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Abelard, Peter

(1079 – 1142),philosopher, theologian, and logician

Earliest work:Collationes(c.1127–32)

Latest work:Ethics(c.1139–40)

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)

Adomnán, Abbot of Iona

(?AD 627/8 – 704),abbot of Iona and writer

Earliest work:Life of Columba(c.AD 688–704)

Latest work:Life of Columba(c.AD 688–704)

Aeschylus

(525/4 – 456/5 BC),tragic dramatist

Earliest work:The Persians(472 BC)

Latest work:The Libation Bearers(458 BC)

Albert of Aachen

(fl. c.1100),historian

Earliest work:Historia Ierosolimitana: History of the Journey to Jerusalem(c.1119–30)

Latest work:Historia Ierosolimitana: History of the Journey to Jerusalem(c.1119–30)

Albertus Magnus, Bishop of Regensburg

(c.1200 – 1280),theologian

Earliest work:Unknown(c.1250–1280)

Latest work:Unknown(c.1250–1280)

Alcott, Louisa May

(1832 – 1888),author

Earliest work:Journal(1843)

Latest work:Journal(1888)

Alcuin

(c.AD 740 – 804),abbot of St Martin's, Tours, and royal adviser

Earliest work:The Bishops, Kings, and Saints of York(c.AD 781–793)

Latest work:The Bishops, Kings, and Saints of York(c.AD 781–793)

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:Henry and Eliza(1787–8)

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)