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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)

Aeschylus

(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)

Alcuin

(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)

Apuleius

(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)

Aristophanes

(c.450 – c.385 BC),comic dramatist

Earliest work:The Acharnians(425 BC)

Latest work:Wealth(388 BC)

Aristotle

(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)

Asconius

(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)

Ausonius

(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)

Bede

(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)

Boethius

(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)