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Authors You Need to Know About for the MAT

Expect the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) to test you on famous authors and their works. Even if you’re well read, you might find that the list of authors the MAT tests for is pretty intensive.

Here are some authors you should become familiar with before taking the MAT.

  • Aeschylus: Greek dramatist and author of Prometheus Bound

  • Aesop: Greek author of fables (stories with a moral)

  • Alcott, Louisa May: American author of Little Women

  • Alger, Horatio: American novelist

  • Alighieri, Dante: Italian author of The Divine Comedy

  • Andersen, Hans Christian: Danish author of fairytales

  • Angelou, Maya: Black American writer who wrote about growing up in the South

  • Aristophanes: Greek playwright and author of The Clouds

  • Austen, Jane: British author of Pride and Prejudice

  • Balzac, Honoré de: French writer and author of La Comédie Humaine

  • Baudelaire, Charles: French poet and author of Les Fleurs du Mal

  • Beckett, Samuel: Irish existentialist and author of Waiting for Godot

  • Bellow, Saul: American novelist and author of Herzog

  • Blake, William: British poet and author of Songs of Innocence

  • Bradbury, Ray: American science fiction writer and author of The Martian Chronicles

  • Brontë, Charlotte: British author of Jane Eyre

  • Brontë, Emily: British author of Wuthering Heights

  • Byron, Lord George: Romantic poet and author of Don Juan

  • Camus, Albert: Existentialist French writer and author of The Stranger

  • Caroll, Lewis: British author of Alice in Wonderland

  • Cather, Willa: American author of Death Comes for the Archbishop

  • Cervantes, Miguel de: Spanish author of Don Quixote

  • Chaucer, Geoffrey: English poet and author of The Canterbury Tales

  • Chekov, Anton Pavlovich: Russian playwright and author of The Cherry Orchard

  • Coleridge, Samuel Taylor: British romantic poet and author of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

  • Conrad, Joseph: British writer and author of Heart of Darkness

  • cummings, e. e.: American poet

  • Defoe, Daniel: American author of Robinson Crusoe

  • Dickens, Charles: British author of David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, and A Tale of Two Cities

  • Dickinson, Emily: American poet

  • Donne, John: English poet and author of “Death Be Not Proud”

  • Dostoevsky, Fyodor: Russian novelist and author of Crime and Punishment

  • Dryden, John: English poet and author of Alexander’s Feast

  • Eliot, George: English novelist and author of Middlemarch

  • Eliot, T. S.: British poet and author of “The Waste Land”

  • Ellison, Ralph: American author of The Invisible Man

  • Emerson, Ralph Waldo: American philosopher and writer, and author of “Concord Hymn”

  • Euripedes: Greek dramatist known for his tragedies

  • Faulkner, William: American author of The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, and Light in August

  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott: American novelist and author of The Great Gatsby

  • Flaubert, Gustave: French writer and author of Madame Bovary

  • Frost, Robert: American poet and author of “The Road Not Taken”

  • Ginsberg, Allen: American poet and author of beat poetry, including Howl

  • Goëthe, Johann Wolfgang von: German writer and author of Faust

  • Golding, William: English author of The Lord of the Flies

  • Grimm Brothers: German authors of fairytales

  • Hardy, Thomas: English writer and author of Tess of the D’Urbervilles

  • Hawthorne, Nathaniel: American author of The Scarlet Letter

  • Hemingway, Ernest: American author of For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea

  • Hesse, Herman: German writer and author of Siddhartha

  • Homer: Greek poet and author of The Iliad and The Odyssey

  • Hughes, Langston: Black American poet who was part of the Harlem Renaissance

  • Hugo, Victor: French writer and author of Les Misérables

  • Hurston, Zora Neale: Black American author of Their Eyes Were Watching God who was part of the Harlem Renaissance

  • Huxley, Aldous: British author of Brave New World

  • Ibsen, Henrik: Norwegian playwright and author of A Doll’s House

  • James, Henry: American writer and author of The Turn of the Screw

  • Joyce, James: Irish author of Ulysses and A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man

  • Kafka, Franz: German author of The Metamorphosis

  • Keats, John: English poet and author of “Ode on a Grecian Urn”

  • Kerouac, Jack: American poet and author of On the Road

  • Kipling, Rudyard: British author of The Jungle Book

  • Lawrence, D. H.: British author of Lady Chatterley’s Lover

  • Lewis, Sinclair: American satirist and author of Main Street

  • London, Jack: American author of The Call of the Wild

  • Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth: American poet and author of Paul Revere’s Ride

  • Mann, Thomas: German author of The Magic Mountain

  • Marlowe, Christopher: English playwright and author of Dr. Faustus

  • Melville, Herman: American author of Moby Dick

  • Miller, Arthur: American playwright and author of The Crucible

  • Milton, John: British author of Paradise Lost

  • Morrison, Toni: Black American author of Beloved

  • Nabokov, Vladimir: Russian writer and author of Lolita

  • O’Neill, Eugene: American playwright and author of A Long Day’s Journey into Night

  • Orwell, George: English author of 1984 and Animal Farm

  • Ovid: Roman poet and author of Metamorphoses

  • Paine, Thomas: American writer and author of Common Sense

  • Petrarch: Italian Renaissance poet

  • Plath, Sylvia: American poet and author of The Bell Jar

  • Plutarch: Greek writer and author of The Parallel Lives

  • Poe, Edgar Allan: American author of “The Raven”

  • Pound, Ezra: American poet

  • Proust, Marcel: French novelist and author of Remembrance of Things Past

  • Rushdie, Salman: British novelist and author of The Satanic Verses

  • Scott, Sir Walter: Scottish novelist and author of Ivanhoe

  • Seuss, Dr.: American author of children’s books, including The Cat in the Hat and The Lorax

  • Shakespeare, William: British dramatist and author of MacBeth and The Tempest

  • Shaw, George Bernard: Irish playwright and author of Pygmalion

  • Shelley, Mary: English novelist and author of Frankenstein

  • Shelley, Percy Bysshe: English poet and author of Prometheus Unbound

  • Silverstein, Shel: American author of children’s poems, including Where the Sidewalk Ends

  • Sinclair, Upton: American writer and author of The Jungle

  • Solzhenitsyn, Aleksander: Russian writer and author of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

  • Sophocles: Greek playwright and author of Oedipus Rex

  • Spenser, Edmund: English poet and author of The Faerie Queen

  • Steinbeck, John: American author of The Grapes of Wrath

  • Stevenson, Robert Louis: Scottish author of Treasure Island

  • Stowe, Harriet Beecher: American author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin

  • Swift, Jonathan: English author of Gulliver’s Travels

  • Thoreau, Henry David: American author of Walden

  • Tolkien, J. R. R.: British author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

  • Tolstoy, Leo: Russian author of Anna Karenina

  • Twain, Mark: American author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

  • Updike, John: American author of Rabbit, Run

  • Virgil: Roman poet and author of The Aeineid

  • Vonnegut, Kurt: American novelist and author of Slaughterhouse-Five

  • Wharton, Edith: British author of Ethan Frome

  • Whitman, Walt: American poet and author of Leaves of Grass

  • Wilde, Oscar: Irish author of The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • Wilder, Laura Ingalls: American author of Little House on the Prairie

  • Wilder, Thornton: American playwright and author of Our Town

  • Williams, Tennessee: American playwright and author of A Streetcar Named Desire

  • Woolf, Virginia: British novelist and author of Mrs. Dalloway

  • Wordsworth, William: British poet

  • Yeats, William Butler: Irish playwright and author of The Winding Stair

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