Quiz: Do You Know These Authors?

Give yourself 2 points for each author that you can identify from the pictures below.

Need help? Look at the clues following the set of pictures. Give yourself 1 point for each author you can identify using a clue.


A. Best known for a 14-book series that inspired a classic film.

B. His most famous works were set at sea. He wrote what is often referred to as “The Great American Novel.”

C. Today her work is studied in literature classes, but she died in poverty, relatively unknown. Toni Morrison called her “one of the greatest writers of our time.”

D. Hester Prynne was the infamous main character in this author’s most widely published novel.

E. Award-winning American author who spent much of her life in China.

F. His most famous fantasy novel found a resurge in popularity due to a recent film.

G. He is a distant relative of the writer of The Star-Spangled Banner

H. Well known for her beautifully illustrated children’s books.

I. Best known for her famous novel set in 1860s New England.

J. Known for his dark stories, he is considered the inventor of the detective-fiction genre.

BONUS POINTS: All but two of these authors were born in America. Which two were not? Give yourself 5 points for answering correctly.




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6 responses to “Quiz: Do You Know These Authors?

  1. I am familiar with all of them, but matching pics was tougher. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Hi Jean –

    Interesting quiz, but I won't embarrass myself by revealing my score. 🙂

    Enjoy the remainder of the weekend.


  3. Hi, Karen and Susan.

    Isn't it funny that authors can be well known, yet few people know what they look like? I guess it's the best of both worlds — fame and anonymity.

    Blessings to both of you.

  4. Jean,
    Wow, I knew a few but would probably have done better with a multiple choice.
    Interesting to compare how few of us know how the master authors looked, but nowadays I read in a writing magazine how people currently sell more books if they are beautiful.
    Sad state of affairs.
    Have a blessed week,

  5. Hello, Carol.

    That is sad! It shouldn't matter how someone looks.

    Thanks for stopping by the Walrus and the Carpenter and leaving a comment.

    BTW, I really like your blog design.


  6. Good quiz. I didn't do very well. But I learned a few things in the process. Thanks for the exercise

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