Modern Age | Authors and their Works

Major Authors and their literary works of the Modern Age

The Most important writers of the Modern Age and their major Literary works with timeline:


The most famous Modern Age writers are -

  • Robert Bridges (1844-1930)
  • George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
  • W.B. Yeats (1865-1939) 
  • John Galsworthy (1867-1933)
  • George Moore (1857-1933)
  • George Gissing (1857-1903)
  • Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
  • H. G. Wells (1866-1946)
  • Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)
  • Arnold Bennett (1867-1931)
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)
  • Walter de la Mare (1873-1956)
  • Samuel Butler (1835-1902) etc.

Name of famous novelist and dramatist of Modern Age in English literature with their best works and important dates.


Major Authors and their literary works of the Modern Age are given below: 

 Robert Bridges (1844-1930)

  • The Testament of Beauty
  • The Growth of Love
  • Eros and Psyche
  • Prometheus the Fire Giver
  • The Feast of Bacchus
  • Palicio
  • The Christian Captives
  • The Return of Ulysses
  • Achilles in Scyros
  • The Humours of the Court
  • Nero


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)


  • Widowers' Houses
  • Candida
  • You Never Can Tell
  • Man and Superman
  • Back to Methuselah
  • Saint Joan
  • Heartbreak House
  • The Philanderer
  • Mrs. Warren's Profession
  • Caesar and Cleopatra
  • John Bull's Other Island
  • Major Barbara
  • The Doctor's Dilemma
  • Getting Married
  • The Apple Cart
  • Pygmalion
  • The Dark Lady of the Sonnets
  • Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant
  • The Millionaire
  • The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism
  • Everybody's Political What is What
  • Cashel Byron's Profession
  • Love Among the Artists
  • Androcles and the Lion
  • The Devil's Disciple
  • The Man of Destiny


W.B. Yeats (1865-1939) 

  • The King's Threshold
  • The Wind among the Reeds (1899)
  • The Winding Stair and Other Poems
  • The Land of Heart's Desire
  • The Second Coming (1920)
  • The Shadowy Waters (1900)
  • The Hour-glass
  • The Resurrection (1927)
  • The Countess Cathleen (1892)
  • Masoda (1886)
  • Deirdre (1907)
  • The Herne's Egg (1938)
  • On Baile's Strand
  • The Cat and the Moon
  • Ideas of Good and Evil
  • Discoveries
  • The Wanderings of Oisin (1889)
  • The Tower
  • Lake Isle of Innisfree
  • Byzantium

John Galsworthy (1867-1933)

  • The Silver Box
  • Strife
  • The Skin Game
  • The Man of Property ensuet) tove to
  • Justice
  • Loyalties
  • Escape
  • The Inn of Tranquillity
  • The Forsyte Saga
  • The Country House
  • Fraternity
  • The Patrician
  • The Dark Flower
  • Saint's Progress
  • Maid in Waiting
  • Flower Wilderness

George Moore (1857-1933)

  • The Brook Kerith
  • Abelard and Heloise
  • Ulick and Soracha
  • Evelyn Innes
  • Esther Waters (1894)
  • A Modern Lover (1813)
  • A Mummer's Wife (1885)
  • A Drama in Muslin
  • Spring Days (1888)
  • Confessions of a Young Man
  • Memoirs of My Dead Life
  • Hail and Farewell ! Ave
  • The Lake
  • Sister Teresa
  • The Untilled Field
  • Conversations in Ebury Street

Modern writer George Gissing and his literary works :

George Gissing (1857-1903)

  • Born in Exile
  • The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft 
  • The New Grub Street (1891)
  • The House of Cobwebs (1906)
  • Thyrza
  • The Nether World (1889)
  • The Old Woman
  • In the Year of Jubilee
  • The Emancipated
  • By the Ionian Sea
  • Eve's Ransom
  • Demos :English Socialism
  • Charles Dickens, a Critical Study

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

  • Kim
  • The Jungle Book
  • Barrack-room Ballads (1892)
  • Departmental Ditties (1886)
  • The Seven Seas (1896)
  • The Five Nations (1903)
  • Tales from the Hills
  • Soldiers Three
  • Life's Handicap
  • The Phantom Rickshaw
  • Many Inventions
  • The Day's Work
  • Just-so Stories for Little Children
  • Rewards and Fairies
  • Debits and Credits
  • Inclusive Verse and Poems (1930)

H. G. Wells (1866-1946)

  • The Time Machine
  • The Invisible Man
  • The Food of the Gods
  • The First Men in the Moon
  • Love and Mr. Levisham 
  • Kipps
  • The History of Mr. Polly
  • Tino-Bungay
  • Mr. Britling Sees It Through to Malte
  • Christina Alberta's Father
  • The Wonderful Visit 
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • The Invisible Man
  • Tranamam
  • The War of the Worlds
  • The Food of the Gods vabans )
  • Marriage
  • Experiment in Autobiography nog
  • The Contemporary Novel

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

  • The Nigger of the 'Narcissus'
  • Typhoon
  • Lord Jim
  • Victory
  • Almayer's Folly
  • An Outcast of the Islands
  • Youth
  • Heart of Darkness
  • The Secret Agent
  • The Shadow of Line
  • Suspense-A Napoleonic Novel

Arnold Bennett (1867-1931)

  • The Old Wives' Tale
  • Clayhanger
  • Imperial Palace
  • Riceyman Steps
  • Buried Alive
  • Hilda Lessways
  • These Train
  • Sacred and Profane Love
  • The Pretty Lady
  • The Love Match
  • The Author's Craft

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

  • The Wreck of the Deutschland
  • Pied Beauty
  • The Windhover
  • God's Grandeur
  • The Caged Skylark
  • Felix Rendal
  • Harry Ploughman
  • Inversnaid
  • Spelt From Sibyl's Leaves
  • That Nature Heraditean

Walter de la Mare (1873-1956)

  • The Listeners and Other Poems (1912)
  • Peacock Pie (1913)
  • The Fleeting and Other Poems (1933)
  • Memoirs of a Midget
  • Songs of Childhood
  • Bells and Grass (1941)
  • The Traveller (1946)
  • Early the Morning
  • Love

Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

  • The Moon and Six Pence
  • Of Human Bondage
  • Cakes and Ale
  • The Razors Edge

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

  • The Waste Land (first pub. in 1922, in The Criterion, he dedicated the poem to Ezra Pound
  • Prufrock and Other Observations (1917) [title of the poem comes from Rudyard Kipling's anti-romantic poem "The Love Song of Har Dyal"
  • Gerontion
  • The Hollow Men (1925)
  • The Journey of the Magi (1927)
  • Ash Wednesday (1930)
  • Four Quartets (1944)
👉 It contains his next and most non-dramatic poetry. The four poems in this work appears separately : "Burnt Norton" (1936), "East Coker" (1940), "The Dry Salvages" (1941) and "The Little Gidding" (1942).

Poetic drama:

  • Sweeney Agonistes (pub. 1926, first performed in 1934)

  • Murder in the Cathedral (1935)

  • The Rock (1934)
  • The Family Reunion (1939)

  • The Cocktail Party (1949)

  • The Confidential Clerk (1954)

  • The Sacred Wood

  • After Strange Gods
  • The Elder Statesman (first performed in 1958, published in 1959)

  • The Use of Poetry and the use of Criticism
  • The Eternal Moment
  • The Idea of a Christian Society
  • What is a Classic ?
  • For Lancelot Andrews
  • Elizabethan Essays
  • Points of View

Essays:

  • Tradition and the Individual Talent (1920)
  • Hamlet and his Problem (1920)

W. H. Auden (1907-1973)

  • Look Stranger
  • The Orators (1932)
  • The Dance of Death (1933)
  • The Shield of Achilles (1955)
  • City Without Walls (1969)
  • Epistle to A Godson (1972)
  • New Year Letter
  • The Age of Anxiety
  • The Poet's Tongue
  • Collected Shorter Poems
  • The Oxford Book of Light Verse

Edith Sitwell (1887-1964)

  • The Drowned Sun (her first poem pub. 1913 in 'Daily Mirror')
  • The Sleeping Beauty
  • Troy Park
  • Street Songs (1942)
  • The Songs of the Cold (1945)
  • The Shadow of Cain (1947)
  • Aspects of Modern Poetry
  • Collected English Eccentrices
  • Clowns' Houses (1918)
  • The Wooden Pegasus (1920)
  • Bucolic Comedies (1923)
  • Facade (1926)

Osbert Sitwell (1892-1969)

  • Left Hand, Right Hand (in five volumes)

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

  • The Voyage Out
  • Jacob's Room
  • Mrs. Dalloway
  • To The Light House
  • The Waves
  • Flush
  • Orlando : A Biography
  • The Common Reader
  • Roger Fry
  • The Death of the Moth
  • Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown
  • A Room of One's Own
  • Between the Acts (Unfinished)

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

  • Abinger Harvest
  • Two Cheers for Democracy
  • A Passage to India
  • Howard's End
  • The Hill of Devi
  • The Celestial Omnibus
  • Collected Short Stories
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread
  • The Longest Journey
  • The Story of the Siren
  • A Room with a View
  • The Eternal Moment

George Orwell (1903-1950) 

  • The Third Man
  • A Gun for Sale
  • James Joyce (1882-1941)
  • Ulysses
  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Finnegans Wake
  • Dubliners

D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

  • Sons and Lovers
  • Woman in Love
  • Lady Chatterly's Lover
  • The Rainbow
  • The White Peacock
  • Kangaroo
  • The Plumed Serpent

Samuel Butler (1835-1902)

  • The Way of All Flesh
  • Odyssey
  • Evolution Old and New
  • Essays on Life, Arts and Sciences
  • Shakespeare's Sonnets Reconsidered
  • Unconscious Memory
  • Life and Habit

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

  • Chrome Yellow (1921)
  • Point Counter Point (1928)
  • Brave New World (1932)
  • The Burning Wheel
  • Those Barren Leaves
  • After Many a Summer
  • Eyeless in Gaza
  • Antic Hay
  • Time Must Have a Stop
  • The Defeat of Youth
  • The Perennial Philosophy
  • The Devils of Loudun

Graham Green (1904-1991)

  • England Made Me
  • The Power and the Glory
  • Brighton Rock
  • The Heart of the Matter 
  • The End of the Affair
  • A Burnt-out Case
  • The Comedians
  • Our Man in Havana
  • The Quiet American
  • Battlefield
  •  Travels with My Aunt
  • The Third Man
  • A Gun For Sale

George Orwell (1903-1950)

  • The Animal Farm
  • The Road to Wigan Pier
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four
  • Burmese Days
  • Keep the Aspidistra Flying

 Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

  • The Pisan Cantosh 
  • Hugh Selwyn Mobberly 

John Masefield (1874-1967)


  • Dauber (1913)
  • Reynard the Fox (1919)
  • The Everlasting Mercy (1911)
  • The Widow in the Bye Street (1912)
  • The Daffodil Fields (1913)
  • Salt-water Ballads (1902)
  • Lollingdon Downs (1917)
  • Biography
  • August 1914
  • Ballads and Poems (1919)
  • Right Royal (1920)
  • The Land Workers (1943)
  • Good Friday (1917)
  • A King's Daughter (1923)
  • The Trial of Jesus (1925)
  • Thristran and Isolt (1927)
  • The Coming of Christ (1928)
  • The Tragedy of Nan
  • Midsummer Night (1928)
  • End and Beginning (1934)

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) 

His literary works are :

  • The Sphinx
  • The Ballad of Reeding Gaol
  • The Canterville Ghost
  • De Profundis
  • The Duchess of Padua
  • The Importance of Being Earnest
  • An Ideal Husband
  • Lady Windermere's Fan
  • Salome
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The Happy Prince and the Other Tales

Stephen Spender (1909-1977)

  • The Still Centre 
  • Vienna
  • Ruins and Visions in the
  • The Destructive Element
  • World Within World
  • Collected Poems

Sean O'Cassey (1884-1964)

  • Juno and Polycock 
  • The Shadow of a Gunman
  • The Plough and the Stars 
  • The Silver Tassie
  • Within the Gates
  • The Star Turns Red
  • Red Roses for Me
  • Oak Leaves and Lavender
  • Cockadoodle Dandy

William Somerset Maugham (1839-1917)

  • A Man of Honour
  • Lady Frederick
  • Caesar's Wife
  • The Constant Wife
  • Jack Straw
  • Mrs. Dot
  • The Circle
  • For Services Rendered
  • Home and Beauty

J. B. Priestley (1894-1984)

  • Dangerous Corner
  • Time and the Conways
  • I Have been Here Before
  • An Inspector Calls
  • When We are Married
  • A Severed Head

Harold Pinter (1930 Born)

  • The Birthday Party
  • The Dumb Waiter
  • The Care Taker
  • A Night Out
  • The Home Coming
  • Old Times
  • Silence

C. P. Snow (1905-1980)

  • Times of Hope
  • The New Men
  • The Masters
  • Strangers and Brothers
  • The Conscience of the Rich
  • Corridors of Power
  • The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution

C. Day Lewis (1904-1972)

  • A Time to Dance
  • Transitional Poem
  • The Magnetic Mountain
  • Overtures to Death and Other Poems
  • The Friendly Tree
  • From Feathers to Iron
  • Word Over All
  • Starting Point
  • Child of Misfortune 
  • Hope for Poetry
  • Poetry for You
  • The Poetic Image 
  • Transitional Poems

William Gerald Golding 

  • Lord of Flies
  • The Inheritors 
  • Pincher Martin 
  • Free Fall
  • The Scorpian God
  • The Spire

I. A. Richards (1893-1979) 

  • Principles of Literary Criticism
  • Practical Criticism
  • Coleridge On Imagination
  • The Meaning of Meaning
  • The Foundation of Aesthetics

F. R. Leavis

  • New Bearings in English Poetry
  • For Continuity
  • The Great Tradition
  • The Common Pursuit 
  • Revaluation
  • D. H. Lawrence : Novelist
  • Education and the University 


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