People

Explore the lives of influential writers including John Milton, Aphra Behn, Daniel Defoe, Ignatius Sancho and Frances Burney.

Aphra Behn

1640 - 1689

Poet, Playwright, Novelist, Spy [probable]

Frances Burney

1752 - 1840

Novelist, Diarist, Playwright

Margaret Cavendish

1623 - 1673

Poet, Philosopher, Scientist, Playwright, Novelist, Biographer

Daniel Defoe

1660 - 1731

Merchant, Poet, Journalist, Novelist, Pamphleteer, Spy

John Dryden

1631 - 1700

Poet, Playwright, Translator, Critic

Henry Fielding

1707 - 1754

Novelist, Playwright, Journalist, Magistrate

John Gay

1685 - 1732

Playwright, Poet

Oliver Goldsmith

1728 - 1774

Playwright, Novelist, Priest

Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

Lexicographer, Poet, Essayist, Biographer, Playwright

Andrew Marvell

1621 - 1678

Poet, Politician

John Milton

1608 - 1674

Poet, Political writer, School teacher, Civil Servant

Katherine Philips

1632 - 1664

Poet, Translator

Alexander Pope

1688 - 1744

Poet, Classicist, Translator

Samuel Richardson

1689 - 1762

Novelist, Writer, Printer

Ignatius Sancho

1729 - 1780

Writer, Composer, Shopkeeper