Renaissance Literature
1401 to 1700 CE

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c.1405
The Book of the City of Ladies
Christine de Pizan
Italy
Prose narrative
1461
The Great Testament
François Villon
France
Poetry
1485
Everyman
Anonymous
England
Drama
 
Le Morte Darthur
Thomas Malory
England
Poetry
1486
Orlando Innamorato
Matteo Maria Boiardo
Italy
Poetry
1492
Prison of Love
Diego de San Pedro
Spain
Novel
1494
Narrenschiff
Sebastian Brant
Germany
Poetry
1499
La Celestina
Fernando de Rojas
Spain
Novel
1509
The Ship of Fools
Alexander Barclay
England
Poetry
1516
Orlando Furioso
Ludovico Ariosto
Italy
Poetry
 
Utopia
Thomas More
England
Novel
1517
The Tunnyng of Elynour Rummyng
John Skelton
England
Poetry
1528
The Book of the Courtier
Baldasarre Castiglione
Italy
Dialogue
1532–1564
Gargantua and Pantagruel
Francois Rabelais
France
Novels
1558
The Heptameron
Marguerite de Navarre
France
Stories
1572
The Lusiads
Luis de Camoëns
Portugal
Poetry
1575
Jerusalem Delivered
Torquato Tasso
Italy
Poetry
1580–1581
Arcadia
Philip Sidney
England
Poetry
1586
The Spanish Tragedy
Thomas Kyd
England
Drama
1587
Tamburlaine the Great
Christopher Marlowe
England
Drama
 
Doctor Faustus
Christopher Marlowe
England
Drama
 
Oroonoko
Aphra Behn
England
Novel
1589
The Faerie Queen
Edmund Spenser
England
Poetry
c.1590
The Golden Lotus
Anonymous
China
Novel
c.1590–1599
Satires
John Donne
England
Poetry
 
Elegies
John Donne
England
Poetry
1591
Richard III
William Shakespeare
England
Drama
 
Astrophel and Stella
Philip Sidney
England
Poetry
1592
Christopher Marlowe
England
Drama
1594
A Midsummer Night's Dream
England
Drama
c.1596
England
Drama
1598
The Peony Pavilion
Tang Xianzu
China
Drama
1599
The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
Christopher Marlowe
England
Poem
1601
England
Drama
c.1601
Twelfth Night
England
Drama
1603
A Woman Killed with Kindness
Thomas Heywood
England
Drama
1604
England
Drama
1604–1605
The Honest Whore
Thomas Dekker
England
Drama
1605–1615
Spain
Novel
1606
Volpone
Ben Jonson
England
Drama
c.1606
England
Drama
 
England
Drama
1609
England
Poetry
1610
The Alchemist
Ben Jonson
England
Drama
1611
England
Drama
1613
The Duchess of Malfi
John Webster
England
Drama
1622
The Changeling
Thomas Middleton, William Rowley
Play
England
1633
’Tis Pity She’s a Whore
John Ford
England
Drama
 
The Temple
George Herbert
England
Poetry
1635
Life Is a Dream
Pedro Calderón de la Barca
Spain
Drama
1637
Le Cid
Pierre Corneille
France
Drama
1643
The Mayor of Zalamea
Pedro Calderón de la Barca
Spain
Drama
1648
Hesperides
Robert Herrick
England
Poetry
1662
The School for Wives
France
Drama
1664
France
Drama
1666
France
Drama
1667
Paradise Lost
John Milton
England
Poetry
 
Andromaque
Jean Racine
France
Drama
1668–1694
Fables
Jean de La Fontaine
France
Poetry
1670
France
Drama
1671
Samson Agonistes
John Milton
England
Poetry
1675
The Country Wife
William Wycherley
England
Drama
1676
The Plain Dealer
William Wycherley
England
Drama
1677
All for Love
John Dryden
England
Poetry
 
Phaedra
Jean Racine
France
Drama
1678
The Pilgrim’s Progress
John Bunyan
England
Poetry
 
La Princesse de Clèves
Madame de La Fayette
France
Novel
1681
To His Coy Mistress
Andrew Marvell
England
Poem
 
Absalom and Achitophel
John Dryden
England
Poetry
1682
The Life of an Amorous Man
Ihara Saikaku
Japan
Novel
1692
Dream
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Mexico
Poem
1699
The Adventures of Telemachus
François de Salignac de la Mothe Fénelon
France
Novel
1700
The Way of the World
William Congreve
England
Drama

 
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The Misanthrope and Other Plays
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