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Abelard, Peter

(1079 – 1142),philosopher, theologian, and logician

Earliest work:Collationes(c.1127–32)

Latest work:Ethics(c.1139–40)

Addison, Joseph

(1672 – 1719),writer and politician

Earliest work:To Jacob Tonson, the elder (12 February 1695)(1695)

Latest work:To John Grigsby (8 June 1719)(1719)

Adomnán, Abbot of Iona

(?AD 627/8 – 704),abbot of Iona and writer

Earliest work:Life of Columba(c.AD 688–704)

Latest work:Life of Columba(c.AD 688–704)


(525/4 – 456/5 BC),tragic dramatist

Earliest work:The Persians(472 BC)

Latest work:The Libation Bearers(458 BC)

Albert of Aachen

(fl. c.1100),historian

Earliest work:Historia Ierosolimitana: History of the Journey to Jerusalem(c.1119–30)

Latest work:Historia Ierosolimitana: History of the Journey to Jerusalem(c.1119–30)

Albertus Magnus, Bishop of Regensburg

(c.1200 – 1280),theologian

Earliest work:Unknown(c.1250–1280)

Latest work:Unknown(c.1250–1280)

Alcott, Louisa May

(1832 – 1888),author

Earliest work:Journal(1843)

Latest work:Journal(1888)


(c.AD 740 – 804),abbot of St Martin's, Tours, and royal adviser

Earliest work:The Bishops, Kings, and Saints of York(c.AD 781–793)

Latest work:The Bishops, Kings, and Saints of York(c.AD 781–793)

Andrewes, Lancelot

(1555 – 1626),bishop of Winchester

Earliest work:A Sermon preached at the spittle by M[aster] Andrewes the Wednesday in Easter week. April. 10. 1588(1588)

Latest work:XIII. A Sermon Preached at White-hall, on Easter day the 16. of April. 1620(1620)

Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury

(c.1033 – 1109),abbot of Bec and archbishop of Canterbury

Earliest work:To Lanfranc, Archbishop of Canterbury (c. September)(1070)

Latest work:To Lanfranc, Archbishop of Canterbury (May or June)(1089)


(c.AD 125 – after 170),writer

Earliest work:unknown(AD 140–190)

Latest work:unknown(AD 140–190)

Arbuthnot, John

(bap.1667 – d.1735),physician and satirist

Earliest work:I. Law Is a Bottomless-Pit(1712)

Latest work:To Jonathan Swift (4 October)(1734)


(c.450 – c.385 BC),comic dramatist

Earliest work:The Acharnians(425 BC)

Latest work:Wealth(388 BC)


(384 – 322 BC),philosopher

Earliest work:Unknown(c.335–323 BC)

Latest work:Unknown(c.335–323 BC)

Arnold, Matthew

(1822 – 1888),poet, writer, and inspector of schools

Earliest work:To Arthur Hugh Clough (28 March)(1845)

Latest work:To John Henry Newman (10 January)(1876)


(AD 3 – 88),historian

Earliest work:unknown(AD 20–57)

Latest work:unknown(AD 57–88)

Ashmole, Elias

(1617 – 1692),astrologer and antiquary

Earliest work:Ashmole's Autobiographical and Historical Notes His Correspondence and Other Contemporary Sources Relating to His Life and Work(1692)

Latest work:Ashmole's Autobiographical and Historical Notes His Correspondence and Other Contemporary Sources Relating to His Life and Work(1692)

Aulus Gellius

(c.AD 125 – after 180),author and grammarian

Earliest work:Noctes Atticae(AD 140–180)

Latest work:Noctes Atticae(AD 140–180)


(AD 310 – 395),poet

Earliest work:Opera(AD 395)

Latest work:Opera(AD 395)

Austen, Jane

(1775 – 1817),novelist

Earliest work:Henry and Eliza(1787–8)

Latest work:To ?Frances Tilson(1817)

Ayres, Philip

(1638 – 1712),poet and translator

Earliest work:Lyric Poems(1687)

Latest work:Lyric Poems(1687)

Bacon, Francis, Viscount St Alban

(1561 – 1626),lord chancellor, politician, and philosopher

Earliest work:Letter of advice to the queen(1584)

Latest work:To Elizabeth Stuart (16 September)(1625)

Barbauld, Anna Letitia

(1743 – 1825),poet and essayist

Earliest work:To Mrs Priestley, on her Leaving Warrington(1767)

Latest work:Unknown(1824–5)

Barnes, William

(1801 – 1886),poet and philologist

Earliest work:Eclogue: The Common A-Took In(1834)

Latest work:The Geäte A-Vallèn To(1886)

Batteux, Charles

(1713 – 1780),philosopher

Earliest work:The Fine Arts Reduced to a Single Principle(1746)

Latest work:The Fine Arts Reduced to a Single Principle(1746)

Baxter, Richard

(1615 – 1691),ejected minister and religious writer

Earliest work:To Benjamin Cox Coventry?, 4 July(1644)

Latest work:To Stephen Lobb post 4 September(1691)


(AD 673/4 – 735),monk, historian, and theologian

Earliest work:Historia Abbatum: History of the Abbots of Wearmouth and Jarrow(AD 716)

Latest work:To Bishop Ecgbert (5 November)(AD 734)

Behn, Aphra

(1640 – 1689),writer

Earliest work:The Forc'd Marriage(1670)

Latest work:The Widdow Ranter(1689)

Benlowes, Edward

(1602 – 1676),poet

Earliest work:Theophila(1652)

Latest work:The Summary of Wisdom(1657)

Bentham, Jeremy

(1748 – 1832),philosopher, jurist, and reformer

Earliest work:To Rebecca Bentham (3 January)(1752)

Latest work:Deontology(1831)

Best, Henry

(c.1592 – 1645),landowner and farmer

Earliest work:The Farming Book(1645)

Latest work:Will of Henry Best(1645)

Bierce, Ambrose

(1842 – ?1914),author and journalist

Earliest work:Basilica(1867)

Latest work:The Passing of Satire(1912)

Blackstone, William

(1723 – 1780),legal writer and judge

Earliest work:Book I: Of The Rights of Persons(1765)

Latest work:Book IV: Of Public Wrongs(1769)

Blake, William

(1757 – 1827),engraver, artist, and poet

Earliest work:Song ("How sweet I roam'd from field to field")(1772)

Latest work:To John Linnell (3 July)(1827)


(c.AD 480 – 524),statesman and philosopher

Earliest work:De Consolatione Philosophiae: The Consolation of Philosophy(c.AD 524)

Latest work:De Consolatione Philosophiae: The Consolation of Philosophy(c.AD 524)

Bolzano, Bernard

(1781 – 1848),moral philosopher and epistemologist

Earliest work:Theory of Science(1830)

Latest work:Theory of Science(1830)

Boswell, James

(1740 – 1795),lawyer, diarist, and biographer of Samuel Johnson

Earliest work:To Temple, (?October)(1756)

Latest work:To Gibb (27 March)(1795)

Bosworth, William

(d. in or before 1651),poet

Earliest work:Arcadius and Sepha(1626)

Latest work:Hinc Lachrimae, Or the Author to Aurora(1627)

Boyle, Robert

(1627 – 1691),natural philosopher

Earliest work:Materials and Addenda(1650)

Latest work:The General History of the Air(1691)

British Drama 1533–1642: A Catalogue

(1533 – 1642),a detailed play-by-play catalogue of drama written by English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish authors, edited by Martin Wiggins in association with Catherine Richardson

Earliest work:1: The Play of Good Order(1533)

Latest work:2560: Masque for the Earl of Newcastle(1636)

Brontë, Anne

(1820 – 1849),novelist and poet

Earliest work:Diary Paper 30 July(1841)

Latest work:To Ellen Nussey, 5 April(1849)

Brontë, Branwell

(1817 – 1848),writer and painter

Earliest work:Real Life in Verdopolis: A Tale(1833)

Latest work:To John Brown [?late August](1848)

Brontë, Charlotte

(1816 – 1855),novelist

Earliest work:To the Revd Patrick Brontë, 23 September(1829)

Latest work:To Ellen Nussey, [?early March](1855)

Brontë, Emily

(1818 – 1848),novelist and poet

Earliest work:Will the day be bright or cloudy?(1836)

Latest work:Why ask to know what date what clime(1848)

Browne, Thomas

(1605 – 1682),physician and author

Earliest work:To the deceased Author(1633)

Latest work:Pseudodoxia Epidemica(1646)

Browning, Elizabeth Barrett

(1806 – 1861),poet and writer

Earliest work:To Robert Browning (11 January 1845)(1845)

Latest work:To Robert Browning (18 September 1846)(1846)

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)

Burns, Robert

(1759 – 1796),poet

Earliest work:Early Poems 1774-1784: Lochlie and Mount Oliphant(1774)

Latest work:Last Songs for the Scots Musical Museum(1796)

Burton, Robert

(1577 – 1640),writer

Earliest work:The Anatomy of Melancholy(1620)

Latest work:The Anatomy of Melancholy(1620)

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.1016),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)


(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)

Cary, Patrick

(c.1624 – 1657),poet

Earliest work:Divine Poems(1650)

Latest work:Ballads(1651)


(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


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)


(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)


(AD 370 – 440),poet

Earliest work:De Raptu Proserpinae(440)

Latest work:De Raptu Proserpinae(440)

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, 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)


(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)

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

(1595 – 1672),bishop

Earliest work:A Collection of Private Devotions(1627)

Latest work:A Collection of Private Devotions(1627)

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, 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)

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)