A Literary Quiz: Who Invented the Cliffhanger?

To which author does this sentence refer?

The term “cliffhanger” is considered to have originated with the serialised version of this early novel, in which Henry Knight, one of the protagonists, is left literally hanging off a cliff.

  1. Edgar Allan Poe
  2. Bram Stoker
  3. Wilkie Collins
  4. Thomas Hardy

The answer is #4. Thomas Hardy.

I did not know he wrote a couple of potboilers for cash before he graduated into Tess-and-Mayor-and-Jude land.

Apparently Mr. Hardy’s uncompromising artistry fell victim to a little compromise, at least in his early days.