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Leapor, Mary

(1722 – 1746),poet

Earliest work:Poems Upon Several Occasions (1748)(1746)

Latest work:Poems Upon Several Occasions (1751)(1746)

Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm

(1646 – 1716),mathematician and philosopher

Earliest work:Dissertatio de Arte Combinatoria: A Dissertation on Combinatorial Art(1665)

Latest work:To Edmond Halley (8 October)(1705)

Leonardo da Vinci

(1452 – 1519),polymath

Earliest work:The Codex Leicester(c.1509–12)

Latest work:The Codex Leicester(c.1509–12)

Leveson-Gower, Granville, second Earl Granville

(1815 – 1891),politician

Earliest work:To Lady Ashburton (17 February)(1853)

Latest work:To William Ewart Gladstone (29 July)(1886)

Lewes, George Henry

(1817 – 1878),writer

Earliest work:Percy Bysshe Shelley(1841)

Latest work:Rachel and Racine(1875)

Lillo, George

(1691/3 – 1739),playwright

Earliest work:Silvia(1730)

Latest work:Britannia and Batavia(1734)

Lily, William

(?1468 – 1522/3),grammarian and schoolmaster

Earliest work:Grammar of Latin in English(1522/3)

Latest work:Grammar of Latin in English(1522/3)

Livy

(59 BC – AD 17),historian

Earliest work:Ab Urbe Condita(before AD 17)

Latest work:Ab Urbe Condita(before AD 17)

Locke, John

(1632 – 1704),philosopher

Earliest work:Latin oration or letter(c.1650–1652)

Latest work:To Peter King (20 October)(1704)

Lodwick, Francis

(bap.1619 – d.1694),linguistic scholar

Earliest work:A Common Writing(1647)

Latest work:To John Aubrey(1685)

Longstreet, Augustus Baldwin

(1790 – 1870),lawyer, minister, educator, and humourist

Earliest work:The Dance: A Personal Adventure of the Author(1833)

Latest work:The Gnatville Gem(1843)

Lovelace, Richard

(1617 – 1657),poet and army officer

Earliest work:Lucasta, 1649(1649)

Latest work:An Elegy(1660)

Lowther, John, second baronet

(bap.1642 – d.1706),politician and industrialist

Earliest work:To the Bishop of Chester London, 21 April 1694(1694)

Latest work:To William Gilpin(1698)

Lucan

(AD 39 – 65),poet

Earliest work:Bellum Civile(AD 62)

Latest work:Bellum Civile(AD 62)

Lucretius

(94 – 55 BC),poet

Earliest work:De Rerum Natura(55 BC)

Latest work:De Rerum Natura(55 BC)

Lyly, John

(1554 – 1606),writer and playwright

Earliest work:A Warning for Wooers(1584)

Latest work:The Song at Theobalds(1606)

Macpherson, James

(1736 – 1796),writer

Earliest work:Fragments of Ancient Poetry(1760)

Latest work:Preface to The Poems of Ossian(1773)

Malebranche, Nicolas

(1638 – 1715),Cartesian philosopher

Earliest work:Treatise on Nature and Grace(1681)

Latest work:Treatise on Nature and Grace(1681)

Malory, Thomas

(1415/8 – 1471),author

Earliest work:The Tale of the Noble King Arthur(c.1462–70)

Latest work:The Most Piteous Tale of the Morte Arthur Saunz Guerdon(c.1469–70)

Mandeville, Bernard

(bap.1670 – d.1733),physician and political philosopher

Earliest work:The Grumbling Hive: or, Knaves turn'd Honest(1705)

Latest work:The Fable of the Bees. Part II(1729)