Authors by Picture

Can you identify these famous authors based on a photo, painting, or sculpture?
To make it easier we give you their nationality according to Wikipedia
One of these is legendary, not historical
Quiz idea: KingoftheBritons
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Last updated: July 5, 2018
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Level 80
Jul 5, 2018
The Christie picture is from right at the start of her 50-year career and is probably not how many people remember her.
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Level 73
Jul 5, 2018
Seconded. That one took me quite a while.
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Level 78
Jul 24, 2018
I probably should have at least guessed her, but that picture looks nothing like the older lady pictured on many dust jackets on my shelves.
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Level 82
Jul 5, 2018
I am rather ashamed I didn't get either of the women. Although the first one did look very familiar.
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Level 77
Jul 6, 2018
There are three women in the quiz.
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Level 68
Oct 14, 2018
3 1/2 (Wilde)
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Level 72
Jul 5, 2018
Dear God, J.K. Rowling is at the second place...
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Level 67
Jul 5, 2018
I rather wonder that she is not number one. I bet most persons below 30 have read more books from her than from all the others together. :-P
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Level 75
Jul 8, 2018
Yes, she's the most famous female modern author, and richest author in the world. Plus is still in the public eye, unlike Shakespeare who hasn't sent out a tweet in years.
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Level 83
Jul 5, 2018
It just goes to show how many plebeians there are in the world!!! I have never even heard of JK Rowling... but I got Voltaire without even seeing his picture!!! If only everyone was as smart as me!
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Level 75
Jul 8, 2018
I am smarter than you. I got both.
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Level 68
Jul 9, 2018
I went through all the Greeks. except Homer, the obvious one! Great quiz though!
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Level 72
Jul 10, 2018
that must have taken a while
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Level 62
Oct 14, 2018
J.K. Rowling does not belong among those other authors. She wrote fantasy tales for children. I know it's a weird gripe to have, but it pisses me off when I see her on lots of famous authors as if she's historically significant at all.
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Level 54
Oct 14, 2018
Yet you have no problem with a contemporary male horror writer or a crime novelist?
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Level 65
Oct 14, 2018
And it pisses me off that your elitism blinds you to Rowling's historical significance. Lord of the Rings is a fantasy too. And if you think only children read Harry Potter...well, I'm not really sure what to tell you.
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Level 60
Oct 14, 2018
Her crappy books will end up being about as historically significant as pet rocks.
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Level 70
Oct 15, 2018
99% of the criticism she gets is "I haven't read her books, therefore they can't be any good".
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Level 33
Aug 13, 2020
I think Lord of the Rings is better...😐
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Level 45
Oct 16, 2018
She was the first author to become a billionaire based solely off of her stories. I'd say that's pretty historically significant.
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Level 81
Sep 29, 2019
Population, inflation, global communication, etc. will always work in favor of later works.

What I want to know is, what has Rushdie ever done except become a poster boy because the Muslim world issued death threats against him for a book that would've otherwise been a minor seller?

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Level 78
Mar 28, 2019
I have read a couple of her books and I'm over 60. I wanted to at least have a clue about the genre. It isn't what I would pick up first to read today, but I dare say that the Hardy Boys books that I grew up on wouldn't appeal to many people today either and many people have never heard of Pearl Buck even though she is one of the all-time greats in my opinion. Anything that gets kids of any age reading is okay by me. Innocent fantasy stories like her books build imagination. Whether her work will be historically significant or not can only be judged by time. I just hope that there will be an author in the next generation who can inspire people to continue to read.
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Level 45
Oct 14, 2018
Tolstoj should be accepted as well, just sayin
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Level 73
Oct 14, 2018
That would work in Dutch, Danish, German, Polish, and probably a couple of other languages. In English, j produces a different sound.
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Level 59
Dec 5, 2018
Isn't Rowling Scottish ?
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Level 61
Nov 15, 2019
She was born and raised in England and moved to Scotland in her late 20s. So probably not, but maybe, since there's no legal distinction between Scottish and English.
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Level 73
Jan 30, 2020
She was born in England, but lives in Scotland and intends to stay there. She considers herself an immigrant to Scotland.
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Level 62
Apr 16, 2019
yessss!! i'm just too happy that i was able to remember my favorite murder mystery writer!