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National Authors Day

Test Your Author Knowledge

  1. Samuel Langhorne Clemens is better known by what pen name?
  2. Which American author's works include "Alex Cross", "Michael Bennett", and "Women's Murder Club"?
  3. Charles Dickens' literary success began in 1836 with the monthly serial publication of which novel?

  4. Roald Dahl was born to affluent Norwegian immigrant parents in which British city?
  5. Whose second novel "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall", was published in 1848?
  6. Who has published several novels under the pen name Richard Bachman?
  7. Which American author won the The 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his mastery of the art of narrative and for the influence that he has exerted on contemporary style."?
  8. Which novel is George Orwell's personal account of his experiences fighting in the Spanish Civil War?
  9. Which author died by drowning herself in the River Ouse in 1941?
  10. Erle Stanley Gardner is best known for which series of stories?
  11. Who writes the "Cormoran Strike" books under the name Robert Galbraith?
  12. Who began the novel titled "Sanditon", but died before its completion?
  13. Which American author of 27 novels, is best known for creating Jason Bourne?
  14. An epistolary novel is a novel written as a series of what?
  15. As of 2022, who is the bestselling author alive?
  16. Which author's short story, "J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement", helped popularise the legend of the Mary Celeste?
  17. American author Theodor Geisel wrote 60 books under what pen name?
  18. Who wrote "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"?
  19. Louis Dearborn L'Amour's work consisted primarily of what sort of novels?
  20. Who is best known for her series of novels "The Vampire Chronicles"?


  1. Mark Twain
  2. James Patterson
  3. The Pickwick Papers
  4. Cardiff
  5. Ann Bronte
  6. Stephen King
  7. Ernest Hemingway
  8. Homage to Catalonia
  9. Virginia Woolf
  10. Perry Mason
  11. J. K. Rowling
  12. Jane Austen
  13. Robert Ludlum
  14. Letters
  15. Danielle Steel
  16. Arthur Conan Doyle
  17. Dr. Seuss
  18. Stieg Larrson
  19. Western novels
  20. Anne Rice