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The life of the writer; the influences, the inspirations and the exasperation is laid bare. Individual authors from 16th century playwrights to 21st century children's writers can all be found here.   

There are 212 quizzes and 2,120 trivia questions in this category.

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More Than "Gone With The Wind": Margaret Mitchell

We all know she wrote a great novel set during the Civil War...but what else do you know about her?
Tough (10 qns)
Jan 13 03
798 plays
The Life and Works of Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins was one of the most influential authors of the 19th century yet today much of his work has been forgotten. I hope this quiz will inspire you to read his books and find out what made him one of the most popular writers of his time.
Tough (10 qns)
Oct 09 08
210 plays
In Search of Peter Pan

J. M. Barrie wrote the magical story about "Peter Pan", the young boy who did not want to grow up. How much do you know about this very talented children's author?
Average (10 qns)
Jul 18 13
336 plays
You Little Dickens!

Charles Dickens - the life and works of the most successful British writer of the Victorian age.
Average (10 qns)
May 26 13
468 plays
A Postscript for Postgate

This quiz is a tribute to a creative man Oliver Postgate (1925-2008) who gave me fun and interest when I was growing up and delight and joy when together with my children and later their children I re-watched his animated creations on the TV.
Average (10 qns)
Dec 28 08
330 plays
The 'Real' James Herriot

I have spent many happy hours with my nose buried in a book by world famous author and veterinarian James Herriot. How much do you know about the 'real' James Herriot? Have fun!
Difficult (20 qns)
Mar 22 02
807 plays
The Life of James A. Michener

How much do you know about the life of Pulitzer Prize winning author, James A. Michener?
Difficult (10 qns)
Feb 15 07
243 plays
Ian Fleming

A big fan of James Bond movies, I thought a quiz by the mastermind who created them might be interesting.
Tough (10 qns)
May 06 11
231 plays
C.S. Lewis: the man who created Narnia

"The Man Who Created Narnia" is the title of a book on Lewis by Michael Coren, and a very good biography of Lewis is called "The Narnian". This is a quiz about the life and works of the man who was Christian apologist, scholar, and creator of fantasy.
Tough (10 qns)
Dec 10 13
198 plays
A Thoreau Understanding

This quiz will test your knowledge of the life of the influential and multi-talented author Henry David Thoreau. Thank you to portgleep for the quiz title. Best of luck!
Average (10 qns)
May 17 15
108 plays
George R. R. Martin, Writer of Magical Worlds

George R. R. Martin has been called the modern Tolkien due to his penchant for writing gritty, realistic fantasy / sci-fi / horror. See how much you know about his life and works.
Tough (10 qns)
Jun 13 13
156 plays
Ernest Hemingway

A man of adventure, romance, and intelligence describes this man to the fullest. Have fun and good luck with some intriguing questions over this American writer.
Average (10 qns)
Mar 19 06
510 plays
David Morrell: Master Writer

I am a big fan of this writer. A rare man who rose from adversity in his childhood to become someone who has been lauded by people like Stephen King.
Tough (10 qns)
Feb 26 08
225 plays
The Wrong Box: A Life of Robert Louis Stevenson

You may know him best for 'Treasure Island' or 'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde', but this quiz focuses on the life of one of Scotland's best known literary exports. Good luck and enjoy the quiz!
Average (10 qns)
Aug 20 15
156 plays
The Author's Kitchen

This is a quiz about various influential authors. Each question will consist of a quote and some information regarding the author in question. Good luck and enjoy!
Average (10 qns)
Mar 01 15
315 plays
The Life of Chaucer

We've all heard of "The Canterbury Tales." But what about the man behind the work?
Tough (10 qns)
Feb 17 03
408 plays
Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Luis Borges is widely recognized as one of the most innovative writers of the 20th century. This quiz sheds some light on a few details about the writer and his work.
Difficult (10 qns)
Feb 06 09
162 plays
Sir Thomas Wyatt (the Elder)

Thomas Wyatt was a poet during the 16th century, and brought the Italian sonnet to England. See how much you know about his life and poems. As befits a quiz about a poet, the questions are all rhymes.
Tough (10 qns)
Apr 18 07
159 plays
The Life of Heinrich Heine

Heine was one of the most controversial German authors of his day, and for long afterwards. This poet, journalist and essayist wrote more than more than just one popular poem about the Rhine.
Tough (10 qns)
Feb 26 06
174 plays
Magical World of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of the most distinguished writers in history. Find out more about him.
Tough (10 qns)
Jan 17 03
348 plays
Marcel Proust - Life and Work

Marcel Proust - an influential French writer on literature around the world.
Tough (10 qns)
Jul 08 06
198 plays
Omar Khayyam

You've probably heard his name because of the translation of some of his poems, but there is much more to find out about this talented man!
Average (10 qns)
Apr 14 15
108 plays
The Life and "Other" Works of Douglas Adams

This quiz will be a test of how many of Douglas Adams' OTHER works that you know of, as well as how he lived his life. No "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" questions included!
Tough (10 qns)
May 29 08
219 plays
Maurice Sendak -- More Than a Children's Author

Maurice Sendak is probably best known by parents who have read stories by him or with his illustrations to their children and grandchildren. How much do you know about this creative genius, who died on May 8, 2012?
Average (10 qns)
Jan 28 10
201 plays
The Life of Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson, famous author. Born in Bath, Somerset, England in 1945. From her first years onwards, this quiz covers some important parts of her life. This is my first quiz, and I hope you enjoy it!
Average (10 qns)
Aug 27 09
210 plays
Robert Jordan

Robert Jordan is best known as the author of the epic fantasy series "The Wheel of Time". What do you know of his life?
Average (10 qns)
Aug 31 15
102 plays
The Life And Times Of Joy Adamson

This quiz is about Joy Adamson, the author of "Born Free." Adamson's life was and is an inspiration to all. Her greatest joy in life was returning animals to their wild state. Although her life was cut short, she will always be remembered.
Difficult (10 qns)
Sep 10 02
258 plays
The Controversial Life of Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer (1923-2007) became a bestselling author at age 25, and spent the rest of his life in the public eye. This quiz looks at some of the highlights (and a few lowlights) of his eventful life.
Tough (25 qns)
Apr 04 10
204 plays
Louisa May Alcott: An Outstanding 'Little Woman'

Most people associate Louisa May Alcott with her beloved work "Little Women." But do you know these other facts about this interesting woman? [Note: Much of this information can be found in the book "Louisa May Alcott" by Martha Saxton (1995).]
Tough (10 qns)
Sep 03 08
321 plays
Slumming Angel

You've probably heard of Philip Marlow, one of vintage detective fiction's most well-known characters. But how much do you know about Raymond Chandler, the "slumming angel" behind the sarcastic prose?
Difficult (10 qns)
Jun 04 04
153 plays
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