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English Literature

1. Anglo-Saxon Period (450-1066):

2. Middle English Period (1066-1500):
3. The Renaissance (1500-1660): {Restoration Period refers to 1660. [37th]}
3.1 Elizabethan Period (1558-1603): Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, George Chapman, Thomas
Norton, Thomas Sackville
The University Wits: Christopher Marlowe [35th], Thomas Kyd, Thomas Nashe, Robert Greene, John
Lyly and George Peele
3.2 Jacobean Period (1603-1625): Ben Johnson, Francis Bacon, John Donne, Robert Herrick
3.3 Puritan/Commonwealth Period (1620-1660): John Milton, John Bunyan
4. Neo-Classical Period (1660-1795):
4.1 Augustan Period (1700-1745): Alexander Pope, Deniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift
5. Romantic Period (1798-1832): Lord Byron, P.B. Shelley, John Keats, William Wordsworth
6. Victorian Period (1832-1901): Alfred Lord Tennyson, Cardinal Newman, Charles Dickens, George Eliot,
Matthew Arnold, Robert Browning [37th], Thomas Hardy
7. Modern Age (1901-1939): E.M. Forster, G.B. Shaw, H.G. Wells, T.S. Eliot, W.B. Yeats and Virginia Woolf

Name of Author Title of Author/ Pen Name Books

Edmund Spencer Poet of Poets The Faerie Queene
William Shakespeare Bird of Avon As You Like It, Hamlet
Ben Johnson Comedy of Humours Every Man in his Humour
Thomas Wyatt 1st Sonneteer in English Literature
Henry Fielding Father of English Novel Tom Jones
Poet of Love/Religious
John Donne The Good Morrow, The Flea
Poet/Metaphysical Poet
Ode to(Nightingale, Autumn, Psyche, a
John Keats Poet of Beauty/Poet of Sensuousness
Grecian Urn)
William Wordsworth Poet of Nature[36th]/Poet of Childhood The Daffodils, My Heart Leaps Up
Revolutionary Poet/Poet of Hope and
P.B. Shelley Ode to the West Wind, To a Skylark
Regeneration/Poet of Wind
George G. Lord Byron Rebel Poet Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage
John Milton Great master of Verse/Epic Poet Paradise lost, Areopagitica
S.T. Coleridge Poet of Supernaturalism/Opium Eater Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Alexander Pope Mock Heroic Poet The Rape of The Lock
Walt Whitman Poet of World Democracy
William Sidney Porter O’Henry [13th]
Mary Ann Evans George Eliot
Charlotte Bronte Currer Bell
Emily Bronte Ellis Bell

Name of Author Type of Book Name of Book Quotation/Comment

Epic Poem The Faerie Queene Unfinished Allegorical Narrative
Edmund Spencer
Poem The Shepheardes Calender
Homer Epic Poem Odyssey, Iliad
Epic Poem Odyssey, Iliad Translate from Greek to English
George Chapman Humorous
An Humorous Day’s Mirth 1st Play in Humorous Comedy Style
Comedy of Every Man in his Humour
Ben Johnson
Humours Every Man out of his Humour
Thomas Sackville 1st English Tragedy(1561), Staged before
Play: Tragedy Gorboduc/Ferrex & Parrex
& Tho Norton Queen Elizabeth in 1562
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All’s Well That Ends Well
All the world’s stage and all the men and
As You Like It women merely players
Sweet are the uses of adversity
A Mid Summer Night’s Dream [29th]
Lover’s Labour’s Lost
Lover’s Labour’s Won Published in 1603,but lost
The Merchant of Vanice Play about a Jew. [36th]child
The Comedy of Errors
Twelfth Night In sooth I know not why I am sad
Measure for Measure [36th]
The Marry Wives of Windsor
The Taming of The Shrew
The 2 Gentleman of Verona
Much Ado About Nothing
The Winter’s Tale
The Tempest Last Play [37th ,29th]
What’s in a name? If we call a rose by
Romeo and Juliet
any other name would smell as sweet
Antony and Cleopatra
Troilus and Cressida
Shakespeare Cowards die many times before their
Julius Caesar Veni, vidi, vici
Julius Caesar was the ruler of Rome about
2000 years ago. [28th]
Othello Play about a moor. [36th]
To be or not to be,that is the question-35th
Frailty thy name is women [36th]
Hamlet Brevity is the soul of wit
When sorrows come, they come not
single spies but in battalions
All the perfumes of Arabia will not
sweeten this little hand
King Lear
Timon of Athens (Unfinished)
Titus Andronicus
The Rape of Lucrece
Poem A Lover’s Complaint
Venus and Adonis
Poem The Passionate Pilgrim Published by William Jaggard
Sweet Helen make me immortal with kiss,
Play Doctor Faustus
Christopher Her lips…give me my soul back
Marlowe The Passionate Shepherd to
His Love
Robert Greene Pamphlet Green’s Goats-Worth and Wit (He Wrote this attacking Shakespeare)
The Good Morrow
John Donne Poem The Flea
An Anatomy of the World
Fair daffodils, we weep to see you haste
Robert Herrick Poem To Daffodils*
away so soon
Sir John Sackling Poem Ballad Upon a Weeding

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The Advancement of Learning
Wives are young men's mistresses,
Francis Bacon Essays companions for middle age, and old men's
Poem nurses.
Knowledge is power
Better to reign in hell than to serve in
Blank Verse Paradise lost
Knowledge forbidden?...........Can it be a
Epic Poem
sin? Can it be death?
John Milton
Paradise Regained
Prose Areopagitica
Sonnet On the Blindness
Death is the golden key that opens the places of eternity
John Bunyan Pilgrim’s Progress
Narrative Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may
The Rape of The Lock
Poem roll;…but merit wins the soul
Poem: To err is human, to forgive is divine
Alexander Pope
Heroic An Essay on Criticism Fools rush in where angels fear to tread
couplets A little learning is a dangerous thing
Epic Poem Iliad, Odyssey Translate to English
Alexander Dumas Novel Three Musketeers
Deniel Defoe Novel Robinson Crusoe
Jonathan Swift Novel Gulliver’s Travel
Samuel Richardson Novel Pamela/The Virtue Rewarded (1st Modern English Novel)
Novel Tom Jones
Henry Fielding
Satirical Poem The Masquerade
Play The Borderers
The Daffodils*
The Solitary Reaper [36th]
The Prelude
Tintern Abbey Nature never did betray the heart that loved her
Wordsworth Poem
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
The Child is the father of a Man [36th]
My Heart Leaps Up My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky
The Rime of the Ancient Water, water everywhere, not a drop to drink
S.T. Coleridge Poem He prayeth best who loveth best
George G. Lord Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage
Byron Don Juan

Ode to the West Wind If winter comes, can spring be far behind -28th
P. B. Shelley Poem The Revolt of Islam
Our sweetest songs are those that tell of
To a Skylark saddest thought
Ode to a Nightingale
Ode to Autumn
Poem Ode to Psyche
John Keats Ode on a Grecian Urn Beauty is truth, truth beauty. [15th]
Endymion A thing of beauty is joy forever
On 1st Looking into
Poem: Sonnet
Chapman’s Homer
Sanditon (Unfinished)
Jane Austen Novel
Pride and Prejudice

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The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Robert Browning Poem
A Grammarian Funeral
Oliver Twist
Charles Dickens Novel A Tale of Two Cities [29th]
David Copperfield [29th]
Das Capital
Karl Marx Works The Holy Family
Communist Manifesto
Where Angels Fear to
Arctic Summer (incomplete)
E.M. Forster Novel
A Passage to India [36th]
The Longest Journey
A Room With a View
History Book History of the 2nd World War (He got 1953 Nobel for this book)
W.B. Yeats Translate Eng. Gitanjali (1913 Nobel) [36th]
(Nobel 1923): The second Coming
Not a Novelist Poem Sailing to Byzantium
[36th] When You Are Old
The Waste Land April is the cruelest month
T.S. Eliot (Nobel Poem
Four Quartets
Drama Murder in the Cathedral
Doctor’s Dilemma
George Bernard Caesar and Cleopatra
Shaw (Nobel Play Pygmalion
1925) Man and Superman
Arms and the Man [35th]
The Good Earth(1938 Nobel)
Pearl S. Buck Novel
Fast Wind: West Wind
New Hemisphere(Stopping by And miles to go before I sleep, And miles
Robert Frost Woods on a Snowy Evening) to go before I sleep.
(Pulitzer Prizes) The Lesson for Today I had a lover’s quarrel with the world
Mending Wall Good fences make good neighbors

Walt Whitman Poem O Captain! My Captain

Beat! Beat! Drums!
The Mother
Maxim Gorky
Autobiography My Childhood Autobiographical Novel
In the World
Novel The Old Man and the Sea
Harriet Strowe Navel Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Around the World in 80 Days
Jules Verne Novel Journey to the Center of Earth
The Mysterious Island
Sir Arthur C. Detective The Adventure of Sherlock
Doyle Novel Homes
Abul Kalam
Muhiyuddin Autobiography India Wins Freedom
The Rape of Bangladesh
Bangladesh: A Legacy of

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Adolf Hitler Autobiography Mein Kampf
A long walk to Freedom
Nelson Mandela Autobiography
Conversation with Myself
The Red Dress
Alice Munro Boys and Girls
Short Story
(Nobel 2013) Runaway
Deep Holes
Aristotle Man is by nature a political animal. [36th]
Know thyself
The unexamined life is not worth living
Napoleon B. Give me a good mother, I will give you a good nation
Rousseau Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chain
Matthew Arnold Poetry is the criticism of life
William Justice delayed is justice denied. [11th]
Gladstone Justice hurried is justice buried

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