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Addison, Joseph

(1672 – 1719),writer and politician

Earliest work:To Jacob Tonson, the elder (12 February 1695)(1695)

Latest work:To John Grigsby (8 June 1719)(1719)

Aeschylus

(525/4 – 456/5 BC),tragic dramatist

Earliest work:The Persians(472 BC)

Latest work:The Libation Bearers(458 BC)

Andrewes, Lancelot

(1555 – 1626),bishop of Winchester

Earliest work:A Sermon preached at the spittle by M[aster] Andrewes the Wednesday in Easter week. April. 10. 1588(1588)

Latest work:XIII. A Sermon Preached at White-hall, on Easter day the 16. of April. 1620(1620)

Apuleius

(c.AD 125 – after 170),writer

Earliest work:unknown(AD 140–190)

Latest work:unknown(AD 140–190)

Arbuthnot, John

(bap.1667 – d.1735),physician and satirist

Earliest work:I. Law Is a Bottomless-Pit(1712)

Latest work:To Jonathan Swift (4 October)(1734)

Aristophanes

(c.450 – c.385 BC),comic dramatist

Earliest work:The Acharnians(425 BC)

Latest work:Wealth(388 BC)

Arnold, Matthew

(1822 – 1888),poet, writer, and inspector of schools

Earliest work:To Arthur Hugh Clough (28 March)(1845)

Latest work:To John Henry Newman (10 January)(1876)

Asconius

(AD 3 – 88),historian

Earliest work:unknown(AD 20–57)

Latest work:unknown(AD 57–88)

Ashmole, Elias

(1617 – 1692),astrologer and antiquary

Earliest work:Ashmole's Autobiographical and Historical Notes His Correspondence and Other Contemporary Sources Relating to His Life and Work(1692)

Latest work:Ashmole's Autobiographical and Historical Notes His Correspondence and Other Contemporary Sources Relating to His Life and Work(1692)

Aulus Gellius

(c.AD 125 – after 180),author and grammarian

Earliest work:Noctes Atticae(AD 140–180)

Latest work:Noctes Atticae(AD 140–180)

Ausonius

(AD 310 – 395),poet

Earliest work:Opera(AD 395)

Latest work:Opera(AD 395)

Austen, Jane

(1775 – 1817),novelist

Earliest work:Love and Friendship(1790)

Latest work:To Frances Tilson(1817)

Ayres, Philip

(1638 – 1712),poet and translator

Earliest work:Lyric Poems(1687)

Latest work:Lyric Poems(1687)

Bacon, Francis, Viscount St Alban

(1561 – 1626),lord chancellor, politician, and philosopher

Earliest work:Letter of advice to the queen(1584)

Latest work:To Elizabeth Stuart (16 September)(1625)

Barnes, William

(1801 – 1886),poet and philologist

Earliest work:Eclogue: The Common A-Took In(1834)

Latest work:A Glossary of the Dorset Dialect of the English Language(1844)

Batteux, Charles

(1713 – 1780),philosopher

Earliest work:The Fine Arts Reduced to a Single Principle(1746)

Latest work:The Fine Arts Reduced to a Single Principle(1746)

Baxter, Richard

(1615 – 1691),ejected minister and religious writer

Earliest work:To Benjamin Cox Coventry?, 4 July(1644)

Latest work:To Stephen Lobb post 4 September(1691)

Behn, Aphra

(1640 – 1689),writer

Earliest work:The Forc'd Marriage(1670)

Latest work:The Widdow Ranter(1689)

Benlowes, Edward

(1602 – 1676),poet

Earliest work:Theophila(1652)

Latest work:The Summary of Wisdom(1657)

Bentham, Jeremy

(1748 – 1832),philosopher, jurist, and reformer

Earliest work:Jeremy Bentham to Rebecca Bentham(1752)

Latest work:To Thomas Galloway(1828)

Best, Henry

(c.1592 – 1645),landowner and farmer

Earliest work:The Farming Book(1645)

Latest work:Will of Henry Best(1645)

Blake, William

(1757 – 1827),engraver, artist, and poet

Earliest work:Blake to Willey Reveley, October 1791(1791)

Latest work:Blake to John Linnell, 3 July 1827(1827)

Bolzano, Bernard

(1781 – 1848),moral philosopher and epistemologist

Earliest work:Theory of Science(1830)

Latest work:Theory of Science(1830)

Boswell, James

(1740 – 1795),lawyer, diarist, and biographer of Samuel Johnson

Earliest work:To Temple, ?October(1756)

Latest work:To Sir Michael Le Fleming, Tuesday 3 March(1795)

Bosworth, William

(d. in or before 1651),poet

Earliest work:Arcadius and Sepha(1626)

Latest work:Hinc Lachrimae, Or the Author to Aurora(1627)

Brontë, Anne

(1820 – 1849),novelist and poet

Earliest work:Diary Paper 30 July(1841)

Latest work:To Ellen Nussey, 5 April(1849)

Brontë, Branwell

(1817 – 1848),writer and painter

Earliest work:Real Life in Verdopolis: A Tale(1833)

Latest work:To John Brown [?late August](1848)

Brontë, Charlotte

(1816 – 1855),novelist

Earliest work:To the Revd Patrick Brontë, 23 September 1829(1829)

Latest work:To Ellen Nussey, [?early March 1855](1855)

Brontë, Emily

(1818 – 1848),novelist and poet

Earliest work:Will the day be bright or cloudy?(1836)

Latest work:Why ask to know what date what clime(1848)

Browne, Thomas

(1605 – 1682),physician and author

Earliest work:To the deceased Author(1633)

Latest work:Pseudodoxia Epidemica(1646)

Browning, Elizabeth Barrett

(1806 – 1861),poet and writer

Earliest work:To Robert Browning (11 January 1845)(1845)

Latest work:To Robert Browning (18 September 1846)(1846)

Browning, Robert

(1812 – 1889),poet

Earliest work:The First-Born of Egypt(1827)

Latest work:On His Portrait(1889)

Bunyan, John

(bap.1628 – d.1688),author

Earliest work:A Vindication of Some Gospel-Truths(1657)

Latest work:Last Sermon(1688)

Burke, Edmund

(1729 – 1797),politician and author

Earliest work:On Doctor Taylor 1745(1745)

Latest work:Letter to Unknown 1797(1797)

Burney, Charles

(1726 – 1814),musician and author

Earliest work:To Mrs Burney: King's Lynn, [c.30 September 1751](1751)

Latest work:To Alexandre D'Arblay (11 July)(1793)

Burney, Frances

(1752 – 1840),writer

Earliest work:1. Journal 1768(1768)

Latest work:1529 [29 Lower Grosvenor Street], 30 July–21 August 1839 To Charlotte Barrett(1839)

Burns, Robert

(1759 – 1796),poet

Earliest work:I. Early Poems 1774-1784: Lochlie and Mount Oliphant(1774)

Latest work:XIII. Last Songs for the Scots Musical Museum(1796)

Burton, Robert

(1577 – 1640),writer

Earliest work:The Anatomy of Melancholy(1620)

Latest work:The Anatomy of Melancholy(1620)

Butler, Samuel

(bap.1613 – d.1680),poet

Earliest work:Hudibras(1658)

Latest work:Classified Prose Observations from Butler's Manuscript(1665)

Byron, George, sixth Baron Byron

(1788 – 1824),poet

Earliest work:On the Death of a Young Lady, Cousin to the Author and Very Dear to Him(1802)

Latest work:Last Words on Greece(1824)

Caesar

(100 – 44 BC),general and politician

Earliest work:De Bello Gallico(58–50 BC)

Latest work:De Bello Civili(49–44 BC)

Campion, Thomas

(1567 – 1620),poet and musician

Earliest work:Canto Secundo(1591)

Latest work:Occasional Verses(1614)

Cannon, John

(1684 – 1743),excise official and autobiographer

Earliest work:Chronicles(1742)

Latest work:Chronicles(1742)

Carew, Thomas

(1594/5 – 1640),poet

Earliest work:XXX. Thomas Carew on The New Inn(1629)

Latest work:To my friend G. N. from Wrest(1639)

Carey, Robert, first earl of Monmouth

(1560 – 1639),courtier

Earliest work:The Memoirs of Robert Carey(1628)

Latest work:The Memoirs of Robert Carey(1639)

Cary, Patrick

(c.1624 – 1657),poet

Earliest work:Divine Poems(1650)

Latest work:Ballads(1651)

Catullus

(84 – 54 BC),poet

Earliest work:Carmina(54 BC)

Latest work:Carmina(54 BC)

Chalkhill, John

(d.1642),poet

Earliest work:Thealma and Clearchus(1683)

Latest work:Thealma and Clearchus(1683)

Chamberlayne, William

(c.1619 – 1689),poet and playwright

Earliest work:Pharonnida(1659)

Latest work:England's Jubilee(1660)

Chambers, Robert

(1737 – 1803),jurist and judge

Earliest work:A Course of Lectures on the English Law(1767)

Latest work:A Course of Lectures on the English Law(1767)

Charles I, King of England, Scotland, and Ireland

(1600 – 1649),king of England, Scotland, and Ireland

Earliest work:To Elizabeth Stuart (28 July)(1613)

Latest work:Majesty in Misery: or, An Imploration to the King of Kings(1649)

Chatterton, Thomas

(1752 – 1770),poet

Earliest work:On the Last Epiphany, or Christ Coming to Judgement(1763)

Latest work:Atticus. To the Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Bristol(1770)

Chortatsis, Georgios

(1545 – 1610),playwright

Earliest work:Panoria(c.1590)

Latest work:Katzarapos(c.1600)

Churchill, Charles

(1732 – 1764),poet

Earliest work:The Ghost(1760)

Latest work:Minor Poems(1765)

Churchill, John, first Duke of Marlborough

(1650 – 1722),army officer and politician

Earliest work:Marlborough to the Countess [16 June 1701](1701)

Latest work:Marlborough to Godolphin [30 October/10 November 1711](1711)

Cicero

(106 – 43 BC),politician and writer

Earliest work:Pro Quinctio(81 BC)

Latest work:Epistulae ad Quintum Fratrem XXVI (43 BC)

Clare, John

(1793 – 1864),poet, farm labourer, and naturalist

Earliest work:To J.B. Henson [1818](1818)

Latest work:To James Hipkins, Thursday, 8 March(1860)

Claudian

(AD 370 – 440),poet

Earliest work:De Raptu Proserpinae(440)

Latest work:De Raptu Proserpinae(440)

Cleveland, John

(bap.1613 – d.1658),poet

Earliest work:Upon The King's Return from Scotland(1627)

Latest work:An Elegy upon King Charles the First(1649)

Clough, Arthur Hugh

(1819 – 1861),poet

Earliest work:Placeholder Earliest Work(1839)

Latest work:Placeholder Latest Work(1861)

Cobden, Richard

(1804 – 1865),manufacturer and politician

Earliest work:To Frederick Cobden(1815)

Latest work:To Thomas Bayley Potter(1865)

Cocks, Richard, second baronet

(c.1659 – 1726),parliamentary diarist and religious controversialist

Earliest work:Parliamentary Diary(1702)

Latest work:Parliamentary Diary(1702)

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor

(1772 – 1834),poet, critic, and philosopher

Earliest work:An Apology for Spencers(1785)

Latest work:Written in an Album(1834)

Collins, William

(1721 – 1759),poet

Earliest work:To Miss Aurelia C-r, on her Weeping at her Sister's Wedding(1739)

Latest work:To William Hayes (8 November)(1750)

Columella

(fl. AD 50),agricultural writer

Earliest work:De Re Rustica(c.AD 60–65)

Latest work:De Re Rustica(c.AD 60–65)

Congreve, William

(1670 – 1729),playwright and poet

Earliest work:Incognita Or, Love and Duty Reconcil’d(1692)

Latest work:To Alexander Pope (6 May 1727)(1727)

Conway, Anne, Viscountess Conway and Killultagh

(1631 – 1679),philosopher

Earliest work:To Edward Conway (9 April)(1650)

Latest work:To Edward Conway (13 November)(1678)

Cooper, Anthony Ashley, third earl of Shaftesbury

(1671 – 1713),philosopher and author

Earliest work:Characteristicks of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times(1699)

Latest work:Characteristicks of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times(1699)

Cornelius Nepos

(c.110 – c.24 BC),biographer

Earliest work:De viris illustribus(34 BC)

Latest work:De viris illustribus(34 BC)

Cosin, John

(1595 – 1672),bishop

Earliest work:A Collection of Private Devotions(1627)

Latest work:A Collection of Private Devotions(1627)

Cowley, Abraham

(1618 – 1667),poet

Earliest work:On Hope(1646)

Latest work:Sylva(1668)

Cowper, William

(1731 – 1800),poet and letter-writer

Earliest work:Verses Written at Bath, in 1748, on Finding the Heel of a Shoe(1748)

Latest work:Papilio et Limax(1800)

Crabbe, George

(1754 – 1832),poet and Church of England clergyman

Earliest work:Juvenilia, 1772-1775(1772)

Latest work:To George Crabbe, Junior (7 January)(1832)

Crashaw, Richard

(1612/3 – 1648),poet

Earliest work:In faciem Augustiss. Regis à morbillis integram.(1632)

Latest work:Epithalamium(1635)

Culley, George

(bap.1735 – d.1813),agriculturist

Earliest work:Journal(1765)

Latest work:19. Wentbridge 6th January 1785(1785)

Culley, Matthew

(1731 – 1804),agriculturist

Earliest work:Journal(1770)

Latest work:Journal(1794)

Dalgarno, George

(c.1616 – 1687),writer on language

Earliest work:The Universal Character(1657)

Latest work:Didascalocophus or The Deaf and Dumb Man's Tutor(1680)

Darwin, Charles

(1809 – 1882),naturalist, geologist, and originator of the theory of natural selection

Earliest work:Diary of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle(1836)

Latest work:Autobiography(1882)

Davenant, William

(1606 – 1668),poet, playwright, and theatre manager

Earliest work:The Fable of the Potts(1629)

Latest work:Ladies, who fine as Fivepence are(1668)

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)

Eliot, George

(1819 – 1880),novelist

Earliest work:Scenes of Clerical Life(1857)

Latest work:Daniel Deronda(1876)

Elphinstone, Hester Maria, Viscountess Keith

(1764 – 1857),protégée of Samuel Johnson

Earliest work:To Samuel Johnson (24 November)(1772)

Latest work:To Samuel Johnson (26 August)(1783)

Ennius

(c.239 – 169 BC),poet

Earliest work:Annales(169 BC)

Latest work:Annales(169 BC)

Erasmus Roterodamus, Desiderius

(c.1467 – 1536),humanist scholar and reformer

Earliest work:To Peter Winckel(1484)

Latest work:To Conrad Goclenius (28 June)(1536)

Euripides

(c.485 – 406 BC),tragic dramatist

Earliest work:Alcestis(438 BC)

Latest work:Iphigenia at Aulis(406 BC)

Evelyn, John

(1620 – 1706),diarist and writer

Earliest work:The Diary of John Evelyn(1706)

Latest work:The Diary of John Evelyn(1706)

Fairfax, Edward

(1568 – 1632/5),translator

Earliest work:Godfrey of Bulloigne(1600)

Latest work:Fairfax's Original Poems(1600)

Fanshawe, Richard, first baronet

(1608 – 1666),diplomat and translator

Earliest work:Poems from Il Pastor Fido(1648)

Latest work:[7. To Lady Fanshawe] Merida Sunday 28 of February(1666)

Farquhar, George

(1676/7 – 1707),playwright

Earliest work:On the Death of General Schomberg kill’d at the Boyn.(1694)

Latest work:The Beaux Stratagem(1707)

Fellowes, Edmund Horace

(1870 – 1951),Church of England clergyman and musical scholar

Earliest work:Placeholder Earliest Work(1890)

Latest work:Placeholder Latest Work(1951)

Fielding, Henry

(1707 – 1754),author and magistrate

Earliest work:1. To Lady Mary Wortley Montagu [London, Sept. 1727?](1727)

Latest work:5. To John Fielding [Junqueira, nr. Lisbon, late Sept. 1754](1754)