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English literature

 

  CONTENTS:

The Old English period

The early Middle English period

The later Middle English and early Renaissance periods

The Renaissance period: 1550–1660

Elizabethan and early Stuart drama

Effect of religion and science on early Stuart prose

The Restoration

The 18th century

The 18th century. The novel

The Romantic period

The later Romantics

The Post-Romantic and Victorian eras

Late Victorian literature

The 20th century. The Modernist revolution

The literature of World War I and the interwar period

Literature after 1945. Fiction. Poetry

Literature after 1945. Drama. The 21st century

 

 

 

 


English literature
 

 

 


The Old English period


"St. Bede the Venerable"

Caedmon
Caedmon manuscript

"
Beowulf"

Exeter Book
Vercelli Book
Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
The Battle of Brunanburh

"The Battle of Maldon"

Aldhelm

Cynewulf

"The Dream of the Rood"


"Wulfstan"

Celtic literature

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The early Middle English period


Lawamon
Geoffrey of Monmouth
Robert Mannyng
John of Salisbury
Walter Map

Richard Rolle
Walter Hilton
Julian of Norwich
Roger Bacon
William of Ockham

 

 

 

 

 

 


The later Middle English and early Renaissance periods


Sir Thomas Malory  "King Arthur and of his Noble Knights"
"Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"
Knowles James  "The Legends of King Arthur"  PART I, PART II, PART III, PART IV
Illustrations by Lancelot Speed


William Langland

Geoffrey Chaucer  "The Canterbury Tales"
  PART I, PART II, PART III, PART IV

John Gower
Thomas Hoccleve
John Lydgate
Robert Henryson
William Dunbar
Osbern Bokenam 


Howard Pyle "The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood"   PART I, PART II

Margery Kempe
John Wycliffe
William Tyndale
Ranulf Higden
Sir John Mandeville
John Capgrave
Sir John Fortescue
John Skelton

"Everyman"

Alexander Barclay
Stephen Hawes
Sir Thomas Elyot
Roger Ascham
Henry Medwall

Thomas More  "Utopia"

Sir Thomas Wyatt
Henry Howard, earl of Surrey

 

 

 
 
 
 


The Renaissance period: 1550–1660


Robert Greene
John Colet
Sir Thomas Hoby
John Florio
Sir John Cheke
Sir Thomas North
John Foxe
Miles Coverdale
Edward Hall
Raphael Holinshed
Nicholas Grimald
George Turberville
George Gascoigne
Sir John Harington
Thomas Sackville
Thomas Churchyard

Sir Philip Sidney  "Poems"

Edmund Spenser  "The Faerie Queene" BOOK I, BOOK II, BOOK III, BOOK IV, BOOK V, BOOK VI 
Illustrations by W. Crane

Thomas Lodge
George Peele
Thomas Nashe
Thomas Dekker
Thomas Campion
Nicholas Breton
Samuel Daniel
Michael Drayton
Fulke Greville
Barnabe Barnes
Giles Fletcher the Elder
Sir John Davies
Robert Southwell
Francis Beaumont
George Chapman
John Marston
Sir Walter Raleigh
Robert Devereux, 2nd earl of Essex
Joseph Hall

Cyril Tourneur
Richard Hakluyt
John Stow
William Painter
Anthony Munday

Richard Hooker
Thomas Deloney

 

 

 

 

 

 


Elizabethan and early Stuart drama


Nicholas Udall
John Lyly

Thomas Kyd


Christopher Marlowe  "The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus"

William Shakespeare  PART I "Sonnets", PART II "Hamlet", PART III "King Lear",
PART IV "Macbeth", PART V "Othello", PART VI
"Romeo and Juliet"

Thomas Heywood
John Day
Samuel Rowley


Ben Jonson  PART I "Volpone", PART II "The Alchemist"


Thomas Middleton
John Webster
John Fletcher
John Ford
Philip Massinger

Richard Brome
Lucius Cary
Edmund Waller
Thomas Carew
Sidney Godolphin


Thomas Hobbes  "Leviathan"

John Donne  "Songs and Sonnets", "Elegies"


William Cartwright

Francis Quarles
Henry King
Edward Herbert
George Herbert
Richard Crashaw
Henry Vaughan
John Cleveland
Abraham Cowley
Andrew Marvell

Robert Herrick
Sir John Suckling

Richard Lovelace
Sir William Davenant
Sir John Denham
Sir Richard Fanshawe
Thomas Stanley

Giles Fletcher
the Younger
Phineas Fletcher
Josuah Sylvester
William Browne
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Effect of religion and science on early Stuart prose


Francis Bacon  PART I  "New Atlantis", PART II "THE ESSAYS OR COUNSELS"

Owen Felltham
Sir Thomas Overbury
Thomas Fuller
Izaak Walton

Robert Burton  "Anatomy of Melancholy
PART I,  PART II,  PART III,  PART IV

Sir Thomas Urquhart
Sir Thomas Browne
James Harrington


John Milton   "Paradise Lost"    BOOK 1, BOOK 2, BOOK 3, BOOK 4, BOOK 5, BOOK 6  
Illustrations by G. Dore
BOOK 7, BOOK 8, BOOK 9
Illustrations by J. Martin
, BOOK 10, BOOK 11, BOOK 12
Illustrations by H. Fuseli

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


The Restoration


John Bunyan  "The Pilgrim's Progress"  PART 1, PART 2, PART 3, PART 4, PART 5 
Illustrations by G. Woolliscraft, F. Rhead, & L. Rhead

Samuel Butler  "Hudibras"  Illustrations by  William Hogarth

Edward Hyde, 1st earl of Clarendon
Isaac Barrow

Thomas Sprat
Joseph Glanvill
Thomas Shadwell
Robert Boyle
Robert Hooke
John Ray
Sir Isaac Newton

John Locke
John Aubrey

John Wilmot  "Poems"

George Savile
John Evelyn

Samuel Pepys
 "The Diary" 
 PART I, PART II

Sir Charles Sedley
John Oldham
Charles Cotton
Thomas Traherne
John Dryden

Thomas Rymer
Jeremy Collier

William Congreve  "Love for Love", "The Way of the World"

Thomas Otway
Nathaniel Lee
Sir George Etherege
William Wycherley
Aphra Behn
Thomas Southerne
Sir John Vanbrugh
George Farquhar

 
 
 
 

 

 


The 18th century


Richard Steele
Joseph Addison

Alexander Pope 
PART I. "The Rape of the Lock" 
Illustration by Aubrey Beardsley
, PART II. "An Essay on Man"

James Thomson
Matthew Prior


John Gay 
"The Beggar's Opera"


John Arbuthnot  "History of John Bull", Caricatures of John Bull
Jonathan Swift  I. "Gulliver's Travels" , II. "A VOYAGE TO LILLIPUT",
III.
"A VOYAGE TO BROBDINGNAG"
IV. "
A VOYAGE TO LAPUTA, BALNIBARBI, LUGGNAGG, GLUBBDUBDRIB, AND JAPAN",
V.
"A VOYAGE TO THE COUNTRY OF THE HOUYHNHNMS"

Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd earl of Shaftesbury
Bernard de Mandeville
William Law
John Dennis
Francis Hutcheson
Joseph Butler

David Hume  "AN ENQUIRY CONCERNING HUMAN UNDERSTANDING",
"
A TREATISE OF HUMAN NATURE", "THE NATURAL HISTORY OF RELIGION"


Edmund Burke

Adam Smith

William Robertson
Adam Ferguson

 

 

 

 

 

 


The 18th century. The novel


Daniel Defoe  "Robinson Crusoe"  CHARTER I-VII, CHARTER VIII-XX
Illustrations by N. C. Wyeth 

Samuel Richardson 
"Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded"  LETTER I-XXXI, LETTER XXXII
Illustrations by Joseph Highmore

Henry Fielding 
"The History of Tom Jones, a foundling"
BOOK I-IVBOOK V-XIBOOK XII-XVIII

Tobias Smollett  "THE ADVENTURES OF PEREGRINE PICKLE" 
  VOLUME I, VOLUME II


Laurence Sterne  "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman"  VOLUME I, II, III, IV
Illustrations by George Cruikshank

Sarah Fielding
Charlotte Lennox
Richard Graves

John Cleland  
"Fanny Hill: or, the Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure"
Illustrations by Avril Paul

Henry Mackenzie

Horace Walpole  "The Castle of Otranto"

William Beckfor  "The History of Caliph Vathek"

Ann Radcliffe  "The Mysteries of Udolpho"   
VOLUME 1-2, VOLUME 3, VOLUME 4

Matthew Lewis   "The Monk"

Fanny Burney
William Collins
Thomas Gray
Thomas Parnell
Robert Blair
James Macpherson
Christopher Smart
William Cowper
Isaac Watts
Lady Mary Montagu
Hannah More
Anna Seward
Charlotte Smith


Robert Burns  "Poems & Songs"  
BOOK I, BOOK II

Oliver Goldsmith  "She Stoops to Conquer"

Samuel Johnson 
PART I "Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia",  PART II-III "LIVES OF THE POETS"

Nicholas Rowe
Hester Lynch Piozzi
Sir John Hawkins
James Boswell
Edward Gibbon


George Berkeley I. "An Essay Towards a New Theory of Vision",
II.
"THREE DIALOGUES BETWEEN HYLAS AND PHILONOUS"

Samuel Clarke
 

   
   
 

 


The Romantic period


Leigh Hunt
John Stuart Mill


William Blake  I.  "Songs of Innocence", II. "Songs of Experience",
III. "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell"
, IV-V. "The Book of Job"


William Wordsworth  "The Prelude"

Samuel Taylor Coleridge  "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" 
PART I, PART
II-IV, PART V-VI, PART
VII Illustrations by Gustave Dore

Dorothy Wordsworth
William Lisle Bowles
Thomas Campbell
Samuel Rogers
Thomas Moore
Helen Maria Williams
Mary Robinson
Robert Southey
George Crabbe

 

 

 

 

 

 


The later Romantics


Percy Bysshe Shelley 
"Prometheus Unbound"

William Godwin

John Keats  "The Eve of St. Agnes"

George Gordon, Lord Byron  "Don Juan"
CANTO THE FIRST-CANTO THE FIFTH, CANTO THE SIXTH-CANTO THE SEVENTEENTH


John Clare
Thomas Lovell Beddoes
George Darley

Thomas Hood
Felicia Hemans
Henry Brooke
Charles Lamb

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley  "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus"

James Hogg
Thomas Holcroft
Mary Wollstonecraft

Elizabeth Inchbald
Maria Edgeworth


Jane Austen  "Pride and Prejudice" 
PART I, PART II

Thomas Love Peacock

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet 
"Ivanhoe"

William Hazlitt
Mary Russell Mitford

Thomas De Quincey 
"Confessions of an English Opium-Eater"

William Cobbett

Richard Brinsley Sheridan  "School for Scandal"   Illustrations by Hugh Thompson

Richard Cumberland
George Colman the Younger
Jeremy Bentham

 
 
 
 

 

 


The Post-Romantic and Victorian eras


Thomas Carlyle
Algernon Charles Swinburne


Charles Dickens
"Great Expectations"
  CHAPTER I, CHAPTER II-XII, CHAPTER XIII-XXXII, CHAPTER XXXIII-LIX
Illustrations by John McLenan

William Makepeace Thackeray
Elizabeth Gaskell
Frances Trollope
Benjamin Disraeli
Charles Kingsley

Anne Brontë

Charlotte Bronte 
"Jane Eyre"    CHAPTER I-XXIV, CHAPTER XXV-XXXVIII
Illustrations by F. H. Townsend

Emily Brontë
Alfred Tennyson "Idylls of the King"  PART I, PART II   Illustrations by G. Dore
"Lady of Shalott", "Sir Galahad"
Pre-Raphaelite illustrations for Moxon's Tennyson

Arthur Hallam

Robert Browning  "Dramatic Romances"

Elizabeth Barrett Browning 
"Sonnets from the Portuguese"

Matthew Arnold
Arthur Hugh Clough

John Ruskin  "The King of the Golden River" 
Illustrations by Maria L. Kirk

John Henry Newman
Bernard Bosanquet

F. H. Bradley
T. H. Green
Herbert Spencer
Alfred North Whitehead
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Late Victorian literature


Charles Darwin
Walter Pater

George Eliot  "Silas Marner"

Anthony Trollope  "Barchester Towers"

George Meredith  "The Egoist"

Wilkie Collins  "The Moonstone"   PART I, PART II "The Woman in White", PART I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VI Illustrations by John McLenan

Robert Louis Stevenson  "Treasure Island
" Illustrations by N.C. Wyeth

William Morris

Oscar Wilde  I. "The Ballad of Reading Gaol", "The Paradox" 
II.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray"
  III. "Salome" Illustrations by Beardsley

George Moore

George Gissing

Thomas Hardy  "Tess of the d'Urbervilles"    PART I, PART II

J. M. Barrie  "Peter Pan" 
"Peter and Wendy"
  CHAPTER 1-5, CHAPTER 6-17  Illustrations by F. D. Bedford
"Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens"   CHAPTER I, CHAPTER II-IV, CHAPTER V-VI  
Illustrations by Arthur Rackham


George MacDonald  "The Princess and the Goblin"  
PART I, PART II, PART III

Bram Stoker  "Dracula"   CHAPTER 1-10, CHAPTER 11-27

H.G. Wells  "The War of the Worlds"   PART I, PART II   
"The Invisible Man"
 
"A Short History of the World"  PART I, II, III, IV, V
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  "SHERLOCK HOLMES" (contents)
"The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes"    PART I,  PART II Illustrations by Sidney Paget
"Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes"
     PART I,  PART II
Illustrations by Sidney Paget
"The Return of Sherlock Holmes"   
PART I,  PART II Illustrations by Sidney Paget
"The Hound of the Baskervilles"     PART I,  PART II Illustrations by Sidney Paget
"A Study in Scarlet", "The Valley of Fear", "His Last Bow", "The Sign of Four"

Dante Gabriel Rossetti  "The House of Life"

Christina Rossetti
Gerard Manley Hopkins
John Davidson
Arthur Symons
Francis Thompson
Ernest Dowson
Lionel Johnson

A.E. Housman
  "A Shropshire Lad", "Last Poems"

Rudyard Kipling  PART I "Poems"  PART II "Kim"  PART III "The Jungle Book"

Dion Boucicault
T.W. Robertson
Arthur Wing Pinero
Douglas Jerrold
Edward Lear

Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll - photographer   PART 2
"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"   PART 3, PART 4, PART 5   Illustrations by John Tenniel
"
Through the Looking-Glass"   PART 6PART 7, PART 8   Illustrations by John Tenniel
Illustrations by Arthur Rackham  PART 9
Walt Disney’s "Alice in Wonderland"
  PART10,   PART 11

Jerome K. Jerome 
"Three Men in a Boat"

George Grossmith

 

 

 

 

 

 


The 20th century. The Modernist revolution


George Bernard Shaw 
"Pygmalion"

John Galsworthy
Harley Granville-Barker

Arnold Bennett  "The Old Wives' Tale"   BOOK I-II, BOOK III-IV

E.M. Forster
Hilaire Belloc

G.K. Chesterton  PART I "The Innocence of Father Brown",
PART II "The Wisdom of Father Brown",
PART III "The Incredulity of Father Brown",
PART IV
"The Secret of Father Brown", PART V "The Scandal of Father Brown"

Edward Thomas
Walter de la Mare
John Masefield
Robert Graves
Edmund Blunden

Joseph Conrad  "Lord Jim"

T.E. Hulme
F.S. Flint
Richard Aldington
Wyndham Lewis

D.H. Lawrence  "Sons and Lovers"    PART I, PART II
"Lady Chatterley's Lover"   PART I, PART II

T.S. Eliot 
"The Waste Land
"

William Butler Yeats  "A Man Young And Old
"

James Joyce
 "Ulysses"    PART I,   PART II,   PART III

David Jones
Hugh MacDiarmid
A. C. Ewing
G. E. Moore

Bertrand Russell  "The Problems of Philosophy"


Gilbert Ryle
John Langshaw Austin

Ludwig Wittgenstein 
"Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus"

 

 

 

 

 

 


The literature of World War I and the interwar period



Rupert Brooke
Siegfried Sassoon
Isaac Rosenberg
Wilfred Owen
Aldous Huxley
Noel Coward
Ford Madox Ford
John Cowper Powys
Lytton Strachey

Virginia Woolf 
"Jacob's Room"

Katherine Mansfield
Dorothy Richardson
Rebecca West
Jean Rhys
Evelyn Waugh
Lewis Grassic Gibbon
Graham Greene

George Orwell  "Nineteen Eighty-Four"

Elizabeth Bowen
W.H. Auden
C. Day-Lewis
Louis MacNeice
Stephen Spender
Christopher Isherwood
David Gascoyne

Dylan Thomas  "Poems"

Henry Green
Patrick Hamilton
Alun Lewis
Keith Castellain Douglas

 

 

 

 

 

 


Literature after 1945. Fiction. Poetry


Christopher Fry
William Gerald Golding
Muriel Spark
Ivy Compton-Burnett
Iris Murdoch
Barbara Pym
John Braine
John Wain
Alan Sillitoe
Stan Barstow
David Storey
Anthony Powell
Kingsley Amis
C.P. Snow
Angus Wilson
Malcolm Bradbury
David Lodge
Paul Scott
J.G. Farrell
Julian Barnes
Salman Rushdie
Margaret Drabble
Martin Amis
Angela Carter
Jeanette Winterson
Beryl Bainbridge
A.S. Byatt
Ian McEwan
Graham Swift
George Barker
D.J. Enright
Roy Fuller
Robert Conquest
Elizabeth Jennings
Philip Larkin
John Betjeman
Ted Hughes
Thom Gunn
R.S. Thomas
Douglas Dunn
Tony Harrison
Andrew Motion
Sylvia Plath

 

 

 

 

 

 


Literature after 1945. Drama. The 21st century


Terence Rattigan
John Osborne
Shelagh Delaney
John Arden

Samuel Beckett  "Waiting for Godot"

Harold Pinter
Joe Orton
Tom Stoppard
Alan Ayckbourn
Brian Friel
Caryl Churchill
David Hare
Alan Bennett
William Somerset Maugham
A. J. Cronin
Pamela Lyndon Travers
A. A. Milne
T. H. White
Mary Norton
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Hugh Lofting
Dodie Smith

Agatha Christie  "The Mysterious Affair at Styles"


J. R. R. Tolkien
John Boynton Priestley
Ian Fleming
C. S. Lewis

E. H. Gombrich 
"World History for Children"  
PART I, PART II, PART III, PART IV, PART V, PART VI, PART VII

Roald Dahl
Arthur C. Clarke
Doris Lessing
John Robert Fowles
J. K. Rowling

 

 
 
 
 

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