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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)

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:Adam Bede(1859)

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)

Ennius

(c.239 – 169 BC),poet

Earliest work:Annales(169 BC)

Latest work:Annales(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)

Euripides

(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)

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)

Fielding, Henry

(1707 – 1754),author and magistrate

Earliest work:1. To Lady Mary Wortley Montagu [London, Sept. 1727?](1727)

Latest work:5. To John Fielding [Junqueira, nr. Lisbon, late Sept. 1754](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)

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)

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)

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)

Gay, John

(1685 – 1732),poet and playwright

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

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

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)

Goscelin

(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

(bap.1558 – d.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:1.1 To Abbot Desiderius of Montecassino (23 April)(1073)

Latest work:8.23 To his legates Cardinal-bishop Peter of Albano and Prince Gisulf of Salerno(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)

Guicciardini, Francesco

(1483 – 1540),historian and statesman

Earliest work:Ricordanze(1506)

Latest work:Ricordi(1530)

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)

Hamilton, David

(1663 – 1721),man-midwife and physician

Earliest work:Diary(1709)

Latest work:Diary(1714)

Hammond, William

(b.1614),poet

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, Thomas

(1840 – 1928),novelist and poet

Earliest work:Amabel(1865)

Latest work:George Meredith(1909)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

Hogg, James

(1770 – 1835),poet and novelist

Earliest work:To William Laidlaw(1800)

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

Hooker, Richard

(1554 – 1600),theologian and philosopher

Earliest work:Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity(1593)

Latest work:Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity(1593)

Hopkins, Gerard Manley

(1844 – 1889),poet

Earliest work:To His Mother(1852)

Latest work:To His Mother (Dictated; 8 May)(1889)

Horace

(65 – 8 BC),poet

Earliest work:Epodes(30 BC)

Latest work:Carminum Liber Quartus(13 BC)

Howe, Julia Ward

(1819 – 1910),poet, author, and woman suffrage leader

Earliest work:The Hermaphrodite(c.1850)

Latest work:The Hermaphrodite(c.1850)

Hugh

(d. c.1140),historian

Earliest work:The History of the Church of York(c.1127–40)

Latest work:The History of the Church of York(c.1127–40)

Hume, David

(1711 – 1776),philosopher and historian

Earliest work:To Michael Ramsay (4 July)(1727)

Latest work:To Adam Smith (23 August)(1776)

Hutchinson, Lucy

(1620 – 1681),poet and biographer

Earliest work:Lucretius's De Rerum Natura(1658)

Latest work:Selections from the Theological Notebook(1673)

Hyde, Edward, first earl of Clarendon

(1609 – 1674),politician and historian

Earliest work:On the death of Dr Donne(1633)

Latest work:The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England(1641)

Isidore of Seville

(c.AD 560 – 636),clergyman and scholar

Earliest work:Etymologiae(c.625)

Latest work:Etymologiae(c.625)

Jacob, Henry

(1562/3 – 1624),semi-separatist minister

Earliest work:The Defence(1620)

Latest work:The Defence(1620)

James VI & I, King of Scotland, England, and Ireland

(1566 – 1625),king of Scotland, England, and Ireland

Earliest work:To Sir Francis Walsingham (9 September)(1586)

Latest work:A Proclamation for better furnishing the Navy (20 March 1625)(1625)

Jeake, Samuel

(1652 – 1699),merchant and astrologer

Earliest work:A Diary of Actions & Accidents in the Life of Samuel Jeake(1699)

Latest work:A Diary of Actions & Accidents in the Life of Samuel Jeake(1699)

Jeffreys, Joyce

(fl. 1638 – 1648),spinster

Earliest work:Transcript of Joyce Jeffrey's Will(1648)

Latest work:Business and Household Accounts(1651)

Jerome

(AD 347 – 420),priest, theologian, and historian

Earliest work:Vita Malchi(391–2)

Latest work:Vita Malchi(391–2)

Johnson, Joseph

(1738 – 1809),bookseller

Earliest work:To Benjamin Franklin (4 November)(1766)

Latest work:To William Henry (29 November)(1809)

Johnson, Samuel

(1709 – 1784),author and lexicographer

Earliest work:To Johnson's mother at Lichfield(1719)

Latest work:To William Strahan(1784)

Jonson, Benjamin

(1572 – 1637),poet and playwright

Earliest work:A Tale of a Tub(1596)

Latest work:An Epigram to my jovial Good Friend Mr. Robert Dover(1636)

Josselin, Ralph

(1617 – 1683),Church of England clergyman and diarist

Earliest work:Diary(1641)

Latest work:Diary(1683)

Junius

(fl. 1768 – 1773),political writer

Earliest work:Letter I: Addressed to the printer of the Public Advertiser 21 January 1769(1769)

Latest work:Nemesis 12 May 1772(1772)

Juvenal

(AD 60 – 140),poet

Earliest work:Saturae(140)

Latest work:Saturae(140)

King, Henry

(1592 – 1669),poet and bishop of Chichester

Earliest work:An Essay on Death and a Prison(1612)

Latest work:Poems not included in the Edition of 1657(1664)

Knighton, Henry

(d. c.1396),chronicler and Augustinian canon

Earliest work:Chronicle 1337–1396(1396)

Latest work:Chronicle 1337–1396(1396)

Kyd, Thomas

(bap.1558 – d.1594),playwright and translator

Earliest work:The Spanish Tragedy(1585)

Latest work:Cornelia(1593)

Kynaston, Francis

(1586/7 – 1642),writer and founder of an academy of learning

Earliest work:Leoline and Sydanis(1642)

Latest work:Cynthiades, or Amorous Sonnets(1642)

Lanfranc, Archbishop of Canterbury

(c.1010 – 1089),archbishop of Canterbury

Earliest work:The Monastic Constitutions(1077–83)

Latest work:The Monastic Constitutions(1077–83)

Latham, Richard

(1699 – 1767),smallholder and textile producer

Earliest work:The Account Book(1724–67)

Latest work:The Account Book(1724–67)

Leapor, Mary

(1722 – 1746),poet

Earliest work:Poems Upon Several Occasions (1748)(1746)

Latest work:Poems Upon Several Occasions (1751)(1746)

Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm

(1646 – 1716),mathematician and philosopher

Earliest work:From On the Art of Combination(1666)

Latest work:The New System of the Nature of Substances(1695)

Leveson-Gower, Granville, second Earl Granville

(1815 – 1891),politician

Earliest work:To William Ewart Gladstone (26 August 1876)(1876)

Latest work:To William Ewart Gladstone (29 July 1886)(1886)

Lewes, George Henry

(1817 – 1878),writer

Earliest work:Percy Bysshe Shelley(1841)

Latest work:Rachel and Racine(1875)

Lillo, George

(1691/3 – 1739),playwright

Earliest work:Silvia(1730)

Latest work:Britannia and Batavia(1734)

Lily, William

(1468 – 1522/3),grammarian and schoolmaster

Earliest work:Grammar of Latin in English(1522/3)

Latest work:Grammar of Latin in English(1522/3)

Livy

(59 BC – AD 17),historian

Earliest work:Ab Urbe Condita Libri(before 17)

Latest work:Ab Urbe Condita Libri(before 17)

Locke, John

(1632 – 1704),philosopher

Earliest work:Latin oration or letter(c.1650–1652)

Latest work:To Peter King (20 October)(1704)

Lodwick, Francis

(bap.1619 – d.1694),linguistic scholar

Earliest work:A Common Writing(1647)

Latest work:To John Aubrey(1685)

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)

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)

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)