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Gascoigne, George

(1534/5 – 1577),author and soldier

Earliest work:Supposes(1566)

Latest work:Certain notes of Instruction(1573)

Gathorne-Hardy, Gathorne, first Earl of Cranbrook

(1814 – 1906),politician

Earliest work:Diary(1866)

Latest work:Diary(1892)

Gawain-Poet, The

(fl. c.1375 – c.1400),poet

Earliest work:Unknown(c.1360–1400)

Latest work:Unknown(c.1360–1400)

Gay, John

(1685 – 1732),poet and playwright

Earliest work:To Nicholas Dennis (10 January)(1705)

Latest work:To Jonathan Swift (16 November)(1732)

Gentili, Alberico

(1552 – 1608),jurist

Earliest work:Dedicatory Epistle to Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex(1590)

Latest work:De Armis Romanis: The Wars of the Romans(1599)

Geoffrey of Burton, Abbot of Burton

(fl. 1107 – 1150),abbot of Burton 1114–50

Earliest work:Grant to Ralph f. Urvoi and his heir of Hampton [in Blithfield](c.1114)

Latest work:Grant to William in fee farm of the land of Pillatonhall(1133 × 1150)


(c.1146 – 1220/3),author and ecclesiastic

Earliest work:De Principis Instructione: Instruction for a Ruler(1191)

Latest work:De subito amore(c.1220/3)

Gervase of Tilbury

(1150 – c.1222),author

Earliest work:Commentary on the Lord's Prayer(1190 × 1204)

Latest work:Otia Imperialia: Recreation for an Emperor(1215)

Gilo of Paris, Cardinal-Bishop of Tusculum

(d. c.1139),monk and cardinal-bishop of Tusculum

Earliest work:Historia Vie Hierosolimitane: History of the Journey to Jerusalem(1119)

Latest work:Historia Vie Hierosolimitane: History of the Journey to Jerusalem(1119)

Gladstone, William Ewart

(1809 – 1898),prime minister and author

Earliest work:Diary(1825)

Latest work:Diary(1896)

Godolphin, Sidney, first earl of Godolphin

(1645 – 1712),politician

Earliest work:Letter 1 Godolphin to the Countess [4 March 1701]: [4 March 1701](1701)

Latest work:Letter 1752 Godolphin to the Duchess [15 May 1711]1(1711)

Godwin, William

(1756 – 1836),philosopher and novelist

Earliest work:1. To [Richard Evans](1778)

Latest work:To Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (6 August 1822)(1822)

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang

(1749 – 1832),poet, dramatist, and scholar

Earliest work:Kennst du das Land, wo die Citronen blühn(1799)

Latest work:Faust(1808)


(b. c.1035 – d. in or after 1107),Benedictine monk, musician, and hagiographer

Earliest work:Vita Sancte Werburge Virginis(1058–73)

Latest work:Vita Sancte Wihtburge Virginis(1106)

Gray, Thomas

(1716 – 1771),poet and literary scholar

Earliest work:Latin Verses at Eton(1733)

Latest work:To Norton Nicholls (28 June)(1771)

Green, T. H.

(1836 – 1882),philosopher

Earliest work:Prolegomena to Ethics(1882)

Latest work:Prolegomena to Ethics(1882)

Greene, Robert

(c.1558 – 1592),writer and playwright

Earliest work:II. Arbasto's Song(1584)

Latest work:XLVI. Sonnet(1599)

Gregory VII

(c.1015 – 1085),pope 1073–85

Earliest work:To Lanfranc, summer(1072)

Latest work:54 To all the faithful (July–Nov.)(1084)

Greville, Fulke, first Baron Brooke of Beauchamps Court

(1554 – 1628),courtier and author

Earliest work:To Lady Elizabeth Kitson (March)(1581)

Latest work:A Dedication to Sir Philip Sidney(1612)

Grew, Nehemiah

(bap.1641 – d.1712),botanist and physician

Earliest work:The Meanes of a most Ample Encrease of The Wealth & Strength of England In a few years(1707)

Latest work:The Meanes of a most Ample Encrease of The Wealth & Strength of England In a few years(1707)

Grosseteste, Robert, Bishop of Lincoln

(c.1170 – 1253),philosopher, theologian, translator, and natural scientist

Earliest work:De Artibus Liberalibus: On the Liberal Arts(c.1195–1211)

Latest work:Compotus(c.1217-1229)

Guicciardini, Francesco

(1483 – 1540),historian and statesman

Earliest work:Ricordanze(1506)

Latest work:Ricordi(1530)

Guy d'Amiens

(c.1014 – 1074/5),bishop of Amiens

Earliest work:Carmen de Hastingae Proelio: The Song of the Battle of Hastings(1067)

Latest work:Carmen de Hastingae Proelio: The Song of the Battle of Hastings(1067)

Hall, John

(bap.1627 – d.1656),poet and writer

Earliest work:Poems, The First Book(1646)

Latest work:To Colonel Richard Lovelace on the (1649)

Halley, Edmond

(1656 – 1742),astronomer

Earliest work:To John Flamsteed (10 March)(1675)

Latest work:Halley's Will(1736)

Hamilton, David

(1663 – 1721),man-midwife and physician

Earliest work:Diary(1709)

Latest work:Diary(1714)

Hamilton, Edward Walter

(1847 – 1908),civil servant and diarist

Earliest work:Diary (Saturday 24 April)(1880)

Latest work:Diary (Wednesday 1 July)(1885)

Hammond, William


Earliest work:Poems(1655)

Latest work:Poems(1655)

Hannay, Patrick

(fl. 1616 – 1630),poet

Earliest work:A Happy Husband(1619)

Latest work:Songs and Sonnets(1622)

Hardy, Emma Lavinia

(1840 – 1912),writer, activist, and first wife of Thomas Hardy

Earliest work:To Thomas Hardy (24 October)(1870)

Latest work:To the Revd R. Grosvenor Bartelot (1 August)(1912)

Hardy, Florence

(1879 – 1937),schoolteacher, writer, and second wife of Thomas Hardy

Earliest work:To the Superintendent, British Museum Reading Room(1906)

Latest work:To Wilfred Partington (30 August)(1937)

Hardy, Thomas

(1840 – 1928),novelist and poet

Earliest work:[?The Alms-House Clock?](1856)

Latest work:To the Revd. G. B. Cronshaw (10 December)(1927)

Harington, John

(bap.1560 – d.1612),courtier and author

Earliest work:Orlando Furioso(1591)

Latest work:The Comment(1604)

Hazlitt, William

(1778 – 1830),writer and painter

Earliest work:2. To the Editor of the Monthly Magazine [On Malthus](1808)

Latest work:205. Analytical Disquisition on Punch and Judy (with Charles Lamb) (ii)(1830)

Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich

(1770 – 1831),philosopher

Earliest work:On the Cosmological Proof(1807)

Latest work:The 1831 Lectures(1831)

Henry II, King of England

(1133 – 1189),king of England, duke of Normandy and of Aquitaine, and count of Anjou

Earliest work:4003 Vere, Aubrey de [23 July × December](1141)

Latest work:2050 Philip Augustus King of France (4 July)(1189)

Henry of Huntingdon

(c.1088 – c.1157),historian and poet

Earliest work:Godric Gustard's gift to the abbey of Le Bec and St Neots(1148)

Latest work:Historia Anglorum: The History of the English People(1154)

Henryson, Robert

(d. c.1490),poet

Earliest work:The Cock and the Jasp(1484)

Latest work:Unknown(c.1490)

Herbert, Edward, first Baron Herbert of Cherbury and first Baron Herbert of Castle Island

(1582 – 1648),diplomat and philosopher

Earliest work:<Parted Souls>(1608)

Latest work:Charissimo, Doctissimo, Jucundissimoque juxtim Amico Thomæ Master. Hoc Epitaph, mœrens. P.C. E. B. Herbert de Cherbury(1643)

Herbert, George

(1593 – 1633),Church of England clergyman and poet

Earliest work:I. Part of a letter to his Mother(1609)

Latest work:XIII. To the Right Honourable the Lady Anne, Countess of Pembr. and Montg. at Court(1631)

Herbert, Henry

(bap.1594 – d.1673),master of the revels

Earliest work:Revels Documents to 1642(1642)

Latest work:R97(1673)

Heritage, Thomas

(c.1500 – 1541),skinner

Earliest work:Account Book(1532)

Latest work:Account Book(1540)

Herman the Archdeacon

(?c.1040 – 1097/8),monk and hagiographer

Earliest work:De Symoniaca Heresey: On the Heresy Simony(1094–5)

Latest work:Miracles of St Edmund(1098)


(c.485 – c.425 BC),historian

Earliest work:Histories(c.430 BC)

Latest work:Histories(c.430 BC)

Herrick, Robert

(bap.1591 – d.1674),poet

Earliest work:A Country life To his Brother, M. Tho: Herrick(1610)

Latest work:To The King, Upon his welcome to Hampton-Court(1647)


(fl. 7th/8th century BC),epic poet

Earliest work:Theogony(c. 730–700 BC)

Latest work:Works and Days(c. 700 BC)

Heywood, Thomas

(c.1573 – 1641),playwright and poet

Earliest work:The Spanish Tragedy(1599)

Latest work:The Old Law(1618)

Hobbes, Thomas

(1588 – 1679),philosopher

Earliest work:Letter 2 6 [/16] November 1628 Hobbes to Christian Cavendish, Countess of Devonshire, from London(1628)

Latest work:Letter 209 18 [/28] August 1679 Hobbes to William Crooke, from Chatsworth(1679)

Hoccleve, Thomas

(c.1367 – 1426),poet and clerk

Earliest work:The Letter of Cupid(1402)

Latest work:The Friend's Advice(1422)

Hogg, James

(1770 – 1835),poet and novelist

Earliest work:To William Laidlaw(1800)

Latest work:Tales of the Wars of Montrose(1835)