Books like Pride and Prejudice, Great Expectations, Hamlet, and Wuthering Heights, are considered classics in the English literature. All these books have an appeal which transcends the boundaries of time and geography. Even today, when we read them, they seem very contemporary and meaningful. Time has not been able to fade their magic.
Have you ever given a thought as to why these books have such a universal appeal? It's simple. They have been written by great authors, who had a deep understanding of the human psyche, emotions, and life in general. If you are curious to know about some of these famous English authors, then here is a list of the most prominent ones.
William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
Shakespeare has been perhaps the most revered poet and playwright in English Literature. He was endearingly referred to as the "Bard of Avon". Shakespeare has been a great influence on literature, art, culture, films, and theater since centuries.
Some of his works include As You Like It, All's Well that Ends Well, Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night's Dreams, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Shakespeare's sonnets, and A Lover's Complaint.
Jane Austen (1775 - 1817)
Jane Austen, a romantic fiction writer, is loved equally by both, young and old readers even today. A little known fact about this fascinating woman is that she published many of her books anonymously. Some of her works include Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Mansfield Park.
Most of the books that Jane Austen wrote, revolved around women, family, and marriage. Through her books, Jane Austen highlighted the fact that in order to be socially and economically secure, a woman has to find the right man in her life.
Emily Bronte (1818 - 1848)
Emily Bronte has given the classic Wuthering Heights to English literature. This story is a unique combination of passion, mystery, and lost love. It is set in the 18th century, when there was a great shift taking place in the social and economic values. Emily Bronte, beautifully, portrays these changes, along with an in-depth analysis of the human psyche.
Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870)
Charles Dickens, an author of the Victorian Era, wrote both fiction and non-fiction novels, short stories, poems, and plays. Some of the famous works of Charles Dickens include, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, David Copperfield, A Christmas Carol, and The Adventures of Oliver Twist.
Through his works, Charles Dickens depicted the class differences, and plight of the poor during that time. He is especially known for his remarkable characters, and his mastery over prose.
J.K. Rowling (1965 - Present)
J.K.Rowling has brought the youth and the children "back to reading" in this age of computers and cell phones. She became a rage the world over with her Harry Potter Series, which have sold more than four hundred million copies, the world over. Her other famous works include Career of Evil, The Silkworm, The Casual Vacancy and The Cuckoo's Calling.
The other authors who also deserve a mention are E.M. Forster, D.H. Lawrence, John Milton, Jonathan Swift, and Lewis Carroll.