MT&C Primary Texts Timeline

  • William Blake,"London"

  • William Wordsworth, "Preface to the 'Lyrical Ballads'"

  • William Wordsworth, "London, 1802"

    Written in 1802, published in 1807
  • Jane Austen, "Northanger Abbey"

  • Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein"

  • Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Ozymandias"

  • John Keats, "Ode on a Grecian Urn"

    Published anonymously at first
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The Poet"

  • Frederick Douglass, "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave"

  • Charlotte Brontë, "Jane Eyre"

  • Walt Whitman, "Song of Myself"

    Subsequently published two more times between this publication and 1860.
  • Emily Dickinson, "I'm nobody! Who are you?"

  • Oscar Wilde, "The Importance of Being Earnest"

    First performed on this date.
  • Ezra Pound, "In a Station of the Metro"

  • Amy Lowell, "Preface to 'Some Imagist Poets'"

  • H.D., "Sea Rose"

  • Claude McKay, "If We Must Die"

  • William Carlos Williams, "The Rose is Obsolete"

  • Virginia Woolf, "To the Lighthouse"

  • Zora Neale Hurston, "Story in Harlem Slang"

  • Chinua Achebe, "The African Writer and the English Language"

  • Jean Rhys, "Wide Sargasso Sea"

  • Ngugi wa Thiong'o et al., "On the Abolition of the English Department"

  • James Baldwin, "If Black English Isn't a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?"

  • Ken Saro-Wiwa, "Sozaboy: A Novel in Rotten English"

  • Ngugi wa Thiong'o, "The Language of African Literature"

  • Junot Diaz, "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao"