceman Cometh
Eugene O'Neill
1883-1924
The Metamorphosis | The Castle
Franz Kafka
1882-1941
Mrs Dalloway | To the Lighthouse
Virginia Woolf
1882-1941
Ulysses | Dubliners
James Joyce
1879-1970
A Passage to India | A Room with a View
E. M. Forster
1877-1962
Siddhartha | Demian
Hermann Hesse
1876-1916
The Call of the Wind | White Fang
Jack London
1875-1955
The Magic Mountain | Death in Venice
Thomas Mann
1873-1954
Gigi | Claudine at School
Colette
1871-1922
In Search of Lost Time | Swann's Way
Marcel Proust
1866-1946
The War of the Worlds | The Time Machine
H. G. Wells
1865-1936
The Jungle Book | If -
Rudyard Kipling
1860-1904
Uncle Vanya | The Cherry Orchard
Anton Chekhov
1859-1930
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes | The Parasite
Arthur Conan Doyle
1857-1924
Heart of Darkness | Jim Lord
Joseph Conrad
1856-1939
The Interpretation of Dreams | The Ego and the Id
Sigmund Freud
1854-1900
The Importance of Being Earnest | Salome
Oscar Wilde
1847-1912
Dracula | The Jewel of Seven Stars
Bram Stoker
1844-1900
God is dead | Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Friedrich Nietzsche
1840-1928
Tess of the D'Urbervilles | Far from the Madding Crowd
Thomas Hardy
1840-1902
L'Assommoir | Germinal
Émile Zola
1835-1910
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer | Life on the Mississippi
Mark Twain
1832-1898
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland | Jabberwocky
Lewis Carroll
1832-1888
Little Women | Little Men
Louisa May Alcott
1828-1910
War and Peace | Anna Karenina
Leo Tolstoy
1828-1906
A Doll's House | Ghosts
Henrik Ibsen
1828-1905
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea |
Around the World in 80 Days
Jules Verne
1821-1881
Crime and Punishment | The Brothers Karamazov
Fyodor Dostoevsky
1821-1880
Madame Bovary | Salammbô
Gustave Flaubert
1820-1895
The Communist Manifesto | The Origin of the Family,
Private Property and the State
Friedrich Engels
1819-1891
Moby Dick or the Whale | Billy Budd
Herman Melville
1818-1883
Das Kapital | The Communist Manifesto
Karl Marx
1816-1855
Jane Eyre | Villette
Charlotte Brontë
1812-1870
Oliver Twist | David Copperfield
Charles Dickens
1811-1896
Uncle Tom's Cabin | The Minister's Wooing
Harriet Beecher Stowe
1811-1863
Vanity Fair | Pendennis
William Makepeace
Thackeray
1809-1852
Dead Souls | The Overcoat
Nikolai Gogol
1809-1849
The Raven | The tell-tale heart
Edgar Allan Poe
1805-1875
The Little Mermaid | The Ugly Duckling
Hans Christian
Andersen
1804-1864
The Scarlet Letter | Young Goodman Brown
Nathaniel Hawthorne
1802-1885
Les Misérables | The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
Victor Hugo
1802-1870
The Three Musketeers | The Count of Monte Cristo
Alexandre Dumas
1799-1837
The Captain's Daughter | Dubrovsky
Alexander Pushkin
1797-1851
Frankenstein | The Last Man
Mary Shelley
1775-1817
Pride and Prejudice | Emma
Jane Austen
1749-1832
Faust | Egmont
Johann Wolfgang
von Goethe
1723-1790
The Wealth of Nations | The Invisible Hand
Adam Smith
1712-1778
The Social Contract | Discourse on Inequality
Jean-Jacques
Rousseau
1694-1778
Candide | Zadig
Voltaire
1660-1731
Robinson Crusoe | Moll Flanders
Daniel Defoe
1628-1688
The Pilgrim's Progress | The Holy War
John Bunyan
1564-1616
Romeo and Juliet | Hamlet
William Shakespeare
1547-1616
Don Quixote | Novelas Ejemplares
Miguel de Cervantes
1469-1527
The Prince | The Art of War
Niccolo Machiavelli
1340-1400
The Canterbury Tales | General Prologue
Geoffrey Chaucer
1265-1321
Divine Comedy | Inferno
Dante Alighieri
973-1031
The Tale of Genji
Murasaki Shikibu
70 BC-19 BC
Aeneid | Eclogues
Virgil
496 BC-405 BC
Antigone | Oedipus Rex
Sophocles
544 BC-496 BC
The Art of War
Sun Tzu
928 BC-?
Iliad | Odysses
Homer
10 Comments
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Level 66
Nov 8, 2022
Enjoyed that. Kicking myself over Mann and Thackery though.
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Level 85
Nov 8, 2022
I had to sing "Don't Stand So Close to Me" to get Nabokov, and I had to mentally replay the Monty Python "Summarize Proust" sketch to get him.

My mind is a terrible thing to waste!

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Level 71
Nov 8, 2022
Excellent range of authors! Nice to see Colette on here (my cat is named after her) :)
+3
Level 72
Nov 8, 2022
It's "The Call of the wild". It says "wind"
+3
Level 46
Jan 14, 2023
Joseph Conrad was Polish
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Level 70
Jan 26, 2023
He was also British. He should probably be listed at both but it's not entirely incorrect to say that he was British.
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Level 85
Aug 4, 2023
You could also argue he was Ukrainian.
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Level 86
Aug 4, 2023
I'm glad that you included Nietzsche, but "God is Dead" is not a work, and he's the only author that you include a title that isn't a work. Could you replace that with "The Birth of Tragedy," "Beyond Good and Evil," or "Ecce Homo" perhaps?
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Level 62
Aug 8, 2023
Please accept the spelling "cechov"
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Level 69
Mar 8, 2024
used my spotlight on this quiz because it's a lovely timeline of classic literature, thanks!