18th & Early 19th Century Timeline

  • William Blake publishes Songs of Innocence

    A poetry collection of 26 poems forming the second part of William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience. In this collection of poems, Blake contrasts Songs of Innocence, in which he shows how the human spirit blossoms when allowed its own free movement with Songs of Experience, in which he shows how the human spirit withers after it has been suppressed and forced to conform to rules, and doctrines.
  • Charles and Mary Lamb publish Tales from Shakespeare

    Tales from Shakespeare is an English children's book written by Charles Lamb with his sister Mary Lamb in 1807. Mary Lamb was responsible for the comedies, while Charles wrote the tragedies; they wrote the preface between them.
  • Brother's Grimm begin to publish Grimm's Fairytales

    A collection of German fairy tales first published in 1812 by the Grimm brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm. The first volume of the first edition was published, containing 86 stories. It took them many years to complete.
  • United States declares war on Great Britian

    The War of 1812 was a 32-month military conflict between the United States and the British Empire and their Indian allies which resulted in no territorial change, but a resolution of many issues which remained from the American War of Independence.
  • Jane Austen publishes Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England.
  • Mary Shelley, daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft, publishes Frankenstein

    A novel written by Mary Shelley about a creature produced by an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was nineteen, and the novel was published when she was twenty-one. The first edition was published anonymously in London in 1818.
  • Noah Webster publishes An American Dictionary of the English Language

    The name Webster's Dictionary may refer to any of the line of dictionaries first developed by Noah Webster in the early 19th century, and also to numerous unrelated dictionaries that added Webster's name just to share his prestige.
  • Victor Hugo publishes The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    The French title refers to the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, on which the story is centered, and is a metaphor for Esmeralda, the main character of the story.
  • Charles Darwin serves as naturalist on HMS Beagle during expedition along the coast of South America

    from 27 December 1831 to 2 October 1836, was the second survey expedition of HMS Beagle, under captain Robert FitzRoy who had taken over command of the ship on its first voyage after her previous captain committed suicide. The main purpose of the expedition was to conduct a hydrographic survey of the coasts of the southern part of South America as a continuation and correction of the work of previous surveys, to produce nautical charts showing navigational and sea depth information for the navy
  • Slavery is abolished in British Empire

    was an 1833 Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom abolishing slavery throughout the British Empire.In practical terms, however, only slaves below the age of six were freed in the colonies, as all former slaves over the age of six were redesignated as "apprentices", which was abolished in two stages; the first set of apprenticeships came to an end on 1 August 1838, while the final apprenticeships were scheduled to cease on 1 August 1840.