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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.   

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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)
helen295
210 plays
32
You Little Dickens!

Charles Dickens - the life and works of the most successful British writer of the Victorian age.
Average (10 qns)
paul4760
471 plays
33
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)
bracklaman
330 plays
34
S.S. Van Dine

Popularity is fleeting. S.S. Van Dine was one of the innovators of the mystery novel of the 1920s and 1930s. This is a quiz to highlight his contributions.
Average (10 qns)
Rehaberpro
156 plays
35
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)
ballykissangel
810 plays
36
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)
Plodd
345 plays
37
The Life of James A. Michener

How much do you know about the life of Pulitzer Prize winning author, James A. Michener?
Tough (10 qns)
Eolena
246 plays
38
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)
Ampelos
198 plays
39
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)
Triviaballer
108 plays
40
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)
eyhung
156 plays
41
You'll do nothing!

This quiz features quotes from author and columnist Erma Bombeck (1927-1996). The title is a nod to the quote in Question #1, my favorite. Thanks for the Player Challenge from dim_dude .
Average (10 qns)
Allison03
Dec 19 16
156 plays
42
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)
looney_tunes
111 plays
43
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)
gkaz4
321 plays
44
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)
martinjudo
225 plays
45
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)
pagea
156 plays
46
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)
heatherlois
234 plays
47
The Life of Chaucer

We've all heard of "The Canterbury Tales." But what about the man behind the work?
Tough (10 qns)
skylarb
408 plays
48
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)
stigsby
162 plays
49
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)
princess_1990
159 plays
50
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)
Heidi66
177 plays
51
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)
beatka
348 plays
52
Marcel Proust - Life and Work

Marcel Proust - an influential French writer on literature around the world.
Tough (10 qns)
scotspanlit
201 plays
53
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)
rgranger01
516 plays
54
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)
mozzery
219 plays
55
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)
cmstrong
324 plays
56
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)
gable
201 plays
57
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)
reedy
105 plays
58
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)
chessart
207 plays
59
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)
gretas
153 plays
60
William Faulkner

This is a quiz about the life and works of the author William Falukner
Average (10 qns)
workisboring
171 plays
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