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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  • 'To Autumn'

    Created by: John Keats

    John Keats (1795-1821) composed his sensuous ode ‘To Autumn’ in September 1819. He was inspired by ...

  • Wuthering Heights

    Created by: Emily Bronte

    Emily Brontë’s (1818-1848) only novel, published in 1847. Blending realism, romance and the Gothic,, ...

  • The Prelude (Book I)

    Created by: William Wordsworth

    The subtitle of The Prelude is ‘Growth of a Poet’s Mind’. William Wordsworth (1770-1850) began ...

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    Created by: Oscar Wilde

    Oscar Wilde’s (1854-1900) Gothic tale first appeared in Lippincott’s Magazine in 1890. It was ...

  • 'The Masque of Anarchy'

    Created by: Percy Bysshe Shelley

    A poem written by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) in 1819. In August of that year, a huge but peaceful crowd of ...

  • Hard Times

    Created by: Charles Dickens

    Charles Dickens (1812-1870) published this ‘Condition of England’ novel in 1854. His setting was a ...

  • Middlemarch

    Created by: George Eliot

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

  • 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 ...

  • '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 ...

  • 'To a Mouse'

    Created by: Robert Burns

    ‘To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough’ was written by Robert Burns (1759-1796) ...

  • 'The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim's Point'

    Created by: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s (1806-1861) original version of this anti-slavery poem appeared in The ...

  • Mary Barton

    Created by: Elizabeth Gaskell

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

  • '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 ...

  • 'Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 18...

    Created by: William Wordsworth

    ‘Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802’ is a sonnet by William Wordsworth (1770-1850) ...

  • Emma

    Created by: Jane Austen

    Jane Austen began writing Emma in 1814 and the novel was published in 1816. The book can be classed as a ...