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History of English Literature

  • 1387 BCE

    Canterbury Tales

    Canterbury Tales
    Chaucer begins an ambitious scheme for 100 Canterbury Tales, of which he completes only 24 by the time of his death
  • 1464

    Tales of King Arthur

    Tales of King Arthur
    Thomas Malory, in gaol somewhere in England, compiles Morte d'Arthur – an English account of the French tales of King Arthur
  • 1564

    Marlowe and Shakespeare

    Marlowe and Shakespeare
    Marlowe and Shakespeare are born in the same year, with Marlowe the older by two months
  • Shakespeare's first masterpiece

    Shakespeare's first masterpiece
    After tentative beginnings in the three parts of Henry VI, Shakespeare achieves his first masterpiece on stage with Richard III
  • 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 complete play, The Tempest, is performed
  • William Shakespeare dies

    William Shakespeare dies
    William Shakespeare dies in New Place, his home in Stratford-upon-Avon, and is buried in the Church of the Holy Trinity
  • Thirty-six works by Shakespeare

    Thirty-six works by Shakespeare
    John Heminge and Henry Condell publish thirty-six works by Shakespeare in the First Folio
  • Anne Bradstreet

    Anne Bradstreet
    The poems of Massachusetts author Anne Bradstreet are published in London under the title The Tenth Muse recently emerged in America
  • English Literature

    English Literature
    In Scotland, English literature first enters the university, but it does so under the (to us) strange- sounding label of ‘Rhetoric and Belles English Literary Studies: Origins and Nature 17Lettres’.
  • First Professor of English Language and literature

    First Professor of English Language and literature
    University College London began teaching and included on its staff Britain’s first ‘Professor of English Language and Literature’
  • Charles Dickens

    Charles Dickens
    Charles Dickens, 24, begins publishing his first fiction work, Pickwick Papers, monthly (published in book form in 1837)
  • Charles Dickens´ first novel

    Charles Dickens´ first novel
    Charles Dickens' first novel, Oliver Twist, begins to be published monthly (in book form, 1838)
  • Friedrich Engels

    Friedrich Engels
    Friedrich Engels, after running a textile factory in Manchester, publishes The condition of the working class in England
  • Charles Dickens

    Charles Dickens
    Charles Dickens begins the publication in monthly issues of David Copperfield, his own favorite among his novels.
  • Charles Darwin

    Charles Darwin
    Charles Darwin presents the theory of evolution in The Origin of Species, the result of 20 years of research
  • Lewis Carroll

    Lewis Carroll
    Lewis Carroll publishes Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, a story development he told Alice Liddell three years earlier
  • Lewis Carroll

    Lewis Carroll
    Lewis Carroll publishes Through the mirror, a second story of Alice's adventures
  • The Hunting of the snark

    The Hunting of the snark
    Lewis Carroll publishes The Hunting of the Snark, a poem about a journey in search of an elusive mythical creature
  • Sherlock Holmes

    Sherlock Holmes
    Sherlock Holmes appears in Conan Doyle's first novel, A Study in Scarlet
  • Oscar Wilde

    Oscar Wilde
    Oscar Wilde publishes his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray in which the portrait of the younger and younger hero becomes old and ugly
  • Oscar Wilde`s comedy

    Oscar Wilde`s comedy
    Oscar Wilde's comedy, Lady Windermere's Fan, is a huge success for the public at the St. James Theater in London
  • Bram Stoker

    Bram Stoker
    The English author Bram Stoker publishes Dracula, his gothic history of vampirism in Transylvania
  • Bram Stoker

    Bram Stoker
    The English author Bram Stoker publishes Dracula, his gothic history of vampirism in Transylvania
  • Beatrix Potter

    Beatrix Potter
    Beatrix Potter publishes in charge The story of Peter Rabbit
  • James Joyce

    James Joyce
    James Joyce's novel, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, begins serial publication in a London newspaper, The Egoist
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein

    Ludwig Wittgenstein
    Ludwig Wittgenstein publishes his influential study of the philosophy of logic, Tractatus Logico Philosophicus
  • Archibald Mac Leish

    Archibald Mac Leish
    The American poet Archibald MacLeish publishes an epic narrative, Conquistador, about the conquest of Mexico
  • Evelyn Waugh

    Evelyn Waugh
    British author Evelyn Waugh publishes a classic Fleet Street novel, Scoop, featuring Lord Copper, owner of The Beas
  • Enid Blyton

    Enid Blyton
    English children's writer Enid Blyton presents the famous five out of five on a treasure island
  • T.S Eliot

    T.S Eliot
    The separate poems that form the Four Quartets of TS Eliot meet for the first time in a single volume, published in New York
  • Titus Groan

    Titus Groan
    Titus Groan begins the trilogy of Gothic novels by British author Mervyn Peake
  • CS Lewis

    CS Lewis
    CS Lewis gives Narnia's first vision in The Lion, the Witch and the Closet
  • James Bond

    James Bond
    James Bond, Agent 007, has a license to kill in Ian Fleming's first novel, Casino Royale
  • JRR Tolkien

    JRR Tolkien
    British philologist JRR Tolkien publishes the third and final volume of his epic fantasy The Lord of the Rings
  • Roald Dahl

    Roald Dahl
    Roald Dahl publishes a fantasy gift for a hungry boy, Charlie and the chocolate factory
  • Stephen Hawking

    Stephen Hawking
    British physicist Stephen Hawking explains the cosmos to the general reader in A brief history of time: from the Big Bang to black holes
  • Harry Potter

    Harry Potter
    A school magician performs his first tricks in Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone of JK Rowling