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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)
210 plays
You Little Dickens!

Charles Dickens - the life and works of the most successful British writer of the Victorian age.
Average (10 qns)
471 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)
330 plays
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)
156 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)
810 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)
345 plays
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)
246 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)
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)
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)
156 plays
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)
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156 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)
111 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)
321 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)
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)
156 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)
234 plays
The Life of Chaucer

We've all heard of "The Canterbury Tales." But what about the man behind the work?
Tough (10 qns)
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)
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)
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)
177 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)
348 plays
Marcel Proust - Life and Work

Marcel Proust - an influential French writer on literature around the world.
Tough (10 qns)
201 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)
516 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)
219 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)
324 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)
201 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)
105 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)
207 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)
153 plays
William Faulkner

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