If We Give You 3 Books, Can You Give Us the Author?


By: J.P. Naomi

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Did you do your summer reading this year? Let's see how well you can identify these authors given just three of their book titles. Take this quiz now to test your book smarts!

Great Expectations; Oliver Twist; and A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens was a British writer born on February 7, 1812. His final resting place is in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey.


The Great Gatsby; This Side of Paradise; and Tender is the Night

F. Scott Fitzgerald's full name was Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald. He was named after his second cousin three times removed on his father's side, Francis Scott Key - who wrote the lyrics for "The Star-Spangled Banner."


Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; and The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.

Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens on November 30, 1835. He was raised in Hannibal, Missouri which later provided him with the setting for his works Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.


The Green Mile; It; and The Shining

Stephen Edwin King was born on September 21, 1947 in Portland, Maine. His books have sold more than 350 million copies worldwide.


The Catcher in the Rye; Nine Stories; and Franny and Zooey

Jerome David Salinger was born on January 1, 1919 in New York City. He was educated at New York University, Ursinus College and Columbia University.


Of Mice and Men; The Grapes of Wrath; and East of Eden

John Steinbeck was not only a novelist and short story writer, but he also served as a war correspondent. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1940 and a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962.


The Pit and the Pendulum; The Fall of the House of Usher; and The Tell-Tale Heart

Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809. He is best known for his poetry and short stories. He died at the young age of 40 - his cause of death remains a mystery to this day.


Fahrenheit 451; The Martian Chronicles; and Something Wicked This Way Comes

Ray Bradbury died at the age of 91 after a long, successful writing career. He was the winner of: American Academy of Arts and Letters (1954); Daytime Emmy Award (1994); National Medal of Arts (2004); and Pulitzer Prize (2007).


A Farewell to Arms; The Sun Also Rises; and For Whom the Bell Tolls

Ernest Hemingway was born in 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. He was married 4 times and had three children: Jack, Patrick and Gregory.


Catch-22; Something Happened; and Good as Gold

Joseph Heller was born in 1923 in Brooklyn, New York. He spent much of his life writing satires and black comedy. Catch-22 is his best-known work.


The Hunger Games; The Underland Chronicles; and Year of the Jungle

Suzanne Collins was born in 1962 in Hartford, Connecticut. She received her BA from Indiana University, Bloomington and her MFA at New York University.


Perry Mason; Cool and Lam; and Doug Selby

Erle Stanley Gardner was born in 1889 in Malden, Massachusetts. He is best known for his detective fiction, true crime and travel writings.


All My Sons; Death of a Salesman; and The Crucible

Arthur Miller received various awards throughout his career. These included the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the 1984 Kennedy Center Honors, the 2001 Praemium Imperiale, and the 2003 Jerusalem Prize.


The House of the Seven Gables; Twice-Told Tales; and The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne hailed from Salem, Massachusetts. Born in 1804, he attended Bowdoin iCollege and died at the age of 59 after a successful writing career.


Gone with the Wind; Lost Laysen; and The Big Four

Margaret Mitchell won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1937 for her novel Gone with the Wind.


Slaughterhouse-Five; Player Piano; and Cat's Cradle

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was born in 1922. Not only was he a writer, he was also a father to 7 children - 3 biological and 4 adopted.


The Color Purple; The Temple of My Familiar; and The Third Life of Grange Copeland

Alice Walker was born on February 9, 1944. In 1983, she received not only a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, but also the National Book Award.


Typee; Moby-Dick; and Omoo

Herman Melville was born in 1819 in New York City. He was part of the Romanticism literary movement.


A Boy's Will; The Road Not Taken; and Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Robert Frost was born on March 26, 1874. He received a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry as well as the Congressional Gold Medal during his career.


The Outsiders; That Was Then, This Is Now; and Rumble Fish

Susan Eloise Hinton was born on July 22, 1948 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She won a Margaret Edwards Award in 1988.


On the Road; The Dharma Bums; and Big Sur

Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1922. He died from complications of cirrhosis at the young age of 47 in Florida.


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; Sometimes a Great Notion; and Sailor Song

Ken Kesey was born in 1935 in Colorado. He was educated at the University of Oregon, where he remained until his death in 2001 at the age of 66.


Charlotte's Web; Stuart Little; and The Trumpet of the Swan

Elwyn Brooks White preferred just E.B. White. He was educated at Cornell University and spent much of his 86 years writing.


The Notebook; Message in a Bottle; and A Walk to Remember

Nicholas Sparks is a novelist, screenwriter and producer from Omaha, Nebraska. His works fall within the genres of romantic fiction and romantic drama.


Beloved; Song of Solomon; and The Bluest Eye

Toni Morrison received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. She is also a winner of a Nobel Prize in Literature and a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.


Walden; Walking; and Life Without Principle

Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts in 1817. He graduated from Harvard College and died at the young age of 44.


The Sound and the Fury; As I Lay Dying; and Light in August

William Faulkner was born on September 25, 1897 in Mississippi. Although he attended the University of Mississippi, he did not achieve his degree there. He did, however, win a Nobel Prize in Literature and a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, twice!


The American; The Turn of the Screw; and The Portrait of a Lady

Henry James was born in 1843 in New York. He acquired British citizenship in 1915 after settling in England as a young man.


The Glass Menagerie; A Streetcar Named Desire; and The Rose Tattoo

Tennessee Williams was born Thomas Lanier Williams III on March 26, 1911. He died at the age of 71 in 1983 after a long career as an American playwright.


A Time to Kill; The Client; and The Pelican Brief

John Grisham is a writer of legal thrillers, crime fiction, as well as baseball and football stories. He was born on February 8, 1955 in Arkansas.


The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter; The Ballad of the Sad Café; and The Member of the Wedding

Carson McCullers was born Lula Carson Smith on February 19, 1917 in Columbus, Georgia. Her genre was considered Southern Gothic.


Sense and Sensibility; Pride and Prejudice; and Emma

Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 in England. She died at the age of 41 on July 18, 1817.


Mrs Dalloway; To the Lighthouse; and The Waves

Born Adeline Virginia Stephen, on January 25, 1882, Virginia Woolf was a graduate of King's College London. Her husband was Leonard Woolf.


Jane Eyre; Villettel; and Shirley

Charlotte Bronte was born on April 21, 1816 and died at the young age of 38 in 1855. She is the eldest of the three Bronte sisters.


The Handmaid's Tale; Cat's Eye; and Alias Grace

Margaret Atwood is not just a novelist, but also a poet, businesswoman and environmental activist. She was born on November 18, 1939 in Ottawa, Canada.


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