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Which 20th-century American author is best known for his poems "The Weary Blues" and "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" and is primarily associated with the Harlem Renaissance?

Langston Hughes (1902-1967)


Which 19th-century American essayist and lecturer is best known for championing individualism and for his essay "Self-Reliance"?

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

He was a major leader of Transcendentalism. 


Which 20th-century English author is best known for her essay A Room of One's Own and her novels To the Lighthouse and Orlando? 

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

She is known as a modernist, particularly for her adoption of stream-of-consciousness writing.


Which 19th-century English poet is best known for his works "The Charge of the Light Brigade" and "Crossing the Bar" and for the famous lines "'Tis better to have loved and lost/Than never to have loved at all"?

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

He was a Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom and was highly popular during his time.


Which 20th-century American author is best known for Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood, about the murder of a Kansas family?

Truman Capote (1924-1984)

His works have frequently been adapted into films or TV dramas. His childhood friend, Harper Lee, helped him research and write In Cold Blood.


Which English writer of the 19th and 20th centuries is most famous for the poems ​"The White Man's Burden" and "Gunga Din", the novella "The Man Who Would Be King", and the collection The Jungle Book? 

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

He wrote extensively about British imperialism.


Which 19th- and 20th-century American poet penned "Mending Wall", "Acquainted with the Night", and "The Road Not Taken"?​

Robert Frost (1874-1963)

​Frost was celebrated by critics and readers alike and noted for his realistic treatment of rural life in America.


Which 19th-century American author's best-known works include the poem "The Raven" and the story "The Fall of the House of Usher"?

Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849)

He is known for his macabre horror stories and for establishing the detective fiction genre with his mysteries.


Which 18th- and 19th-century German siblings collected folklore and published collections including classics like "Hansel and Gretel", "Little Red Riding Hood", "Sleeping Beauty", "Rumpelstiltskin", "Snow White", and "Cinderella"?

The Brothers Grimm
Jacob (1785-1863)
​Wilhelm (1786-1859)


Which 20th-century American illustrator and author wrote children's books, most famously Oh, the Places You'll Go!, The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, and Green Eggs and Ham?

Dr. Seuss (1904-1991)

His real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel.


Which 20th- and 21st-century American author and illustrator of children's books was best-known for his works Where the Wild Things Are, Outside Over There, and In the Night Kitchen? 

Maurice Sendak (1929-2012)


Which 20th-century British author is best known for his children's stories such as Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Witches? 

Roald Dahl (1916-1990)


Which 20th-century American musical theatre writing team is best known for The Sound of Music and The King and I?

Richard Rodgers (1902–1979)
Oscar Hammerstein II (1895–1960)

Rodgers composed the music and Hammerstein wrote the lyrics.


Which 19th-century English author is best known for writing Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass?

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

His real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. 


Which Italian poet of the 13th and 14th centuries is best known for his Divine Comedy, an epic poem about heaven, hell, and purgatory and considered a masterpiece of Italian and world literature?

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) 

He is commonly known by his first name alone.


Which 14th-century English poet wrote The Canterbury Tales, a collection of stories written in rhyme (and in Middle English) about a group of pilgrims who tell stories to one another?

Geoffrey Chaucer (1336-1387)

He is regarded as the father of English poetry and the first major poet to write in English.


Which 17th-century English poet is best known as the author of Paradise Lost, an epic poem about the Biblical fall of man? 

John Milton (1608-1674)

Paradise Lost is regarded as one of the greatest works of English literature.


Who were the creators of the comic book superhero Superman?

Jerry Siegel (1914-1996) and Joe Shuster (1914-1992)

Siegel was a writer and Shuster an artist.


Which American comic book writer is best known as the co-creator of characters such as Thor, Iron Man, the X-Men, the Hulk, and Spider-Man? 

Stan Lee (1922- )


Which American comic book writer and artist is best known for co-creating Batman, along with Bill Finger?

Bob Kane (1915-1998)


Which 20th-century English author wrote the children's book Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car and the James Bond series of spy novels?

Ian Fleming (1908-1964)


Which 20th-century Russian-born American writer is best known for her novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged?

Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

She was noted for her promotion of individual rights and reason as the central mode of knowledge and learning, as well as her philosophical system Objectivism. 


Which Ancient Greek storyteller was credited with a series of fables such as "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" and "The Tortoise and the Hare"?


The tales are characterized by animal characters who can speak, and each contains a moral lesson.


Which 19th-century Danish author is known for his children's fairy tales, which include "The Ugly Duckling", "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Princess and the Pea", "Thumbelina", and "The Little Mermaid"?

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)


Which Colombian writer of the 20th and 21st centuries is best known for his novels, which include One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Autumn of the Patriarch, and Love in the Time of Cholera

Gabriel García Márquez (1924-2014)

He was regarded as one of the great authors of his generation and won the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. 


Which Chilean statesman and poet was revered during his lifetime in Latin America and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1971? 

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)


Which 19th-century French writer is best known for his historical novels such as The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo? 

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)


Which 20th- and 21st-century American author was most famous for her autobiographical work I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings?

Maya Angelou (1928-2014)


Which 20th-century American satirical writer is best known for his war novel Catch-22, whose title entered the English lexicon, meaning any situation that puts one in a double bind? 

Joseph Heller (1923-1999)


Which Scottish writer of the 19th and 20th centuries is best known as the creator of Sherlock Holmes?

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)