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  • Period: 450 to 1066

    Old English (Anglo-Saxon)

    The old period of English or Anglo-Saxon literature, thus known as being written in Old English, begins in the 5th century until the end of the year 1066
  • 680


    the oldest poet, monk in the double monastery, only one of his poem Hymn of Caedmon remains
  • Period: 701 to 800


    Anonymous Anglo-Saxon epic poem, its exact year is unknown, but because it is written in Anglo-Saxon, it is speculated that it was written in the 7th century
  • 731

    The Venerable Bede

    The Venerable Bede
    The Venerable Bede, in his monastery at Jarrow, completes his history of the English church and people.
  • 849

    King Alfred the Great

    he restored english culture, taught that you must learn Old English and then Latin in order to read the texts
  • Period: 1066 to 1500

    Middle English Period

    The Middle English period began in 1066 with William's Norman conquest of England until the 15th century, when the printing press was invented.
  • 1130

    King Arthur

    The Welsh author Geoffrey of Monmouth, between the years 1130 and 1136, was the first to give an account of the particular royal character in his work Historia Regum Britanniae.
  • 1370

    Piers Plowman

    allegorical narrative poem by William Langland. It is written in un-rhymed, alliterative verse divided into sections called passus
  • 1387

    canterbury tales

    Written by Geoffrey Chaucer, It's 24 Poems Where it tells the story of a pilgrim on a trip from London to Canterbury, one of the literary legacies of the Middle Ages.
  • 1469

    Le Morte d'Arthur

    prose reworking by Sir Thomas Malory of tales about the legendary King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table
  • Period: 1500 to

    The Renaissance

    In the Renaissance the printing press was introduced, popularizing literature a bit, it was characterized by having 4 periods such as the Elizabethan era, the Jacobean era, the Carolina era and the Commonwealth era.
  • 1510

    Erasmus and Thomas More

    Erasmus and Thomas More take the northern Renaissance in the direction of Christian humanism
  • 1558

    Elizabethan era

    Elizabethan era was considered the golden age of drama, having emblematic writers such as Christopher Marlowe: Tamburlaine (1587) - The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus (1610)
    Francis Bacon: Speech in praise of knowledge (1592)
    Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queene (1590)
    Sir Walter Raleigh: The Discovery of the large, rich, and beautiful Empire of Guiana (1595)
    William Shakespeare: Venus and Adonis, The Rape of Lucrece (1593) romeo and julieth (1597)
  • Jacobin era

    The Jacobin era is the second epoch of the Renaissance, at this time the most important works of Shakespeare are published, and great literary works also marked with a religious theme emerge.
  • main representatives of the Jacobean era

    John Donne: Devotions on Emergent Occasions (1624)
    Shakespeare: village (1601); Macbeth, othello (1603)
    Michael Drayton: The Harmony of the Church (1592)
    John Webster: The White Devil, (1612): The Duchess of Malfi, (1614)
    Elizabeth Cary: The Tragedy of Mariam, the Beautiful Queen of the Jews (1613)
    Ben Jonson: Every Man Out of His Mood (1599), Cynthia's Feasts (1600), The Poetter (1602).
    Lady Mary Wroth: Victory of Love (1620): The Countess of Urania de Montgomery (1621)
  • holy bible

    King James Bible translation distributed
  • Restoration literature

    The Carolina era was dominated by growing religious, political, and social discord between the king and his followers. John Milton: Paradise Lost (1667).
    John Wilmot: Sodom, or the Quintessence of Debauchery (1670)
  • Period: to

    The Neoclassical Period

    The entire seventeenth century is subject to a religious regime, which in turn marks religious texts as contradictory but anonymous for fear of reprimands. John Bunyan: the pilgrim (1675-1684)
    John Dryden - Writes satires and plays (1631-1700).
    Thomas Otway: The Mourning Wife (1697).
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    Restoration literature

    dominated by growing religious, political, and social discord between the king and his followers. John Milton: Paradise Lost (1667).
    John Wilmot: Sodom, or the Quintessence of Debauchery (1670)
  • Period: to


    at this time literature evolves towards more individual and original writings in search of personal identity.
  • Gothic fiction

    is a genre of literature and film that covers horror, death, and at times, romance Horace Walpole: The Castle of Otranto (1764)
    Matthew Lewis: The Monk: A Romance (3 vols, 1796, revised 1798)
    Anne Radcliffe: Romance of the Forest (1791).
  • Lake Poets

    with this work the beginning of romanticism is marked William Wordsworth: Lyrical Ballads, with a Few Other Poems. (1798)
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798)
    Robert Southey: John Bunyan (1830)
  • Pride and Prejudice

    novel of manners written by Jane Austen.
  • Cockney School

    It is the second romantic movement of the time Leigh Hunt: Three of the Canterbury Tales in The Poems of Geoffrey Chaucer (1841)
    John Keats: Lamia and other poems (1819)
    Percy Shelley: Prometheus Unbound (1819), the tragedy Los Cenci (1819)
    lord Byron: Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (1812–18); Don Juan (1819–24)
  • Period: to

    The Victorian Period

    It is a time when the great authors of the Elizabethan and Jacobin era have left and those who had already written their masterpieces, and the new writers had a tendency to moral rectitude and social growth.
  • Charles Dickens

    Posthumous papers of the Pickwick Club (1836-1837)
    Oliver Twist (1837-1839)
    Nicholas Nickleby (1838-1839)
    The Antique Shop (1840-1841)
    Barnaby Rudge (1841)
    A Christmas Carol (1843) (Christmas Song or A Christmas Carol)
    Martin Chuzzlewit (1843-1844)
    Dombey and son (1846-1848)
    David Copperfield (1849-1850)
    Desolate House (1852-1853)
    Hard Times (1854)
    Little Dorrit (1855-1857)
    A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
    Great Expectations (1860-1861)
    Our common friend (1864-1865)
    The Trackman (1866)
  • Charles Darwin

    On the Tendency of Species to form Varieties (1858)
    1859 - The Origin of Species (1859)
    1868 - Variation of Plants and Animals Under Domestication (1868)
    1871 - The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex (1871)
    1872 - The expression of emotions in anima (1872)
  • Oxford English Dictionary

    in 1884 that it began to be published in unbound fascicles as work continued on the project, Founded Mainly on the Materials Collected by The Philological Society. In 1895, the title The Oxford English Dictionary was first used unofficially on the covers of the series, In 1933, the title The Oxford English Dictionary fully replaced the former name in all occurrences in its reprinting as twelve volumes with a one-volume supplement.
  • Oscar Wilde

    The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)
    The Crime of Lord Arthur Saville and Other Stories (1891)
    The happy prince and other tales (1888)
  • Arthur Conan Doyle

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1891-92)
    The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, (1892-93)
    The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1903-04)
  • H. G. Wells

    The Time Machine (1895)
    The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896)
    The Invisible Man (1897)
    The War of the Worlds (1898)
  • L. Frank Baum

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
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    The Edwardian Period

    it is a short period marked by the beginning of the first world war
  • oseph Conrad

    Heart of Darkness (1902)
    The End of the Tether (1902)
  • A. C. Bradley

    Shakespearean Tragedy (1904)
  • Edward Morgan Forster

    Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905)
    A Room with a View (1908)
  • Arnold Bennett

    The Old Wives' Tale (1908)
    Riceyman Steps (1922)
  • Period: to

    The Georgian Period

    It is a time of poets without great English literary influence.
  • Frank harris

    My Life and Loves, (1922-1927, 1931, 1954, 1963)
  • Virginia Woolf

    Mrs. Dalloway (1925)
    To the Lighthouse (1927)
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    modern period

    The modern period begins after the First World War and remains until today, it has a bolder style, with a more dramatic narrative, some consider that it is linked to the postmodern period, but others conclude that it is the same but with a different trend after the second world war.
  • C. S. Lewis

    The Chronicles of Narnia
    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950)
    Prince Caspian (1951)
    The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)
    The Silver Chair (1953)
    The Horse and the Boy (1954)
    The magician's nephew (1955)
    The Last Battle (1956)
  • J. R. R. Tolkien

    the hobbit (1937)
    The Lord of the Rings (1955)
  • Harold Pinter

    The Birthday Party (1958)
    The Hothouse (1958)
  • Tom Stoppard

    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1968)
    Lord Malquist and Mr Moon (1966)
  • J. K. Rowling - Joanne Rowling

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997)
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998)
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999)
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000)
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (June 2003)
    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (July 2005)
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (July 2007)