Find out more about the greatest 18th Century British Writers, including Lord Byron, Jane Austen, William Blake, Thomas Paine and William Wordsworth.
Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin
17 January 1706
Founding Father of the United States
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

Thomas PaineThomas Paine
29 January 1737
Founding Father of the United States
Edmund BurkeEdmund Burke
12 January 1729
Statesman

John KeatsJohn Keats
31 October 1795
Romantic poet

Mary WollstonecraftMary Wollstonecraft
27 April 1759
Writer
Samuel JohnsonSamuel Johnson
18 September 1709
Writer

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

Henry FieldingHenry Fielding
22 April 1707
Writer

William CowperWilliam Cowper
26 November 1731
Poet

Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
10 November 1728
Novelist, Playwright, Poet

John ClareJohn Clare
13 July 1793
English poet
Thomas De QuinceyThomas De Quincey
15 August 1785
Essayist

William HazlittWilliam Hazlitt
10 April 1778
English Writer & Literary Critic

Leigh HuntLeigh Hunt
19 October 1784
English Essayist, Poet & Critic

Frances BurneyFrances Burney
13 June 1752
Novelist
Samuel ColeridgeSamuel Coleridge
21 October 1772
Poet

P B ShelleyP B Shelley
04 August 1792
Poet
Anna JamesonAnna Jameson
19 May 1794
Writer, Women Rights Activist

Percy Bysshe ShelleyPercy Bysshe Shelley
04 August 1792
Linguist, Poet, Translator, Writer, Playwright,

Lady Mary Wortley MontaguLady Mary Wortley Montagu
15 May 1689
Writer
James BoswellJames Boswell
18 October 1740
Biographer

William BlackstoneWilliam Blackstone
10 July 1723
Jurist
Henry FuseliHenry Fuseli
07 February 1741
Writer

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

Isaac WattsIsaac Watts
17 July 1674
Theologian
Thomas GrayThomas Gray
26 December 1716
Poet, Writer, Literary critic

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Christopher SmartChristopher Smart
11 April 1722
Poet
Samuel RichardsonSamuel Richardson
19 August 1689
Writer, Novelist

Hannah MoreHannah More
02 February 1745
Writer, Poet, Essayist

Robert KnoxRobert Knox
04 September 1791
Military physician

David GarrickDavid Garrick
19 February 1717
Actor, Playwright, Film producer, Writer,
Eleanor HibbertEleanor Hibbert
01 September 1906
British author
Tobias SmollettTobias Smollett
19 March 1721
Author

Maria EdgeworthMaria Edgeworth
01 January 1768
Writer

William WhewellWilliam Whewell
24 May 1794
Economist, Physicist, Historian, Philosopher,

John EvelynJohn Evelyn
31 October 1620
Writer
John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and NormanbyJohn Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby
08 September 1647
Former Lord Privy Seal

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

Dorothy WordsworthDorothy Wordsworth
25 December 1771
Author

Sydney SmithSydney Smith
03 June 1771
Cleric, Journalist

Frederick MarryatFrederick Marryat
10 July 1792
Naval officer
Thomas Love PeacockThomas Love Peacock
18 October 1785
Novelist

John Hervey, 2nd Baron HerveyJohn Hervey, 2nd Baron Hervey
13 October 1696
Courtier
James BruceJames Bruce
14 December 1730
Explorer, Archaeologist, Film editor, Botanist

Walter Savage LandorWalter Savage Landor
30 January 1775
Author

Adam FergusonAdam Ferguson
20 June 1723
Philosopher, Librarian, Historian, Soldier,
William CullenWilliam Cullen
15 April 1710
Physician, Chemist, Farmer, Academic, University

Thomas HoodThomas Hood
23 May 1799
Writer, Poet
John KebleJohn Keble
25 April 1792
Poet

Frances WrightFrances Wright
06 September 1795
Writer, Philosopher

Felicia HemansFelicia Hemans
25 September 1793
Poet

John ClelandJohn Cleland
24 September 1709
Novelist

John BowringJohn Bowring
17 October 1792
Economist
Mary LambMary Lamb
03 December 1764
Author

Thomas BewickThomas Bewick
10 August 1753
Engraver

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

Eliza HaywoodEliza Haywood
1693 AD
British author
John FlaxmanJohn Flaxman
06 July 1755
Painter, Poet, Sculptor, Illustrator

Edward John TrelawnyEdward John Trelawny
13 November 1792
Biographer
George CrabbeGeorge Crabbe
24 December 1754
Poet

John AdairJohn Adair
18 May 1934
Author

George HepplewhiteGeorge Hepplewhite
1727 AD
Cabinetmaker
Mary Anne ClarkeMary Anne Clarke
03 April 1776
Author

Ephraim ChambersEphraim Chambers
1680 AD
Encyclopaedist
Anna SewardAnna Seward
12 December 1747
Writer, Poet, Literary critic

Samuel HearneSamuel Hearne
31 January 1745
Explorer

Gabriele RossettiGabriele Rossetti
28 February 1783
Poet
Watkin TenchWatkin Tench
06 October 1758
Marine Officer

Elizabeth MontaguElizabeth Montagu
02 October 1718
Critic
Thomas Jefferson HoggThomas Jefferson Hogg
24 May 1792
Barrister

Amelia OpieAmelia Opie
12 November 1769
Novelist and poet

John ByromJohn Byrom
29 February 1692
Poet

Robert LowthRobert Lowth
27 November 1710
Author
Thomas SpenceThomas Spence
21 June 1750
Radical
Mary Russell MitfordMary Russell Mitford
16 December 1787
Author

Charles DibdinCharles Dibdin
04 March 1745
Composer

Susanna RowsonSusanna Rowson
1762 AD
Novelist

Celia FiennesCelia Fiennes
07 June 1662
Traveller
Sarah FieldingSarah Fielding
08 November 1710
Author

Hartley ColeridgeHartley Coleridge
19 September 1796
Poet

Alexander CozensAlexander Cozens
1717 AD
Painter

Thomas WartonThomas Warton
09 January 1728
Literary historian

Charlotte LennoxCharlotte Lennox
1730 AD
Author
Samuel RogersSamuel Rogers
30 July 1763
Poet

Elizabeth CarterElizabeth Carter
16 December 1717
Poet
Jeremy CollierJeremy Collier
23 September 1650
Theatre Critic

Samuel FooteSamuel Foote
27 January 1720
Playwright, Impresario, Actor, Stage actor, Writer
Elizabeth InchbaldElizabeth Inchbald
15 October 1753
Novelist
Richard Lovell EdgeworthRichard Lovell Edgeworth
31 May 1744
Politician