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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)

Mandeville, John

(supp. fl. c.1357),writer

Earliest work:Travels(?c.1357)

Latest work:Travels(?c.1357)

Manning, Henry Edward

(1808 – 1892),Roman Catholic convert and cardinal-archbishop of Westminster

Earliest work:To William Ewart Gladstone (9 August)(1833)

Latest work:To William Ewart Gladstone (26 November)(1891)

Map, Walter

(d.1209),royal clerk, raconteur, and satirist

Earliest work:De nugis curalium(1193)

Latest work:De nugis curalium(1193)

Marcus Aurelius

(AD 121 – 180),Emperor and writer

Earliest work:Marcus to Fronto(AD 139–150)

Latest work:Meditations(AD 180)

Marlowe, Christopher

(c.1564 – 1593),playwright and poet

Earliest work:All Ovid's Elegies(1582)

Latest work:Hero and Leander(1593)

Marmion, Shackerley

(1603 – 1639),playwright and poet

Earliest work:The Legend of Cupid and Psyche(1637)

Latest work:The Legend of Cupid and Psyche(1637)

Marsh, Adam

(c.1200 – 1259),Franciscan friar, biblical scholar, and teacher

Earliest work:To Thomas Gallus, Abbot of St Andrew's, Vercelli(1242–3)

Latest work:To Bonaventure, Minister General of the Friars Minor(1259)

Martial

(AD 40 – 101),poet

Earliest work:Liber Spectaculorum(AD 80)

Latest work:Epigrammatum Liber XII(AD 101)

Martineau, Harriet

(1802 – 1876),writer and journalist

Earliest work:To the Revd Dr Lant Carpenter (24 July)(1819)

Latest work:To Isabella Spring Brown (25 December)(1874)

Marvell, Andrew

(1621 – 1678),poet and politician

Earliest work:To his Noble Friend Mr. Richard Lovelace, upon his Poems(1649)

Latest work:Miscellaneous Letters(1678)