First Names of Authors Quiz #1

Based on the last name, guess the first names of these famous writers.
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Last updated: December 9, 2019
First submittedJune 12, 2012
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First Name
Last Name
Kurt
Vonnegut
William
Shakespeare
Jane
Austen
George
Orwell
Virginia
Woolf
Edith
Wharton
Sylvia
Plath
Simone
de Beauvoir
First Name
Last Name
Amy
Tan
Ernest
Hemingway
Aldous
Huxley
Oscar
Wilde
Leo
Tolstoy
Geoffrey
Chaucer
Joseph
Conrad
Herman
Melville
First Name
Last Name
Dean
Koontz
Maya
Angelou
Willa
Cather
Günter
Grass
Ian
McEwan
Neil
Gaiman
Gustave
Flaubert
Honore
de Balzac
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Level 27
Jun 13, 2012
Only knew 7, and they were all thanks to my Nook author wallpaper.
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Level 59
Dec 21, 2014
Seven? Quizzy, might be time to stop taking quizzes and read a good book or two.
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Level 67
Mar 29, 2018
sylvie, if you'd like to try a few more quizzes on books and authors, check my profile. I've got two on YA authors, one on John Green books, one on fantasy authors, and one for classic novels by plot (which is a sequel to someone else's quiz on the same idea).
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Level 31
Dec 21, 2014
only 6 for me! time to get reading......
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Level 66
Dec 21, 2014
don't worry, I got 8 and I read a lot. From the ones I didn't know, 9 were from the US, 4 British. This quiz is biased to literature in English. At least I want to think that's why I got so few
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Level 59
Dec 23, 2014
ignore the somewhat snobby comments. keep quizzing!
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Level 44
Apr 22, 2015
Sorry, but I got them all with almost 2 mins to spare.
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Level 71
May 24, 2013
How about Mary McCarthy?
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Level ∞
Nov 1, 2014
I changed this question to remove any ambiguity.
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Level 71
Aug 27, 2013
Grrr...Aldous...not Adolphous!
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Level 64
Nov 6, 2013
Ha, I did the same thing. Of course I also immediately thought Hermes when I say Conrad :)
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Level 56
Nov 22, 2013
What about Shaun Tan?
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Level 65
May 13, 2018
Came here to say the same. His works are absolutely magical.
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Level 55
May 19, 2014
I've read or been forced read books by 9 of these authors.
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Level 82
Sep 16, 2014
Argh, put Gunther for Grass.
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Level ∞
Nov 1, 2014
Gunther will work now.
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Level 70
Sep 27, 2014
I couldn't think of a different Wharton than William...
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Level 83
Nov 5, 2014
Mary, Maya... considering I have no idea who it is, I find "Mary" a decent guess. Missed: Angelou, Wharton, McEwan and Cather who I haven't heard about.
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Level 37
Dec 21, 2014
google some of her poetry--"Why The Caged Bird Sings." Such beautiful poetry. During the Clinton Administraton, I think she was the Poet Emeritus or something...she was invited to read her poetry at the Inauguration. I think the first African American poet to achieve any fame crossover... And Oprah was friends and gave her much publicity. Very sad and heartfelt stuff...she was amazing. She only died in the last few years. I was surprised to see Dean Koontz of all people but not Margaret Atwood, or Ann Tyler...or Alice Walker, who wrote The Color Purple. And most amazing of all, John Steinbeck. Add Dickens, Twain, DuMaurier and you have another quiz! LOL
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Level 74
Dec 21, 2014
Maybe you and/or the quizmaster could do another one? I'd enjoy doing it.
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Level 45
Dec 21, 2014
Only missed "Gustave Flaubert". Tried "Renee Flaubert" -- must have been thinking of some obscure hockey player...... Fun quiz! Thanks!
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Level 29
Dec 22, 2014
Got 20, was stuck on de Balzac, kept thinking "Cyrano". Duh.
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Level 36
Dec 23, 2014
Silvia should be accepted for Plath.
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Level 69
Mar 13, 2016
I enjoyed this. It turns out, by the way, that a few non-European, non-North American people have also written books.
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Level 66
Apr 29, 2020
Sometimes even in English. From my nearest bookshelf: Chimamanda Adichie, Aravind Adiga, Romesh Gunesekera, V.S.Naipal (though I guess he's North American on Jetpunk), Vikram Seth.
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Level 68
May 6, 2016
Got em all with 3.07 left!
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Level 14
Jul 27, 2017
Where is Tom Clancy?!?
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Level 58
Aug 21, 2017
Somewhere other than on this quiz. This quiz isn't about you and your favourite writer, you know.
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Level 66
Aug 20, 2017
Koontz was definitely out of place in this list of distinguished authors.
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Level 81
Aug 20, 2017
Are you sure Testes de Balzac wasn't a famous author!?
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Level 69
Aug 22, 2017
Harold... known in the neighborhood as "Big Harry"
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Level 81
Oct 17, 2019
Donald
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Level 30
Aug 25, 2017
I PUT SIMON FOR SIMONE BEAUVOIR ARGGH!! Nevermind, 14 for a relative book noob
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Level 38
Nov 18, 2017
15/24. And I've read most of these books at one time or another. But for authors such as Flaubert and Chaucer I never actually paid attention to their first names on the jackets of their books. Need to start paying closer attention to mundane things!
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Level 62
Nov 28, 2019
'These authors', or I am impressed that you read all their works. Phew.
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Level 64
Jul 20, 2018
please accept Guenter
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Level 45
Sep 20, 2018
Very hard for non US citizens
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Level 67
Apr 2, 2019
The top 7 are internationally known though (but indeed i didnt know the others..) Edit:besides huxley and Vonnegut (tried kirk.. sounds nearly the same) and totally read over gaiman which i knew (and like ! Got introduced to him by the discworldseries)
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Level 62
Nov 28, 2019
Why? I knew a 20 of them and I am not a US citizen. And I would have got one more if I could remember how to spell it. I thought Koontz was an artist but I think I am thinking Kooning.
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Level 79
Jun 29, 2020
Non-Americans don't read?