Literature Timeline

Events

Medieval Period

Approx. 500 - Approx. 1500

(approx. 500-1500)

Beowulf (Old English epic poem)

Approx. 1000

Song of Roland (epic poem)

Approx. 1100

The Nibelungenlied (epic poem)

Approx. 1200

The Story of Volsungs (epic poem)

1300

The Cantebury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)

Approx. 1390

English Renaissance

1500 - 1670

William Shakespeare

1564 - 1616

The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser

1590

Paradise Lost by John Milton

1667

Age of Reason/Enlightenment

1685 - 1815

Poor Richard's Almanack by Benjamin Franklin

1733

Denis Diderot's Encylopedie

1750

Candide by Voltaire

1759

Emile by by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

1762

The Romantic Period

1798 - 1870

Lyrical Ballads by William Wordsworth

1798

Charles Dickens

1812 - 1870

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

1818

Don Juan by Lord Byron

1819 - 1824

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

1821 - 1881