Works of literature

Explore key works of Restoration and 18th-century literature, from Paradise Lost andThe Rover to Gulliver's Travels, Tristram Shandy and Evelina.

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  • A Dictionary of the English Language

    Created by: Samuel Johnson

    A Dictionary of the English Language overview In 1746, Samuel Johnson was commissioned by a group of London booksellers ...

  • Evelina

    Created by: Frances Burney

    Evelina overview Unused to the situations in which I find myself, and embarrassed by the slightest difficulties, I seld...

  • Gulliver’s Travels

    Created by: Jonathan Swift

    Gulliver’s Travels overview Gulliver’s Travels is a four-part prose travelogue, narrated by the fictitious persona of Le...

  • Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, an African

    Created by: Ignatius Sancho

    Ignatius Sancho used the medium of letters to record his thoughts on many of the major political, economic and cultural...

  • Oroonoko

    Created by: Aphra Behn

    Oroonoko overview Oroonoko is a short novel, styling itself ‘a true history’, set in the English colony of Surinam in th...

  • Pamela

    Created by: Samuel Richardson

    Pamela overview I will bear any thing you can inflict upon me with Patience, even to the laying down of my Life, to she...

  • Paradise Lost

    Created by: John Milton

    Paradise Lost overview Paradise Lost is an epic poem (12 books, totalling more than 10,500 lines) written in blank verse...

  • Robinson Crusoe

    Created by: Daniel Defoe

    Robinson Crusoe overview Robinson Crusoe tells the ‘true story’, narrated retrospectively in the first person, of a youn...

  • She Stoops to Conquer

    Created by: Oliver Goldsmith

    She Stoops to Conquer (1773) overview Kenneth Tynan wrote that ‘English drama is a procession of glittering Irishmen’. O...

  • The Beggar’s Opera

    Created by: John Gay

    The Beggar’s Opera (1728) overview John Gay’s The Beggar's Opera survives as the best-known example of a satirical balla...

  • The Rape of the Lock

    Created by: Alexander Pope

    The Rape of the Lock overview Alexander Pope’s The Rape of the Lock is a poem of five cantos, written in rhyming couplet...

  • The Rover

    Created by: Aphra Behn

    The Rover overview One of Aphra Behn’s most successful and celebrated plays, The Rover is a classic Restoration comedy, ...

  • The School for Scandal

    Created by: Richard Brinsley Sheridan

    The School for Scandal (1777) overview  The critic and essayist William Hazlitt called Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s 1777 ...

  • Tom Jones

    Created by: Henry Fielding

    Tom Jones is a picaresque story that chronicles the humorous escapades, romances and redemption of its roguish protagoni...

  • Tristram Shandy

    Created by: Laurence Sterne

    Laurence Sterne’s The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman is an innovative, digressive, challenging, humorou...