1709 Richard Steele, The Tatler
1711 Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism
Joseph Addison and Steele, The Spectator
1714 Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock
1719 Daniel DeFoe, Robinson Crusoe
1725 Pope's edition of Shakespeare
1726 Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels
1729 Jonathan Swift, "A Modest Proposal"
1733 Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man
1740 Samuel Richardson, Pamela
1747 Samuel Richardson, Clarissa
1749 Henry Fielding, Tom Jones
1750 Samuel Johnson, The Rambler
1755 Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
1757 Edmund Burke, On the Sublime and Beautiful
1758 Samuel Johnson, The Idler
1759 Samuel Johnson, History of Rasselas
Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy
1765 Samuel Johnson's edition of Shakespeare.
1773 Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer
1775 Richard Sheridan, The Rivals
[Johann von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther]
1776 Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
1781 Samuel Johnson, Lives of the Poets
1787 Robert Burns, Poems
1789 William Blake, Songs of Innocence
1790 Edmund Burke, Reflection on the Revolution in France
1791 James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D
1792 Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Women
1793 William Wordsworth, Descriptive Sketches
1794 Blake, Songs of Innocence and of Experience
Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho
1796 Matthew G. Lewis, The Monk
1798 William Wordsworth and S. T. Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads
1801 Walter Scott, Ballads
1802 William Wordsworth, "Preface to Lyrical Ballads."
1803 Thomas Chatterton, Works (posthumous)
1804 Williamn Blake, Jerusalem
1805 Walter Scott, Lay of the Last Minstrel
1808 [Goethe, Faust (Part 1)]
1809 London exhibition of paintings by William Blake
1810 Walter Scott, Lady of the Lake
1812 George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (I & 11).
[Grimms Fairy Tales ]
1813 Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Percy Byshhe Shelley, Queen Mab
1814 Walter Scott, Waverley
1816 Percy Byshhe Shelley, "Alastor"
Jane Austen, Emma
1817 John Keats, Poems.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Biographia Literaria
Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazinefounded
1818 John Keats, Endymion
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
Walter Scott, Rob Roy
1819 Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
1820 John Keats, "Lamia," "Isabella," "The Eve of St. Agnes," and other poems
Percy Byshhe Shelley, Prometheus Unbound
1821 John Keats dies
Percy Byshhe Shelley, "Adonais" and Defence of Poetry
Thomas DeQuincey, Confessions of an Opium Eater
1822 Shelley drowns near Lerici, Italy
Charles Lamb, Essays of Elia
1823 Goerge Gordon Lord Byron, Don Juan
1824 Byron dies near Missilonghi, Greece.
Thomas Carlyle transl. of Goethe's Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship
1826 [James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans]
1829 Thomas Carlyle, "Signs of the Times"
1830 Alfred Tennyson, Poems Chiefly Lyrical
1831 Alfred Tennyson, Poems
1833 Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus
1836 Charles Dickens, Pickwick Papers
[Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Nature"]
1837 Thomas Carlyle, French Revolution
[Nathaniel Hawthorne, Twice Told Tales]
1838 Lady Guest, Mabinogion
1839 Shelley, Poetical Works (posthumous).
1841 Punch begins publication
Thomas Carlyle, On Heroes and Hero-Worship
1842 Robert Browning, Dramatic Lyrics
Alfred Tennyson, Poems
Mudie establishes the Circulating Library
Thomas B. Macauley, Lays of Ancient Rome
1843 Wordsworth appointed Poet Laureate.
John Ruskin, Modern Painters (1).
1845 [E. A. Poe, Tales of Mystery and Imagination]<
1846 George Eliot, translation of Strauss's Life of Jesus
Ruskin, Modern Painters (II)
1847 Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair
1848 Dante Gabriel Rosetti, William Holman Hunt, and John Everett Millais form the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
1849 [Henry David Thoreau, "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience"]
1850 Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam
William Wordsworth dies and The Prelude published.
Tennyson appointed Poet Laureate
[Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter]
Arthur Hugh Clough, Dipsychus
1851 John Ruskin, Stones of Venice (through 1853).
[Herman Melville, Moby Dick]
1852 Matthew Arnold, Empedocles on Etna
John Henry Newman, The Idea of a University
1854 Charles Dickens, Hard Times
[Henry David Thoreau, Walden]
Coventry Patmore, The Angel in the House, Part 1.
1855 Robert Browning, Men and Women
Alfred Tennyson, Maud and Other Poems
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, North and South
[Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass]
[Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hiawatha]
Harriet Martineau, Autobiography
1856 William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones, The Oxford and Cambridge Magazine
1857 Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit
Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown's Schooldays
Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers
[Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary]
[Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs de Mal]
1858 John Ruskin, "Traffic"
Anthony Trollope, Doctor Thorne
William Morris, The Defence of Guenevere
1859 Tennyson, Idylls of the King
George Meredith, The Ordeal of Richard Feverel
Edward Fitzgerald, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
John Stuart Mill On Liberty
Samuel Smiles, Self-Help
Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species
1860 John Ruskin, Unto This Last
George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss
1861 [H.C. Andersen, Fairy Tales]
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
1862 Christina Rossetti, Goblin Market and Other Poems.Text -- Overview
George Meredith. Modern Love [Victor Hugo, Les Miserables]
1864 Matthew Arnold, "The Function of Criticism at the Present Time."
John Henry Newman, Apologia pro vita sua
1865 Lewis CarrolI, Alice in Wonderland
[Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace]
1866 Algernon Charles Swinburne, Poems and Ballads, First Series.
[Fyodor Dostoyevski, Crime and Punishment]
1868 Robert Browning, The Ring and the Book
1869 Alfred Lord Tennyson, The Holy Grail and Other Poems
John Stuart Mill, The Subjection of Women
Matthew Arnold, Culture and Anarchy
1870 Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Poems
1873 Walter Pater, The Renaissance John Stuart Mill Autobiography (posthumous)
1874 Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd
1875 Anthony Trollope, The Way We Live Now
1878 Thomas Hardy, Return of the Native
1879 [Henrik Ibsen, A Doll's House]
George Meredith, The Egoist
1881 D. G. Rossetti, Ballads and Sonnets
[Ibsen, Ghosts]
[Henry James, Portrait of a Lady]
1883 Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
1884 [Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn]
1888 Rudyard Kipling, Plain Tales from the Hills
1890 Rudyard Kipling, Barrack-Room Ballads
[Henrik Ibsen, Hedda Gabler]
1891 Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
W. B. Yeats, Ernest Dowson, and Lionel Johnson form The Rhymers' Club.
1894 The Yellow Book (includes Max Beerbohm and Aubrey Beardsley).
Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Books
1895 Oscard Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
W. B. Yeats, Poems
1896 [Anton Chekhov, The Seagull]
1898 Thomas Hardy, Wessex Poems
George Bernard Shaw, Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant
1899 [Anton Chekhov, Uncle Vanya]
1900 Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim
[Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie]
1901 Rudyard Kipling, Kim
1902 Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
1903 [Henry James, The Ambassadors]
1904 William Butler Yeats and Lady Gregory open the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.
[Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard]
1905 George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara
1907 J. M. Synge, The Playboy of the Western World
1908 William Butler Yeats, Collected Works
1912 D. H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers
1914 William Butler Yeats, Responsibilities
James Joyce, Dubliners
1915 D. H. Lawrence, The Rainbow
1916 James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
1917 T.S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
1918 Gerard Manley Hopkins, Poems (posthumous)

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