Works of literature

From the Romantic poetry of Blake, Shelley and Keats to the Victorian novels of Dickens, Eliot and the Brontë sisters, and beyond to fin de siècle works by Wilde, explore 50 of the most famous works of literature from 1780–1901.

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  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    Created by: Thomas Hardy

    A novel by Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), published in 1891. The work brought Hardy fame, fortune and critical ...

  • Sonnets from the Portuguese

    Created by: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

    This sonnet sequence by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) first appeared in Poems (1850). The title was ...

  • The Time Machine

    Created by: H G Wells

    A scientific romance by H G Wells (1866-1946), published in 1895. Wells had part of a serial ...

  • 'The Cry of the Children'

    Created by: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

    A two-volume anthology, Poems, by Elizabeth Barrett, later Barrett Browning (1806-1861) was published in 1844, ...

  • 'The Lady of Shalott'

    Created by: Alfred Lord Tennyson

    Alfred Lord Tennyson’s (1809-1892) love of Arthurian legends found expression in one of his early poems, ...

  • 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'

    Created by: Alfred Lord Tennyson

    A poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892), first published in The Examiner in 1854. Tennyson became Poet ...

  • The Island of Dr. Moreau

    Created by: H G Wells

    A scientific romance by H G Wells (1866-1946), published in 1896. In 1895, Wells had written a paper on ...

  • The Importance of Being Earnest

    Created by: Oscar Wilde

    Subtitled ‘A Trivial Comedy for Serious People’, Oscar Wilde’s (1854-1900) masterpiece was ...

  • 'Ozymandias'

    Created by: Percy Bysshe Shelley

    A sonnet by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), written in 1817. Ozymandias was the Greek name of Pharaoh Ramses ...

  • Persuasion

    Created by: Jane Austen

    Jane Austen’s (1775-1817) final novel was written during a period of failing health, in 1815-16, and ...

  • Pride and Prejudice

    Created by: Jane Austen

    During 1796-7 young Jane Austen (1775-1817) wrote First Impressions. Her early effort was rejected, but a ...

  • Silas Marner

    Created by: George Eliot

    George Eliot’s (1819-1880) short novel of 1861, in which the protagonist is obliged to leave his small ...

  • 'To a Louse'

    Created by: Robert Burns

    The full title of this vernacular poem by Robert Burns (1759-1796) is ‘To a Louse: On Seeing One On A ...

  • 'To a Skylark'

    Created by: Percy Bysshe Shelley

    The Romantics believed that the healing power of the imagination could enable people to transcend their everyday ...

  • The War of the Worlds

    Created by: H G Wells

    A scientific romance by H G Wells (1866-1946), published in 1898. A terrifying fable, the novel was written at a ...