ENGL3204 18thc Prose & Poetry

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Image this page: Design of Ceiling and Balustrade, 18th century, Anonymous, Italian, Bolognese, [Met Museum](https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/389609);xNLx;Background image: Fragment of an Architectural Design, 18th century, Anonymous, French, [Met Museum](https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/356254);xNLx;;xNLx;This timeline benefits from a number of sources, including the invaluable [Wikimedia Commons](https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page). Images are shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license unless otherwise stated. All errors are my own.;xNLx;;xNLx;Compiled by Miriam Jones, Humanities and Languages, [University of New Brunswick Saint John](https://unb.ca), in Menahkwesk on the unceded land of the Wabanaki Confederacy.

1603-03-24 00:00:00

James I

James I, House of Stuart, reigned from 24 March 1603 to 27 March 1625.

1623-01-01 00:00:00

Margaret Cavendish

Margaret Lucas Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1623 – 15 December 1673) was a philosopher, poet, and playwright.

1625-03-27 00:00:00

Charles I

Charles I, House of Stuart, was King from 27 March 1625 to his execution 30 January 1649.

1631-08-19 00:00:00

John Dryden

John Dryden (19 August 1631 – 12 May 1700) was the first Poet Laureate (1668).

1633-02-23 00:00:00

Samuel Pepys

Samuel Pepys (23 February 1633 – 26 May 1703), naval administrator, is best known for the diary he kept between 1659 and 1669.

1640-01-01 00:00:00

Aphra Behn

"Aphra Behn, the 17th-century poet, playwright and fiction writer, was

1647-04-01 00:00:00

John Wilmot

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester (1 April 1647 – 26 July 1680) was an English poet and courtier.

1649-01-30 00:00:00


The period "between kings."

1653-01-01 00:00:00

Poems and Fancies

Margaret Cavendish published this collection in 1653.

1659-06-19 06:10:19

Pepys' Diary

The diaries of Samuel Pepys present an eyewitness account to a crucial historical period.

1660-01-01 00:00:00


Literature and other art forms turned to classical (Greek and Roman) models for inspiration.

1660-01-01 00:00:00

Amatory fiction

Romantic fiction popular between approximately 1660 to 1730

1660-01-01 02:38:49

Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe (c. 1660 – 24 April 1731) was a prolific writer in many genres, best known now for his novels.

1660-05-29 00:00:00

Charles II

Charles II (House of Stuart) reclaimed the English throne on 29 May 1660 and reigned until his death on 6 February 1685.

1661-04-01 00:00:00

Anne Finch

Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea (née Kingsmill; April 1661 – 5 August 1720), was a poet.

1665-02-01 00:00:00

Great Plague of London

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1666-09-02 00:00:00

Great Fire of London

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1666-11-12 00:00:00

Mary Astell

Mary Astell (12 November 1666 – 11 May 1731) was a philosopher who wrote about women's education.

1667-11-30 00:00:00

Jonathan Swift

(30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745)

1672-03-12 00:00:00

Richard Steele

Richard Steele (bap. 12 March 1672 – 1 September 1729) was a key figure in British periodical publishing.

1672-05-01 00:00:00

Joseph Addison

Joseph Addison (1 May 1672 – 17 June 1719) was a key figure in British periodical publishing.

1673-01-01 13:51:36

A Satire on Charles II

Apparently a letter of 20 January 1674 explains the story behind this poem: “My Lord Rochester fled from Court some time since for delivering (by mistake) into the King’s hands a terrible lampoon of his own making against the King, instead of another the King asked him for" (Lynch).

1673-04-11 00:00:00

The Character of a Coffee-House

This pamphlet was published anonymously on April 11th, 1673.

1673-06-01 00:00:00

Coffee-houses vindicated

This pamphlet, published anonymously, was written to counter published attacks against coffee-houses.

1680-01-01 05:22:19

The Disappointment

Aphra Behn published "The Disappointment" in 1680, the same year as John Wilmot produced "The Imperfect Enjoyment."

1680-01-01 13:51:36

The Imperfect Enjoyment

John Wilmot published his poem "The Imperfect Enjoyment" in 1680.

1682-01-01 00:00:00

Mock Epic

Literary form popularized by Dryden.

1682-10-20 09:16:11

Mac Flecknoe

"Mac Flecknoe" is a mock epic poem by John Dryden.

1684-04-07 08:04:14

To the Memory of Mr. Oldham

"To the Memory of Mr. Oldham" by John Dryden commemorates the death of poet John Oldham (1653–1683).

1685-02-06 00:00:00

James II

James II (House of Stuart) became King of England on 6 February 1685.

1688-01-01 00:00:00


Aphra Behn's short fiction Oroonoko: or, the Royal Slave was published in 1688.

1688-05-21 00:00:00

Alexander Pope

(21 May 1688 – 30 May 1744)

1689-02-13 00:00:00

Glorious Revolution

Protestants William of Orange and Mary Stuart took the English throne at the request of Parliament.

1693-01-01 00:00:00

Eliza Haywood

Eliza Haywood (ca. 1693 – 1756) had a long and prolific literary career in many genres.

1694-01-01 00:00:00

A Serious Proposal For the Ladies

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1700-01-01 00:00:00

Some Reflections Upon Marriage

Like all Mary Astell's work, this was initially published anonymously.

1700-01-01 00:00:00


Sometimes know as the Age of Reason.

1702-01-01 00:00:00

Augustan literature

The Augustan period encompasses the reigns of Queen Anne, King George I, and George II in the first half of the 18th century and ends in the 1740s, with the deaths of Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift, in 1744 and 1745, respectively.

1702-03-08 00:00:00


Anne (House of Stuart) became Queen of England on 8 March 1702.

1709-04-12 00:00:00

The Tatler

was the model for subsequent British periodicals.

1709-09-18 00:00:00

Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 – 13 December 1784) has been described as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history" (Rogers).

1711-03-01 00:00:00

The Spectator

A daily periodical founded by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele.

1711-05-15 23:04:51

An Essay in Criticism

Alexander Pope, from An Essay on Criticism (ll. 1–118) First published anonymously.

1714-01-01 00:00:00

The Scriblerus Club

The Scriblerus Club was an influential literary group.

1714-08-01 00:00:00

George I

George I was King of Britain from 1 August 1714 to 11 June 1727.

1722-08-14 09:18:55

A Journal of the Plague Year

Defoe's novel, published as a "history" in 1722, was set during the Great Plague of London of 1665.

1725-10-20 09:16:11

Fantomina; or, love in a maze

Eliza Haywood's short prose piece "Fantomina" is an example of amatory fiction.

1727-06-11 00:00:00

George II

George II (House of Hanover) reigned from 11 June 1727 until 25 October 1760.

1732-01-01 00:00:00

The Lady's Dressing Room

Jonathan Swift's satiric poem caused backlash from some contemporaries, and critics continue to disagree about its meaning to this day.

1732-02-01 00:00:00

The Gentleman’s Study

“Miss W——,” “The Gentleman’s Study, In Answer to [Swift’s] The Lady’s Dressing Room” (1732)

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