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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)

Burchard of Mount Sion

(fl. c.1283 – c.1285),German priest, Dominican friar, pilgrim and author

Earliest work:Descriptio Terrae Sanctae: Description of the Holy Land(1283/4)

Latest work:Descriptio Terrae Sanctae: Description of the Holy Land(1283/4)

Burge, Dolly Lunt

(1817 – 1891),diarist

Earliest work:Diary(1879)

Latest work:Diary(1879)

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 Esther Burney (30 September)(1751)

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

Burney, Frances

(1752 – 1840),writer

Earliest work:Fanny Burney's First Poem(1763–4)

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

Burney, Sarah Harriet

(1772 – 1844),writer

Earliest work:To Mary Young (4 December)(1792)

Latest work:To Charlotte (Francis) Barrett (19 December)(1843)

Burns, Robert

(1759 – 1796),poet

Earliest work:Oh once I loved(1774)

Latest work:To James Armour (18 July)(1796)

Burton, Robert

(1577 – 1640),writer

Earliest work:The Anatomy of Melancholy(1620)

Latest work:The Anatomy of Melancholy(1620)

Butler, Joseph

(1692 – 1752),moral philosopher and theologian

Earliest work:Butler to Clarke, November 4th, 1713(1713)

Latest work:Analogy of Religion(1736)

Butler, Samuel

(bap.1613 – d.1680),poet

Earliest work:Hudibras(1658)

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

Byrhtferth of Ramsey

(fl. c.AD 986 – c.1020),Benedictine monk and scholar

Earliest work:Vita Sancti Oswaldi: The Life of St Oswald(c.AD 997–1102)

Latest work:Vita Sancti Ecgwini: The Life of St Ecgwine(c.1000–1016)

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)

Carlyle, Thomas

(1795 – 1881),author, biographer, and historian

Earliest work:The French Revolution(1837)

Latest work:Thomas Carlyle, Charles Dickens and John Forster to the Editor of the Times (8 February)(1856)

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)

Caxton, William

(1415 – 1492),printer and translator

Earliest work:History of Troy(c.1473–4)

Latest work:Blanchardin and Eglantine(1489)

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)

Chaucer, Geoffrey

(c.1340 – 1400),poet and clerk

Earliest work:The Romaunt of the Rose(c.1360–9)

Latest work:The Canterbury Tales(1400)

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

(c.AD 370 – ?c.404),poet

Earliest work:The Rape of Proserpine(c.AD 390–7)

Latest work:Panegyric on the Sixth Consulship of Honorius(AD 402–3)

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:To Anne and George Clough (11 March)(1829)

Latest work:Mari Magno(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, Hartley

(1796 – 1849),writer

Earliest work:To Robert Southey (4 March)(1807)

Latest work:To Edward Moxon (1 January)(1848)

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor

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

Earliest work:To his Mother (4 February)(1785)

Latest work:To J. H. Green and Mrs. Gillman (24 July)(1834)

Coleridge, Sara

(1802 – 1852),writer and literary editor

Earliest work:Valentine written in girlhood — perhaps at 13 years of age(c.1815)

Latest work:Doggrel Charm(1852)

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)

Consentius

(fl. ?5th century AD),grammarian

Earliest work:De Barbarismis et Metaplasmis(?5th century AD)

Latest work:De Barbarismis et Metaplasmis(?5th century AD)

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, Bishop of Durham

(1595 – 1672),bishop

Earliest work:A Collection of Private Devotions(1627)

Latest work:Paper of Episcopal Questions offered to the Savoy Conference "as from some considerable Person" (attrib.)(1661)