The card game Authors originated in Salem, Massachusetts in 1861, first published by G. M. Whipple and A.A. Smith. Parker Brothers published a version in 1897. The simple matching type game encourages players to learn which author wrote specific titles. The player with the most matched sets of titles by each author at the end of the game wins. Authors was a perennial family favorite game from its beginning and versions are still produced today. Over the years the game has broadened to include women authors, composers, explorers, inventors, and sports figures.
Clark & Sowdon's version of Authors is typical for the late 19th century, with author illustrations printed on the individual cards. This particular game includes a calling card inside. Perhaps the game was a gift and the giver's card served the owners as a reminder.