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Literature: timeline

AnonymousThe Epic of Gilgamesh Click to show or hide the answer
AnonymousThe Egyptian Book of the Dead Click to show or hide the answer
AnonymousThe Bhagavad–Gita Click to show or hide the answer
HomerThe Iliad, The Odyssey Click to show or hide the answer
AnonymousThe Old Testament Click to show or hide the answer
Eurypides (active c. 438 – 424 BC)Alcestis Click to show or hide the answer
SophoclesOedipus Rex Click to show or hide the answer
HerodotusThe Histories Click to show or hide the answer
AristophanesThe Birds Click to show or hide the answer
PlatoDialogues Click to show or hide the answer
PlatoThe Republic Click to show or hide the answer
AeschylusPrometheus Bound Click to show or hide the answer
VirgilThe Aeneid Click to show or hide the answer
Aesop (lived c. 620 – 560 BC)Fables (compiled by a rhetorician) Click to show or hide the answer
OvidMetamorphoses Click to show or hide the answer
AnonymousThe New Testament Click to show or hide the answer
St. AugustineConfessions Click to show or hide the answer
BedeThe Ecclesiastical History of the English People Click to show or hide the answer
AnonymousThe Thousand and One Nights Click to show or hide the answer
AnonymousBeowulf Click to show or hide the answer
Omar KhayyamTreatise on Demonstration of Problems of Algebra Click to show or hide the answer
AnonymousThe Nibelungen Lied Click to show or hide the answer
Snorri SturlusonThe Prose Edda Click to show or hide the answer
Dante AlighieriThe Divine Comedy Click to show or hide the answer
BoccaccioThe Decameron Click to show or hide the answer
AnonymousThe Mabinogion (stories in Welsh, from oral tradition) Click to show or hide the answer
William LanglandPiers Plowman Click to show or hide the answer
Geoffrey ChaucerThe Canterbury Tales Click to show or hide the answer
Niccolo MachiavelliThe Prince Click to show or hide the answer
John CalvinInstitutes of the Christian Religion (Latin original) Click to show or hide the answer
Giorgio VasariLives of the Painters Click to show or hide the answer
Benvenuto CelliniAutobiography Click to show or hide the answer
NostradamusCenturies Click to show or hide the answer
John FoxeThe Book of Martyrs Click to show or hide the answer
RabelaisGargantua and Pantagruel Click to show or hide the answer
Luis de CamoensThe Lusiads Click to show or hide the answer
CervantesDon Quixote Click to show or hide the answer
Thomas HobbesLeviathan Click to show or hide the answer
Izaak WaltonThe Compleat Angler Click to show or hide the answer
Samuel PepysDiary (began) Click to show or hide the answer
John MiltonParadise Lost Click to show or hide the answer
Samuel PepysDiary (ended) Click to show or hide the answer
John BunyanPilgrim's Progress Click to show or hide the answer
Daniel DefoeRobinson Crusoe Click to show or hide the answer
Jonathan SwiftGulliver's Travels Click to show or hide the answer
Henry FieldingTom Jones Click to show or hide the answer
Samuel RichardsonClarissa Click to show or hide the answer
Tobias SmollettRoderick Random Click to show or hide the answer
John ClelandFanny Hill Click to show or hide the answer
Samuel JohnsonDictionary of the English Language Click to show or hide the answer
VoltaireCandide Click to show or hide the answer
Oliver GoldsmithThe Vicar of Wakefield Click to show or hide the answer
Lawrence SterneTristram Shandy Click to show or hide the answer
GoetheThe Sorrows of Young Werther Click to show or hide the answer
Adam SmithThe Wealth of Nations Click to show or hide the answer
Immanuel KantCritique of Pure Reason Click to show or hide the answer
Pierre Choderlos de LaclosDangerous Liaisons Click to show or hide the answer
Jean–Jacques RousseauConfessions Click to show or hide the answer
Marquis de SadeThe 120 Days of Sodom Click to show or hide the answer
Gilbert WhiteNatural History and Antiquities of Selbourne Click to show or hide the answer
Edward GibbonThe Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire Click to show or hide the answer
James BoswellThe Life of Doctor Samuel Johnson Click to show or hide the answer
Thomas PaineThe Rights of Man Click to show or hide the answer
Mary WollstonecraftA Vindication of the Rights of Women Click to show or hide the answer
Thomas MalthusEssays on the Principle of Population Click to show or hide the answer
Jane AustenSense and Sensibility (her first novel) Click to show or hide the answer
Jane AustenNorthanger Abbey, Persuasion (both posthumous) Click to show or hide the answer
Mary Wollstonecraft ShelleyFrankenstein Click to show or hide the answer
Sir Walter Scott (active 1814–32)Ivanhoe Click to show or hide the answer
James Fennimore CooperThe Last of the Mohicans Click to show or hide the answer
StendahlThe Red and the Black Click to show or hide the answer
Victor HugoThe Hunchback of Notre Dame Click to show or hide the answer
Edward Bulwer–LyttonThe Last Days of Pompeii Click to show or hide the answer
Charles DickensThe Pickwick Papers (his first novel) Click to show or hide the answer
Charles DarwinJournal and Remarks (The Voyage of the Beagle) Click to show or hide the answer
Edgar Allan PoeThe Fall of the House of Usher Click to show or hide the answer
Edgar Allan PoeThe Murders in the Rue Morgue ("the first detective story") Click to show or hide the answer
GogolDead Souls Click to show or hide the answer
John RuskinModern Painters Click to show or hide the answer
Alexandre DumasThe Three Musketeers Click to show or hide the answer
Friedrich EngelsThe Condition of the Working Class in England in … Click to show or hide the answer
William Makepeace ThackerayVanity Fair Click to show or hide the answer
Charlotte BronteJane Eyre Click to show or hide the answer
Anne BronteAgnes Grey Click to show or hide the answer
Emily BronteWuthering Heights Click to show or hide the answer
Mrs. GaskellMary Barton Click to show or hide the answer
Karl Marx, Friedrich EngelsThe Communist Manifesto Click to show or hide the answer
William WordsworthThe Prelude (3 months posthumously) Click to show or hide the answer
Herman MelvilleMoby–Dick Click to show or hide the answer
Harriet Beecher StoweUncle Tom's Cabin Click to show or hide the answer
Gustave FlaubertMadame Bovary Click to show or hide the answer
Mrs. GaskellThe Life of Charlotte Brontë Click to show or hide the answer
Charles DarwinOn the Origin of Species Click to show or hide the answer
George EliotAdam Bede (her first novel) Click to show or hide the answer
Wilkie CollinsThe Woman in White Click to show or hide the answer
Ivan TurgenevFathers and Sons Click to show or hide the answer
Victor HugoLes Miserables Click to show or hide the answer
Charles KingsleyThe Water Babies Click to show or hide the answer
Lewis CarrollAlice's Adventures in Wonderland Click to show or hide the answer
Fyodor DostoevskyCrime and Punishment Click to show or hide the answer
Jules VerneJourney to the Centre of the Earth Click to show or hide the answer
Emile ZolaTherese Raquin Click to show or hide the answer
Louisa May AlcottLittle Women Click to show or hide the answer
Wilkie CollinsThe Moonstone ("the first English detective story") Click to show or hide the answer
Fyodor DostoevskyThe Idiot Click to show or hide the answer
Leo TolstoyWar and Peace Click to show or hide the answer
Charles DickensThe Mystery of Edwin Drood (unfinished) Click to show or hide the answer
Lewis CarrollThrough the Looking Glass Click to show or hide the answer
Thomas HardyUnder the Greenwood Tree (his first novel) Click to show or hide the answer
Jules VerneAround the World in 80 Days Click to show or hide the answer
George EliotDaniel Deronda (her last novel) Click to show or hide the answer
Mark TwainTom Sawyer Click to show or hide the answer
Leo TolstoyAnna Karenina Click to show or hide the answer
Lew WallaceBen–Hur Click to show or hide the answer
Henry JamesThe Portrait of a Lady Click to show or hide the answer
Robert Louis StevensonTreasure Island Click to show or hide the answer
Mark TwainHuckleberry Finn Click to show or hide the answer
H. Rider HaggardKing Solomon's Mines Click to show or hide the answer
Rudyard KiplingPlain Tales from the Hills (first major work) Click to show or hide the answer
Sir James George FraserThe Golden Bough Click to show or hide the answer
Oscar WildeThe Picture of Dorian Gray Click to show or hide the answer
George & Weedon GrossmithDiary of a Nobody Click to show or hide the answer
Arthur Conan DoyleSherlock Holmes stories Click to show or hide the answer
Emile ZolaLe Docteur Pascal (his last major novel) Click to show or hide the answer
Thomas HardyJude the Obscure (his last novel) Click to show or hide the answer
H. G. WellsThe Time Machine Click to show or hide the answer
Bram StokerDracula Click to show or hide the answer
Emile ZolaJ'accuse (open letter to the French government) Click to show or hide the answer
Joseph Conrad (first novel 1895)Heart of Darkness Click to show or hide the answer
Sigmund FreudThe Interpretation of Dreams Click to show or hide the answer
Arnold BennettAnna of the Five Towns Click to show or hide the answer
Samuel ButlerThe Way of All Flesh Click to show or hide the answer
Sir Arthur Conan DoyleThe Hound of the Baskervilles Click to show or hide the answer
E. M. ForsterWhere Angels Fear to Tread (his first novel) Click to show or hide the answer
Oscar WildeDe Profundis (posthumous) Click to show or hide the answer
Rudyard KiplingPuck of Pook's Hill (last major work) Click to show or hide the answer
John GalsworthyThe Man of Property Click to show or hide the answer
Kenneth GrahameThe Wind in the Willows Click to show or hide the answer
Ambrose BierceThe Devil's Dictionary Click to show or hide the answer
D. H. LawrenceThe White Peacock (first novel) Click to show or hide the answer
Thomas Mann (active 1896–1954)Death in Venice Click to show or hide the answer
Robert TressellThe Ragged–Trousered Philanthropists Click to show or hide the answer
Edgar Rice BurroughsTarzan of the Apes Click to show or hide the answer
James JoyceDubliners Click to show or hide the answer
John Buchan (active 1898–1941)The Thirty–Nine Steps Click to show or hide the answer
Virginia WoolfThe Voyage Out (her first novel) Click to show or hide the answer
James JoyceA Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Click to show or hide the answer
James JoyceUlysses Click to show or hide the answer
Herman HesseSiddhartha Click to show or hide the answer
T. E. LawrenceThe Seven Pillars of Wisdom (private edition) Click to show or hide the answer
Joseph ConradThe Rover (his last finished novel) Click to show or hide the answer
E. M. ForsterA Passage to India (last novel pub. in his lifetime) Click to show or hide the answer
Arnold BennettThe Clayhanger trilogy (compiled as such) Click to show or hide the answer
Franz KafkaThe Trial (posthumously) Click to show or hide the answer
F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby Click to show or hide the answer
Adolf HitlerMein Kampf (German edition) Click to show or hide the answer
A. A. MilneWinnie–the–Pooh Click to show or hide the answer
T. E. LawrenceThe Seven Pillars of Wisdom (subscribers' edition) Click to show or hide the answer
Marcel ProustIn Search of Lost Time Click to show or hide the answer
Herman Hesse (active 1904–43)Steppenwolf Click to show or hide the answer
Henry WilliamsonTarka the Otter Click to show or hide the answer
D. H. LawrenceLady Chatterley's Lover Click to show or hide the answer
Evelyn WaughDecline and Fall (his first novel) Click to show or hide the answer
John GalsworthyThe Forsyte Saga compiled as such Click to show or hide the answer
William Faulkner (active 1926–62)The Sound and the Fury Click to show or hide the answer
Ernest Hemingway (active 1926–61)A Farewell to Arms Click to show or hide the answer
D. H. LawrenceThe Virgin and the Gypsy (last novel) Click to show or hide the answer
Dashiell HammettThe Maltese Falcon Click to show or hide the answer
Sellars and Yeatman1066 and All That (first published in book form) Click to show or hide the answer
Aldous Huxley (active 1921–62)Brave New World Click to show or hide the answer
Adolf HitlerMein Kampf: first English edition (abridged) Click to show or hide the answer
T. E. LawrenceThe Seven Pillars of Wisdom (posth. Public edition) Click to show or hide the answer
Dale CarnegieHow to Win Friends and Influence People Click to show or hide the answer
John Maynard KeynesThe General Theory of Employment, Interest … Click to show or hide the answer
Margaret MitchellGone with the Wind Click to show or hide the answer
J. R. R. TolkienThe Hobbit Click to show or hide the answer
Izak DinesenOut of Africa Click to show or hide the answer
Daphne du Maurier (active 1931–72)Rebecca Click to show or hide the answer
James JoyceFinnegan's Wake Click to show or hide the answer
John Steinbeck (active 1927–66)The Grapes of Wrath Click to show or hide the answer
Adolf HitlerMein Kampf: first unabridged edition Click to show or hide the answer
Virginia WoolfBetween the Acts (her last novel) Click to show or hide the answer
Albert CamusThe Outsider (The Stranger) Click to show or hide the answer
Jean–Paul SartreBeing and Nothingness Click to show or hide the answer
George OrwellAnimal Farm Click to show or hide the answer
Evelyn WaughBrideshead Revisited Click to show or hide the answer
Dr. Benjamin SpockThe Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care Click to show or hide the answer
Alfred KinseySexual Behaviour in the Human Male / Female Click to show or hide the answer
Simone de BeauvoirThe Second Sex Click to show or hide the answer
George OrwellNineteen Eighty–Four Click to show or hide the answer
Thor HeyerdahlThe Kon–Tiki Expedition Click to show or hide the answer
J. D. SalingerThe Catcher in the Rye Click to show or hide the answer
Stephen PotterGamesmanship, Lifemanship, One–Upmanship Click to show or hide the answer
William GoldingLord of the Flies Click to show or hide the answer
(Ross & Norris McWhirter)The Guinness Book of Records (first edition) Click to show or hide the answer
Vladimir NabokovLolita Click to show or hide the answer
J. R. R. TolkienLord of the Rings Click to show or hide the answer
C. S. LewisThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Click to show or hide the answer
J. P. DonleavyThe Ginger Man Click to show or hide the answer
Gerald DurrellMy Family and Other Animals Click to show or hide the answer
Jack KerouacOn the Road Click to show or hide the answer
Chinua AchebeThings Fall Apart Click to show or hide the answer
Winston ChurchillA History of the English–Speaking Peoples Click to show or hide the answer
Laurie LeeCider with Rosie Click to show or hide the answer
Joy AdamsonBorn Free Click to show or hide the answer
Truman CapoteIn Cold Blood Click to show or hide the answer
Harper LeeTo Kill a Mockingbird Click to show or hide the answer
Gavin MaxwellA Ring of Bright Water Click to show or hide the answer
William ShirerThe Rise and Fall of the Third Reich Click to show or hide the answer
Joseph HellerCatch–22 Click to show or hide the answer
Anthony BurgessA Clockwork Orange Click to show or hide the answer
Ken KeseyOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Click to show or hide the answer
Muriel SparkThe Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Click to show or hide the answer
Sylvia PlathThe Bell Jar Click to show or hide the answer
Frank HerbertDune Click to show or hide the answer
John LennonA Spaniard in the Works Click to show or hide the answer
Ralph NaderUnsafe at Any Cost Click to show or hide the answer
Jean RhysWide Sargasso Sea Click to show or hide the answer
John FowlesThe Magus Click to show or hide the answer
Gabriel Garcia MarquezOne Hundred Years of Solitude Click to show or hide the answer
Desmond MorrisThe Naked Ape Click to show or hide the answer
Quentin CrispThe Naked Civil Servant Click to show or hide the answer
Erich Von DanikenChariots of the Gods Click to show or hide the answer
John FowlesThe French Lieutenant's Woman Click to show or hide the answer
Lady Antonia FraserMary, Queen of Scots Click to show or hide the answer
Philip RothPortnoy's Complaint Click to show or hide the answer
Kurt VonnegutSlaughterhouse–5 Click to show or hide the answer
Germaine GreerThe Female Eunuch Click to show or hide the answer
Richard AdamsWatership Down Click to show or hide the answer
Carl Bernstein, Bob WoodwardAll the President's Men Click to show or hide the answer
Stephen KingCarrie (his first novel) Click to show or hide the answer
Anthony PowellA Dance to the Music of Time Click to show or hide the answer
Richard DawkinsThe Selfish Gene Click to show or hide the answer
Edith HoldenThe Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady Click to show or hide the answer
Douglas AdamsThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Click to show or hide the answer
John Irving (active 1968–)The World According to Garp Click to show or hide the answer
V. S. NaipaulA Bend in the River Click to show or hide the answer
Salman RushdieMidnight's Children Click to show or hide the answer
Alice WalkerThe Color Purple Click to show or hide the answer
Milan KunderaThe Book of Laughter and Forgetting Click to show or hide the answer
Terry PratchettThe Colour of Magic Click to show or hide the answer
Margaret AtwoodThe Handmaid's Tale Click to show or hide the answer
Gabriel Garcia MarquezLove in the Time of Cholera Click to show or hide the answer
Toni MorrisonBeloved Click to show or hide the answer
Peter WrightSpycatcher Click to show or hide the answer
Stephen HawkingA Brief History of Time Click to show or hide the answer
Bill BrysonThe Lost Continent (his first book) Click to show or hide the answer
Peter MayleA Year in Provence Click to show or hide the answer
Joe SimpsonTouching the Void Click to show or hide the answer
Jung ChangWild Swans Click to show or hide the answer
John GreyMen are from Mars, Women are from Venus Click to show or hide the answer
Nick HornbyFever Pitch Click to show or hide the answer
J. K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Click to show or hide the answer
Lady Antonia FraserThe Six Wives of Henry VIII Click to show or hide the answer
J. K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Click to show or hide the answer

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