Find out more about the greatest 18th Century British Writers, including Lord Byron, Jane Austen, William Blake, Thomas Paine and William Wordsworth.
Jane AustenJane Austen
16 December 1775
Novelist
Mary ShelleyMary Shelley
30 August 1797
Novelist

William WordsworthWilliam Wordsworth
07 April 1770
Poet

William BlakeWilliam Blake
28 November 1757
Painter

John KeatsJohn Keats
31 October 1795
Romantic poet

Thomas PaineThomas Paine
29 January 1737
Founding Father of the United States
Samuel JohnsonSamuel Johnson
18 September 1709
Writer

Edmund BurkeEdmund Burke
12 January 1729
Statesman

Mary WollstonecraftMary Wollstonecraft
27 April 1759
Writer

William GodwinWilliam Godwin
03 March 1756
Journalist
Charles LambCharles Lamb
10 February 1775
Writer & Essayist

Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
10 November 1728
Novelist, Playwright, Poet
Henry FieldingHenry Fielding
22 April 1707
Writer

William CowperWilliam Cowper
26 November 1731
Poet

William HazlittWilliam Hazlitt
10 April 1778
English Writer & Literary Critic
John ClareJohn Clare
13 July 1793
English poet

Thomas De QuinceyThomas De Quincey
15 August 1785
Essayist
Leigh HuntLeigh Hunt
19 October 1784
English Essayist, Poet & Critic

Frances BurneyFrances Burney
13 June 1752
Novelist

P B ShelleyP B Shelley
04 August 1792
Poet
Samuel ColeridgeSamuel Coleridge
21 October 1772
Poet and Philosopher

Anna JamesonAnna Jameson
19 May 1794
Writer, Women Rights Activist
Percy Bysshe ShelleyPercy Bysshe Shelley
04 August 1792
Linguist, Poet, Translator, Writer, Playwright,

Samuel Taylor ColeridgeSamuel Taylor Coleridge
21 October 1772
Poet, Philosopher, Theologian, Writer, Literary

Robert ListonRobert Liston
28 October 1794
Surgeon

Lady Caroline LambLady Caroline Lamb
13 November 1785
Poet, Writer, Novelist
Thomas GrayThomas Gray
26 December 1716
Poet, Writer, Literary critic
Henry FuseliHenry Fuseli
07 February 1741
Writer

Laurence SterneLaurence Sterne
24 November 1713
Writer, Novelist, Autobiographer, Religious

Samuel RichardsonSamuel Richardson
19 August 1689
Writer, Novelist

Robert KnoxRobert Knox
04 September 1791
Military physician
William WhewellWilliam Whewell
24 May 1794
Economist, Physicist, Historian, Philosopher,

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David GarrickDavid Garrick
19 February 1717
Actor, Playwright, Film producer, Writer,

Hannah MoreHannah More
02 February 1745
Writer, Poet, Essayist

David BrewsterDavid Brewster
11 December 1781
Botanist, Civil engineer, Physicist, Engineer,

Adam FergusonAdam Ferguson
20 June 1723
Philosopher, Librarian, Historian, Soldier,
Thomas HoodThomas Hood
23 May 1799
Writer, Poet

Charles BellCharles Bell
12 November 1774
Anatomist, Neuroscientist, Surgeon, Writer,
William CullenWilliam Cullen
15 April 1710
Physician, Chemist, Farmer, Academic, University

Thomas ChalmersThomas Chalmers
17 March 1780
Mathematician, Theologian, Writer, University

James BruceJames Bruce
14 December 1730
Explorer, Archaeologist, Film editor, Botanist
Frances WrightFrances Wright
06 September 1795
Writer, Philosopher

Sydney SmithSydney Smith
03 June 1771
Cleric, Journalist
Anna SewardAnna Seward
12 December 1747
Writer, Poet, Literary critic

John FlaxmanJohn Flaxman
06 July 1755
Painter, Poet, Sculptor, Illustrator

John AdairJohn Adair
18 May 1934
Author

Samuel FooteSamuel Foote
27 January 1720
Playwright, Impresario, Actor, Stage actor, Writer

Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of BlessingtonMarguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington
01 September 1789
Poet, Writer
George Gordon ByronGeorge Gordon Byron
22 January 1788
Poet, Politician

Dr. Samuel JohnsonDr. Samuel Johnson
18 September 1709
 

James MontgomeryJames Montgomery
04 November 1771
Poet

Anne GrantAnne Grant
21 February 1755
Poet, Historian
Abraham TuckerAbraham Tucker
02 September 1705
Philosopher, Writer

Charles ChurchillCharles Churchill
31 January 1731
Poet, Writer
Robert PollokRobert Pollok
19 October 1798
Writer, Poet

Anna Letitia BarbauldAnna Letitia Barbauld
20 June 1743