England is the birthplace of many great English writers. They have lifted England to the top of the literary world that enables present English writers to carry on without much challenge. It is not an easy task to name them all in a small article. But naming even a few of them is worthy for those who are interested in learning the life and work of the great writers in England to date.
William Shakespeare (1564-1816)
The greatest of all English writers and perhaps of others, William Shakespeare, wrote poems, stage dramas, and also engaged in acting. He was notably called the Bard of Avon and regarded as the national poet of England. Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Merchant of Venice, Hamlet are some of his great works.
Jane Austen (1775-1817)
Jane Austen’s father was George Austen, the vicar of Steventon in Hampshire. Jane had a sister and six brothers. She did not attend school because of the family’s condition of poverty. But, she has read a lot of books at home and continuously occupied herself writing stories in her leisure. On 18th July 1817, she died at the age of 41. She authored some famous novels including Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and Northanger Abbey, to name a few.
William Blake 1757-1827
A poet, and painter, William Blake also worked as a printmaker. The Englanders disregarded him during his lifetime but became one of the highly recognized literary figures of the world of contemporary literature after that. During the Romantic Age, people thought he was insane since they could not understand his paintings or poems that much. His famous poems ‘The Lamb’, ‘And did those feet in ancient time’, and ‘The Tyger’, are highly regarded as great poems even at present.
Charles John Huffam Dickens (1812-1870)
A creator of some of the highly praised literary works, Charles Dickens, was one of the greatest writers of the Victorian era in England. Born on February 7, 1812, in Portsmouth in the United Kingdom, Dickens died on June 9, 1870, in Higham, the UK. His famous novels include A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, The Frozen Depth, No Thoroughfare, and The Goblins.
Emily Bronte (1818-1848)
Born in Haworth, UK, Emily Bronte spent a very brief lifespan and died on December 19, 1848, in the same area. Her sisters Charlotte Bronte and Anne Bronte were also great writers. Emily Bronte is most famous for her classic novel Wuthering Heights.
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)
Novelist and Poet, Thomas Hardy was said to have been influenced by poets and writers such as William Wordsworth, Charles Dickens, and William Shakespeare. His literary marvels include The Return of the Native, Tess, and Jude, among many others.
Many more English writers have enriched global literature throughout the history. George Eliot (1819-1880), Virginia Wolf (1882-1941), Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400), Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855), George Orwell (1903-1950) and the present writer J.K. Rowling are only some of them.