English Literature Timeline by Geiner Q.

  • 1955 BCE

    Graham Greene's novel The Quiet American

    Graham Greene's novel The Quiet American
    Graham Greene's novel The Quiet American is set in contemporary Vietnam and foresees troubles ahead
  • 1611 BCE

    Shakespeare's last completed play,

    Shakespeare's last completed play,
    Shakespeare's last completed play, The Tempest, is performed
  • 1387 BCE

    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
  • 1367 BCE

    Piers Plowman

    Piers Plowman
    A narrator who calls himself Will, and whose name may be Langland, begins the epic poem of Piers Plowman. One of four new yeomen of the chamber in Edward III's household is Geoffrey Chaucer
  • 1340 BCE

    Ockham's Razor

    Ockham's Razor
    William of Ockham advocates paring down arguments to their essentials, an approach later known as Ockham's Razor
  • 1300 BCE

    Duns Scotus

    Duns Scotus
    Duns Scotus, known as the Subtle Doctor in medieval times, later provides humanists with the name Dunsman or dunce
  • 950 BCE

    The material of the Eddas

    The material of the Eddas
    The material of the Eddas, taking shape in Iceland, derives from earlier sources in Norway, Britain and Burgundy
  • 800 BCE

    Germanic literature

    Germanic literature
    Beowulf, the first great work of Germanic literature, mingles the legends of Scandinavia with the experience in England of Angles and Saxons
  • 731

    History of the English church and people

    History of the English church and people
    The Venerable Bede, in his monastery at Jarrow, completes his history of the English church and people
  • 1375

    King Arthur

    King Arthur
    The courtly poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight tells of a mysterious visitor to the round table of King Arthur
  • 1385

    Troilus and Criseyde

    Troilus and Criseyde
    Chaucer completes Troilus and Criseyde, his long poem about a legendary love affair in ancient Troy
  • 1469

    Morte d'Arthur

    Morte d'Arthur
    Thomas Malory, in gaol somewhere in England, compiles Morte d'Arthur – an English account of the French tales of King Arthur
  • 1510

    Christian humanism

    Christian humanism
    Erasmus and Thomas More take the northern Renaissance in the direction of Christian humanism
  • 1524

    William Tyndale

    William Tyndale
    William Tyndale studies in the university at Wittenberg and plans to translate the Bible into English
  • 1549

    Thomas Cranmer

    Thomas Cranmer
    The first version of the English prayer book, or Book of Common Prayer, is published with text by Thomas Cranmer
  • 1564

    Marlowe and Shakespeare

    Marlowe and Shakespeare
    Marlowe and Shakespeare are born in the same year, with Marlowe the older by two months
  • 1567

    The Book of Common Prayer and the New Testament

    The Book of Common Prayer and the New Testament
    The Book of Common Prayer and the New Testament are published in Welsh, to be followed by the complete Bible in 1588
  • 1582

    William Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway

    William Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway
    The 18-year-old William Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Tamburlaine the Great

    Tamburlaine the Great
    Marlowe's first play, Tamburlaine the Great, introduces the swaggering blank verse of Elizabethan and Jacobean drama
  • Edmund Spenser celebrates the Protestant Elizabeth I

    Edmund Spenser celebrates the Protestant Elizabeth I
    English poet Edmund Spenser celebrates the Protestant Elizabeth I as The Faerie Queene
  • Shakespeare achieves his first masterpiece

    Shakespeare achieves his first masterpiece
    After tentative beginnings in the three parts of Henry VI, Shakespeare achieves his first masterpiece on stage with Richard III
  • Shakespeare's central character in Hamlet

    Shakespeare's central character in Hamlet
    Shakespeare's central character in Hamlet expresses both the ideals of the Renaissance and the disillusion of a less confident age
  • Authorized version of the Bible

    Authorized version of the Bible
    James I commissions the Authorized version of the Bible, which is completed by forty-seven scholars in seven years
  • The Masque of Blackness

    The Masque of Blackness
    Ben Jonson writes The Masque of Blackness, the first of his many masques for the court of James I
  • The satirical voice of the English playwright Ben Jonson

    The satirical voice of the English playwright Ben Jonson
    The satirical voice of the English playwright Ben Jonson is heard to powerful effect in Volpone
  • Shakespeare's sonnets

    Shakespeare's sonnets
    Shakespeare's sonnets, written ten years previously, are published
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    John Smith publishes A Description of New England and William Shakespeare dies at New Place

    John Smith publishes A Description of New England, an account of his exploration of the region in 1614 William Shakespeare dies at New Place, his home in Stratford-upon-Avon, and is buried in Holy Trinity Church
  • John Donne

    John Donne
    John Donne, England's leading Metaphysical poet, becomes dean of St Paul's
  • Thirty-six Shakespeare plays

    Thirty-six Shakespeare plays
    John Heminge and Henry Condell publish thirty-six Shakespeare plays in the First Folio
  • George Herbert' poems

    George Herbert' poems
    George Herbert's only volume of poems, The Temple, is published posthumously
  • John Milton's Lycidas

    John Milton's Lycidas
    John Milton's Lycidas is published in memory of a Cambridge friend, Edward King
  • The poems of Massachusetts

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

    The Compleat Angler
    Devoted fisherman Izaak Walton publishes the classic work on the subject, The Compleat Angler
  • Samuel Pepys gets up late

    Samuel Pepys gets up late
    On the first day of the new year Samuel Pepys gets up late, eats the remains of the turkey and begins his diary
  • Paradise Lost

    Paradise Lost
    Paradise Lost is published, earning its author John Milton just £10
  • Samuel Pepys ends his diary

    Samuel Pepys ends his diary
    Samuel Pepys ends his diary, after only writing it for nine years
  • 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
  • Aphra Behn's novel Oroonoko

    Aphra Behn's novel Oroonoko
    Aphra Behn's novel Oroonoko makes an early protest against the inhumanity of the African slave trade
  • John Locke publishes his Essay concerning Human Understanding

    John Locke publishes his Essay concerning Human Understanding
    John Locke publishes his Essay concerning Human Understanding, arguing that all knowledge is based on experience
  • Agustan's age begins

    Agustan's age begins
    The Augustan Age begins in English literature, claiming comparison with the equivalent flowering under Augustus Caesar
  • The Tatler launches a new style

    The Tatler launches a new style
    The Tatler launches a new style of journalism in Britain's coffee houses, followed two years later by the Spectator
  • George Berkeley attacks Locke

    George Berkeley attacks Locke
    25-year-old George Berkeley attacks Locke in his Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge
  • The rape of Lock

    The rape of Lock
    Alexander Pope's Rape of the Lock introduces a delicate vein of mock-heroic in English poetry
  • Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe

    Daniel Defoe's 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
  • David Hume publishes his Treatise of Human Nature

    David Hume publishes his Treatise of Human Nature
    David Hume publishes his Treatise of Human Nature, in which he applies to the human mind the principles of experimental science
  • Samuel Richardson's Clarissa begins the correspondence

    Samuel Richardson's Clarissa begins the correspondence
    Samuel Richardson's Clarissa begins the correspondence that grows into the longest novel in the English language
  • Henry Fielding

    Henry Fielding
    Henry Fielding introduces a character of lasting appeal in the lusty but good-hearted Tom Jones
  • Thomas Gray publishes his Elegy

    Thomas Gray publishes his Elegy
    English poet Thomas Gray publishes his Elegy written in a Country Church Yard
  • Dictionary of the English Language

    Dictionary of the English Language
    Samuel Johnson publishes his magisterial Dictionary of the English Language
  • James Woodforde's diary

    James Woodforde's diary
    James Woodforde, an English country parson with a love of food and wine, begins a detailed diary of everyday life
  • Laurence Sterne publishes the first two volumes of Tristram Shandy,

    Laurence Sterne publishes the first two volumes of Tristram Shandy,
    Laurence Sterne publishes the first two volumes of Tristram Shandy, beginning with the scene at the hero's conception
  • The medieval poet Ossian

    The medieval poet Ossian
    Fingal, supposedly by the medieval poet Ossian, is a forgery in the spirit of the times by James MacPherson
  • James Boswell meets Samuel Johnson

    James Boswell meets Samuel Johnson
    James Boswell meets Samuel Johnson for the first time, in the London bookshop of Thomas Davies
  • English historian Edward Gibbon

    English historian Edward Gibbon
    English historian Edward Gibbon, sitting among ruins in Rome, conceives the idea of Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica

    Encyclopaedia Britannica
    A Society of Gentlemen in Scotland begins publication of the immensely successful Encyclopaedia Britannica
  • Thomas Chatterton suicides

    Thomas Chatterton suicides
    17-year-old Thomas Chatterton, later hailed as a significant poet, commits suicide in a London garret
  • Oliver Goldsmith's play She Stoops

    Oliver Goldsmith's play She Stoops
    Oliver Goldsmith's play She Stoops to Conquer is produced in London's Covent Garden theatre
  • Thomas Paine emigrates to America

    Thomas Paine emigrates to America
    Encouraged by Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine emigrates to America and settles in Philadelphia
  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
    English historian Edward Gibbon publishes the first volume of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan's second play

    Richard Brinsley Sheridan's second play
    Richard Brinsley Sheridan's second play, The School for Scandal, is an immediate success in London's Drury Lane theatre
  • William Blake publishes Songs of Innocence

    William Blake publishes Songs of Innocence
    William Blake publishes Songs of Innocence, a volume of his poems with every page etched and illustrated by himself
  • Anglo-Irish politician Edmund Burke publishes Reflections on the Revolution in France

    Anglo-Irish politician Edmund Burke publishes Reflections on the Revolution in France
    Anglo-Irish politician Edmund Burke publishes Reflections on the Revolution in France, a blistering attack on recent events across the Channel
  • Scottish poet Robert Burns publishes Tam o' Shanter

    Scottish poet Robert Burns publishes Tam o' Shanter
    Scottish poet Robert Burns publishes Tam o' Shanter, in which a drunken farmer has an alarming encounter with witches
  • English author Mary Wollstonecraft publishes a passionately feminist work

    English author Mary Wollstonecraft publishes a passionately feminist work
    English author Mary Wollstonecraft publishes a passionately feminist work, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
  • Poem 'Tyger! Tyger! burning bright'

    Poem 'Tyger! Tyger! burning bright'
    William Blake's volume Songs of Innocence and Experience includes his poem 'Tyger! Tyger! burning bright'
  • Thomas Paine publishes his completed Age of Reason

    Thomas Paine publishes his completed Age of Reason
    Thomas Paine publishes his completed Age of Reason, an attack on conventional Christianity
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge says that while writing Kubla Khan he is interrupted

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge says that while writing Kubla Khan he is interrupted
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge says that while writing Kubla Khan he is interrupted by 'a person on business from Porlock'
  • Lyrical Ballads

    Lyrical Ballads
    English poets Wordsworth and Coleridge jointly publish Lyrical Ballads, a milestone in the Romantic movement
  • William Blake includes his poem 'Jerusalem'

    William Blake includes his poem 'Jerusalem'
    William Blake includes his poem 'Jerusalem' in the Preface to his book Milton
  • Walter Scott publishes The Lay of the Last Minstrel

    Walter Scott publishes The Lay of the Last Minstrel
    Walter Scott publishes The Lay of the Last Minstrel, the long romantic poem that first brings him fame
  • Walter Scott's poem Lady of the Lake brings tourists

    Walter Scott's poem Lady of the Lake brings tourists
    Walter Scott's poem Lady of the Lake brings tourists in unprecedented numbers to Scotland's Loch Katrine
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley is expelled from Oxford university

    Percy Bysshe Shelley is expelled from Oxford university
    Percy Bysshe Shelley is expelled from Oxford university for circulating a pamphlet with the title The Necessity of Atheism
  • The first two cantos are published

    The first two cantos are published
    The first two cantos are published of Byron's largely autobiographical poem Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, bringing him immediate fame
  • Jane Austen's novels are published

    Jane Austen's novels are published
    Pride and Prejudice, based on a youthful work of 1797 called First Impressions, is the second of Jane Austen's novels to be published
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley publishes probably his best-known poem

    Percy Bysshe Shelley publishes probably his best-known poem
    Percy Bysshe Shelley publishes probably his best-known poem, the sonnet Ozymandias
  • William Cobbett brings back to England the bones of Thomas Paine

    William Cobbett brings back to England the bones of Thomas Paine
    William Cobbett brings back to England the bones of Thomas Paine, who died in the USA in 1809
  • John Keats publishes Ode to a Nightingale

    John Keats publishes Ode to a Nightingale
    English poet John Keats publishes Ode to a Nightingale, inspired by the bird's song in his Hampstead garden
  • Thomas De Quincey publishes his autobiographical Confessions

    Thomas De Quincey publishes his autobiographical Confessions
    English author Thomas De Quincey publishes his autobiographical Confessions of an English Opium-Eater
  • Charles Dickens works in London

    Charles Dickens works in London
    12-year-old Charles Dickens works in London in Warren's boot-blacking factory
  • Trollope ruffles transatlantic feathers with her Domestic Manners of the Americans

    Trollope ruffles transatlantic feathers with her Domestic Manners of the Americans
    English author Frances Trollope ruffles transatlantic feathers with her Domestic Manners of the Americans, based on a 3-year stay
  • Charles Dickens begins monthly publication of his first work of fiction

    Charles Dickens begins monthly publication of his first work of fiction
    24-year-old Charles Dickens begins monthly publication of his first work of fiction, Pickwick Papers (published in book form in 1837)
  • Charles Dickens' first novel

    Charles Dickens' first novel
    Charles Dickens' first novel, Oliver Twist, begins monthly publication (in book form, 1838)
  • Robert Browning publishes a vivid narrative poem

    Robert Browning publishes a vivid narrative poem
    English poet Robert Browning publishes a vivid narrative poem about the terrible revenge of The Pied Piper of Hamelin
  • Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

    Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
    Ebenezer Scrooge mends his ways just in time in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
  • Coningsby Benjamin Disraeli develops the theme of Conservatism uniting 'two nations

    Coningsby Benjamin Disraeli develops the theme of Conservatism uniting 'two nations
    In his novel Coningsby Benjamin Disraeli develops the theme of Conservatism uniting 'two nations', the rich and the poor
  • Friedrich Engels publishes The Condition

    Friedrich Engels publishes The Condition
    Friedrich Engels, after running a textile factory in Manchester, publishes The Condition of the Working Class in England
  • Edward Lear publishes his Book of Nonsense

    Edward Lear publishes his Book of Nonsense
    Edward Lear publishes his Book of Nonsense, consisting of limericks illustrated with his own cartoons
  • William Makepeace Thackeray begins publication of his novel Vanity Fair

    William Makepeace Thackeray begins publication of his novel Vanity Fair
    English author William Makepeace Thackeray begins publication of his novel Vanity Fair in monthly parts (book form 1848)
  • Branwell, Emily and Anne Brontë die

    Branwell, Emily and Anne Brontë die
    Branwell, Emily and Anne Brontë die within a period of eight months
  • Charles Dickens begins the publication in monthly numbers of David Copperfield

    Charles Dickens begins the publication in monthly numbers of David Copperfield
    Charles Dickens begins the publication in monthly numbers of David Copperfield, his own favourite among his novels
  • Alfred Tennyson's elegy for a friend

    Alfred Tennyson's elegy for a friend
    Alfred Tennyson's elegy for a friend, In Memoriam, captures perfectly the Victorian mood of heightened sensibility
  • Peter Mark Roget publishes his dictionary of synonyms

    Peter Mark Roget publishes his dictionary of synonyms
    London physician Peter Mark Roget publishes his dictionary of synonyms, the Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases
  • Tennyson publishes a poem finding heroism

    Tennyson publishes a poem finding heroism
    Within six weeks of the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimea, Tennyson publishes a poem finding heroism in the disaster
  • Tennyson publishes a long narrative poem

    Tennyson publishes a long narrative poem
    Tennyson publishes a long narrative poem, Maud, a section of which ('Come into the garden, Maud') becomes famous as a song
  • Thomas Hughes depicts the often brutal aspects of an English public school

    Thomas Hughes depicts the often brutal aspects of an English public school
    In Tom Brown's Schooldays Thomas Hughes depicts the often brutal aspects of an English public school
  • Charles Darwin puts forward the theory of evolution

    Charles Darwin puts forward the theory of evolution
    Charles Darwin puts forward the theory of evolution in On the Origin of Species, the result of 20 years' research
  • English author George Eliot wins fame with her first full-length novel

    English author George Eliot wins fame with her first full-length novel
    English author George Eliot wins fame with her first full-length novel, Adam Bede
  • Charles Dickens publishes "Great Expectations"

    Charles Dickens publishes "Great Expectations"
    Charles Dickens begins serial publication of his novel "Great Expectations" (in book form 1861)
  • Mrs Henry Wood publishes her first novel

    Mrs Henry Wood publishes her first novel
    Mrs Henry Wood publishes her first novel, East Lynne, which becomes the basis of the most popular of all Victorian melodramas
  • Oxford mathematician Lewis Carroll tells a story

    Oxford mathematician Lewis Carroll tells a story
    Oxford mathematician Lewis Carroll tells 10-year-old Alice Liddell, on a boat trip, a story about her own adventures in Wonderland
  • Charles Kingsley publishes an improving fantasy for young children

    Charles Kingsley publishes an improving fantasy for young children
    English author Charles Kingsley publishes an improving fantasy for young children, The Water-Babies
  • Lewis Carroll publishes Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Lewis Carroll publishes 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
  • Algernon Swinburne scandalizes Victorian's first collection, Poems and Ballads

    Algernon Swinburne scandalizes Victorian's first collection, Poems and Ballads
    Algernon Swinburne scandalizes Victorian Britain with his first collection, Poems and Ballads
  • George Eliot publishes Middlemarch

    George Eliot publishes Middlemarch
    George Eliot publishes Middlemarch, in which Dorothea makes a disastrous marriage to the pedantic Edward Casaubon
  • Thomas Hardy has his first success with his novel Far

    Thomas Hardy has his first success with his novel Far
    English author Thomas Hardy has his first success with his novel Far from the Madding Crowd
  • William Gladstone's pamphlet Bulgarian Horrors

    William Gladstone's pamphlet Bulgarian Horrors
    William Gladstone's pamphlet Bulgarian Horrors, protesting at massacre by the Turks, sells 200,000 copies within a month
  • Henry James's story Daisy Miller,

    Henry James's story Daisy Miller,
    Henry James's story Daisy Miller, about an American girl abroad, brings him a new readership
  • Robert Louis Stevenson's adventure story

    Robert Louis Stevenson's adventure story
    Robert Louis Stevenson's adventure story, Treasure Island, features Long John Silver and Ben Gunn
  • Explorer and orientalist Richard Burton begins publication

    Explorer and orientalist Richard Burton begins publication
    Explorer and orientalist Richard Burton begins publication of his multi-volume translation from the Arabic of The Arabian Nights
  • Sherlock Holmes features in Conan Doyle's first novel

    Sherlock Holmes features in Conan Doyle's first novel
    Sherlock Holmes features in Conan Doyle's first novel, A Study in Scarlet
  • James Frazer publishes The Golden Bough

    James Frazer publishes The Golden Bough
    Scottish anthropologist James Frazer publishes The Golden Bough, a massive compilation of contemporary knowledge about ritual and religious custom
  • Oscar Wilde's comedy Lady Windermere

    Oscar Wilde's comedy Lady Windermere
    Oscar Wilde's comedy Lady Windermere's Fan is a great success with audiences in London's St. James Theatre
  • H.G. Wells publishes The Time Machine

    H.G. Wells publishes The Time Machine
    H.G. Wells publishes The Time Machine, a story about a Time Traveller whose first stop on his journey is the year 802701
  • English author Bram Stoker publishes Dracula

    English author Bram Stoker publishes Dracula
    English author Bram Stoker publishes Dracula, his gothic tale of vampirism in Transylvania
  • E. Nesbit publishes The Story of the Treasure Seekers

    E. Nesbit publishes The Story of the Treasure Seekers
    E. Nesbit publishes The Story of the Treasure Seekers, introducing the Bastable family who feature in several of her books for children
  • Beatrix Potter publishes The Tale of Peter Rabbit

    Beatrix Potter publishes The Tale of Peter Rabbit
    Beatrix Potter publishes at her own expense The Tale of Peter Rabbit
  • Henry James publishes The Golden Bowl

    Henry James publishes The Golden Bowl
    Henry James publishes his last completed novel, The Golden Bowl
  • The first volume of the inexpensive Everyman's Library

    The first volume of the inexpensive Everyman's Library
    The first volume of the inexpensive Everyman's Library is issued by Joseph Dent, a London publisher
  • Wells' novel Ann Veronica is a determined example of the New Woman

    Wells' novel Ann Veronica is a determined example of the New Woman
    The heroine of H.G. Wells' novel Ann Veronica is a determined example of the New Woman
  • Lawrence launches his first novel, The White Peacock

    Lawrence launches his first novel, The White Peacock
    D.H. Lawrence's career as a writer is launched with the publication of his first novel, The White Peacock
  • Compton Mackenzie publishes his novel Sinister Street

    Compton Mackenzie publishes his novel Sinister Street
    Compton Mackenzie publishes the first volume of his autobiographical novel Sinister Street
  • Somerset Maugham publishes his semi-autobiographical novel

    Somerset Maugham publishes his semi-autobiographical novel
    Somerset Maugham publishes his semi-autobiographical novel Of Human Bondage
  • Jeeves and Bertie Wooster make their first appearance in P.G.

    Jeeves and Bertie Wooster make their first appearance in P.G.
    Jeeves and Bertie Wooster make their first appearance in P.G. Wodehouse's The Man with Two Left Feet
  • Maynard Keynes publishes a strong attack on the reparations

    Maynard Keynes publishes a strong attack on the reparations
    In The Economic Consequences of the Peace Maynard Keynes publishes a strong attack on the reparations demanded from Germany
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein publishes his influential study of the philosophy of logic

    Ludwig Wittgenstein publishes his influential study of the philosophy of logic
    Ludwig Wittgenstein publishes his influential study of the philosophy of logic, Tractatus Logico Philosophicus
  • Lord Peter Wimsey makes his first appearance in Dorothy Sayers' Whose Body

    Lord Peter Wimsey makes his first appearance in Dorothy Sayers' Whose Body
    The gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey makes his first appearance in Dorothy Sayers' Whose Body?
  • Ivy Compton-Burnett finds her characteristic voice in her second novel

    Ivy Compton-Burnett finds her characteristic voice in her second novel
    English writer Ivy Compton-Burnett finds her characteristic voice in her second novel, Pastors and Masters
  • Tarka the Otter, a realistic story of the life and death

    Tarka the Otter, a realistic story of the life and death
    Henry Williamson wins a wide readership with Tarka the Otter, a realistic story of the life and death of an otter in Devon
  • A High Wind in Jamaica

     A High Wind in Jamaica
    Richard Hughes publishes his first novel, A High Wind in Jamaica
  • Woolf publishes the most fluid of her novels, The Waves

    Woolf publishes the most fluid of her novels, The Waves
    Virginia Woolf publishes the most fluid of her novels, The Waves, in which she tells the story through six interior monologues
  • H.G. Wells publishes The Shape of Things to Come

    H.G. Wells publishes The Shape of Things to Come
    H.G. Wells publishes The Shape of Things to Come, a novel in which he accurately predicts a renewal of world war
  • British publisher Allen Lane launches a paperback series

    British publisher Allen Lane launches a paperback series
    British publisher Allen Lane launches a paperback series to which he gives the name Penguin Books
  • The Road to Wigan Pier

    The Road to Wigan Pier
    George Orwell reveals the harsh realities of contemporary British life in The Road to Wigan Pier
  • Christopher Isherwood publishes his novel Goodbye to Berlin

    Christopher Isherwood publishes his novel Goodbye to Berlin
    British author Christopher Isherwood publishes his novel Goodbye to Berlin, based on his own experiences in the city
  • British author Rebecca West publishes an account of Yugoslavia

    British author Rebecca West publishes an account of Yugoslavia
    British author Rebecca West publishes an account of Yugoslavia, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon
  • Eliot's Four Quartets are brought together as a single volume

     Eliot's Four Quartets are brought together as a single volume
    The separate poems forming T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets are brought together for the first time as a single volume, published in New York
  • Mervyn Peake's trilogy of gothic novels

    Mervyn Peake's trilogy of gothic novels
    Titus Groan begins British author Mervyn Peake's trilogy of gothic novels
  • Christopher Fry's verse drama The Lady's

    Christopher Fry's verse drama The Lady's
    Christopher Fry's verse drama The Lady's Not For Burning engages in high-spirited poetic word play
  • Doris Lessing publishes her first novel

    Doris Lessing publishes her first novel
    British author Doris Lessing publishes her first novel, The Grass is Singing
  • Evelyn Waugh publishes Men at Arms

    Evelyn Waugh publishes Men at Arms
    Evelyn Waugh publishes Men at Arms, the first novel in the Sword of Honour trilogy based on his wartime experiences
  • Six-volume history The Second World War

    Six-volume history The Second World War
    Politician and author Winston Churchill completes his six-volume history The Second World War
  • Publication of novel Alexandria Quartet

    Publication of novel Alexandria Quartet
    The publication of the novel Justine launches Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria Quartet
  • John Betjeman publishes his long autobiographical poem

    John Betjeman publishes his long autobiographical poem
    English poet John Betjeman publishes his long autobiographical poem Summoned by Bells
  • Doris Lessing publishes an influential feminist novel

    Doris Lessing publishes an influential feminist novel
    British author Doris Lessing publishes an influential feminist novel, The Golden Notebook
  • A.S. Byatt publishes Shadow of a Sun

    A.S. Byatt publishes Shadow of a Sun
    English author A.S. Byatt publishes her first novel, Shadow of a Sun
  • Liverpool poets publish The Mersey Sound

    Liverpool poets publish The Mersey Sound
    Three young Liverpool poets publish a shared anthology under the title The Mersey Sound
  • John Fowles publishes The French Lieutenant's Woman

    John Fowles publishes The French Lieutenant's Woman
    English novelist John Fowles publishes The French Lieutenant's Woman, set in Lyme Regis in the 1860s
  • Economist Ernst Friedrich Schumacher publishes an influential economic tract

    Economist Ernst Friedrich Schumacher publishes an influential economic tract
    British economist Ernst Friedrich Schumacher publishes an influential economic tract, Small is Beautiful
  • Ruth Prawer Jhabwala wins the Booker Prize

     Ruth Prawer Jhabwala wins the Booker Prize
    English author Ruth Prawer Jhabwala wins the Booker Prize with her novel Heat and Dust
  • Peter Shaffer plays about Mozart

    Peter Shaffer plays about Mozart
    Peter Shaffer's play about Mozart, Amadeus, has its premiere in London
  • Nicholas Kaldor attacks monetarism in The Economic Consequences

    Nicholas Kaldor attacks monetarism in The Economic Consequences
    British economist Nicholas Kaldor attacks monetarism in The Economic Consequences of Mrs Thatcher
  • Benjamin Zephaniah publishes The Dread Affair

    Benjamin Zephaniah publishes The Dread Affair
    British Rasta poet Benjamin Zephaniah publishes his second collection as The Dread Affair
  • Stephen Hawking explains the cosmos

    Stephen Hawking explains the cosmos
    British physicist Stephen Hawking explains the cosmos for the general reader in A Brief History of Time: from the Big Bang to Black Holes
  • Racing Demon launches a trilogy on the British establishment

    Racing Demon launches a trilogy on the British establishment
    Racing Demon launches a trilogy on the British establishment by English playwright David Hare
  • Pat Barker's trilogy of novels set during World War I

    Pat Barker's trilogy of novels set during World War I
    Regeneration is the first volume of English author Pat Barker's trilogy of novels set during World War I
  • Sebastian Faulks publishes Birdsong

    Sebastian Faulks publishes Birdsong
    English novelist Sebastian Faulks publishes Birdsong, set partly in the trenches of World War I
  • Louis de Bernières publishes Captain Corelli's Mandolin

    Louis de Bernières publishes Captain Corelli's Mandolin
    Louis de Bernières publishes Captain Corelli's Mandolin, a love story set in Italian-occupied Cephalonia
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

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

    Michael Frayn's play Copenhagen
    Michael Frayn's play Copenhagen dramatizes the visit of Werner Heisenberg to Niels Bohr in wartime Denmark
  • Philip Pullman's trilogy

    Philip Pullman's trilogy
    The Amber Spyglass completes Philip Pullman's trilogy, His Dark Materials