Caracterizad by an oral tradition of epic poems, songs and poetry.
Ancient or Anglo-Saxon English literature was well established by pre-Christian Germanic settlers. One of the best-known works of this period of time is Beowulf, an epic poem about the Geatish warrior of the same name.
Venerable Bede, in his monastery in Jarrow, completes his history of the church and the English people.
Beowulf, the first great work of Germanic literature, mixes the legends of Scandinavia with the experience in England of the Anglos and Saxons
The Eddas material, which takes shape in Iceland, is derived from previous sources in Norway, Great Britain and Burgundy.
Period: 1066 to 1484
The language was a dialect of French descent with Germanic influencies, usually called Anglo-Norman.
1300 Duns Scotus
known as Doctor Sutle in medieval times, later gives humanists the name Dunsman or dunce.
1340 William Ockham
advocates reducing arguments to the essentials, an approach later known as Ockham's Razor.
1367 William Langland
A narrator who calls himself Will, and whose name may be Langland, begins Piers Plowman's epic poem.
begins an ambitious plan for 100 Canterbury Tales, of which he only turns 24 by the time of his death.
Period: 1485 to
The English Renaissance saw the emergence of the mercantile class in Great Britain. Mathematics, science, technology, education and exploration became more accessible to the masses.
1524 William Tyndale
studies at the University of Wittenberg and plans to translate the Bible into English
first play, Tamburlaine the Great, presents the shocking blank verse of the Elizabethan and Jacobean drama.
Is central character in Hamlet expresses both the ideals of the Renaissance and the disappointment of a less confident era.
1616 jhon Smith
John Smith publishes A Description of New England, a review of his exploration of the region in 1614
1637 jhon Milton
Lycidas by John Milton is published in memory of a friend of Cambridge, Edward King
Neoclassical writers tried to imitate the style of the Romans and Greeks, "Neo", which means "new" and "classical", which refers to classic works. This era was the starting point of the modern middle class and the tradition of afternoon tea.
1690 john Locke
publishes his essay on human understanding, arguing that all knowledge is based on experience.
1749 Henry Fielding
presents a character of lasting appeal in the scruffy but good-hearted Tom Jones
1770 Thomas Chatterton
who was later hailed as an important poet, commits suicide in an attic in London.
1795 Tomas Paine
publishes his complete Age of Reason, an attack on conventional Christianity.
Romanticism went from reason, logic and science to a belief in the senses. Feelings, imagination and experiences were valued above all else.
1810 Percy Bysshe Shelley
He was an English writer, essayist and romantic poet. Among his most famous works are:
Ozymandias, Ode to the West Wind, A Lark and The Mask of Anarchy.
1817 john Keats
He wrote long narrative poems. He is recognized for his brief poetry with the use of the sonnet or odes. In them he talks about the human being, time and art, giving free laughing to his feelings. "Endymion" one of his poems is a tribute to Greek culture.
1819 Walter Scott
One of the greatest exponents in this field. It dealt with themes set in the Middle Ages.
The characters and heroes he talks about in his novels are not idealized.
1824 Lord Byron
He liked exotic and constant provocation. His extensive works were a clear example of his state of mind and his vision of the world.
"The pilgrimages of the young Harold.
The privateer" or the "The Prisoner of Chillon"
"Don Juan." One of his masterpieces.
Beginning with the coronation of Queen Victoria and culminating in the year of her death, the Victorian era saw a battle between the romantic / Gothic and neoclassical / Enlightenment ideas.
1847 Emily Bronte
A writer and romantic woman. For a long time she was writing under a masculine pseudonym, Ellis Bell, to avoid the strong difficulties that 19th-century women had in working or writing, as is the case.
1852 Peter Mark Roget
London physician Peter Mark Roget publishes his dictionary of synonyms, the Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases.
1859 George Elio
English author George Eliot gains fame with his first full-length novel, Adam Bede
1870 Charles Dickens
He is the creator of one of the best-known characters in the world. Dickens' style is poetic with a strong comic tone. His satires constantly attack the British aristocracy
1894 George Maurier
French artist and author George du Maurier publishes his novel Trilby
The British modernist authors had a sense of betrayal after being devastated by two world wars in Europe. They lost faith in their institutions of government, in what they once believed and now saw them lead to bloody conflicts.
1902 Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling publishes Just So Stories for Little Children
1914 James Joyce
James Joyce's novel, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, begins a serial publication in a London newspaper, The Egoist.
1927 Henry Williamson
wins a large number of readers with Tarka the Otter, a realistic story of the life and death of an otter in Devon
1936 john Maynard Keynes
defines his economy in the General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money.
1955 Kingsley Amis
Kingsley Amis and other young writers in Great Britain are known as Angry Young Men.
1961 Roald Dahl
British author Roald Dahl publishes a novel for children, James and the Giant Peach
1978 Iris Murdoch
Iris Murdoch publishes The Sea, the Sea, and wins the Booker Prize 1978
1984 Julián Barnes
English author Julian Barnes publishes a multifaceted literary novel, Flaubert's Parrot.
1994 Louis Bernieres
Louis de Bernières publishes Captain Corelli's Mandolin, a love story set in Cephalonia occupied by the Italians
1998 Michael Frany
Michael Frayn's play in Copenhagen dramatizes Werner Heisenberg's visit to Niels Bohr in Denmark during the war