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The Oxford Companion to English Literature: Principal Literary Works

This list is from the first appendix of the seventh edition of 'The Oxford Companion to English Literature' edited by Margaret Drabble and Dinah Birch which has a chronology of principal literary works in English as well as culturally important works in a foreign language.
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Anglo-Saxon Poetry (Various)
Anglo-Saxon Poetry (Various)
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Beowulf (Tr. Seamus Heaney)
Beowulf (Tr. Seamus Heaney)
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The History of the Kings of Britain (Geoffrey of Monmouth)
The History of the Kings of Britain (Geoffrey of Monmouth)
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Roman De Brut (Wace)
Roman De Brut (Wace)
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Brut (Layamon)
Brut (Layamon)
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Ancrene Wisse: A Guide for Anchoresses (Bella Millett)
Ancrene Wisse: A Guide for Anchoresses (Bella Millett)
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Le Roman De La Rose (Guillaume De Lorris Et Jean De Meung)
Le Roman De La Rose (Guillaume De Lorris Et Jean De Meung)
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Vita Nuova (Dante Alighieri)
Vita Nuova (Dante Alighieri)
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The Divine Comedy (Dante Alighieri)
The Divine Comedy (Dante Alighieri)
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Sir Orfeo (Anonymous)
Sir Orfeo (Anonymous)
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The Decameron (Giovanni Boccaccio)
The Decameron (Giovanni Boccaccio)
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The Cloud of Unknowing (Anonymous)
The Cloud of Unknowing (Anonymous)
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Piers Plowman (William Langland)
Piers Plowman (William Langland)
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The Book of the Duchess (Geoffrey Chaucer)
The Book of the Duchess (Geoffrey Chaucer)
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House of Fame (Geoffrey Chaucer)
House of Fame (Geoffrey Chaucer)
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Bible
Bible
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Parliament of Fowles (Chaucer)
Parliament of Fowles (Chaucer)
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Troilus and Criseyde (Chauncer)
Troilus and Criseyde (Chauncer)
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The Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)
The Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)
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Confessio Amantis (John Gower)
Confessio Amantis (John Gower)
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Anonymous)
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Anonymous)
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Troy Book (John Lydgate)
Troy Book (John Lydgate)
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Paston Letters and Papers of the Fifteenth Century: Part I (Norman Davis)
Paston Letters and Papers of the Fifteenth Century: Part I (Norman Davis)
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Siege of Thebes, Selected Short Poems and Drama (John Lydgate)
Siege of Thebes, Selected Short Poems and Drama (John Lydgate)
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The Book of Margery Kempe
The Book of Margery Kempe
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The Golden Legend (Jacobus De Voragine)
The Golden Legend (Jacobus De Voragine)
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Le Morte D'Arthur (Thomas Malory)
Le Morte D'Arthur (Thomas Malory)
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The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis
The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis
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The Ship of Fools (Sebastian Brant)
The Ship of Fools (Sebastian Brant)
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Everyman
Everyman
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Praise of Folly
Praise of Folly
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The Prince
The Prince
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Utopia (Thomas More)
Utopia (Thomas More)
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Magnificence (John Skelton)
Magnificence (John Skelton)
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Orlando Furioso (Ludovico Ariosto)
Orlando Furioso (Ludovico Ariosto)
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The New Testament of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
The New Testament of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
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The Book of the Courtier
The Book of the Courtier
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The Pentateuch
The Pentateuch
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Gargantua and Pantagruel
Gargantua and Pantagruel
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Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
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