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Addison, Joseph

(1672 – 1719),writer and politician

Earliest work:Letter 1. To Jacob Tonson(1694)

Latest work:Letter 702. To John Grigsby(1719)

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:John Arbuthnot to Swift [Hampstead, 4 October 1734](1734)

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(395)

Latest work:Opera(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:The Advancement of Learning(1605)

Latest work:An Inquiry concerning the Ways of Death the postponing of Old Age, and the Restoring of the Vital Powers(1653)

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:5 To BENJAMIN COX 〈Coventry?〉, 4 July 1644(1644)

Latest work:1256 To STEPHEN LOBB 〈post 4 September 1691〉(1691)

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)

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:28 August 1769 From James Boswell(1769)

Latest work:A Journey into North Wales in the Year 1774(1774)

Bosworth, William

(d. in or before 1651),poet

Earliest work:Arcadius and Sepha(1626)

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

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:EB, Thursday, 23 September(1843)

Latest work:EB, Friday, 18 September(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:114b. Doctor Burney To William Locke Sr.(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:Butler's Letter to Sir George Oxenden(1639)

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

Byron, George Gordon Noel, 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)

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:Letter 4 Marlborough to the Countess [16 June 1701](1701)

Latest work:Letter 1781 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)

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 Dr Hayes / Professor of Music / in Oxford / There/: [Chichester 8 November 1750](1750)

Latest work:Poems(1757)

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:73. To Alexander Pope [Bath], May 6 [1727](1727)

Conway, Anne, Viscountess Conway and Killultagh

(1631 – 1679),philosopher

Earliest work:87 Lady Conway to her husband(1650)

Latest work:279 Lady Conway to her husband(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:64 Posthumous Tales 1834(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)

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)

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(1803)

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

Elphinstone, Hester Maria, Viscountess Keith

(1764 – 1857),protégée of Samuel Johnson

Earliest work:From Mrs. Thrale to J at Ashbourne(1770)

Latest work:From Mrs. Thrale to Doctor Sam: Johnson(1784)

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:Letter 1 To Peter Winckel(1484)

Latest work:Letter 3130 To Conrad Goclenius(1536)

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)

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)

Fielding, Sarah

(1710 – 1768),novelist

Earliest work:78. To Samuel Richardson [Duke Street]. 8 Jan. 1748/9(1749)

Latest work:110. To Mrs Elizabeth Montagu 22 Aug. 1767(1767)

Fisher, Jabez Maud

(1750 – 1779),Quaker merchant and traveller

Earliest work:Journal A(1775)

Latest work:Journal P(1776)

Flatman, Thomas

(1635 – 1688),miniature painter and man of letters

Earliest work:Upon a Chine of Beef(1655)

Latest work:Lines to Archbishop Sancroft(1688)

Fletcher, John

(1579 – 1625),playwright

Earliest work:Henry VIII, or All Is True(1613)

Latest work:The Two Noble Kinsmen(1613)

Ford, John

(bap.1586 – d.1639),playwright

Earliest work:John Forde in commendation of his very good friend the Author(1606)

Latest work:On the best of English Poets, Ben: Jonson, Deceased(1638)

Gascoigne, George

(1534/5 – 1577),author and soldier

Earliest work:Supposes(1566)

Latest work:Certain notes of Instruction(1573)

Gay, John

(1685 – 1732),poet and playwright

Earliest work:The Toilette: A Town Eclogue(1706)

Latest work:A True and Faithful Narrative(1732)

Gladstone, William Ewart

(1809 – 1898),prime minister and author

Earliest work:Diary(1825)

Latest work:Diary(1896)

Godolphin, Sidney, first earl of Godolphin

(1645 – 1712),politician

Earliest work:Letter 1 Godolphin to the Countess [4 March 1701]: [4 March 1701](1701)

Latest work:Letter 1752 Godolphin to the Duchess [15 May 1711]1(1711)

Godwin, William

(1756 – 1836),philosopher and novelist

Earliest work:1. To [Richard Evans](1778)

Latest work:428. To Philip Hull Godwin 12 December(1805)

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang

(1749 – 1842),poet, dramatist, and scholar

Earliest work:Kennst du das Land, wo die Citronen blühn(1799)

Latest work:Faustus(1823)

Gray, Thomas

(1716 – 1771),poet and literary scholar

Earliest work:Latin Verses at Eton(1733)

Latest work:Ode for Music(1769)

Greene, Robert

(bap.1558 – d.1592),writer and playwright

Earliest work:II. Arbasto's Song(1584)

Latest work:XLVI. Sonnet(1599)

Greville, Fulke, first Baron Brooke of Beauchamps Court

(1554 – 1628),courtier and author

Earliest work:A Letter to an Honorable Lady(1601)

Latest work:A Dedication to Sir Philip Sidney(1612)

Grew, Nehemiah

(bap.1641 – d.1712),botanist and physician

Earliest work:The Meanes of a most Ample Encrease of The Wealth & Strength of England In a few years(1707)

Latest work:The Meanes of a most Ample Encrease of The Wealth & Strength of England In a few years(1707)

Guicciardini, Francesco

(1483 – 1540),historian and statesman

Earliest work:Ricordanze(1506)

Latest work:Ricordi(1530)

Hall, John

(bap.1627 – d.1656),poet and writer

Earliest work:Poems, The First Book(1646)

Latest work:To Colonel Richard Lovelace on the (1649)