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Anne's crowning officially marks the beginning of the Augustan age. Watch out: the writers are coming!
Swift bursts onto the literary scene with these seriously witty satires about literature and religion.
The Tatler marks the boom in journalism during the period. This periodical is all the rage in England.
The Spectator, a daily journal, is even more popular than its predecessor The Tatler. Everyone wants to get their hands on a copy.
This poem (which is also, weirdly, an essay) gives us the famous line "fools rush in where angels fear to tread."
All hell breaks loose when a gentleman steals a lock of hair from a lady in Pope's mock epic.
George I, who comes from the House of Hanover (in modern-day Germany), can't speak English too well. Is it any wonder he wasn't so popular in England?
Defoe's descriptions in this novel (one of the first in the English language) are so realistic that he fools a lot of people into believing the protagonist is a real person.
Swift's adventure story, which begins with Gulliver getting stranded on an island of teeny-tiny people, is full of fantastic happenings—but it's actually a satire on all the nasty stuff going down during Swift's time.
Poor George II doesn't have much say in running things. That's because the British Parliament is growing more and more powerful.
Richardson becomes a sensation overnight with his first novel. That's proof that you can write your first novel at 51 years old and still be a success.
Welp, the bard is dead. And with him the Augustan age is laid to rest.