450-1066 AD Beowulf
1066 - 1550 Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, More's Utopia, Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, and the morality play Everyman.
1550 - 1625 Shakespeare's macbeth and Hamlet, Spenser's The Faerie Queene
1625 - 1660 Walton's The Compleate Angler, Milton's Lycidas, Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress.
1660 - 1780 Dryden's The Conquest of Granada and Pepys' Memoirs of the Royal Navy
1780 - 1840 Byron's Don Juan; Austen's Pride and prejudice & Northanger Abbey.
1840 - 1900. Charles Dicken's, Great Expectations, Tennyson's Poems, Browning's Sonnets from the Portuguese.
1900-1945 Yeat's In the Seven Woods, Remarques' All Quiet on the Western Front, Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway.
1945- present. Nietzsche's The Antichrist, Orwell's 1984, Eliot's The Waste Land