Authors Trivia

84+ Best Authors Trivia Questions & Answers

Mike Oberman

Updated: June 15th, 2023

Discover fascinating facts about famous authors with these 84+ trivia questions and answers. From classic literature to modern bestsellers, challenge your friends to see who knows the most about the literary world!


Question: Which famous author wrote 'Ulysses'?

Answer: James Joyce

Question: The 'Winnie-the-Pooh' book series was written by which author?

Answer: A.A. Milne

Question: The classic American novel, 'Of Mice and Men', was written by which author?

Answer: John Steinbeck

Question: In which country did author Arthur C. Clarke spend the last years of his life?

Answer: Sri Lanka

Question: In which country was author Peter Carey born?

Answer: Australia

Question: What does the 'J' stand for in J. K. Rowling?

Answer: Joanne

Question: How many full-length novels did Harper Lee have published?

Answer: 1

Question: What type of writing is Paul Theroux associated with other than novels?

Answer: Travel

Question: Which famous author wrote 'The Shining'?

Answer: Stephen King

Question: When was the Nobel Prize in Literature first awarded?

Answer: 1901

Question: Musica Animalia is a kids music album by which best selling author?

Answer: Dan Brown

Question: Dracula' was written by which author?

Answer: Bram Stoker

Question: Which famous author wrote 'The Hobbit'?

Answer: J.R.R. Tolkien

Question: The trilogy entitled 'His Dark Materials', was written by which author?

Answer: Philip Pullman

Question: Author Howard Jacobson predominantly writes about people of which religion?

Answer: Judaism

Question: The Scarlet Letter' was written by which American author?

Answer: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Question: The author Vladimir Nabokov was from which country?

Answer: Russia

Question: The Great Gatsby' was written by which author?

Answer: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Question: The Subtle Knife' and 'The Amber Spyglass' were written by which author?

Answer: Philip Pullman

Question: The 'Twilight' book series was written by which author?

Answer: Stephanie Meyer

Question: The Devil Wears Prada' is a novel by which author?

Answer: Lauren Weisberger

Question: Which author wrote 'The Invisible Man'?

Answer: H.G. Wells

Question: In which US state was Mark Twain born?

Answer: Missouri

Question: Which county is Thomas Hardy associated with?

Answer: Dorset

Question: Which author wrote 'Eragon' in 2002?

Answer: Christopher Paolini

Question: Fifty Shades of Grey' was written by which author?

Answer: E. L. James

Question: Which author created the character, Hercule Poirot?

Answer: Agatha Christie

Question: Which famous author writer 'The Raven'?

Answer: Edgar Allan Poe

Question: Which author writes 'The Southern Vampire Mysteries' book series?

Answer: Charlaine Harris

Question: Atonement', 'Enduring Love' and 'Solar' are all novels by which author?

Answer: Ian McEwan

Question: The 'James Bond' series of spy novels were written by which author?

Answer: Ian Fleming

Question: The 1955 novel, 'Lolita', was written by which author?

Answer: Vladimir Nabokov

Question: Author Kiran Desai is from which country?

Answer: India

Question: How old was Anita Brookner when she published her first novel?

Answer: 53

Question: Animal Farm' is a novel by which author?

Answer: George Orwell

Question: James and the Giant Peach' is a classic children's novel written by which author?

Answer: Roald Dahl

Question: The Picture of Dorian Grey' was written by which author?

Answer: Oscar Wilde

Question: Stephen King is an author who most commonly writes which genre of fiction?

Answer: Horror

Question: Which Swedish author wrote the 'Millennium' trilogy?

Answer: Stieg Larsson


Question: Which Scottish author created Inspector John Rebus?

Answer: Ian Rankin

Question: Whose epitaph reads: 'Cast a cold eye on life, on death. Horseman, pass by!'?

Answer: W. B. Yeats

Question: In which country was the novelist Oliver Goldsmith born?

Answer: Republic of Ireland

Question: Hilary Mantel has written novels featuring fictional accounts of which historical figure?

Answer: Thomas Cromwell

Question: Whose autobiography is 'Long Walk to Freedom'?

Answer: Nelson Mandela

Question: The father of Princess Diana married the daughter of which author?

Answer: Barbara Cartland

Question: How many Brontë Sisters were there?

Answer: 3

Question: What was Iris Murdoch's first published novel?

Answer: Under the Net

Question: What was the pseudonym of H. H. Munro?

Answer: Saki

Question: Who is the author of the 'Culture' science-fiction series?

Answer: Iain M. Banks

Question: What nationality was author Hans Christian Andersen?

Answer: Danish

Question: Granada Airport is named after which writer?

Answer: Federico García Lorca

Question: Novelist David Ireland wrote about a canoe made from what material?

Answer: Glass

Question: Which member of the Inklings literary group wrote 'The Place of the Lion' and 'Descent into Hell'?

Answer: Charles Williams

Question: Samuel Langhorne Clemens wrote under what pen name?

Answer: Mark Twain

Question: Monica Ali's debut novel was named after what street in London?

Answer: Brick Lane

Question: What's the name of US author Donna Tartt's first novel?

Answer: The Secret History

Question: Which author wrote, 'Don't waste your love on somebody who doesn't value it'?

Answer: William Shakespeare

Question: Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli wrote which master piece?

Answer: The Prince

Question: What was Jeffrey Archer's first successful novel?

Answer: Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less

Question: What was the pen name of Arthur Sarsfield Ward?

Answer: Sax Rohmer

Question: Who wrote the Booker Prize winning novel 'The Life of Pi'?

Answer: Yann Martel

Question: What was author Willy Russell's profession after leaving school?

Answer: Hairdresser

Question: Which of these authors contributed to the rise of absurdism?

Answer: Albert Camus

Question: Which one of these is NOT a novel by Dick Francis?

Answer: Rough Ride

Question: With what genre of books do you associate Barbara Cartland?

Answer: Romance

Question: Which of these authors wrote 'Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang'?

Answer: Ian Fleming

Question: Who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1971?

Answer: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Question: Which Scottish author became Baron Tweedsmuir?

Answer: John Buchan

Question: Which author is the son of actor Tony Van Bridge?

Answer: Michael Morpurgo

Question: The novels 'Money' and 'London Fields' are by which British writer?

Answer: Martin Amis

Question: Which novelist was the cousin of horror movie actor Christopher Lee?

Answer: Ian Fleming


Question: Whose first novel, Grimus, was published in 1975?

Answer: Salman Rushdie

Question: Which British Prime Minister was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature?

Answer: Winston Churchill

Question: Under which pseudonym did Eric Arthur Blair write?

Answer: George Orwell

Question: Who coined the phrase 'the lost generations'?

Answer: Gertrude Stein

Question: Which poet drowned in a sailing accident in 1822?

Answer: Percy Bysshe Shelley

Question: The Brontë siblings are all believed to have died from what disease?

Answer: Tuberculosis

Question: What is the real name of writer John Le Carré?

Answer: David Cornwell

Question: Who said, on arriving at New York customs, 'I have nothing to declare but my genius'?

Answer: Oscar Wilde

Question: Towel Day is a celebration of which author?

Answer: Douglas Adams

Question: Who is the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature?

Answer: Rudyard Kipling

Question: For what do G. K. Chesterton's initials stand?

Answer: Gilbert Keith

Question: Which author was married to Florence Dugdale?

Answer: Thomas Hardy

Question: Which crime writer also publishes under the pseudonym Barbara Vine?

Answer: Ruth Rendell