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Which 19th-century Scottish author is best known for The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Treasure Island?

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)


Which 20th-century English author is best known for her crime and detective novels?

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Christie is one of the most widely read and translated authors of all time.


Which 20th-century American poet and author is noted for his sometimes unconventional style and use of presentation or typography?

E.E. Cummings (1894-1962)


Which 20th-century American poet and figure of the Beat Generation is best known for his epic poem "Howl"?

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)


Which 20th- and 21st-century English author, physicist, and professor wrote the popular book A Brief History of Time?

Stephen Hawking

Hawking is a noted physicist, particularly for his research in general relativity. He suffers from a disease related to ALS, which has left him almost entirely paralyzed.


Which Irish satirist and author of the 17th and 18th centuries is best known for writing the novel Gulliver's Travels and the satirical essay "A Modest Proposal"?

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)


Which 20th-century American writer and poet committed suicide at the age of 30 but left behind notable works such as The Bell Jar, Ariel, and The Colossus and Other Poems?

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)

Plath is remembered for the confessional nature of her poetry. 


Which 20th-century expatriate American writer, intellectual, and literary figure hosted American artists at her Parisian home for many years and published The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas?​

Gertrude Stein (1874-1946)

She is often credited with coining the term "Lost Generation."


Which 19th-century Irish author is best known for his wit, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the play The Importance of Being Earnest?

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)


Which English author of the 19th and 20th centuries is most famous as a writer of science fiction, having penned such works as The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, and The Invisible Man?

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)


Which English Romantic poet of the 19th century is best known for his satirical poem "Don Juan"?

Lord Byron (1788-1824)

He is also noted for his rebellious nature and many love affairs. A hero in Greece for his aid in fighting against the Ottoman Empire in the Greek War of Independence, he died at age 36 from a fever contracted in Greece.


Which 20th-century American writer and journalist is best known as the co-author of The Elements of Style and the author of Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web?

E.B. White (1899-1985)


Which 20th-century American author and member of the Beat Generation is known for the spontaneous nature of his writing and for works such as On the Road and The Dharma Bums? 

Jack Kerouac (1922-1969)

He remains a countercultural icon.


Which Ancient Roman poet of the first century B.C. wrote the epic masterpiece Aeneid and served as an inspiration to many, including Dante, who included him in his Divine Comedy?

Virgil (70 B.C.-19 B.C.)


Which British-Canadian journalist of the 20th and 21st centuries is known for his popular books that often deal with social psychology and academic research, such as The Tipping Point and Outliers? 

Malcolm Gladwell (1963- )

He works for The New Yorker.


Which 19th-century English author is most famous for penning the novel Frankenstein?

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

Her mother was Mary Wollstonecraft, one of the founding feminist philosophers. 


Which 20th-century African American writer is best known for her novel The Color Purple, which won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was adapted into a film?

Alice Walker (1944- )


Which American author of the 20th and 21st centuries is best known for her nonfiction works that explore American culture and family life such as the essay collections The White Album and The Year of Magical Thinking?

Joan Didion (1934- )


Which 19th-century French novelist known for his complex, fully human characters is famous for La Comédie Humaine, a long series of novels and short stories about modern French society after the fall of Napoleon?

Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850)

He is regarded as one of the founders of Realism in European literature.


Which 10th- and 11th-century Japanese writer and lady-in-waiting at the Japanese Imperial court is best known as the author of the classic work The Tale of Genji, often regarded as the world's first novel?

Murasaki Shikibu (c. 978 - c. 1014 or 1025)


Which Nigerian writer and professor of the 20th and 21st centuries is best known for his novel ​​Things Fall Apart?

Chinua Achebe (1930-2013)

He often focused on colonialism, the effect of Christianity, and the clash between African and Western values.


Which celebrated Irish author of the 20th century is best known for Ulysses, Dubliners, and Finnegans Wake?

James Joyce (1882-1941)

He is noted as an avant-garde modernist and for his occasional use of stream-of-consciousness writing.


Which 20th-century French existentialist, feminist writer, and philosopher is most famous for the treatise The Second Sex and the novels Les Mandarins and L'Invitée?

Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986)

She is also known for her lifelong relationship with Jean-Paul Sartre.


Which Argentinian writer and poet of the 20th century wrote Aleph, Ficciones, and Los Conjurados? 

Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986)

He is also known for his short stories that combine myth, fantasy, magical realism, and philosophy.


Which Brazilian author of the 19th and 20th centuries wrote Dom Casmurro, Quincas Borba, and The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas?

Machado de Assis (1839-1908)

He is regarded as one of the greatest writers in Brazilian literature.


Which Austrian author of the 20th century wrote The Metamorphosis and the novels The Castle and The Trial?

Franz Kafka (1883-1924)

He is noted for the surreal, bizarre nature of his writing.


Which American author of the 20th century is most famous for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye?

J.D Salinger (1919-2010)

From the mid-sixties on, he was reclusive and did not publish any new material.


Which American journalist of the 20th century wrote Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, and Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72?

Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005)

He is known for his eccentric lifestyle and development of Gonzo journalism, for which reporters heavily involve themselves in the action.


Which influential 20th-century Irish author and playwright wrote in both French and English and is best known for his novel Molloy and his plays Endgame and Waiting for Godot?

​Samuel Beckett (1906-1989)

He is associated with modernism, minimalism, and the Theatre of the Absurd.


Which Algerian-born French author and philosopher of the 20th century is best known for L'Étranger, La Peste, and La Chute?

Albert Camus (1913-1960)