Can You Guess the Author From Two of Their Best-Selling Books?

Some authors have the ability to turn ordinary words into epic pieces of literature that seemingly transport you into the world they’re describing, fully immersing you in whatever their characters are going through. These books, for obvious reasons have sold millions of copies, making them best sellers and bringing acclaim to their writers.

From science fiction to classic novel and memoirs, there are countless books which have reached best-seller status. So How much do you know about the world’s most popular as well as a few critically acclaimed books? Would you be able to identify the author based on two of their literary works? There’s only one way to find out!

Some authors have the ability to turn ordinary words into epic pieces of literature that seemingly transport you into the world they’re describing, fully immersing you in whatever their characters are going through. These books, for obvious reasons have sold millions of copies, making them best sellers and bringing acclaim to their writers.

From science fiction to classic novel and memoirs, there are countless books which have reached best-seller status. So How much do you know about the world’s most popular as well as a few critically acclaimed books? Would you be able to identify the author based on two of their literary works? There’s only one way to find out!

Which of the following authors wrote The Long Road Home and Mirror Image?

  • Ellen G. White
  • Helen DeWitt
  • Danielle Steel
  • Johanna Spyri

Danielle Steel is an American writer who is best known for romance novels having sold over 800 million copies. To date, she has written over 179 books, some of which have been adapted for television.

Danielle Steel is an American writer who is best known for romance novels having sold over 800 million copies. To date, she has written over 179 books, some of which have been adapted for television.

Who wrote War and Peace and Anna Karenina?

  • Leo Tolstoy
  • William Faulkner
  • George Gordon Byron
  • Arthur Miller

Leo Tolstoy is a Russian writer who has been called one of the greatest authors of all time. His body of work includes Anna Karenina and War of Peace, which earned him a nomination for the Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1902 to 1906.

Leo Tolstoy is a Russian writer who has been called one of the greatest authors of all time. His body of work includes Anna Karenina and War of Peace, which earned him a nomination for the Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1902 to 1906.

Which author is responsible for The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged?

  • Anna Sewell
  • Louise L. Hay
  • Astrid Lindgren
  • Ayn Rand

Russian-American author Ayn Rand is a best-selling author who has written several novels including The Fountainheads and produced a Broadway play. Through her novels and periodicals, Rand promoted her philosophy, Objectivism.

Russian-American author Ayn Rand is a best-selling author who has written several novels including The Fountainheads and produced a Broadway play. Through her novels and periodicals, Rand promoted her philosophy, Objectivism.

Who is responsible for Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities?

  • James Joyce
  • Charles Dickens
  • Douglas Adams
  • L. Frank Baum

Charles Dickens was an English social critic and author whose novels and short stories are some of the most widely read literary works of our time. In addition to A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations, he also wrote Oliver Twist and David Copperfield.

Charles Dickens was an English social critic and author whose novels and short stories are some of the most widely read literary works of our time. In addition to A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations, he also wrote Oliver Twist and David Copperfield.

Who is the author of The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham?

  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • William Golding
  • Dr. Seuss

Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known by the pen name Dr. Seuss, was an American author and illustrator who is best known for his children’s books. Some of his most popular books include How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham.

Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known by the pen name Dr. Seuss, was an American author and illustrator who is best known for his children’s books. Some of his most popular books include How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham.

The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers, who wrote them?

  • Alexandre Dumas
  • Anton Chekhov
  • E. B. White
  • Joseph Heller

Alexandre Dumas was a French writer who is best known for writing The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo. Since the release of his novels, they have been adapted into nearly 200 films.

Alexandre Dumas was a French writer who is best known for writing The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo. Since the release of his novels, they have been adapted into nearly 200 films.

What author was credited with the Harry Potter series and The Tale of Beedle the Bard?

  • Anne Frank
  • Margaret Mitchell
  • J. K. Rowling
  • Jacqueline Susann

Author J.K. Rowling is a British author and philanthropist who is best known for writing the best-selling book series in history, the Harry Potter series. They’ve sold over 500 million copies and the franchise made her one of the richest people in the world.

Author J.K. Rowling is a British author and philanthropist who is best known for writing the best-selling book series in history, the Harry Potter series. They’ve sold over 500 million copies and the franchise made her one of the richest people in the world.

Which novelist wrote the Goosebumps series and Fear Street?

  • Anthony Burgess
  • R. L. Stine
  • John Steinback
  • Tennessee Williams

R. L. Stine is an American novelist and short story writer who is best known for his horror fiction children’s books, Goosebumps and Fear Street. Many of his books have been adapted to film and television shows.

R. L. Stine is an American novelist and short story writer who is best known for his horror fiction children’s books, Goosebumps and Fear Street. Many of his books have been adapted to film and television shows.

Which of the following authors wrote of It and The Shining?

  • Stephen King
  • Lewis Carrol
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Jacob Grimm

Stephen King is an award-winning horror and supernatural fiction writer whose books have sold over 350 million copies. Some of his popular books include Carrie, Pet Sematary and The Shining.

Stephen King is an award-winning horror and supernatural fiction writer whose books have sold over 350 million copies. Some of his popular books include Carrie, Pet Sematary and The Shining.

Who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman?

  • Suzanne Collins
  • Colleen McCullough
  • Harper Lee
  • Xaviera Hollander

Nelle Harper Lee is an American novelist who has won a Pulitzer Prize and a Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature. Throughout her career, Lee only published two books, To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman.

Nelle Harper Lee is an American novelist who has won a Pulitzer Prize and a Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature. Throughout her career, Lee only published two books, To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman.

Which author is responsible for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series?

  • Herman Melville
  • J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • J. M. Barrie

J.R.R. Tolkien was an English writer and poet who is best known for his fantasy series, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. After his death, his son Christopher published a series based on his father’s unpublished manuscripts and notes.

J.R.R. Tolkien was an English writer and poet who is best known for his fantasy series, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. After his death, his son Christopher published a series based on his father’s unpublished manuscripts and notes.

Who is the author of The Bell Jar and Ariel?

  • Marilyn French
  • Heidi Murkoff
  • Edith Wharton
  • Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath was an American novelist and short story writer who gained fame for writing Ariel and The Colossus and Other Poems. Her biggest success however was her semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, which was published after her death.

Sylvia Plath was an American novelist and short story writer who gained fame for writing Ariel and The Colossus and Other Poems. Her biggest success however was her semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, which was published after her death.

Which of the following authors wrote James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?

  • Franz Kafka
  • Roald Dahl
  • Aesop
  • Boris Pasternak

Roald Dahl was a British novelist and short-story writer whose books have sold over 250 copies worldwide. His stories have earned him several accolades and they are some of the most commonly adapted of all time.

Roald Dahl was a British novelist and short-story writer whose books have sold over 250 copies worldwide. His stories have earned him several accolades and they are some of the most commonly adapted of all time.

The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters, who wrote them?

  • Mario Puzo
  • Daniel Defoe
  • Marcel Proust
  • C. S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis was an award-winning British writer who after attending Oxford University wrote some of the best literary works of our time. He is best known for The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Screwtape Letters and The Space Trilogy.

C.S. Lewis was an award-winning British writer who after attending Oxford University wrote some of the best literary works of our time. He is best known for The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Screwtape Letters and The Space Trilogy.

What author was credited with Madame Bovary and Sentimental Education?

  • Samuel Beckett
  • George Eliot
  • Gustave Flaubert
  • Jonathan Franzen

Gustave Flaubert was a very influential French novelist who is best known for his debut novel, Madame Bovary, as well as Sentimental Education which was adapted into a film and British mini-series.

Gustave Flaubert was a very influential French novelist who is best known for his debut novel, Madame Bovary, as well as Sentimental Education which was adapted into a film and British mini-series.

Which novelist wrote Little Women and Eight Cousins?

  • Louisa May Alcott
  • Sheila Heti
  • Sue Townsend
  • Rhonda Byrne

Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist who wrote Little Women, Little Men, Eight Cousins and Jo’s Boys. The novels were well-received upon their release and are still read today.

Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist who wrote Little Women, Little Men, Eight Cousins and Jo’s Boys. The novels were well-received upon their release and are still read today.

Which of the following authors wrote Jurassic Park and The Lost World?

  • L. M. Montgomery
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Victor Hugo
  • Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton is an American author and filmmaker whose literary works span everything from science fiction to medical fiction. Some of his most iconic novels include Jurassic Park and The Lost World.

Michael Crichton is an American author and filmmaker whose literary works span everything from science fiction to medical fiction. Some of his most iconic novels include Jurassic Park and The Lost World.

Who wrote The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons?

  • Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Dan Brown
  • Aleksandr Pushkin
  • Jack Higgins

Dan Brown is an American author whose best-selling novels include Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, Inferno and The Lost Symbol. His books have been translated into 57 languages and have sold over 200 million copies.

Dan Brown is an American author whose best-selling novels include Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, Inferno and The Lost Symbol. His books have been translated into 57 languages and have sold over 200 million copies.

Which author is responsible for Frankenstein and Velperga?

  • Mary Shelley
  • Flannery O' Connor
  • Maggy Nelson
  • Erica Jong

Mary Shelley, the daughter of author Mary Wollstonecraft, was the English novelist who wrote Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. In addition to the classic, she also wrote Valperga and The Last Man.

Mary Shelley, the daughter of author Mary Wollstonecraft, was the English novelist who wrote Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. In addition to the classic, she also wrote Valperga and The Last Man.

Who is responsible for Othello and Romeo and Juliet?

  • A. A. Milne
  • Henry James
  • William Shakespeare
  • H. Rider Haggard

Okay, so he isn't a novelist, but no quiz would be complete without a bit of Shakespeare, who has arguably been called the greatest writer in the English language. His body of work includes 39 plays, 3 narrative poems, and 154 sonnets and it includes Othello and Romeo and Juliette.

Okay, so he isn't a novelist, but no quiz would be complete without a bit of Shakespeare, who has arguably been called the greatest writer in the English language. His body of work includes 39 plays, 3 narrative poems, and 154 sonnets and it includes Othello and Romeo and Juliette.

Who is the author of The Raven and The Pit and the Pendulum?

  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • H. G. Wells
  • J. D. Salinger
  • Dan Brown

Known mostly for his poetry and short stories, Edgar Allen Poe is one of the most well-known American poets of our time. In addition to the short stories, he has also written The Raven as well as The Pit and the Pendulum.

Known mostly for his poetry and short stories, Edgar Allen Poe is one of the most well-known American poets of our time. In addition to the short stories, he has also written The Raven as well as The Pit and the Pendulum.

Jane Eyre and The Professor, who wrote them?

  • Margaret Wise Brown
  • Charlotte Brontë
  • Janette Sebring Lowrey
  • Susanna Tamaro

Charlotte Brontë was an English novelist from the famous literary family, the Brontë sisters. Some of her most noted works include The Professor which was initially rejected by publishers, and Jane Eyre.

Charlotte Brontë was an English novelist from the famous literary family, the Brontë sisters. Some of her most noted works include The Professor which was initially rejected by publishers, and Jane Eyre.

What author was credited with The Queen of the Damned and Interview with the Vampire?

  • Grace Metalious
  • Julia Donaldson
  • Anne Rice
  • Alice Walker

Anne Rice is an American erotic literature writer known for The Vampire Chronicles which includes Interview with a Vampire and Queen of the Damned. Both books have been adapted to films.

Anne Rice is an American erotic literature writer known for The Vampire Chronicles which includes Interview with a Vampire and Queen of the Damned. Both books have been adapted to films.

Which novelist wrote Casino Royale and Dr. No?

  • Walt Whitman
  • Napoleon Hill
  • J. D. Salinger
  • Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming was a naval intelligence officer who is well known for his James Bond spy series as well as Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. His secret agent has been played by the likes of Sir Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.

Ian Fleming was a naval intelligence officer who is well known for his James Bond spy series as well as Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. His secret agent has been played by the likes of Sir Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.

Which of the following authors wrote Journey to the Center of the Earth and Around the World in 80 Days?

  • Robert Frost
  • Jules Verne
  • H. P. Lovecraft
  • Paulo Coelho

French novelist and playwright Jules Verne was a pioneer in adventure novels, with a total of fifty-four novels. They include Journey to the Center of the Earth, Around the World in 80 Days, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas.

French novelist and playwright Jules Verne was a pioneer in adventure novels, with a total of fifty-four novels. They include Journey to the Center of the Earth, Around the World in 80 Days, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas.

Who wrote Moby Dick and Billy Budd, Sailor?

  • Herman Melville
  • Hans Christian Andersen
  • John Milton
  • Richard Adams

Herman Melville was an American novelist and poet who is known around the world for writing Moby-Dick, Typee and a romanticized story based on his trip to Polynesia, - Billy Budd, Sailor.

Herman Melville was an American novelist and poet who is known around the world for writing Moby-Dick, Typee and a romanticized story based on his trip to Polynesia, - Billy Budd, Sailor.

Which author is responsible for Murder on the Orient Express and And Then There Were None?

  • Shere Hite
  • Doris Lessing
  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Agatha Christie

Dame Agatha Christie was an English writer who was best known for creating fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Her books have sold over two billion copies, making her the best-selling fiction writer of all time.

Dame Agatha Christie was an English writer who was best known for creating fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Her books have sold over two billion copies, making her the best-selling fiction writer of all time.

Who is the author of The Notebook and A Night in Rodanthe?

  • T. S. Eliot
  • Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • Nicholas Sparks
  • E. B. White

American novelist and philanthropist Nicholas Sparks has published over 20 books, all of which have been New York Times bestsellers. His works which include A Walk to Remember, The Notebook and Nights in Rodanthe have sold over 115 million copies.

American novelist and philanthropist Nicholas Sparks has published over 20 books, all of which have been New York Times bestsellers. His works which include A Walk to Remember, The Notebook and Nights in Rodanthe have sold over 115 million copies.

Which of the following authors wrote Lolita and Pale Fire?

  • Vladimir Nabokov
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Bram Stoker
  • William Blake

Vladimir Nabokov, also known by Vladimir Sirin, was a Russian-American novelist and entomologist who rose to prominence when he moved to the United States where he began writing in English. He is best known for Lolita and Pale Fire.

Vladimir Nabokov, also known by Vladimir Sirin, was a Russian-American novelist and entomologist who rose to prominence when he moved to the United States where he began writing in English. He is best known for Lolita and Pale Fire.

The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace, who wrote them?

  • Edith Wharton
  • Shirley Jackson
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Emily Dickinson

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet and novelist who has published 18 novels, 18 books of poetry among other literary works. Her most notable pieces include Surfacing, The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace.

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet and novelist who has published 18 novels, 18 books of poetry among other literary works. Her most notable pieces include Surfacing, The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace.

31. What author was credited with Animal Farm and The Times?

  • Homer
  • George Orwell
  • Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Martin Luther

Eric Arthur Blair, better known by the pen name, George Orwell, was an American novelist who has been listed as one of Britain’s greatest writers. His most popular works include Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty-Four and The Times.

Eric Arthur Blair, better known by the pen name, George Orwell, was an American novelist who has been listed as one of Britain’s greatest writers. His most popular works include Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty-Four and The Times.

32. Which novelist wrote Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice?

  • Yrsa Daley-Ward
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Michelle Obama
  • Jane Austin

Jane Austen was an English author who was made famous for her six novels, from Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma. Here novels are some of the most adapted in the history of film and television.

Jane Austen was an English author who was made famous for her six novels, from Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma. Here novels are some of the most adapted in the history of film and television.

33. Which of the following authors wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures Huckleberry Finn?

  • Victor Hugo
  • Mark Twain
  • Jonathan Swift
  • George Bernard Shaw

Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, was an American writer and publisher who has been called the “greatest humorist the United States has produced.” His most noted works include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, was an American writer and publisher who has been called the “greatest humorist the United States has produced.” His most noted works include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

34. Who wrote The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Earnest Wilde?

  • Miguel de Cervantes
  • Henry Miller
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde was an Irish poet and playwright who is best known for his novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray and his highly publicized criminal conviction. He also wrote the Importance of Being Earnest.

Oscar Wilde was an Irish poet and playwright who is best known for his novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray and his highly publicized criminal conviction. He also wrote the Importance of Being Earnest.

35. Which author is responsible for Mrs. Dalloway and Orlando?

  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Emily Colt
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Jodi Picoult

Virginia Woolf was an English writer who pioneered the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device. She is best known for her novels Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse and Orlando.

Virginia Woolf was an English writer who pioneered the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device. She is best known for her novels Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse and Orlando.

36. Who is the author of the Alex Cross series and Diel X?

  • James Patterson
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Richard Bach
  • Jostein Gaarder

American James Patterson made a name for himself as a best—selling author with works like Alex Cross and Daniel X series. It was estimated that he has earned an income of $700 million over a decade.

American James Patterson made a name for himself as a best—selling author with works like Alex Cross and Daniel X series. It was estimated that he has earned an income of $700 million over a decade.

37. Which of the following authors wrote One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera?

  • Geoffrey Chaucer
  • John Steinbeck
  • Elbert Hubbard
  • Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez was a Colombian novelist who left law school to pursue a career in journalism. Despite writing several acclaimed short stories, it’s his novels, One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, he is known for.

Gabriel García Márquez was a Colombian novelist who left law school to pursue a career in journalism. Despite writing several acclaimed short stories, it’s his novels, One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, he is known for.

38. The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying, who wrote them?

  • Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
  • William Faulkner
  • Stan Lee

William Faulkner was an American writer and Nobel prize laureate who is best known for his novel The Sound and the Fury, which is listed in the top 10 best novels of the 20th century. His work also includes As I Lay Dying and Absolom, Absolom!

William Faulkner was an American writer and Nobel prize laureate who is best known for his novel The Sound and the Fury, which is listed in the top 10 best novels of the 20th century. His work also includes As I Lay Dying and Absolom, Absolom!

39. What author wrote Beloved and Song of Solomon?

  • Dorothy Parker
  • Toni Morrison
  • Maya Angelou
  • Fanny Burney

Toni Morrison was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, editor and professor who rose to critical acclaim after publishing Song of Solomon. Her 1987 book, Beloved contributed to her 1993 Nobel Prize winner in Literature.

Toni Morrison was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, editor and professor who rose to critical acclaim after publishing Song of Solomon. Her 1987 book, Beloved contributed to her 1993 Nobel Prize winner in Literature.

40. Which novelist wrote The Great Gatsby and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button?

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • John Green
  • Truman Capote
  • Herman Hesse

F. Scott Fitzgerald was an American novelist who was known for depicting the ‘Jazz Age’ in his novels. His novels The Great Gatsby and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button received critical acclaim after Fitzgerald’s death.

F. Scott Fitzgerald was an American novelist who was known for depicting the ‘Jazz Age’ in his novels. His novels The Great Gatsby and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button received critical acclaim after Fitzgerald’s death.

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