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Otway, Thomas

(1652 – 1685),playwright and poet

Earliest work:Alcibiades(1675)

Latest work:Windsor Castle(1685)


(43 BC – AD 17/18),poet

Earliest work:Amores(16 BC)

Latest work:Epistulae ex Ponto(17)

Palmer, Samuel

(1805 – 1881),landscape painter and etcher

Earliest work:To Samuel Palmer Senior(1814)

Latest work:To [Alfred Herbert Palmer](1881)

Pater, Walter

(1839 – 1894),author and aesthete

Earliest work:An Imaginary Portrait: The Child in the House(1878)

Latest work:Gaston de Latour(1894)

Peacock, Thomas Love

(1785 – 1866),satirical novelist and poet

Earliest work:1. To Sarah Peacock, 14 August(1792)

Latest work:336. To Lord Broughton, 7 October(1865)

Peele, George

(bap.1556 – d.1596),poet and playwright

Earliest work:Titus Andronicus(1589)

Latest work:Edward III(1595)

Pepys, Samuel

(1633 – 1703),naval official and diarist

Earliest work:1 S.P. to John Pepys Senior(1663)

Latest work:183 S.P. to Sir J. Lowther(1689)


(AD 34 – 62),poet

Earliest work:Saturae(62)

Latest work:Saturae(62)

Peter of Celle, Bishop of Chartres

(c.1115 – 1183),bishop of Chartres

Earliest work:To Pope Eugenius III, 15 Feb.(1145 × 1147)

Latest work:To Nicholas of St. Albans(1181)

Peter of Spain

(fl. 13th century AD),logician and physician, sometimes identified as Peter Juliani, Pope John XXI

Earliest work:Summulae Logicales: Summaries of Logic(c.1230–45)

Latest work:Summulae Logicales: Summaries of Logic(c.1230–45)


(d. AD 66),writer

Earliest work:Satyricon(AD 66 or before)

Latest work:Satyricon(AD 66 or before)

Philips, Katherine

(1632 – 1664),poet

Earliest work:On the 3rd of September, 1651(1651)

Latest work:To his Grace Gilbert, Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, July 10, 1664(1664)


(428/7 – 347 BC),philosopher

Earliest work:unknown(c.399 BC)

Latest work:Laws(c.360–347 BC)


(c.254 – 184 BC),comic dramatist

Earliest work:unknown(c.205 BC)

Latest work:unknown(before 184 BC)

Pliny the Elder

(AD 23/4 – 79),writer

Earliest work:Naturalis Historia(AD 79)

Latest work:Naturalis Historia(AD 79)

Pliny the Younger

(c.AD 61 – c.112),writer

Earliest work:Panegyricus(AD 100)

Latest work:Epistulae(AD 113)

Poetic Edda, The

(c.AD 880 – c.1350),collection of Old Norse anonymous poems

Earliest work:Hamðismál(c.AD 880–900)

Latest work:Grottasǫngr(c.1300–1350)

Pope, Alexander

(1688 – 1744),poet

Earliest work:To Wycherley (26 December)(1704)

Latest work:To Allen (7 May)(1744)

Prior, Matthew

(1664 – 1721),poet and diplomat

Earliest work:On the Marriage of George Prince of Denmark, and the Lady Anne(1683)

Latest work:To Jonathan Swift (25 April)(1721)


(50 – 16 BC),poet

Earliest work:Liber I(28 BC)

Latest work:Liber IV(16 BC)

Pugin, A. W. N.

(1812 – 1852),architect, writer, and designer

Earliest work:To Jane Elizabeth Gough, London, Thursday, 17 June 1830(1830)

Latest work:To John Rouse Bloxam London, Thursday, 26 February 1852?(1852)


(c.AD 35 – c.100),rhetorician

Earliest work:Institutio Oratoria(c.AD 95)

Latest work:Institutio Oratoria(c.AD 95)

Quintus Curtius Rufus

(fl. 1st century AD),historian

Earliest work:Historiae Alexandri Magni(20–120)

Latest work:Historiae Alexandri Magni(20–120)

Quintus Tullius Cicero

(c.102 – 43 BC),politician

Earliest work:Verses quoted in Ausonius(80–43 BC)

Latest work:Commentariolum Petitionis (attrib.)(65 BC–AD 100)

Reid, Thomas

(1710 – 1796),natural and moral philosopher

Earliest work:Thomas Reid and [John Stewart] to ?(1737–8)

Latest work:To [John Bell] (28 June)(1796)

Richard fitz Nigel, Bishop of London

(c.1130 – 1198),administrator, writer, and bishop of London

Earliest work:Dialogus de Scaccario: The Dialogue of the Exchequer(c.1177–98)

Latest work:Dialogus de Scaccario: The Dialogue of the Exchequer(c.1177–98)

Robert de Torigni, Abbot of Mont-St-Michel

(c.1110 – 1186),chronicler and abbot of Mont-St-Michel

Earliest work:Gesta Normannorum Ducum: The History of the Dukes of Normandy(1159)

Latest work:Gesta Normannorum Ducum: The History of the Dukes of Normandy(1159)

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel

(1828 – 1882),painter and poet

Earliest work:To Maria Margaret Polidori (7 April)(1835)

Latest work:To Theodore Watts-Dunton (5 April)(1882)


(86 – 35 BC),historian and politician

Earliest work:Bellum Catilinae(c.42/41 BC)

Latest work:Historiae(before 35 BC)

Salluste Du Bartas, Guillaume

(1544 – 1590),poet

Earliest work:The Divine Weeks and Works(1590)

Latest work:The Divine Weeks and Works(1590)

Savile, George, first marquess of Halifax

(1633 – 1695),politician and political writer

Earliest work:A Character of Dr. Burnet(1673)

Latest work:Miscellaneous Thoughts and Reflections(1694)

Saxo Grammaticus

(c.1160 – c.1220),historian, theologian and author

Earliest work:Gesta Danorum: The History of the Danes(c.1208–19)

Latest work:Gesta Danorum: The History of the Danes(c.1208–19)

Schopenhauer, Arthur

(1788 – 1860),philosopher

Earliest work:Weimar, Sonnet(1808)

Latest work:Power of Attraction(1857)

Scott, Walter

(1771 – 1832),poet and novelist

Earliest work:War Song, for the Edinburgh Cavalry Association(1803)

Latest work:Count Robert of Paris(1831)


(after 4 BC – AD 65),philosopher, statesman, and dramatist

Earliest work:unknown(c.AD 35)

Latest work:unknown(before AD 65)

Shakespeare, William

(1564 – 1616),playwright and poet

Earliest work:The Reign of King Edward the Third(1588)

Latest work:Measure for Measure(1623)

Sharp, Robert

(1773 – 1843),diarist and schoolmaster

Earliest work:Robert Sharp and Ann Sharp to William Sharp (1 February)(1813)

Latest work:Diary(1837)

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft

(1797 – 1851),writer

Earliest work:Journals(1814)

Latest work:Journals(1844)

Shelley, Percy Bysshe

(1792 – 1822),poet

Earliest work:To Miss Kate, Horsham(1803)

Latest work:To Jane Williams, Lerici(1822)

Sheridan, Richard Brinsley

(1751 – 1816),playwright and politician

Earliest work:To Richard Chamberlaine (2 March 1766)(1766)

Latest work:To George Canning (19 June 1816)(1816)

Sheridan, Thomas

(1687 – 1738),schoolmaster and Church of Ireland clergyman

Earliest work:The Intelligencer(1728)

Latest work:To Jonathan Swift (22 June)(1737)

Sidney, Philip

(1554 – 1586),author and courtier

Earliest work:Sidney to Sir William Cecil, Oxford, 12 March 1568/9(1569)

Latest work:The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia(1586)

Sidney, Robert, first earl of Leicester

(1563 – 1626),courtier and poet

Earliest work:The Poems(1597)

Latest work:The Poems(1597)

Silius Italicus

(AD 28 – 103),poet

Earliest work:Punica(AD 102)

Latest work:Punica(AD 102)

Skelton, John

(c.1460 – 1529),poet

Earliest work:The Lament of the Soul of Edward IV(c.1483)

Latest work:From Collyn Clout (1–719; 888-1095; 1118–1269; Epilogue)(c.1521/2)

Smart, Christopher

(1722 – 1771),poet

Earliest work:Carmen CL. Alexandri Pope in S. Cæciliam Latine redditum(1756)

Latest work:V. The Buffoon and Country-Fellow(1764)

Smith, Adam

(bap.1723 – d.1790),moral philosopher and political economist

Earliest work:Of the External Senses(1739)

Latest work:To Thomas Cadell (25 May)(1790)

Smollett, Tobias

(1721 – 1771),writer

Earliest work:To James Smollett of Bonhill (4 April)(1737)

Latest work:To George William Renner (21 August)(1771)


(c.496 – c.406 BC),tragic dramatist

Earliest work:Unknown(480–406 BC)

Latest work:Unknown(480–406 BC)

Southerne, Thomas

(1660 – 1746),playwright

Earliest work:Lisander, or the Soldier of Fortune(1681)

Latest work:To Richard Rawlinson (17 November)(1737)