What to Read – The Canon of English Literature

What to Read – List 2

The Canon of English Literature

The following list is reproduced from the http://readliterature.com web site. It is not a complete, nor an official list of any kind, but I believe it contains essential works from what is usually referred to as The Canon of English Literature.

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Martin Amis (1949)

Sir Kingsley Amis (1922 – 1995)

Jane Austen (1775 – 1817)

J.G. Ballard (1930)

Anne Bronte(1820 – 1849)

Charlotte Bront?(1816 – 1855)

Emily Bronte(1818 – 1848)

Anthony Burgess (1917 – 1993)

Fanny Burney (1752 – 1840)

Lord Byron (1788 – 1824)

Thomas Carlyle 2 (1795 – 1881)

Geoffrey Chaucer (1342/43 – 1400)

Sir Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) Nobel Prize in Literature, 1953

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834)

Joseph Conrad 3 (1857 – 1924)

Daniel Defoe (1660 – 1731)

Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870)

John Dryden (1631 – 1700)

Lawrence Durrell 4 (1912 – 1990)

George Eliot Mary Ann (Marian) Evans (1819 – 1880)

T. S. Eliot 5 (1888 – 1965) Nobel Prize in Literature, 1948

Henry Fielding (1707 – 1754)

Ford Madox Ford (1873 – 1939)

E.M. Forster (1879 – 1970)

John Galsworthy (1867 – 1933) Nobel Prize in Literature, 1932

Sir William Golding (1911 – 1993) Nobel Prize in Literature, 1983

Oliver Goldsmith (1730 – 1774)

Robert Graves (1895 – 1985)

Graham Greene (1904 – 1991)

Thomas Hardy (1840 – 1928)

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844 – 1889)

Ted Hughes (1930 – 1998)

Aldous Huxley (1894 – 1963)

James I, King of England from 1603 to 1625 (1566 – 1625)

Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784)

John Keats (1795 – 1821)

Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936) Nobel Prize in Literature, 1907

Philip Larkin (1922 – 1985)

D.H. Lawrence (1885 – 1930)

John Le Carre (1931)

Richard Llewellyn 6 (1906 – 1983)

Christopher Marlowe (1564 – 1593)

William Somerset Maugham (1874 – 1965)

Ian McEwan (1948)

John Milton (1608 – 1674)

Dame Iris Murdoch 7 (1919)

Sir V. S. (Vidiadhar Surajprasad) Naipaul 8 (1932) Nobel Prize in Literature, 2001

George Orwell ( 1903 – 1950)

Harold Pinter (1930)

Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744)

Salman Rushdie 9 (1947)

Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970) Nobel Prize in Literature, 1950

Sir Walter Scott 10 (1771 – 1832)

William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616)

Tom Sharpe (1928)

Mary Shelley (1797 – 1817)

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 – 1822)

Robert Louis Stevenson 11 (1850 – 1895)

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811 – 1863)

Dylan Thomas 12 (1914 – 1953)

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 – 1973)

Anthony Trollope (1815 – 1882)

Denton Welch (1915 – 1948)

H.G. (Herbert George) Wells (1866 – 1946)

Patrick White 13 (1912 – 1990) Nobel Prize in Literature, 1973

Sir P.G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse 14 (1881 – 1975)

Virginia Woolf (1882 – 1941)

William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850)

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