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Cotton, Charles

(1630 – 1687),poet and translator

Earliest work:An Elegy upon the Death of Henry, Lord Hastings(1649)

Latest work:The Idea(1687)

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:To George Crabbe, Junior (7 January)(1832)

Crashaw, Richard

(1612/3 – 1648),poet

Earliest work:In faciem Augustiss. Regis à morbillis integram.(1632)

Latest work:Epithalamium(1635)

Cromwell, Oliver, Lord Protector of England, Scotland, and Ireland

(1599 – 1658),English statesman, politician and soldier

Earliest work:Letter to Henry Downhall(1626)

Latest work:Final prayer of Oliver Cromwell(1658)

Cromwell, Thomas, first Earl of Essex

(c.1485 – 1540),royal minister

Earliest work:To John Creke (17 August)(1523)

Latest work:To the Lords of the Council (24 July)(1540)

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)

Curtius Rufus, Quintus

(fl. ?1st century AD),historian

Earliest work:Histories of Alexander the Great(AD 20–120)

Latest work:Histories of Alexander the Great(AD 20–120)

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)

Darwin, Charles

(1809 – 1882),naturalist, geologist, and originator of the theory of natural selection

Earliest work:Diary of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle(1836)

Latest work:Autobiography(1882)

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)

Davidson, John

(1857 – 1909),schoolteacher and writer

Earliest work:Ayrshire Jock(c.1880)

Latest work:Cain's Final Blessing [from Cain](1909)

Davies, John

(c.1569 – 1626),lawyer and poet

Earliest work:Sonnet 1(1591)

Latest work:On the Name of Charolus, Being the Diminative of Charus(1625)

Davy, Humphry

(1778 – 1829),chemist and inventor

Earliest work:To Cornelius Cardew(1793)

Latest work:To Lavinio de Medici Spada (27 April)(1829)

De Quincey, Thomas

(1785 – 1859),essayist

Earliest work:Juvenilia(1799–1800)

Latest work:Appendix [to ‘Lord Carlisle on Pope’](1859)

Defoe, Daniel

(1660 – 1731),writer and businessman

Earliest work:To Daniel Finch, Earl of Nottingham(1703)

Latest work:To Henry Baker(1730)

Dekker, Thomas

(c.1572 – 1632),playwright and pamphleteer

Earliest work:The Whole Royal and Magnificent Entertainment of King James(1603)

Latest work:The Sun's Darling(1624)

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(1597–8)

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)

Eadmer of Canterbury

(b. c.1060 – d. in or after 1126),Benedictine monk and historian

Earliest work:Vita Sancti Odonis: The Life of St Oda(c.1089–93)

Latest work:Vita et Miracula Sancti Oswaldi: The Life and Miracles of St Oswald(c.1113–6)

Edgeworth, Maria

(1768 – 1849),novelist and educationist

Earliest work:Maria Edgeworth to Sophy Ruxton (15 Oct)(1802)

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

Eliot, George

(1819 – 1880),novelist

Earliest work:Scenes of Clerical Life(1857)

Latest work:Daniel Deronda(1876)

Emerson, Ralph Waldo

(1803 – 1882),lecturer and author

Earliest work:The Genius and National Character of the Anglo-Saxon Race(1843)

Latest work:The Rule of Life(1867)


(c.239 – 169 BC),poet

Earliest work:Annals(169 BC)

Latest work:Annals(169 BC)

Erasmus Roterodamus, Desiderius

(c.1467 – 1536),humanist scholar and reformer

Earliest work:To Peter Winckel(1484)

Latest work:To Conrad Goclenius (28 June)(1536)


(c.485 – 406 BC),tragic dramatist

Earliest work:Alcestis(438 BC)

Latest work:Iphigenia at Aulis(406 BC)

Evelyn, John

(1620 – 1706),diarist and writer

Earliest work:Anacreontea 21(c.1630–50)

Latest work:Diary(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)

Fantosme, Jordan

(fl. 1170 – 1180),historian

Earliest work:Chronicle(1174–5)

Latest work:Chronicle(1174–5)

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)

Fichte, Johann Gottlieb

(1762 – 1814),philosopher

Earliest work:I. Philosophy [Monday, February 24](1794)

Latest work:Outline of what is Distinctive of the Wissenschaftslehre with regard to the Theoretical Power(1795)

Fielding, Henry

(1707 – 1754),author and magistrate

Earliest work:To Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (September)(1727)

Latest work:To John Fielding (20 September)(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)

Finch, Anne, Countess of Winchilsea

(1661 – 1720),poet

Earliest work:An Apology for my fearful temper in a letter in Burlesque upon the firing of my chimney at Wye College(1702)

Latest work:To His Excellency the Lord Cartret at Stockholm(1720)

Fisher, Jabez Maud

(1750 – 1779),Quaker merchant and traveller

Earliest work:Journal A(1775)

Latest work:Journal P(1776)

Fisher, John, Bishop of Rochester

(c.1469 – 1535),bishop of Rochester, cardinal, and martyr

Earliest work:Treatise on the Penitential Psalms(1507–8)

Latest work:Against the Pernicious Doctrine of Martin Luther(1521)

Fitzball, Edward

(1793 – 1873),playwright and writer

Earliest work:The Inchcape Bell(1828)

Latest work:The Inchcape Bell(1828)

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)

Frazer, J. G.

(1854 – 1941),social anthropologist and classical scholar

Earliest work:To J. M. Image, October 1875 Trinity College, Cambridge(1875)

Latest work:To J. J. Thomson, 2 May 1931 Albemarle Club, London(1931)

Fulbert of Chartres, Bishop of Chartres

(d.1028),bishop of Chartres and teacher

Earliest work:To Abbot Abbo of Fleury, 2 February–11 July(1004)

Latest work:To Bishop Reginardus of Liège(late 1027–early 1028)

Gaimar, Geffrei

(fl. 1136 – 1137),Anglo-Norman poet and historian

Earliest work:Estoire des Engleis: History of the English(1136–7)

Latest work:Estoire des Engleis: History of the English(1136–7)