Authors (card game)

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Authors or, The Game of Authors is a card game for three to five players. The first Game of Authors was published by G. M. Whipple & A. A. Smith of Salem, Massachusetts in 1861. In 1897 it was also published by Parker Brothers, which also was in Salem, Massachusetts at the time.[1]


The deck of cards consists of eleven sets of four cards each representing the works of eleven famous authors. The object of the game is to form complete sets of the four cards comprising the works of a particular author. The winner is the player with the most sets.[1]

The game is the creation of Anne Abbott,[2] a Beverly, Massachusetts clergyman's daughter and editor of a young people's literary journal. Abbott also designed the hugely popular mid-19th century card game, Dr. Busby.[3]

Later decks included additional authors, but the authors represented in most decks are:

Derivative games[edit]

Similar playing card games have been developed with decks having similar rules and set building mechanics. Some of these are:

  • Composers
  • Famous Battles of the Civil War
  • Inventors
  • Scientists

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b McAdam, D. J.. Authors Card Game. 2001-2004. Retrieved 11 November 2008.
  2. ^ Orbanes, Philip E.. The Game Makers: The Story of Parker Brothers, from Tiddledy Winks to Trivial Pursuit. Harvard Business School Press, 14 November 2003. ISBN 1-59139-269-1; ISBN 978-1-59139-269-9.
  3. ^ Wolverton, Nan. "Toys and Childhood in the Early 19th Century." Old Sturbridge Village Visitor, Spring 1998.

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