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Davies, John

(bap.1569 – d.1626),lawyer and poet

Earliest work:Sonnet 1(1591)

Latest work:On the Name of Charolus, Being the Diminative of Charus(1625)

Defoe, Daniel

(1660 – 1731),writer and businessman

Earliest work:To Daniel Finch, Earl of Nottingham(1703)

Latest work:To Henry Baker(1730)

Dekker, Thomas

(c.1572 – 1632),playwright and pamphleteer

Earliest work:The Whole Royal and Magnificent(1603)

Latest work:The Spanish Gypsy(1623)

Deloney, Thomas

(d. in or before 1600),silkweaver and writer

Earliest work:A Declaration made by the Archbishop of Collen upon the Deed of his Marriage(1583)

Latest work:The Gentle Craft(1637)

Dickens, Charles

(1812 – 1870),novelist

Earliest work:To Master John Tribe and Miss Tribe(1821)

Latest work:To Messrs Pulvermacher Corp(1870)

Disraeli, Benjamin, Earl of Beaconsfield

(1804 – 1881),prime minister and novelist

Earliest work:Lothair(1870)

Latest work:Lothair(1870)

Donne, John

(1572 – 1631),poet and Church of England clergyman

Earliest work:Paradoxes(1592)

Latest work:Letter To Mrs. Cokayne. 15 January(1631)

Dryden, John

(1631 – 1700),poet, playwright, and critic

Earliest work:Upon the death of the Lord Hastings(1649)

Latest work:Fables Ancient and Modern; Translated into Verse, from Homer, Ovid, Boccace and Chaucer(1700)

Dunbar, William

(1460 – 1513),poet and courtier

Earliest work:The Golden Targe(1508)

Latest work:To the Merchantis of Edinburgh(1622)

Edgeworth, Maria

(1768 – 1849),novelist and educationist

Earliest work:Maria Edgeworth to Sophy Ruxton (15 Oct)(1802)

Latest work:To Mrs. Edgeworth (8 April)(1844)