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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  • Salome

    Created by: Oscar Wilde

    A play by Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) composed in 1891, and inspired by Stéphane Mallarmé’s ...

  • '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 ...

  • 'To Autumn'

    Created by: John Keats

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

  • 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 ...

  • Wuthering Heights

    Created by: Emily Bronte

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

  • 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 ...

  • Middlemarch

    Created by: George Eliot

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

  • Hard Times

    Created by: Charles Dickens

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

  • 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 ...

  • '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) ...

  • North and South

    Created by: Elizabeth Gaskell

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

  • '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 ...