Are You Even Literary? Fill in the Blank Book Titles

Can you fill the blanks in these famous book titles?
Warning: this will not be easy unless you are very well read.
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Last updated: November 27, 2019
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Author
First published
Book
Fyodor Dostoevsky
1879
The Brothers Karamazov
Emily Brontë
1847
Wuthering Heights
Harriet Beecher Stowe
1852
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Gabriel García Márquez
1967
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gustave Flaubert
1856
Madame Bovary
Voltaire
1759
Candide, ou l'Optimisme
William Makepeace Thackeray
1847
Vanity Fair
Unknown
2100 B.C.
The Epic of Gilgamesh
William Styron
1979
Sophie's Choice
John Kennedy Toole
1980
A Confederacy of Dunces
Thomas Mann
1912
Death in Venice
Milan Kundera
1984
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
D. H. Lawrence
1928
Lady Chatterley's Lover
H. G. Wells
1896
The Island of Doctor Moreau
Edith Wharton
1905
The House of Mirth
Norman Mailer
1948
The Naked and the Dead
Laurence Sterne
1762
The Life and Opinions of
Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
Kingsley Amis
1954
Lucky Jim
Junot Díaz
2007
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Jonathan Safran Foer
2005
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Marcel Proust
1913 - 1927
(series)
In Search of Lost Time
W. Somerset Maugham
1915
Of Human Bondage
Raymond Chandler
1939
The Big Sleep
Thomas Pynchon
1973
Gravity's Rainbow
Amy Tan
1989
The Joy Luck Club
Virginia Woolf
1927
To the Lighthouse
David Mitchell
2004
Cloud Atlas
Mikhail Bulgakov
1967
The Master and Margarita
David Foster Wallace
1996
Infinite Jest
Pearl S. Buck
1931
The Good Earth
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Level 81
Nov 27, 2019
The Shakespearean Remembrance Of Things Past still sounds far better to the ears. In Search Of Lost Time sounds like H.G. Wells or a Fabio-adorned romance novel.
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Level 77
Nov 29, 2019
Except that In Search of Lost Time is a more accurate translation of the French title. I know there are varying opinions on how accurate a translation should be, but Remembrance of Things Past seems semantically very dissimilar in this instance.
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Level 41
Feb 13, 2020
But look at Proust's original, which quotes Shakespeare's sonnet. Translating his French translation back into some bastardized English version shows us the perils of translation, even those that try to be "faithful."
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Level 64
Nov 27, 2019
I got 3, may need to read more
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Level 69
Nov 28, 2019
I got 17 and from those I missed I only knew one more. I enjoyed the inclusion of non-English authors (language, not nationality) and especially the presence of Bulgakov. His book is a masterpiece (no pun intended).
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Level 72
Nov 28, 2019
I'm glad there's some love for Bulgakov. One of my favourite books, sad to see so few guessing it.
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Level 41
Feb 13, 2020
While we're talking about translations, faithful or otherwise, the first published translation of M&M in English turned "dentist" into "Dante scholar." You definitely don't want one of those pulling your teeth.
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Level 61
Feb 13, 2020
An incredible book. I also think 'The Heart of a Dog' is one of the best books I've ever read.
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Level 69
Feb 13, 2020
I agree about Bulgakov, but he's still one of the least known here. A shame.
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Level 60
Nov 28, 2019
only knew part, mostly non american ones, and then in original language or translation into a non english one....
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Level 80
Feb 13, 2020
Maybe you should stop excluding a whole continent from your reading selections?
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Level 55
Feb 13, 2020
Two actually.
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Level 70
Nov 28, 2019
Am I the only one that tried 'The Big Lebowski'.......
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Level 70
Dec 1, 2019
Nope !
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Level 73
Nov 30, 2019
The only titles for the Voltaire here I've seen/read is ______ without the end part. Should've guessed, though.
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Level 68
Dec 4, 2019
Favorite authors? Mine are Edith Wharton and Henry James.
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Level 72
Dec 7, 2019
Call me old fashioned, but Dickens.
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Level 73
Feb 13, 2020
Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, Kazuo Ishiguro, Stefan Zweig, Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde, Heinrich von Kleist.
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Level 68
Feb 13, 2020
Interesting list. The Magic Mountain is a meisterstuck; I need to read more Mann; someday when I retire, I hope to do more reading than I currently do.
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Level 78
Feb 13, 2020
Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy.
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Level 73
Feb 14, 2020
I only drudged through Sense and Sensibility, but found both Pride and Prejudice and The History of England quite funny.
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Level 75
Jan 9, 2020
I am decidedly not literary. 10/30. Literature and art would kill me on Jeopardy.
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Level 67
Feb 13, 2020
Same I have hardly read any of the classics (I read though, just not famous books, I think animal farm is the only one I can think of ow and the clockwork orange but no pride and prejudice etc) but I knew 12 though missed a couple. I ve read sophie's choice and I believe unbearable lightness of being (the translation).
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Level 80
Feb 13, 2020
Started out pretty easy; got more challenging half way through.
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Level 71
Feb 13, 2020
I almost missed the Voltaire one, but then I thought, “hm, who is always foolishly optimistic? Oh yeah, that Candice guy!”
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Level 56
Feb 13, 2020
My first ever 100%! Yay!
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Level 66
Feb 13, 2020
You got 100% the first time on this quiz? You're weird.
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Level 57
Feb 13, 2020
Apparently, I am not very literary. Started strong, finished weak.
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Level 52
Feb 13, 2020
Note: Women write books too.
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Level 73
Feb 13, 2020
You should tell that to pre-20th century people. There are 6 women on the list. If you want half of the list to be female, that would be an overrepresenation compared to how many women were allowed to produce great literature so far.
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Level 73
Feb 13, 2020
To quote Virginia Woolf, who is part of this list: "[G]enius like Shakespeare's is not born among labouring, uneducated, servile people. [...] How then, could it have been born among women whose work began, according to Professor Trevelyan, almost before they were out of the nursery, who were forced to it by their parents and held to it by all the power and custom"? (A Room of One's Own, Chapter 3)
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Level 80
Feb 16, 2020
Note: there are women on this quiz.
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Level 66
Apr 3, 2020
Note: water is wet.
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Level 71
Feb 13, 2020
I didn't think I was especially literary (I've only read like a third of these), but I found this quiz really easy. Apparently I've been paying more attention than most, even though I haven't actually been reading that much!
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Level 62
Mar 13, 2020
incredibly well read...or you worked in a bookstore. I have only read the Bulgakov, but I've shelved just about all of them.
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Level 72
Oct 16, 2020
oof...this was tough.