English literature, literature written in English since c.1450 by the inhabitants of the British Isles; it was during the 15th cent. that the English language acquired much of its modern form. For the literature of previous linguistic periods, see the articles on Anglo-Saxon literature and Middle English literature (see also Anglo-Norman literature).
Sections in this article:
- The Eighteenth Century
- The Romantic Period
- The Victorian Age
- The Jacobean Era, Cromwell, and the Restoration
- The Early Twentieth Century
- The Tudors and the Elizabethan Age
- The Postwar Era to the Present
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