Greatest American Literature - Authors

Name the authors of the greatest works of American literature! Included are novels, non-fictions, poems, and plays, etc. Note that I only included one work per author.
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A Description of New England, (1616)
John Smith
A Model of Christian Charity (1630)
John Winthrop
of Plymouth Plantation (1651)
William Bradford
Verses upon the Burning of our House (1666)
Anne Bradstreet
A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration (1682)
Mary Rowlandson
Diary of a Virginia Gentleman (1709)
William Byrd II
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God (1741)
Jonathan Edwards
The Way to Wealth (1758)
Benjamin Franklin
Common Sense (1775)
Thomas Paine
Declaration of Independence (1776)
Thomas Jefferson
Thanatopsis, (1811)
William Cullen Bryant
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1820)
Washington Irving
The Last of the Mohicans(1826)
James Fenimore Cooper
I’m Nobody! Who Are You? (1830)
Emily Dickinson
The Book of Mormon (1830)
Joseph Smith Jr.*
Self-Reliance (1836)
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Raven (1845)
Edgar Allen Poe
Hints toward Reforms (1850)
Horace Greeley
The Scarlet Letter (1850)
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Moby-Dick; or The Whale (1851)
Herman Melville
Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852)
Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Song of Hiawatha, (1854)
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Life and Adventures of Joaquín Murieta, the Celebrated California Bandit (1854)
John Rollin Ridge
Walden (1854)
Henry David Thoreau
Leaves of Grass (1855)
Walt Whitman
My Bondage and My Freedom (1855)
Frederick Douglass
“A House Divided” (1858)
Abraham Lincoln
Little Women (1869)
Louisa May Alcott
The Road Not Taken (1874)
Robert Frost
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1880)
Lew Wallace
Uncle Remus, His Songs and His Sayings: The Folk-Lore of the Old Plantation (1881)
Joel Chandler Harris
“The New Colossus” (1883)
Emma Lazarus
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885)
Mark Twain
Casey at the Bat (1888)
Ernest Thayer
The Yellow Wallpaper (1892)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (1893)
Stephen Crane
Yekl; A Tale of the New York Ghetto (1896)
Abraham Cahan
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
L. Frank Baum
Q.E.D. (1903)
Gertrude Stein
The Call of the Wild (1903)
Jack London
The Gift of the Magi (1905)
O. Henry
The Jungle (1906)
Upton Sinclair
Ethan Frome (1911)
Edith Wharton
The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man (1912)
James Weldon Johnson
O Pioneers! (1913)
Willa Cather
Trees (1913)
Joyce Kilmer
Spoon River Anthology (1915)
Edgar Lee Masters
Trifles (1918)
Susan Glaspell
Main Street (1920)
Sinclair Lewis
Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics, and at Home (1922)
Emily Post
Saga of Pecos Bill (1923)
Tex O'Reilly
The Adding Machine (1923)
Elmer Rice
The Great Gatsby (1925)
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Show Boat (1926)
Edna Ferber
The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain (1929)
Langston Hughes
A Farewell to Arms (1929)
Ernest Hemingway
The Good Earth (1931)
Pearl S. Buck
Tropic of Cancer (1934)
Henry Miller
Gone With the Wind, (1936)
Margaret Mitchell
Absalom, Absalom! (1936)
William Faulkner
The People, Yes (1936)
Carl Sandburg
Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)
Zora Neale Hurston
Our Town (1938)
Thornton Wilder
The Grapes of Wrath (1939)
John Steinbeck
Hard Lines (1939)
Ogden Nash
The Day of the Locust (1939)
Nathanael West
anyone lived in a pretty how town (1940)
E. E. Cummings
There Shall Be No Night (1940)
Robert E. Sherwood
Blood on the Forge (1941)
William Attaway
Oklahoma! (1943)
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
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The Glass Menagerie (1944)
Tennessee Williams
All the King’s Men (1946)
Robert Penn Warren
Tales of the South Pacific (1948)
James A. Michener
The Naked and the Dead (1948)
Norman Mailer
Death of a Salesman (1949)
Arthur Miller
The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
J. D. Salinger
Charlotte’s Web (1952)
E. B. White
Invisible Man (1952)
Ralph Ellison
The Trip to Bountiful (1953)
Horton Foote
From Here to Eternity (1953)
James Jones
Fahrenheit 451 (1953)
Ray Bradbury
Good Country People (1955)
Flannery O'Connor
Inherit the Wind (1955)
Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee
Lolita (1955)
Vladimir Nabokov
Giovanni's Room (1956)
James Baldwin
Long Days Journey into Night (1957)
Eugene O’Neill
On the Road (1957)
Jack Kerouac
West Side Story (1957)
Arthur Laurents and Lenard Bernstein
Atlas Shrugged (1957)
Ayn Rand
Goodbye, Columbus (1959)
Philip Roth
A Raisin in the Sun (1959)
Lorraine Hansberry
The Best Man: A Play about Politics (1960)
Gore Vidal
To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)
Harper Lee
Rabbit, Run (1960)
John Updike
Catch-22 (1961)
Joseph Heller
Black like Me (1961)
John Howard Griffin
A Wrinkle in Time (1962)
Madeleine L'Engle
The Bell Jar (1963)
Silvia Plath
Herzog (1964)
Saul Bellow
Cabaret, (1966)
Joe Masteroff, Fred Ebb, and John Kander
Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?(1966)
Joyce Carol Oates
Flowers for Algernon (1966)
Daniel Keyes
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969)
Maya Angelou
Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)
Kurt Vonnegut
"Hard Times": An Oral History of the Great Depression (1970)
Studs Terkel
Rules for Radicals (1971)
Saul Alinsky
Bless Me, Ultima (1972)
Rudolfo A. Anaya
Gravity's Rainbow (1973)
Thomas Pynchon
A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories (1974)
Isaac Bashevis Singer
Ragtime (1975)
E.L. Doctorow
Ordinary People (1976)
Judith Guest
Roots: The Saga of an American Family (1976)
Alex Haley
A River Runs Through It (1976)
Norman Maclean
Song of Solomon (1977)
Toni Morrison
A Part of Speech (1977)
Joseph Brodsky
For colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf (1980)
Ntozkae Shange
The Color Purple (1982)
Alice Walker
The Butter Battle Book (1984)
Dr. Seuss
They Cage the Animals at Night (1984)
Jennings Michael Burch
White Noise (1985)
Don DeLillo
Sunday in the Park with George (1985)
James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim
Ender's Game (1985)
Orson Scott Card
Driving Miss Daisy (1987)
Alfred Uhry
M. Butterfly (1988)
David Henry Hwang
The Joy Luck Club (1989)
Amy Tan
The Piano Lesson (1990)
August Wilson
The Things They Carried (1990)
Tim O’Brian
Lost in Yonkers (1991)
Neil Simon
Angels in America (1993)
Tony Kushner
The Giver (1994)
Lois Lowry
Bird by Bird (1995)
Anne Lamott
Rent (1996)
Jonathan Larson
How I Learned to Drive (1998)
Paula Vogel
The Goat or Who is Sylvia? (2002)
Edward Albee
Incarnations of Burned Children (2004)
David Foster Wallace
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (2006)
Alison Bechdel
Next to Normal (2010)
Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey
Clybourne Park (2010)
Bruce Norris
The Goldfinch (2013)
Donna Tartt
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Level 69
Apr 1, 2015
Doctorow is misspelled.
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Level 23
Apr 1, 2015
Sorry about that. Fixed.
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Level 85
Apr 1, 2015
Nice quiz.
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Level 75
Apr 1, 2015
Should be Edna Ferber.
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Level 69
May 3, 2016
"Incarnations of Burned Children" is a three-page short story by David Foster Wallace. It's collected in a book called Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, which should be the hint for that one.

Nice quiz though anyway - big range.

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Level 91
Apr 11, 2020
Good quiz. Two small corrections: Tim O'Brien (not O'Brian); and "The Road Not Taken" was published in 1916 (not 1874, Frost's birth year). But to reiterate: Good quiz.