Chronological overview of English literature_Luis Felipe Palacios Medina

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  • Period: 450 to 1066

    Old English (Anglo-Saxon)

  • 650


    He was an uneducated cowherd who had a vision in which a voice admonished him to sing the praises of the creation.
  • 849

    Alfred, King

    he made good laws and believed education was important.
  • 955


    a Latin grammar with glossary which was compiled in English.
  • 1000


    Author of four Old English poems preserved in late 10th-century manuscripts. Elene and The Fates of the Apostles are in the Vercelli Book, and The Ascension (which forms the second part of a trilogy, Christ, and is also called Christ II) and Juliana are in the Exeter Book.
  • Period: 1066 to 1500

    Middle English Period

  • 1340


    He composed dream visions such as The Book of the Duchess, The Legend of Good Women and The Parliament of Fowls, as well as Troilus and Criseyde – the great exploration of love and loss set during the Trojan War. He also produced philosophical and scientific works: he translated the Consolation of Philosophy, by the Roman senator and philosopher Boethius (c. 480–524 CE), and he wrote a treatise – a kind of how-to guide – on the astrolabe, which was an astronomical device.
  • 1405

    Thomas Malory

    The author of Le Morte Darthur, the first prose account in English of the rise and fall of the legendary king Arthur and the fellowship of the Round Table
  • 1460

    Robert Henryson

    Henryson’s longest work is The Morall Fabillis of Esope the Phrygian, Compylit in Eloquent & Ornate Scottis, a version of 13 fables based mainly on John Lydgate and William Caxton and running to more than 400 seven-line stanzas.
  • Period: 1500 to

    The Renaissance

  • 1552

    Edmund Spenser

    Spenser's masterpiece is the epic poem The Faerie Queene
  • 1554

    Sir Walter Raleigh

    A Vision Upon This Conceit of The Fairy Queen. A description of love
  • Period: 1558 to

    Elizabethan Age

  • 1561

    Francis Bacon

    Scientific works
    The Great Instauration
    Novum Organum (New Method)
    Advancement of Learning (Partition of Sciences)
    Valerius Terminus: of the Interpretation of Nature
    History of Life and Death
    Religious and literary works
    The New Atlantis Religious and literary works
    The New Atlantis
    The Wisdom of the Ancients
    Masculine Birth of Time
    Meditationes Sacrae
    Theological Tracts
  • 1563

    Michael Drayton

    Englands Heroicall Epistles was the most popular of Drayton’s works
  • 1564

    Christopher Marlowe

    Dido, Queen of Carthage
    Doctor Faustus
    The Massacre at Paris
  • 1564

    William Shakespeare

    Works The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Othello, King Lear, Mid-Summer Night’s Dream, Macbeth and Hamlet.
  • 1572

    John Donne

    Works Biathanatos
    Ignatius His Conclave
    An Anatomy of the World
    The First Anniversary
    Devotions upon Emergent Occasions
  • 1572

    Ben Jonson

    Works: A Tale of a Tub,

    The Isle of Dogs,
    The Case is Altered,
    Every Man in His Humour,
    Every Man out of His Humour,
    Cynthia's Revels
    The Poetaster,

    Sejanus His Fall,

    Eastward Ho, comedy
  • 1577

    Robert Burton

    His works:
    "The Alchemist"
  • 1580

    John Webster

    Works: The Malcontent
    Northward Ho

    The Famous History of Sir Thomas Wyatt

    Westward Ho
    The White Devil
    A Monumental Column
    The Devil's Law Case
    The Duchess of Malfi

    Monuments of Honour

    Appius and Virginia

    A Cure for a Cuckold

    Anything for a Quiet Life
  • Elizabeth Cary

    the most important work was: The Tragedy of Mariam
  • Lady Mary Wroth

    Works: Love's Victory
    pastoral closet drama
    The Countess of Montgomery's Urania - (The first extant prose romance by an English woman)
  • Thomas Hobbes

    Latin translation of Euripides' Medea (lost).
    "A Discourse of Tacitus", "A Discourse of Rome", and "A Discourse of Laws." In The Horae Subsecivae: Observation and Discourses.
    "De Mirabilis Pecci, Being the Wonders of the Peak in Darby-shire" — a poem on the Seven Wonders of the Peak
    Eight Books of the Peloponnesian Warre, translation with an Introduction of Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War
    A Short Tract on First Principles.
  • George Herbert

    His works:
    The Temple,
    The Country Parson,
    Jacula Prudentum
  • Period: to

    The Neoclassical Period

  • Period: to

    The Jacobean Age

  • Thomas Percy

  • John Milton

    His work "Paradise Lost"
  • Thomas Fuller

    David's Heinous Sinne, Heartie Repentance
    Heavie Punishment, Fuller published a poem on the subject of David and Bathsheba.
    The Historie of the Holy Warre, Broadwindsor, compiled history of the crusades.
    Joseph's party-coloured Coat, his first published volume of sermons
  • Abraham Cowley

    Cowley's Works
  • Andrew Marvell

    His works: "To His Coy Mistress",
    "The Garden",
    "An Horatian Ode"
  • Period: to

    The Caroline Age

  • Period: to

    The Commonwealth Period

  • Daniel Defoe

  • John Bunyan

    is best known for his famous allegorical works, Pilgrim’s Progress and The Holy War, his autobiographical Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners and his allegorical novel The Life and Death of Mr. Badman.
  • Aphra Behn

    Works: The Forc'd Marriage
    The Amorous Prince, or, The Curious Husband
    The Dutch Lover
    The Town Fop or, Sir Timothy Tawdry
    The Rover
    Sir Patient Fancy
    The Feigned Courtesans
    The Young King
    The False Count
  • John Locke

  • Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

  • Samuel Richardson

  • John Dryden

    Works: The Wild Gallant,
    The Rival Ladies,
    The Indian Queen,
    The Indian Emperor, or the Conquest of Mexico by the Spaniards
    Secret Love, or the Maiden Queen
    Sir Martin Mar-all, or the Feigned Innocence
    The Tempest, or the Enchanted Island
    An Evening's Love, or the Mock Astrology
  • William Congreve

    The Old Batchelor, The Double-Dealer, Love for Love; Volume II: The Mourning Bride, The Way of the World, The Judgement of Paris, Semele, Poems; Volume III: Incognita, Prose, Letters
  • Samuel Johnson

  • Laurence Sterne

  • Samuel Butler

    famous as the author of Hudibras, the most memorable burlesque poem in the English language
  • Edmund Burke

  • William Cowper

  • Edward Gibbon

  • James Boswell

  • Hester Lynch Thrale

  • Henry Fielding

  • Tobias Smollett

  • Period: to

    The Romantic Period

  • William Beckford.

    He is remembered as author of the Gothic novel Vathek, builder of the lost Fonthill Abbey in Wiltshire and of Lansdown Tower ("Beckford's Tower") in Bath, and above all for his art collection.
  • William Blake,

    Works: Songs of Innocence and of Experience[1] is a collection of illustrated poems by William Blake.
  • Anne Radcliffe

    her literary reputation, today, rests largely on the three Gothic romances that she published during the turbulent, post-French Revolutionary decade of 1790s: The Romance of the Forest, Interspersed with Some Pieces of Poetry in 1791; The Mysteries of Udolpho
  • Samuel Taylor

    Works: The Watchman
    The Friend
    Lay Sermons
  • Mary Wollstonecraft

    Among Wollstonecraft's late notable works are Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, a travelogue with a sociological and philosophical bent, and Maria; or, The Wrongs of Woman
  • Matthew Lewis

    He was frequently referred to as "Monk" Lewis, because of the success of his 1796 Gothic novel The Monk.
  • William Wordsworth

    William Wordsworth wrote most of his major works during the “great decade”
  • Jane Austen

    works: Sense and Sensibility
    Pride and Prejudice
    Mansfield Park
    Northanger Abbey
    Lady Susan
  • Lord Byron,

    Among his best-known works are the lengthy narrative poems Don Juan and Childe Harold's Pilgrimage; many of his shorter lyrics in Hebrew Melodies also became popular.
  • John Keats

    Keats left London briefly for a trip to the Isle of Wight and Canterbury and began work on Endymion, his first long poem.
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley,

    Among his best-known works are "Ozymandias", "Ode to the West Wind" , "To a Skylark", and the political ballad “The Mask of Anarchy”
  • Mary Shelley

    best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus. She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley.
  • Charles Lamb

    best known for his Essays of Elia and for the children's book Tales from Shakespeare, co-authored with his sister, Mary Lamb (1764–1847).
  • Thomas Carlyle

    Signs of the Times. The Victorian Web
    Sartor Resartus. Project Gutenberg
    The French Revolution: A History. Project Gutenberg
    Chartism. Google Books
    (On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and The Heroic in History. Project Gutenberg
    Past and Present. Project Gutenberg
  • Period: to

    The Victorian Period

  • Charles Dickens,

    Among Charles Dickens's many works are the novels The Pickwick Papers , Oliver Twist , A Christmas Carol , David Copperfield , Bleak House , and Great Expectations
  • Alfred Lord Tennyson,

    Tennyson published Poems, in two volumes, one containing a revised selection and the other, new poems. The new poems included “Morte d’Arthur,” “The Two Voices,” “Locksley Hall,” and “The Vision of Sin” and other poems that reveal a strange naïveté, such as “The May Queen,” “Lady Clara Vere de Vere,” and “The Lord of Burleigh.”
  • Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning

    remembered for such poems as "How Do I Love Thee?" and Aurora Leigh
  • Charlotte and Emily Bronte

    English novelist and poet who produced but one novel, Wuthering Heights, a highly imaginative work of passion and hate set on the Yorkshire moors.
  • William Makepeace Thackeray

    English novelist whose reputation rests chiefly on Vanity Fair , a novel of the Napoleonic period in England, and The History of Henry Esmond, Esq, set in the early 18th century.
  • Matthew Arnold

    The Strayed Reveller and Other Poems
    'The Forsaken Merman'
    'The Sick King in Bokhara'
    Empedocles on Etna and other Poems
    "The Buried Life"
    "Empedocles on Etna"
    Lines in Kensington gardens"
    'Tristram and Iseult'
    "Summer Night"
  • Elizabeth Gaskell

    Among Gaskell's best known novels are Cranford, North and South, and Wives and Daughters, each having been adapted for television by the BBC
  • George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)

    Her major works include Adam Bede, The Mill on the Floss, Silas Marner, Middlemarch, and Daniel Deronda.
  • Anthony Trollope

    Trollope's Palliser series: Can You Forgive Her?, Phineas Finn, The Eustace Diamonds, Phineas Redux, The Prime Minister and The Duke's Children were well-received, and he also produced insightful novels on political and social issues of the day during this time.
  • Thomas Hardy

    The Poor Man and the Lady
    Under the Greenwood Tree: A Rural Painting of the Dutch School
    Far from the Madding Crowd
    The Return of the Native
    The Mayor of Casterbridge: The Life and Death of a Man of Character
    The Woodlanders
  • John Ruskin

    His work increasingly focused on social and political issues. Unto This Last marked the shift in emphasis. Ruskin became the first Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Oxford, where he established the Ruskin School of Drawing. he began his monthly "letters to the workmen and labourers of Great Britain", published under the title Fors Clavigera
  • Samuel Butler

    He is best known for the satirical utopian novel Erewhon and the semi-autobiographical The Way of All Flesh, published posthumously in 1903.
  • Christina Rossetti

    She wrote the words of two Christmas carols well known in the UK: "In the Bleak Midwinter", later set by Gustav Holst and by Harold Darke, and "Love Came Down at Christmas"
  • Walter Pater

    "Marius the Epicurean" is his most substantial work
  • Thomas De Quincey

    The Works of Thomas De Quincey appeared in fourteen volumes in 1889 and 1890. Yet De Quincey's writings were so voluminous and widely dispersed that further collections followed: two volumes of The Uncollected Writings , and two volumes of Posthumous Works
  • Joseph Conrad

    during which time he composed The Nigger of the Narcissus, Youth, Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, Nostromo, The Secret Agent, and Under Western Eyes, among other works.
  • Rudyard Kipling

    Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book, Kim, and many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King".
  • James Barrie

    Some works:
    Quality Street
    The Admirable Crichton
    Little Mary
    Alice Sit-by-the-Fire
  • Period: to

    The Edwardian Period (1901–1914)

  • Alfred Noyes

    his first collection of poetry, The Loom of Years, was published when he was only 21 years old, and received compliments from esteemed poets such as George Meredith and William Butler Yeats.
  • William Butler Yeats

    Some of his works: Cathleen Ní Houlihan,
    Ideas of Good and Evil
    In the Seven Woods,
    Where There is Nothing,
    The Hour Glass, play,
    The Hour-Glass; Cathleen ni Houlihan
  • Henry James

    Some of his works: The Golden Bowl
    “The Aspern Papers”
    The Ambassadors
  • John Galsworthy.

    Notable works include "The Forsyte Saga" and its sequels, A Modern Comedy and End of the Chapter. He won the Nobel Prize
  • H.G. Wells

    His most notable science fiction works include The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man , The War of the Worlds and the military science fiction The War in the Air
  • Period: to

    The Georgian Period

  • Joseph Conrad

    During which time he composed The Nigger of the Narcissus, Youth, Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, Nostromo, The Secret Agent, and Under Western Eyes, among other works.
  • George Bernard Shaw

    Shaw's most financially successful work, Pygmalion, was adapted into the popular Broadway musical My Fair Lady
  • W.H. Davies

    Davies produced 4 novels, including The True Traveller and The Adventures of Johnny Walker, Tramp ; other prose works included Beggars, Nature and My Birds and my Garden
  • Ralph Hodgson

    His private press, "At the Sign of the Flying Fame," played host to several of his poems as chapbooks and broadsides. These included "The Song of Honour , " and "The Bull,
  • D.H. Lawrence

  • Rupert Brooke

    His most famous work, the sonnet sequence 1914 and Other Poems,
  • Period: to

    The Modern Period

  • Ford Madox Ford

    One of Ford's most famous works is the novel The Good Soldier. Set just before World War I
  • Dorothy Richardson

  • T.S. Eliot

  • Wilfred Owens

    His best known poems include "Anthem for Doomed Youth", "Futility", "Dulce Et Decorum Est", "The Parable of the Old Men and the Young" and "Strange Meeting".
  • Edward Marsh

    He became Rupert Brooke's literary executor, editing Brooke's Collected Poems
  • W.B. Yeats

  • James Joyce

  • E.M. Forster

  • Virginia Woolf

  • John Masefield

    Among his best known works are the children's novels The Midnight Folk and The Box of Delights, and the poems The Everlasting Mercy and "Sea-Fever".
  • Aldous Huxley

  • Dylan Thomas

  • Graham Greene

  • W.H. Auden, Seamus Heaney

  • Period: to

    The Postmodern Period (1945–?)

  • Robert Graves

    he published numerous works, including: King Jesus, The White Goddess, Seven Days in New Crete , The Nazarene Gospel Restored with Joshua Podro, The Greek Myths, and Catacrok! Mostly Stories, Mostly Funny, and The Hebrew Myths
  • Doris Lessing

  • Samuel Beckett

    Notable works: Murphy
    Malone Dies
    The Unnamable
    Waiting for Godot
    Krapp's Last Tape
    How It Is
    Happy Days
  • Joseph Heller

    Notable works: Catch-22,
    Something Happened
  • John Fowles

    Notable works:
    The Collector
    The Magus
    The French Lieutenant's Woman
  • Coleridge,

    Works: Aids to Reflection
    On the Constitution of the Church and State
    Shorter Works and Fragments
    Table Talk
    Opus Maximum
  • Penelope M. Lively

    she is a British writer of fiction for both children and adults Notable works:
    The Whispering Knights
    The Wild Hunt of Hagworthy
    The Driftway
    The Ghost of Thomas Kempe – Carnegie Medal
  • Iain Banks

    Notable works: Wasp Factory
    Walking on Glass
    The Bridge
    Espedair Street
    Canal Dreams
    The Crow Road
  • Anthony Burgess

    In total, he wrote thirty-three novels and more than twenty-five works of non-fiction, including two volumes of autobiography, Little Wilson and Big God and You've Had Your Time