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A Tabular View Of English Literature 


I. The Britons and the Anglo-Saxon Period, from the
      beginning to the Norman Conquest in 1066 A. D.
   A. The Britons, before and during the Roman occupation,
      to the fifth century.
   B. Anglo-Saxon Poetry, on the Continent in prehistoric
      times before the migration to England, and in England
      especially during the Northumbrian Period, seventh and
      eighth centuries A. D. Ballads, 'Beowulf,' Caedmon,
      Bede (Latin prose), Cynewulf.
   C. Anglo-Saxon Prose, of the West Saxon Period, tenth
      and eleventh centuries, beginning with King Alfred,
      871-901. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.
II. The Norman-French, Period, 1066 to about 1350.
    Literature in Latin, French, and English. Many different
      forms, both religious and secular, including the
      religious drama. The Metrical Romances, including the
      Arthurian Cycle. Geoffrey of Monmouth, 'Historia
      Regum Britanniae' (Latin), about 1136. Wace, 'Brut'
      (French), about 1155. Laghamon, 'Brut' (English),
      about 1200.
III. The End of the Middle Ages, about 1350 to about 1500.
    The Hundred Years' War. 'Sir John Mandeyille's'
      'Voyage.' Chaucer, 1338-1400. John Gower. 'The
      Vision Concerning Piers the Plowman.' Wiclif and
      the Lollard Bible, about 1380. Popular Ballads. The
      War of the Roses. Malory's 'Morte Darthur,' finished
      1467. Caxton and the printing press, 1476. Morality
      Plays and Interludes.
IV. The Renaissance and the Elizabethan Period, about 1500
      to 1603.
    Great discoveries and activity, both intellectual and
      physical. Influence of Italy. The Reformation.
    Henry VIII, 1509-47. Edward VI, to 1553. Mary, to 1558.
      Elizabeth, 1558-1603. Defeat of the Armada, 1588.
    Sir Thomas More, 'Utopia.' Tyndale's New Testament
      and other translations of the Bible.
    Wyatt and Surrey, about 1540.
    Prose Fiction. Lyly's 'Euphues,' 1578. Sidney's
      'Arcadia.'
    Spenser, 1552-1599. 'The Shepherd's Calendar,' 1579.
      'The Faerie Queene,' 1590 and later.
    Lyric poetry, including sonnet sequences. John Donne.
    The Drama. Classical and native influences. Lyly,
      Peele, Greene, Marlowe. Shakspere, 1564-1616. Ben
      Jonson and other dramatists.
V. The Seventeenth Century, 1603-1660.
    The First Stuart Kings, James I (to 1625) and Charles I.
      Cavaliers and Puritans. The Civil War and the Commonwealth.
      Cromwell.
    The Drama, to 1642.
    Francis Bacon.
    The King James Bible, 1611.
    Lyric Poets. Herrick. The 'Metaphysical' religious
      poets--Herbert, Crashaw, and Vaughan. Cavalier and
      Puritan poets.
    Milton, 1608-1674.
    John Bunyan, 'Pilgrim's Progress.' 1678.

VI. The Restoration Period, from the Restoration of Charles II
      in 1660 to the death of Dryden in 1700.
    Charles II, 1660-1685. James II, 1685 to the Revolution
      in 1688. William and Mary, 1688-1702.
    Butler's 'Hudibras.' Pepys' 'Diary.' The Restoration
      Drama. Dryden, 1631-1700.

VII. The Eighteenth Century.
         Queen Anne, 1702-1715. The four Georges, 1715-1830.

    PSEUDO-CLASSIC
     LITERATURE.
   Swift, 1667-1745.
   Addison, 1672-1719.
   Steele, 1672-1729.
   Pope, 1688-1744.
   Johnson, 1709-1784.

     THE LATER PROSE.
   Burke, 1729-1797.
   Gibbon, 'Decline and
     Fall,' 1776-1788.
   Boswell, 'Life of
     Johnson,' 1791.

     THE NOVEL.
   'Sir Roger de Coverly,'
     1711-12.
   Defoe, 1661-1731.
     'Robinson Crusoe,'
     1718-20.
   Richardson, 1689-1761.
     'Clarissa Harlowe,'
     1747-8.
   Fielding, 1707-1754.
   Smollett.
   Sterne.
   Goldsmith, 'Vicar of
   Wakefield,' 1766.
   Historical and 'Gothic'
     Novels.
   Miss Burney, 'Evelina,'
     1778.
   Revolutionary Novels
     of Purpose. Godwin,
     'Caleb Williams.'
   Miss Edgeworth.
   Miss Austen.

     THE ROMANTIC REVOLT
          --Poetry.
   Thomson, 'The Seasons,'
     1726-30.
   Collins, 'Odes,' 1747.
   Gray, 1716-71.
   Percy's 'Reliques,'
     1765.
   Goldsmith, 'The Deserted
     Village,'
     1770.
   Cowper.
   Chatterton.
   Macpherson, Ossianic
     imitations.
   Burns, 1759-96.
   Blake.

     THE DRAMA.
   Pseudo-Classical Tragedy,
     Addison's
     'Cato,' 1713.
   Sentimental Comedy.
   Domestic Tragedy.
   Revival of genuine
     Comedy of
     Manners. Goldsmith,
     'She Stoops to
     Conquer,' 1773.
     Sheridan.

VIII. The Romantic Triumph, 1798 to about 1830.
    Coleridge, 1772-1834. Wordsworth, 1770-1850. Southey,
      1774-1843. Scott, 1771-1832.
    Byron, 1788-1824. Shelley, 1792-1822. Keats, 1759-1821.

IX. The Victorian Period, about 1830-1901.
       Victoria Queen, 1837-1901.

  ESSAYISTS. POETS. NOVELISTS.

  Macaulay, 1800-1859. Mrs. Browning, 1806-     Charlotte Bronte,
  Carlyle, 1795-1881. 1861. 1816-1855.
  Ruskin, 1819-1900. Tennyson, 1809-1892. Dickens, 1812-1870.
                          Browning, 1812-1889. Thackeray, 1811-1863.
                          Matthew Arnold,        Kingsley, 1819-1875.
                           poems, 1848-58. George Eliot, 1819-
                          Rossetti, 1828-82. 1880.
  Matthew Arnold,       Morris, 1834-96. Reade, 1814-1884.
  essays, 1861-82. Swinburne, 1837-1909. Trollope, 1815-1882.
                                                   Blackmore, 'Lorna
                                                    Doone,' 1869.
                                                   Shorthouse,' John
                                                   Inglesant,' 1881.
                                                   Meredith, 1828-1910.
                                                   Thomas Hardy, 1840-
                                                   Stevenson, 1850-1894.
                          Kipling, 1865-           Kipling, 1865-

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