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 55 of the most famous works of literature from 1780–1901.

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  • 'I wandered lonely as a cloud'

    Created by: William Wordsworth

    A lyric poem inspired by an event on 15 April 1802, when William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy came across a “long b...

  • In Memoriam A H H

    Created by: Alfred Lord Tennyson

    A poignant tribute to Arthur Henry Hallam, this poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1882) was written between 1833 and 18...

  • Jane Eyre

    Created by: Charlotte Bronte

    Charlotte Brontë’s (1816-1855) iconic novel of 1847 is subtitled ‘An Autobiography’. It is an example of a Bildungsroman...

  • Jude the Obscure

    Created by: Thomas Hardy

    A novel by Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) originally printed in abridged and bowdlerized form in Harper's New Monthly Magazine...

  • 'Kubla Khan'

    Created by: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    A poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), published 1816. Coleridge composed ‘Kubla Khan; Or, A Vision in a Dream’ ...

  • Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of St Agnes and Other Poe...

    Created by: John Keats

    This volume by John Keats (1795-1821) was published in July 1820. It included: the three narrative poems listed in the t...

  • Lyrical Ballads

    Created by: William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    This collaborative collection by William Wordsworth (1770-1850) and Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) was published, a...

  • Mary Barton

    Created by: Elizabeth Gaskell

    Subtitled 'A Tale of Manchester Life', Elizabeth Gaskell’s (1810-1865) first novel (published anonymously in 1848) is cl...

  • Middlemarch

    Created by: George Eliot

    Originally published in eight parts in 1871-72, Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life is set four decades earlier in t...

  • Mill on the Floss

    Created by: George Eliot

    A sibling relationship is at the heart of George Eliot’s (1819-1880) semi-autobiographical novel, published in 1860. Mag...

  • Nicholas Nickleby

    Created by: Charles Dickens

    A novel by Charles Dickens (1812-1870), published 1838–9.  Impoverished after his father’s death, the eponymous hero tea...

  • North and South

    Created by: Elizabeth Gaskell

    A novel by Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), published serially in Household Words in 1854–55 and in volume form in 1855. ...

  • 'Ode to a Nightingale'

    Created by: John Keats

    John Keats (1795-1821) composed this poem one morning in early May 1819, when he was still mourning the death of his bro...

  • Oliver Twist

    Created by: Charles Dickens

    Charles Dickens’s (1812-1870) second novel, originally published in serial parts 1837-39, and as a three volume edition ...

  • '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 II. The c...