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Here Are 10 Iconic Author's Signatures – How Many Can You Guess?

If you don't get enough right, you're not allowed to read again.

  1. Here's an easy one to get you started...

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    It's Oscar Wilde!

    This is the signature of Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde! Fun Fact: Wilde's 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." Witty 'til the very end.

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  2. Another easy one to break you in...

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    It's Virginia Woolf!

    This is the signature of feminist novelist and essayist 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.

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  3. How about this elegant hand?

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    It's T.S. Eliot!

    This is the signature of celebrated poet and critic T.S. Eliot. Eliot's first names are Thomas and Stearns, which is only mildly less weird that being called Clive Staples Lewis...

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  4. Canst thou guess this one?

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    It's William Shakespeare!

    This is The Bard's signature. Arguably Britain's most famous writer, Shakespeare penned at least 36 plays and collaborated on more still. He died on his 52nd birthday – that wasn't the present he asked for.

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  5. You'd be a monster to get this one wrong...

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    It's Mary Shelley!

    Nope, it's not Mars Belles. This is the signature of novelist and biographer Mary Shelley. Shelley's most famous work, Frankenstein, is said to have been inspired by a waking nightmare she had whilst on holiday in Lake Geneva.

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  6. Who is this classic American author?

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    It's J.D. Salinger!

    This is the signature of J.D. Salinger, author of the classic American novel, The Catcher in the Rye. After the publication of his only novel, Salinger begin to withdraw from public life and eventually became a total recluse!

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  7. Big Brother is watching you answer this...

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    It's George Orwell!

    Who knew, this is British novelist George Orwell's signature! We all know Orwell for his left-leaning political works of fiction and non-fiction. Fun facts: he had tattooed knuckles and owned a goat called Muriel.

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  8. You'll need the luck of the Irish to solve this...

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    It's James Joyce!

    Re-joyce! This is the experimental Irish author James Joyce's signature. Joyce was a foremost Modernist, experimenting with stream-of-consciousness and avant-garde style to create a more realistic prose.

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  9. No need to "Russian" this one...

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    It's Leo Tolstoy!

    Ypa! This is Russian novelist and short-story writer Leo Tolstoy's signature. Believed to be one of the greatest authors ever, Tolstoy was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and a Nobel Prize in literature multiple times but unfortunately never won.

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  10. I've got great expectations that you'll get this right.

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    It's Charles Dickens!

    Last but not least, this is Charles Dickens's signature. Popular Victorian author Charles Dickens experienced unprecedented fame during his career. His stories were serialised in magazines and he toured the UK and US giving readings like a literary rock star.

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