English Literature – Authors and their Works

Sir John Mandeville (1300-1371)

  • The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

John Barbour (1320-1395)

  • The Bruce

John Wycliffe (1320-1384)

  • The Bible

William Langland (1330-1400)

  • Piers the Plowman (A Vision)
  • A Treatise on the Astrolabe

John Gower (1332-1408)

  • Confessio Amantis Vox Clamantis
  • Speclum Meditantis

Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400)Biography

  • The Boke of the Duchesse
  • The Romaunt of the Rose
  • The House of Fame
  • Troylus Cryseyde
  • The Canterbury Tales
  • Legends of Good Women
  • The Parliament of Fouls

Thomas Occleve (1370-1450)

  • The Governail of Princes
  • Occleve’s Complaint
  • La Mala Regle
  • The Complaint of Our Lady

John Lydgate (1370-1451)

  • Falles of Princes
  • The Temple of Glass
  • Story of Thebes
  • London Lickpenny

King James I of Scotland (1394-1437)

  • The King’s Quair
  • Peblis to the Play
  • Christis Kirk on the Green

Sir Thomas Malory (1415-1471)

  • Morte d’Arthur

Robert Henryson (1460-1500)

  • Morall Fabillis of Esope
  • The Testament of Cressied
  • Orpheus and Eurydice

John Skelton (1460-1529)

  • Garland of Laurell
  • Dirge on Edward IV
  • Magnificence

William Dunbar (1465-1530)

  • The Thistle and the Rose
  • Dance of the Seven Deadly Sins

Gawain Douglas (1474-1522)

  • The Palace of Honour
  • King Hart
  • Conscience

Alexander Barclay (1475-1552)

  • Ship of Fools
  • Certayne Ecloges

Sir Thomas More (1478-1535)

  • Utopia (English version)

William Tyndale (1485-1536)

  • New Testament

Sir David Lyndsay (1490-1555)

  • The Dreme
  • Meldrum
  • Estaits

Stephen Hawes (1502-1523)

  • The Passetyme of Pleasure
  • The Example of Virtue
  • A Joyfull Medytacyon

Nicholas Udall (1505-1556)

  • Roister Doister

Roger Ascham (1515-1568)

  • The Schoolmaster

George Gascoigne

  • Steel Glass
  • Supposes
  • Jocasta

Richard Tottel (1530-1594)

  • Miscellany

Thomas Norton (1532-1584)

  • Gorboduc

Thomas Sackville (1536-1608)

  • Gorboduc
  • The Myrroure for Magistrates

John Still (1543-1608)

  • Gammer Gurton’s Needle

Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618)

  • History of the World

Edmund Spenser (1552-1599)Biography

  • The Faerie Queen
  • The Shepheardes Calender
  • Amoretti
  • Epithalamion
  • Prothalamion
  • Mother Hubberd’s Tale
  • The Ruins of Time
  • The Tears of the Muses
  • Astrophel

Richard Hakluyt (1552-1616)

  • Discoveries of English Nation

John Lyly (1554-1606)

  • Euphues, The Anatomy of Wit
  • Euphues and His England
  • Endymion

Philip Sidney (1554-1586)

  • Arcadia
  • Astrophel and Stella
  • An Apologie for Poetrie

Richard Hooker (1554-1600)

  • Ecclesiastical Polity

Thomas Kyd (1557-1595)

  • The Spanish Tragedy

George Peele (1558-1597)

  • The Araygnement of Paris
  • The Famous Chronicle of King Edward I

Thomas Lodge (1558-1625)

  • The Wounds of Civil War
  • Rosalynde

William Warner (1558-1609)

  • Albion’s England

Robert Greene (1560-1592)

  • Friar Bacon and Friar Bungey
  • Orlando Furioso
  • Pandosto

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

  • Essays
  • The Advancement of Learning
  • The New Atlantis
  • Novum Organum

Samuel Daniel (1562-1619)

  • Delia
  • Civil Wars between the Two Houses of Lancaster and York

Michael Drayton (1563-1631)

  • The Battle of Agincourt
  • England’s Heroic Epistles
  • The Barons’ Wars
  • Polyolbion

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)Biography

  • All’s Well That Ends Well
  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • As You Like It
  • The Comedy of Errors
  • Coriolanus
  • Cymbeline
  • Hamlet
  • Henry IV, Part 1
  • Henry IV, Part 2
  • Henry V
  • Henry VI, Part 1
  • Henry VI, Part 2
  • Henry VI, Part 3
  • Henry VIII
  • Julius Caesar
  • King John
  • King Lear
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • Macbeth
  • Measure for Measure
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Othello
  • Pericles
  • Richard II
  • Richard III
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • The Taming of the Shrew
  • The Tempest
  • Timon of Athens
  • Titus Andronicus
  • Troilus and Cressida
  • Twelfth Night
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • The Two Noble Kinsmen
  • The Winter’s Tale
  • Venus and Adonis (Poem)
  • Rape of Lucrece (Poem)
  • Sonnets – Poem and Summary

Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)

  • Tamburlaine the Great
  • Edward II
  • Doctor Faustus
  • The Jew of Malta
  • The Tragedy of Dido, Queen of Carthage

John Heywood (1564-1627)

  • Four P’s

Thomas Nash (1567-1601)

  • The Unfortunate Traveler of The Life of Jack Wilton

Ben Jonson (1572-1637)

  • Every Man in His Humour
  • Every Man Out of His Humour
  • Volpone or The Fox
  • Cynthia’s Revels
  • The Alchemist
  • Bartholomew Fayre
  • Epicaene or the Silent Women
  • Sejanus His Fall
  • Catline His Conspiracy
  • The Poetaster
  • The Devil as an Ass
  • The Masque of Beauty

John Donne (1573-1631)

  • Songs and Sonnets
  • Aires and Angels
  • A Nocturnall upon Lucies Day
  • A Valediction : Forbidding Mourning
  • The Extaise
  • Devotions
  • Ignatius His Enclave
  • On the Progree of the Soul
  • Death’s Duell

Thomas Heywood (1575-1650)

  • A Woman Killed with Kindness
  • The English Traveler
  • The Captives

Robert Burton (1577-1640)

  • The Anatomy of Melancholy

John Fletcher (1579-1625)

  • Philaster
  • The Maid’s Tragedy

John Webster (1580-1625)

  • The White Devil
  • The Duchess of Malfi
  • The Devil’s Law case

Francis Beaumont (1584-1616)

  • A King and No King
  • The Night of the Burning Pestle

John Ford (1586-1639)

  • The Broken Heart
  • Tis Pity She is a Whore
  • The Lover’s Melancholy
  • Love’s Sacrifice

Philip Massinger (1583-1640)

  • A New Way to Pay Old Debts
  • The City Madam
  • The Duke Milaine

Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)

  • Leviathan

Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

  • Noble Numbers
  • Hesperides

Francis Quarles (1592-1644)

  • The Religious Emblems

George Herbert (1593-1633)

  • The Temple
  • Affliction
  • Easter Wings
  • The Collar
  • Man

Thomas Carew (1598-1639)

  • Poems
  • He that loves a rosy cheek

Sir John Suckling (1600-1642)

  • Ballad upon a Wedding
  • Why so pale and wan, Fond Lover?

Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682)

  • Religio Medici
  • Vulgar Errors
  • Hydrotaphia or Urne Burriale
  • Christian Morals

John Milton (1608-1674)

  • Paradise Lost
  • Paradise Regained
  • Comus
  • Lycidas
  • Samson Agonistes
  • L’Allegro
  • Ill Pensoroso
  • Areopagitica
  • Ode on the Morning of Christ Nativity
  • On His Blindness
  • On the Late Massacre in Piedmont
  • When the Assault was Intended to the City
  • On His Having arrived at the Age of Twenty-three

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)

  • The Church History of Britain
  • The Worthies of England
  • Good Thoughts and Bad Times

Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

  • Hudibras

Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667)

  • The Liberty of Prophesying
  • Holy Living
  • Holy Dying

Richard Crashaw (1613-1649)

  • Carmen Deo Nostro
  • The Infant Morturs
  • Steps to the Temple

Sir John Denham (1615-1669)

  • Cooper’s Hill
  • Poems

Abraham Cowley (1618-1667)

  • Pyramus and Thisbe
  • The Mistress
  • The Davideis
  • Pindarique Odes
  • Constantia and Philetus
  • Discourse by Way of Vision
  • Concerning the Government of Cromwell

Richard Lovelace (1618-1658)

  • To Althia from Prison
  • Lucasta
  • To Lucasta going to the Wars

John Evelyn (1620-1706)

  • Diary

Andrew Marvell (1621-1678)Biography

  • To His Coy Mistress
  • The Rehearsal Transprosed
  • Ode upon Cromwell’s Return from Ireland
  • New Letters

Henry Vaughan (1622-1695)

  • Poems
  • Regeneration
  • The Retreat
  • Olor Iscanus
  • Thalia Redivia
  • Silex Scintillans

John Bunyan (1628-1688)

  • The Pilgrim’s Progress
  • Grace Abounding
  • The Life and Death of Mr. Badman
  • The Holy War

John Dryden (1631-1700)

  • Absalom and Achitophel
  • Religio Laici
  • The Hind and the Panther
  • The Fables
  • Annus Mirabilis
  • The Medal
  • Mac Flecknoe
  • Alexander’s Feast
  • An Essay of Dramatic Poesy
  • Tyrannic Love
  • Conquest of Granada
  • All for Love
  • The Rival Ladies
  • The Indian Emperor
  • Aureng-Zeb
  • Don Sebastian
  • Cleomenes
  • Love Triumphant

John Locke (1632-1704)

  • Essay on the Human Understanding
  • Treatise on Government
  • Thoughts on Education

Samuel Pepys (1633-1703)

  • Diary

Thomas Traherne (1634-1704)

  • Poems
  • Centuries of Meditations

George Etheredge (1635-1691)

  • The Comical Revenge
  • She Would if She Could
  • The Man of Mode

William Wycherley (1640-1716)

  • Love in Wood
  • The Plain Dealer
  • The Country Wife
  • The Gentleman
  • Dancing Master

Thomas Otway (1652-1685)

  • Orphan
  • Venice Preserved
  • Don Carlos
  • Alcibiades

Nathaniel Lee (1653-1692)

  • Nero
  • The Rival Queens
  • Sophonisba

John Vanbrugh (1664-1726)

  • The Relapse
  • The Provoked Wife
  • The Confederacy

William Congreve (1670-1729)

  • The Way of the World
  • The Old Bachelor
  • The Double Dealer
  • Love for Love
  • The Mourning Bride

George Farquhar (1678-1707)

  • The Recruiting Officer
  • The Beaux Stratagem

Thomas Gray (1716-1771)Biography

  • Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

  • Pride and Prejudice

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

  • Fanshawe
  • Twice Told Tales
  • The Scarlet Letter

Emily Bronte (1818-1848)

  • Wuthering Heights
  • The Old Stoic

George Eliot (1819-1880)

  • Adam Bede
  • The Mill on the Floss
  • Silas Marner
  • Romola
  • Felix Holt, the Radical
  • Middlemarch
  • Daniel Deronda

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

  • O Captain! My Captain!
  • When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

George Orwell (1903-1950)Biography

  • The Animal Farm
  • The Road to Wigan Pier
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four
  • Burmese Days
  • Keep he Aspidistra Flying

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)

  • The Colossus
  • The Bell Jar
  • Double Exposure
  • Daddy