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The Essentials of English Literature

EssentialsBritLit

The following is a short list, featuring twenty British authors, whom you would commonly find on any list of English Literature “classics” or “essentials.” A list of the “best” authors in any category has to be considered subjective under the best of circumstances. However, based on the criteria of which authors’ works have continued to stand the “test of time,” and whose works have remained relevant to contemporary readers, the twenty authors listed here are a good place to start. Fans and/or students of English Literature are also encouraged to check in with any of our librarians for additional recommendations!

classic. Among the best of a class, of the highest quality in a group…a work that endures.Harper Handbook to Literature

The author links in this booklist are to the complete listings of all materials in the Lincoln City Libraries’ collections by these authors. The links connect directly to our library catalog, so that you may check on the current availability of titles. Covers shown below are relative samples of some of these authors’ best-known works.

Jane Austen

[1775-1817] [ Wikipedia entry for this author ]

JaneAusten

John Bunyan

[1628-1688] [ Wikipedia entry for this author ]

JohnBunyan

Charlotte Bronte

[1816-1855] [ Wikipedia entry for this author ]

CharlotteBronte

Emily Bronte

[1818-1848] [ Wikipedia entry for this author ]

EmilyBronte

Lewis Carroll

[1832-1898] [ Wikipedia entry for this author ]

LewisCarroll

Geoffrey Chaucer

[1343-1400] [ Wikipedia entry for this author ]

GeoffreyChaucer

Charles Dickens

[1812-1870] [ Wikipedia entry for this author ]

CharlesDickens

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

[1859-1930] [ Wikipedia entry for this author ]

ArthurConanDoyle

George Eliot

[1819-1880] [ Wikipedia entry for this author ]

GeorgeEliot

E.M. Forster

[1879-1970] [ Wikipedia entry for this author ]

EMForster

Elizabeth Gaskell

[1810-1865] [ Wikipedia entry for this author ]

ElizabethGaskell

Oliver Goldsmith

[1730-1774] [ Wikipedia entry for this author ]

OliverGoldsmith

Thomas Hardy

[1840-1928] [ Wikipedia entry for this author ]

ThomasHardy

John Milton

[1608-1674] [ Wikipedia entry for this author ]

JohnMilton

Sir Walter Scott

[1771-1832] [ Wikipedia entry for this author ]

WalterScott

William Shakespeare

[1564-1616] [ Wikipedia entry for this author ]

WilliamShakespeare

Robert Louis Stevenson

[1850-1894] [ Wikipedia entry for this author ]

RobertLouisStevenson

William Thackeray

[1811-1863] [ Wikipedia entry for this author ]

WilliamThackery

Anthony Trollope

[1815-1882] [ Wikipedia entry for this author ]

AnthonyTrollope

Oscar Wilde

[1854-1900] [ Wikipedia entry for this author ]

OscarWilde

Compiled January 2012 kj | Adapted and expanded for the Web January 2012 sdc | Last updated June 2016 sdc