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Greek writer - wrote fables (a.k.a. fabulist)

Jane Austen

English writer- wrote commedies of manners - Pride and Prejudice/Emma

Honore de Balzac

French writer - wrote novels about Paris

Lord Byron

(George Gordon Byron) English poet of Romantic Era - Don Juan

Albert Camus

French existential novel writer - 20th c. - The Stranger

Lewis Carroll

(Charles Dodson) English - Through the Looking Glass

Giacomo Casanova

Italian author - memoirs of sexual conquest

Miguel de Cervantes

Spanish author - Don Quixote (windmill symbols)

Anton Checkhov

Russian writer - fiction and plays - late 19th c. - The Cherry Orchard/Three Sisters

Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette

(woman) French - novelist - last 19th c. - early 20th c.

Dante Alighiere

Italian - poet - The Divine Comedy (a.k.a. Dante's Inferno)

Charles Dickens

English - novelist - 19th c. - Oliver Twist/David Copperfield/Great Expectations/Christmas Carol - most work set in London

Emily Dickinson

American - poet - 19th c.

Fyodor Doestoevsky

Russian - novelist - The Brothers Karamazov/Crime and Punishment

George Eliot

(Mary Ann Evans) English writer - 19th c. - Middlemarch/Adam Bede

T.S. Eliot

American-born British - poet - early 20th c. - The Wasteland/Four Quartets/ The Love Song...

Ralph Waldo Emerson

American - essayist and poetry


Greek - playwright - 5th c. BC - wrote Medea

William Faulkner

American novelist - 20th c. - wrote Absalom! & The Sound of Fury - created fictional towns of Jefferson and Yoknapatawpha in Mississippi

Gustave Flaubert

French novelist - 19th c. - wrote Madame Bovary

Johann Wolfgang Goethe

German author - late 18th c. - wrote Faust (sells soul to devil, Mephistopheles)

Nathaniel Hawthorne

American writer - 19th c. - wrote the Scarlet Letter


Greek poet - epics - wrote The Illiad and The Odyssey (main characters are Archilles and Odysseus)

Victor Hugo

French author - 19th c. - work set in Paris - wrote The Hunchback of Notre Dame

James Joyce

Irish author - 19th c. - wrote Ulysses/Dubliners/Finnegan's Wake

John Keats

English poet - early 1800s - known for his "Odes"

Herman Melville

American author - 19th c. - Moby-Dick (has the one legged Captain Ahab)

John Milton

English poet - 17th c. - wrote Paradise Lost

Vladmir Nabokov

Russian born American novelist - wrote Lolita

George Orwell

English author - 20th c. - wrote 1984 and Animal Farm


Roman poet - wrote Metamorphoses (myth poem)

Franz Kafka

novella writer of "The Metamorphosis"


Greek lyric poet - 14th c. B.C.

Luigi Pirandello

Italian author - wrote play Six Characters in Search of an author


Roman playwright - 2nd c. B.C.


Greek - biographer and philosopher

Marcel Proust

French novelist - late 19th c. - Remembrance of Things Past (a.k.a. In Search of Lost Time)


Greek poet - 17th c. B.C. - woman who wrote lesbian love poems


Greek playwright - 5th c. B.C.

Edmund Spenser

English poet - 16th c. - wrote the Faerie Queen

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