Timeline of British Literature- Authors and Works

Timeline created by allibert
  • 500

    Four Ballads

    Four different ballads, circa the Medieval Times
    Unknown authors and dates
    Two Corbies
    Lord Randall
    Get Up and Bar the Door
    Barbara Allen
  • Jan 1, 600

    Beowulf

    Circa 600 A.D.
    Unknown Author
    This epic poem is the self-portrait of a culture. Beowulf conveys the dreams, aspirations, and fears of the Anglo-Saxon people.
  • May 6, 673

    Bede

    Bede
    Author
    Lived from 673-735
    Wrote:
    History of the English Church
    and
    The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
  • Jan 1, 975

    The Seafarer

    Circa 975
    Unknown Author
    The Seafarer is a story from within The Exeter Book.
  • Jan 1, 1000

    The Wanderer

    Circa 1000 A.D.
    Unknown Author
    From The Exeter Book
  • Jan 1, 1072

    The Exeter Book

    Circa 880
    Collection of mauscripts passed down through oral tradition.
  • May 7, 1304

    Francesco Petrarch

    Poet
    Lived 1304-1374
    Wrote
    Sonnet 18
    and
    Sonnet 28
  • May 6, 1343

    Geoffrey Chaucer

    Geoffrey Chaucer
    Author
    Lived 1343-1400
    Wrote:
    The Book of the Duchess
    and
    The Canterbury Tales
  • May 6, 1405

    Sir Thomas Mallory

    Sir Thomas Mallory
    Author
    Lived 1405-1471
    Wrote:
    Morte d' Arthur
    and
    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • May 6, 1423

    Margaret Paston

    Author
    Lived 1423-1484
    Wrote:
    Letters of Margaret Paston
  • May 7, 1477

    Sir Thomas More

    Sir Thomas More
    Author
    Lived 1477-1535
    Wrote:
    Utopia
  • May 7, 1533

    Elizabeth I

    Elizabeth I
    Author
    Lived 1533-1603
    Wrote:
    Speech Before Her Troops
  • May 6, 1552

    Edmund Spenser

    Edmund Spenser
    Author and Poet
    Lived 1552-1599
    Wrote:
    The Faerie Queen
    Sonnet 1
    Sonnet 35
    and
    Sonnet 75
  • May 6, 1554

    Sir Phillip Sidney

    Sir Phillip Sidney
    Author and Poet
    Lived 1554-1586
    Wrote:
    Sonnet 31
    and
    Sonnet 39
  • May 6, 1554

    Sir Walter Raleigh

    Sir Walter Raleigh
    Poet
    Lived 1554-1618
    Wrote:
    The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd
  • May 6, 1564

    Christopher Marlowe

    Christopher Marlowe
    Poet
    Lived 1564-1593
    Wrote:
    Tamburlaine
    and
    The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
  • May 7, 1564

    William Shakespeare

    William Shakespeare
    Author
    Lived 1564-1616
    Wrote:
    Sonnet 29
    Sonnet 106
    Sonnet 116
    Sonnet 130
    A MidSummer's Nights Dream
    and
    Macbeth
  • May 7, 1569

    Amelia Lanier

    Author
    Lived 1569-1645
    Wrote:
    Eve's Apology in Defense of Women
  • May 7, 1572

    John Donne

    John Donne
    Poet
    Lived 1572-1631
    Wrote:
    Song
    A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
    Holy Sonnet 10
    and
    Meditation 17
  • May 7, 1572

    Ben Jonson

    Ben Jonson
    Poet
    Lived 1572-1637
    Wrote:
    On My First Song
    Still to Be Neat
    and
    Song: To Celia
  • Robert Herrick

    Robert Herrick
    Poet
    Lived 1591-1674
    Wrote:
    To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time
  • John Milton

    John Milton
    Poet
    Lived 1608-1674
    Wrote:
    Sonnet VII
    Sonnet XIX
    and
    Paradise Lost
  • Sir John Suckling

    Sir John Suckling
    Poet
    Lived 1609-1642
    Wrote:
    Song
  • The King James Bible

    Completed in 1611
    This bible is the English translation of of the Bible
    Includes:
    Psalm 23
    The Sermon on the Mount
    and
    The Parable of the Prodigal Son
  • Richard Lovelace

    Richard Lovelace
    Author
    Lived 1618-1657
    Wrote:
    To Lucasta, on Going to the Wars
    and To Althea, from Prison
  • Andrew Marvell

    Andrew Marvell
    Poet
    Lived 1621-1678
    Wrote:
    To His Coy Mistress
  • Samuel Pepys

    Samuel Pepys
    Author
    Lived 1633-1703
    Wrote:
    The Diary
  • Matsuo Basho

    Matsuo Basho
    Poet
    Lived 1644-1694
    Wrote:
    Haiku
  • Daniel Defoe

    Author
    Lived 1660-1731
    Wrote:
    A Journal of the Plague Year
  • Anne Finch, Countes of Winchilsea

    Author
    Lived 1661-1720
    Wrote:
    A Nocturnal Reverie
  • Jonathan Swift

    Jonathan Swift
    Author
    Lived 1667-1745
    Wrote:
    Gulliver's Travels
    and
    A Modest Proposal
  • Joseph Addison

    Joseph Addison
    Author
    Lived 1672-1719
    Wrote:
    The Aims of the Spectator
  • Alexander Pope

    Author
    Lived 1688-1744
    Wrote:
    An Essay on Man
    and
    The Rape of the Lock
  • Samuel Johnson

    Samuel Johnson
    Author
    Lived 1709-1784
    Wrote:
    A Dictionary of the English Language
    and
    On Spring
  • Thomas Gray

    Author
    Lived 1706-1771
    Wrote:
    Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
  • Yaso Buson

    Poet
    Lived 1716-1784
    Wrote:
    Haiku
  • James Boswell

    Author
    Lived 1740-1795
    Wrote:
    Life of Samuel Johnson
  • William Blake

    Poet
    Lived 1757-1827
    Wrote:
    The Lamb
    The Tyger
    The Chimney Sweeper
    and
    Infant Sorrow
  • Robert Burns

    Poet
    Lived 1759-1796
    Wrote:
    To a Mouse
    and
    To a Louse
  • Joanna Baillie

    Poet
    Lived 1762-1851
    Wrote:
    Woo'd and Married and A'
  • Kobayashi Issa

    Poet
    Lived 1763-1828
    Wrote:
    Haiku
  • Wiliam Wordsworth

    Poet
    Lived 1770-1850
    Wrote:
    Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey
    The Prelude
    The World Is Too Much With Us
    and
    London, 1802
  • Sydney Smith

    Author
    Lived 1771-1845
    Wrote:
    Progress in Personal Comfort
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    Poet
    Lived 1772-1834
    Wrote:
    The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
    and
    Kubla Khan
  • Jane Austen

    Author
    Lived 1775-1817
    Wrote:
    On Making an Agreeable Marriage
    Pride and Prejudice
    Emma
    and
    Sense and Sensibility
  • George Gordon, Lord Byron

    Author
    Lived 1788-1824
    Wrote:
    She Walks in Beauty
    Apostrophe to the Ocean
    and
    Don Juan
    Speech to Parliament: In Defense of the Lower Classes
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley

    Author
    Lived 1792-1822
    Wrote:
    Ozymandias
    Ode to the West Wind
    A Song: "Men of England"
    and
    To a Skylark
  • John Keats

    Poet
    Lived 1795-1821
    Wrote:
    On First Looking into Chapmans's Homer
    When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be
    Ode to a Nightingale
    and
    Ode on a Grecian Urn
  • Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

    Author
    Lived 1797-1851
    Wrote:
    Frankenstein
  • Heinrich Heine

    Poet
    Lived 1797-1856
    Wrote:
    The Lorelei
  • Thomas Babington Macaulay

    Author
    Lived 1800-1859
    Wrote:
    On the Passing of the Reform Bill
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning

    Poet
    Lived 1806-1861
    Wrote:
    Sonnet 43
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson

    Author
    Lived 1809-1892
    Wrote:
    In Memoriam, A.H.H.
    The Lady of Shalott
    The Princess: Tears, Idle Tears
    and
    Ulysses
  • Robert Browning

    Poet
    Lived 1812-1889
    Wrote:
    My Last Duchess
    Life in a Love
    and
    Love Among the Ruins
  • Charles Dickins

    Author
    Lived 1812-1870
    Wrote:
    Hard Times
  • Charlotte Bronte

    Author
    Lived 1816-1855
    Wrote:
    Jane Eyre
  • Emily Bronte

    Author
    Lived 1818-1848
    Wrote:
    Wuthering Heights
    and
    Remembrance
  • Matthew Arnold

    Matthew Arnold
    Author
    Lived 1812-1888
    Wrote:
    Dover Beach
  • Mary Chesnut

    Mary Chesnut
    Author
    Lived 1823-1886
    Wrote:
    Civil War
  • Thomas Hardy

    Author and Poet
    Lived 1840-1928
    Wrote:
    The Darkling Tush
    Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave?
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins

    Poet
    Lived 1844-1889
    Wrote:
    God's Grandeur
    and
    Spring and Fall: To a Young Child
  • Conidition of Ireland: Illustrations of the New Poor-Law

    Published in The Illustrated London News
  • Joseph Conrad

    Author
    Lived 1857-1924
    Wrote:
    The Lagoon
  • A.E. Housman

    Poet
    Lived 1859-1936
    Wrote:
    To an Athlete Dying Young
    and
    When I was One-and-Twenty
  • Rudyard Kipling

    Author and Poet
    Lived 1865-1936
    Wrote:
    Recessional
    and
    The Widow at Windsor
  • William Butler Yeats

    Poet
    Lived 1865-1939
    Wrote:
    When You Are Old
    The Lake Isle of Innisfree
    The Wild Swans at Coole
    The Second Coming
    and
    Sailing to Byzantium
  • Mohandas K. Ghandi

    Author
    Lived 1869-1948
    Wrote:
    Defending Nonviolent Resistance
  • Saki (H.H. Munro)

    Poet
    Lived 1870-1916
    Wrote: Birds on the Western Front
  • Sir Winston Churchill

    Author
    Lived 1874-1965
    Wrote:
    Wartime Speech
  • James Joyce

    James Joyce
    Author
    Lived 1882-1941
    Wrote:
    Araby
  • Virginia Woolf

    Author
    Lived 1882-1941
    Wrote:
    The Lady in the Looking Glass: A Reflection
  • D.H. Lawrence

    D.H. Lawrence
    Author
    Lived 1885-1930
    Wrote:
    The Rocking-Horse Winner
  • Siegfried Sassoon

    Poet
    Lived 1886-1967
    Wrote:
    Wirers
  • Rupert Brooke

    Poet
    Lived 1887-1915
    Wrote:
    The Soldier
  • T.S. Eliot

    Poet
    Lived 1888-1965
    Wrote:
    Preludes
    Journey of the Magi
    and
    The Hollow Men
  • Wilfred Owen

    Poet
    Lived 1893-1918
    Wrote:
    Anthem for Doomed Youth
  • E.E. Cummings

    Poet
    Lived 1894-1962
    Wrote:
    Anyone Lived in a Pretty How Town
  • Elizabeth Bowen

    Author
    Lived 1899-1973
    Wrote:
    The Demon Lover
  • Jorge Luis Borges

    Author and Poet
    Lived 1899-1986
    Wrote:
    The Book of Sand
  • Stevie Smith

    Poet
    Lived 1902-1971
    Wrote:
    Not Waving but Drowning
  • George Orwell

    Author and Poet
    Lived 1903-1950
    Wrote:
    Shooting an Elephant
    and
    Animal Farm
  • Pablo Neruda

    Pablo Neruda
    Poet
    Lived 1904-1973
    Wrote:
    Sonnet 89
  • Graham Greene

    Author
    Lived 1904-1991
    Wrote:
    A Shocking Accident
  • W.H. Auden

    Poet
    Lived 1907-1973
    In Memory of W.B. Yeats
    and
    Musee des Beaux Arts
  • Louis MacNeice

    Poet
    Lievd 1907-1963
    Wrote:
    Carrick Revisited
  • Stephen Spender

    Poet
    Lived 1909-1995
    Wrote:
    Not Palaces
  • Dylan Thomas

    Poet
    Lived 1914-1953
    Wrote:
    Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
    and
    Fern Hill
  • Arthur C. Clarke

    Author
    Born 1917
    Wrote:
    We'll Never Conquer Space
  • Muriel Spark

    Author
    Born 1918
    Wrote:
    The First Year of My Life
  • Dorris Lessing

    Author
    Born 1919
    Wrote:
    No Witchcraft for Sale
  • Phillip Larkin

    Poet
    Lived 1922-1985
    Wrote:
    An Arundel Tomb
    and
    The Explosion
  • Nadine Gordimer

    Author
    Born 1923
    Wrote:
    The Train from Rhodesia
  • James Berry

    Poet
    Born 1925
    Wrote:
    Lucy Englad' Lady
    Freedom
    and
    Time Removed
  • Ted Hughes

    Author
    Lived 1930-1998
    Wrote:
    The Horses
    and
    the Rain Horse
  • Derek Walcott

    Poet
    Born 1930
    Wrote:
    Midsummer XXIII
    Omeros, from Chapter XXVIII
  • Tom Wolfe

    Author
    Born in 1930
    Wrote:
    The Right Stuff
  • Peter Redgrove

    Poet
    Lived 1932-2003
    Wrote:
    On the Patio
  • V.S. Naipaul

    Author
    Born 1932
    Wrote:
    B. Wordsworth
  • Anita Desai

    Author
    Born 1937
    Wrote:
    A Devoted Son
  • Seamus Heaney

    Seamus Heaney
    Poet
    Born 1939
    Wrote:
    Follower
    and
    Two Lorries
  • Eavan Boland

    Poet
    Born 1944
    Wrote:
    Outside History
  • Anna Quindlen

    Author
    Born in 1953
    Wrote:
    Homeless
  • Period:
    449
    to
    Jan 1, 1485

    The Old English and Medieval Periods

    The Old English period is also refered to as the Anglo-Saxon period. Old English is language from the middle of the 5th to the beginning of the 12th century.
    Middle English is the name given by historical linguists to the diverse forms of the English language in use between the late 11th century and the 1480s. Famous quote:
    "Who pulleth our this sword of this stone and anvil, is rightwise king born of all England."
    -Sir Thomas Mallory, Morte d' Arthur
  • Period:
    Jan 2, 1485
    to

    The English Renaissance Period

    The literature from the English Renaissance is one of the more exciting and dynamic times in British History. Some of the authors and works from this period revolutionized writing in Britain. Famous Quote:
    "What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculties! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angle!"
    -William Shakespeare, Hamlet
  • Period: to

    the 17th and 18th Centuries

    Literature from the 17th and 18th centuries covers a turbulent time in English history.
    A sense of deep disquiet and of traditions under challenge is felt everywhere in the literary culture of the early 17th century.
    The 18th century saw the development of the modern novel as a literary genre. Famous Quote:
    "Methinks I see in my noble mind...nation rousing herself like a strong man after sleep, and shaking her invincible locks."
    -John Milton, Areopagitica
  • Period: to

    The Romantic Period

    The literature from the Romantic Period illustrates a transition from discovery of the outer world to understanding of one's inner world. These works celebrate both the hearts and minds of British literature's rebels and dreamers. Famous Quote:
    "Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher."
    -William Wordsworth, The Tables Turned
  • Period: to

    The Victorian Period

    The literature from the Victorian Period reflects the rise and fall of British power during the Victorian era.
  • Period: to

    The Modern and Postmodern Periods

    Literature from the Modern and Postmodern periods responds to the quickly changing modern world-wars, technology, society, etc. It also shows that stories about human joy and struggle come from all around the world. Famous Quote:
    "We are living at one of the fraet turning points of history... Yesterday, we split the atom. We assaulted the colossal citadel of power, the tiny unit of the substance of the universe..."
    -Doris Lessing, The Small Personal Voice