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MAT Literary Figures and Characters

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Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 1547-1616
1st modern european novel

Don Quixote
Jane Austen 1775-1817
novels of manners and middle class English society

Sense and Sensibility
Pride and Prejudice
Lord George Gordon Byron 1788-1824
Romantic movement; Byronic hero

Don Juan
classic poetry
Mary Shelley 1797-1851
Romantic novelist
sister to Percy Shelley

Frankenstein
The Last Man
Emily Bronte 1818-1848
Victorian novelist

Wuthering Heights
Charlotte Bronte 1816-1855
Victorian novelist

Jane Eyre
Joseph Conrad 1857-1924
Ukrainian
English post-colonial novelist

Lord Jim
Heart of Darkness
V S Naipaul 1932-
Trinidad
English post-colonial novelist


Enigma of Arrival
House for Mr. Biswas
Oscar Wilde 1854-1900
English novelist, dramatist and social critic
The Importance of Being Earnest
Picture of Dorian Gray
Charles Dickens 1812-1870
English novelist
Great Expectations
Oliver Twist
D H Lawrence 1885-1930
English novelist
Lady Chatterley's Lover
The Rainbow
Nathaniel Hawthorne 1804-1864
American transcendentalist
The Scarlet Letter
House of the Seven Gables
Rappaccini's Daughter
Herman Melville 1819-1891
American transcendentalist
Moby Dick
Billy Bud
Aleksandr Isayevitch Solzhenitsyn 1918-2008
Russian novelist and social critic
The Gulag Archipelago
Vladimir Nabokov 1899-1977
Russian novelist
Lolita
Invitation to a Beheading
Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy 1828-1910
Russian novelist
War and Peace
Anna Karenina
Fyodor Dostoyevsky 1821-1881
Russian novelist
Crime and Punishment
Notes from the Underground
George Eliot (Mary Ann or Marian Evans) 1819-1880
English author
Middlemarch
Daniel Deronda
Mill on the Floss
Gustave Flaubert 1821-1880
French novelist
Madame Bovary
Franz Kafka 1883-1924
Existentialist novelist
The Metamorphosis
The Castle
Harriet Beecher Stowe 1811-1896
American novelist
abolitionist movement
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) 1835-1910
American novelist, essayist and satrist
Tom Sawyer
Huckleberry Finn
William Faulkner 1897-1962
American author (southern)
The Sound and the Fury
Absalom! Absalom!
Ernest Hemingway 1899-1961
lean prose
masculine themes and characters
A Farewell to Arms
The Old Man and the Sea
James Joyce 1882-1941
Irish novelist
Modernist
Ulysses
Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man
Sinclair Lewis 1885-1951
American novelist and social critic
Elmer Gantry
Babbitt
Henry Miller 1891-1980
American novelist
The Tropic of Cancer
The Tropic of Capricorn
Upton Sinclair 1878-1968
American novelist and social critic
"muckraker"
The Jungle
Gertrude Stein 1874-1946
American modernist author
3 Lives
Virginia Woolf 1882-1941
Modernist novelist and feminist
A Room of One's Own
To the Lighthouse
Alice Walker 1944-
American novelist
The Color Purple
Possessing the Secrets of Joy
John Steinbeck 1902-1968
American novelist
life of the American worker
Grapes of Wrath
Cannery Row
J D Salinger 1919-2010
American writer (reclusive)
Catcher in the Rye
Franny and Zooey
Thomas Pynchon 1937-
American novelist (reclusive)
Gravity's Rainbow
Vineland
The Crying of Lot 49
Toni Morrison 1931-
American novelist
Beloved
The Bluest Eye
Song of Solomon
Harper Lee 1926-
American writer
To Kill A Mockingbird
Zora Neale Hurston 1901-1960
American novelist and folklorist
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Tell My Horse
Nadine Gordimer 1923-
South African novelist
A Sport of Nature
William Burroughs
Naked Lunch
Diane Di Prima
Memiors of a Beatnik
John Updike
The Witches of Eastwick
Joseph Heller
Catch-22
Washington Irving
The History of New York
Ken Kesey
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Anton Chekhov
The Three Sisters
Victor Hugo
Les Miserables
James Baldwin 1924-1987
American poet and novelist
The Fire Next Time
Sylvia Plath 1932-1963
American poet and novelist
Ariel
The Bell Jar
Jack Kerouac 1922-1969
American Beat poet and novelist
Dharma Bums
On the Road
Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) 43-18 BCE
Erotic verse
Metamorphoses
Love's Remedy
Sappho c. 612 BCE
Greek poetry
Verse fragments
Virgil (Publius Vegiluis Maro) 70-19 BCE
Pastoral poem
civic virtue
The Aeneid
Dante Alighieri 1265-1321
Modern European literature
"terza rima"-rhyme in threes
The Inferno
Divine Comedy
Purgatorio
Paridiso
Francesco Petrarch 1304-1374
love poetry
humanism
The Canzoniere
John Milton 1608-1674
Puritan poet
allegorical religious epics
Paradise Lost
Paradise Regained
Jean Racine 1639-1699
Lyric poetry based on Greek and Roman literature
Andromaque
Bernice and Phaedre
Alexander Pope 1688-1744
British
Classicist/Satirist
The Rape of the Lock
The Dunciad
William Blake 1757-1827
Poet/Visual artist
Neoclassical convention
Songs of the Innocence
Songs of Experience
William Wordsworth 1770-1850
English romantic poet
nature poetry
The Prelude
Lyrical Ballads
Poems Chiefly of Early and Late Years
Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792-1822
Romantic poet
Metaphor and Metrical form
brother to Mary Shelley
Adonais
John Keats 1795-1821
Romantic poet
Hyperion
On a Grecian Urn
Charles Baudelaire 1821-1867
French symbolist poet
Flowers of Evil (Les Fleurs du Mal)
Robert Browning 1812-1889
English poet
married to Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Bells and Pomegranates
Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806-1861
English poet
married to Robert Browning
Aurora Leigh
Sonnets from the Portuguese
Emily Dickinson 1830-1886
American poet
Because I Could Not Stop For Death
Christina 1830-1894
English poet
Goblin Market
Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849
American transcendentalist
Fall of the House of Usher
The Tell-Tale Heart
The Raven
The Purloined Letter
Walt Whitman 1819-1892
American poet
Leaves of Grass
Song of Myself
e.e. cummings 1894-1962
Non-traditional forms of poetry
Tulips and Chimneys
Robert Frost 1874-1963
American poet
The Road Not Taken
Birches
Ezra Pound 1885-1972
American poet
The Cantos
Adrienne Rich 1929-
American Poet
Aunt Jennifer's Tigers
Langston Hughes 1902-1967
Harlem Renaissance poet
Collected Works
Allen Ginsberg 1926-1997
American Beat poet
Howl
Elizabeth Bishop 1911-1979
American poet
Collected Works
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Self-Reliance
William Butler Yeats 1865-1939
Irish poet/dramatist
The Wind Among the Reeds
The Winding Stairs
Sailing To Byzantium
T. S. Eliot 1564-1965
Christian poet/theorist/playwright/critic
The Waste Land
William Shakespeare 1564-1616
English poet/dramatist
Hamlet Romeo and Juliet Julius Caesar
King Lear Twelfth Night Much Ado About Nothing
Macbeth Richard III Sonnets
Joseph Addison 1672-1719
Poet/Critic/Playwright
The Tattler
The Spectator
Cato
Aeschylus 525-456 BCE
originator of Greek drama
2nd speaking character
Eumenides Oresteia
Prometheus Chophori
Agamemmon
Aristophanes 450-385 BCE
father of Greek comedy
Lysistrata
The Clouds
The Birds
Sophocles 496-406 BCE
dramatist
3rd speaking character
Oedipus Rex
Oedipus Tyrannus
Antigone
Electra
Christopher Marlow 1564-1593
author of the first historical drama and English tragedy
Edward the Second
The Tragedy of Doctor Faustus
Ben Jonson 1573-1637
English playwright
Every Man in His Humor
Moliere (Jean Baptiste Poquelin) 1622-1673
French playwright
introduced everyday speech to theatre
Dom Juan
Tartuffe
The Misanthrope
George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950
Irish born/British author/playwright
Arms and the Man
Saint Joan
Eugene O'Neill 1888-1953
American dramatist
Anna Christie
The Hairy Ape
Henrik Ibsen 1828-1906
Norwegian playwright
Expressionist movement
A Doll's House
Ghosts
Arthur Miller 1915-2005
American playwright
Death of a Salesman
The Crucible
Samuel Beckett 1906-1989
Irish born/French playwright/novelist
Waiting for Godot
Happy Days
Tennessee Williams 1911-1983
American playwright
A Streetcar Named Desire
The Glass Menagerie
Sir Tom Stoppard 1937
Czech born/British playwright
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Thornton Wilder
Our Town
Euripides 485-405 BCE
technique of "deus ex machina"
The Trojan Women
Helen
The Bacchae
Medea
Homer c. 9th century BCE
1st works of Western literature
Odyssey
Iliad
Giovanni Boccaccio 1313-1375
introduced the use of vernacular
The Decameron
Geoffrey Chaucer 1340-1400
brought literature to the middle class
The Canterbury Tales
Troilus
Criseyde
Nicolo Machiavelli 1469-1527
"Machiavellian"
The Prince
La Madrigola
Francois Rabelais 1494-1553
Satiric narrative
Gargantua
Pantagruel
Francis Bacon 1561-1626
philosophical writings
Essays
The New Atlantis
Edmund Spenser 1552-1599
Allegory
The Faerie Queen
Amoretti
John Dryden 1631-1700
heroic couplet
Alexander's Feast
Heroic Stanzas
Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet) 1694-1778
French/English critical theory
Candide
Zadig
Jonathan Swift 1667-1745
Direct style, critical wit
Gulliver's Travels
Tale of a Tub
Benjamin Franklin 1706-1790
Scientist, Educator, Abolitionist, Philosopher, Economist, Political Theorist and Statesman
Poor Richard's Almanac
Observations on the Increase of Mankind
Numerous essays and state papers
Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772-1834
Romantic critic
Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Christable
Kubla Khan
Lyrical Ballads
Henry David Thoreau 1818-1848
American transcendentalist/social theorist
Walden
Civil Disobedience
Salman Rushdie 1947-
death sentence (fatwa) placed on him by Ayatollah Khomeni
The Satanic Verses
Shame