The Age of Enlightenment, 1637-1789

Dated from the publication of Descartes' Discourse on Method in 1637, to the French Revolution in 1789.


Thomas Hobbes, 1588–1679
Robert Herrick, 1591-1674
Samuel Butler, 1612-1680
Andrew Marvell, 1621-1678
John Dryden, 1631-1700
Poetry and Plays; Critical Essays.
Aphra Behn, 1640-1689
The Rover; Oroonoko.
Jane Barker, 1652-1732
The Amours of Bosvil and Galesia.
Daniel Defoe, 1661?-1731
Moll Flanders; Robinson Crusoe; A Journal of the Plague Year.
Jonathan Swift, 1667-1745
A Tale of a Tub; Gulliver's Travels; Shorter Prose Works; Poems.
Alexander Pope, 1688-1744
John Gay, 1685-1732
The Beggar's Opera.
Samuel Richardson, 1689-1761.
Clarissa; Pamela; Sir Charles Grandison.
Henry Fielding, 1707-1754
Joseph Andrews; The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling.
John Cleland, 1709-1789
Fanny Hill.
Laurence Sterne, 1713-1768
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman; A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy.
Tobias Smollett, 1721-1771
The Expedition of Humphry Clinker; The Adventures of Roderick Random.
Samuel Johnson, 1709–1784
James Boswell, 1740-1795
Life of Johnson; Journals.
Oliver Goldsmith, 1728-1774
The Vicar of Wakefield; She Stoops to Conquer; The Traveller; The Deserted Village.
William Cowper, 1731-1800
Poetical Works.
Edmund Burke, 1729–1797
A Philosophical Enquiry into the Sublime and Beautiful; Reflections on the Revolution in France.
Edward Gibbon, 1737–1794
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan, 1751-1816
The School of Scandal; The Rivals.
Fanny Burney, 1752-1840


Jean de La Fontaine, 1621-1695
Molière, 1622-1673
The Misanthrope; Tartuffe; The School for Wives; The Learned Ladies; Don Juan; School for Husbands; Ridiculous Precieuses; The Would-Be Gentleman; The Miser; The Imaginary Invalid.
Blaise Pascal, 1623–1662
Voltaire, 1694-1778
Zadig; Candide; Letters on England; The Lisbon Earthquake.
Rousseau, Jean–Jacques, 1712–1778
The Confessions; Émile; La Nouvelle Héloïse.


Giacomo Casanova, 1725-1798


Cao Xueqin (ca. 1717-1763)
The Dream of the Red Chamber
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