Test your knowledge of some of the greatest authors of all time! We collected some signatures including short biographies of some of these legends that have shaped literature and art over time. The exercise here it to guess which signature belongs to whom.
If you’re a 21st century child, it’s okay if you don’t get it all correct… lol
Okay, here goes! Guess the signee:
This is the signature of Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde!
Fun Fact: Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. His last words are reported to be; “my wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or other of us has got to go.”
The signature of English feminist novelist and essayist Adeline Virginia Woolf. Woolf had no formal university education but still wrote nine novels and a myriad of influential essays and short stories, often discussing women’s rights to education, property and an income. She was considered one of the most important modernist 20th-century authors.
The signature of celebrated poet and critic Thomas Stearns Eliot, shortened widely as T.S Eliot. He was one of the 20th century’s major poets, essayist, publisher, playwright, and literary and social critic. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, in the United States, to a prominent Boston Brahmin family, he moved to England in 1914 at the age of 25, settling, working, and marrying there. He became a British subject in 1927 at the age of 39, renouncing his American passport.
How are you doing so far?
This is an easy one as it belongs to arguably Britain’s most famous writer, Williams Shakespeare. Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s greatest dramatist. He is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon. He penned at least 36 plays and collaborated on more still. He died on his 52nd birthday.
If you read “Animal Farm” then you might get this. The signature belongs to British novelist George Orwells, real name Eric Arthur Blair. He was an English novelist and essayist, journalist and critic, whose work is characterised by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.
It is a good day to pay homage to the greats. How well did you do?