History of English Literature

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In History
  • 450

    Old English

    Old English
    Starts the old English period
  • 731

    History of the English church and people

    History of the English church and people
    The venerable Bede
  • 800


    The first great work of Germanic literature, mingles the legends of Scandinavia with the experience in England of Angles and Saxons
  • 1066

    Middle English

    Middle English
    Ends the old English period, starts the middle english.
  • 1367

    Piers Plowman.

    Piers Plowman.
    A narrator who calls himself Will, and whose name may be Langland, begins the epic poem of Piers Plowman
  • 1375

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

     Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    This poem tells of a mysterious visitor to the round table of King Arthur
  • 1387

    100 Canterbury Tales

    100 Canterbury Tales
    Chaucer begins an ambitious scheme for 100 Canterbury Tales, of which he completes only 24 by the time of his death.
  • 1500

    English Renaissance

    English Renaissance
    Start English Renaissance period
  • 1524

    Bible into English

    Bible into English
    William Tyndale studies in the university at Wittenberg and plans to translate the Bible into English.
  • 1564

    Marlowe and Shakespeare

    Marlowe and Shakespeare
    Marlowe and Shakespeare are born in the same year, with Marlowe the older by two months
  • Tamburlaine the Great

    Tamburlaine the Great
    Marlowe's first play, Tamburlaine the Great, introduces the swaggering blank verse of Elizabethan and Jacobean drama
  • Hamlet

    Shakespeare's central character in Hamlet expresses both the ideals of the Renaissance and the disillusion of a less confident age.
  • The Tempest

    The Tempest
    Shakespeare's last completed play, The Tempest, is performed
  • The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America

    The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America
    The poems of Massachusetts author Anne Bradstreet are published in London under the title The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America
  • Puritan

    Stars the Puritan period
  • The Compleat Angler

    The Compleat Angler
    Devoted fisherman Izaak Walton publishes the classic work on the subject, The Compleat Angler
  • Restoration Age

    Restoration Age
    Start Restoration Age
  • Paradise Lost

    Paradise Lost
    Paradise Lost is published, earning its author John Milton just £10
  • The Pilgrim's Progress

    The Pilgrim's Progress
    Part I of The Pilgrim's Progress, written during John Bunyan's two spells in Bedford Gaol, is published and is immediately popular
  • 18th Century

    18th Century
  • Elegy written in a Country Church Yard.

     Elegy written in a Country Church Yard.
    English poet Thomas Gray publishes his Elegy written in a Country Church Yard.
  • Robinson Crusoe

    Robinson Crusoe
    Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, with its detailed realism, can be seen as the first English novel
  • Gulliver's Travels

    Gulliver's Travels
    Jonathan Swift sends his hero on a series of bitterly satirical travels in Gulliver's Travels
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica

    Encyclopaedia Britannica
    A Society of Gentlemen in Scotland begins publication of the immensely successful Encyclopaedia Britannica
  • Songs of Innocence

    Songs of Innocence
    William Blake publishes Songs of Innocence, a volume of his poems with every page etched and illustrated by himself
  • The Rights of Man

    The Rights of Man
    Thomas Paine publishes the first part of The Rights of Man, his reply to Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France
  • Romanticism

    Start the Romanticism period
  • Sense and Sensibility

    Sense and Sensibility
    English author Jane Austen publishes her first work in print.
  • Ode to a Nightingale

    Ode to a Nightingale
    English poet John Keats publishes Ode to a Nightingale, inspired by the bird's song in his Hampstead garden
  • Victorian

    Start the Victorian period
  • Oliver Twist

    Oliver Twist
    Charles Dickens' first novel, Oliver Twist, begins monthly publication
  • A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol
    Ebenezer Scrooge mends his ways just in time in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
  • The Origin of Species

    The Origin of Species
    Charles Darwin puts forward the theory of evolution in On the Origin of Species, the result of 20 years' research
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
    Lewis Carroll publishes Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, a development of the story he had told Alice Liddell three years earlier
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray
    Oscar Wilde publishes his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray in which the ever-youthful hero's portrait grows old and ugly
  • Modern Literature

    Modern Literature
  • Peter Pan

    Peter Pan
    J.M Barrie's play for children Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up has its premiere in London
  • Winnie-the-Pooh

    Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and the others make their first appearance in A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh
  • Post Moderms

    Post Moderms
  • Casino Royale

    Casino Royale
    James Bond, agent 007, has a licence to kill in Ian Fleming's first novel, Casino Royale
  • The Lord of the Rings

    The Lord of the Rings
    British philologist J.R.R. Tolkien publishes the third and final volume of his epic fantasy The Lord of the Rings
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Roald Dahl publishes a fantasy treat for a starving child, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Harry Potter

    Harry Potter
    A schoolboy wizard performs his first tricks in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • Contemporary