37 Famous Writers of Modern Age and Their Works

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Historically the death of Queen Victoria in 1901 may be taken to signify the end of the Victorian Age and the beginning of the Modern Age. The Modern Age is the most complex, complicated, baffling, and revolutionary Age in the history of the world. It is an Age of most amazing, astounding, and unimaginable scientific discoveries, inventions, and advancement.

This is the age of jet planes, space crafts, computers, internet-communication, mobile phones and fax, and interstellar flights, which have reduced the entire cosmos into a tiny unit in terms of both time and space.

37 Famous Writers of Modern Age and Their Works
37 Famous Writers of Modern Age and Their Works

37 Famous Writers of Modern Age and Their Works

  1. Robert Bridges (1844-1930)
  2. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1905)
  3. W.B Yeats (1865-1939)
  4. John Galsworthy (1867-1933)
  5. George Moore (1857-1933)
  6. George Gissing (1857-1903)
  7. Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
  8. H.G Wells (1866-1946)
  9. Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)
  10. Arnold Bennett (1865-1931)
  11. Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)
  12. Walter De La Mare (1873-1956)
  13. T.S Eliot (1888-1965)
  14. W.H Auden (1907-1973)
  15. Edith Sitwell (1887-1964)
  16. Osbert Sitwell (1892-1969)
  17. Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)
  18. E.M Forster (1879-1970)
  19. James Joyce (1882-1941)
  20. D.H Lawrence (1885-1930)
  21. Samuel Butler (1835-1902)
  22. Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)
  23. Graham Green (1904-1991)
  24. George Orwell (1903-1950)
  25. Ezra Pound (1885-1972)
  26. John Masefield (1874-1967)
  27. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
  28. Stephen Spender (1909-1977)
  29. Sean O’Casey (1884-1964)
  30. William Somerset Maugham (1839-1917)
  31. J.B Priestley (1894-1984)
  32. Harold Pinter (1930)
  33. C.P Snow (1905-1980)
  34. C. Day-Lewis (1904-1972)
  35. William Gerald Golding (1911)
  36. I.A Richards (1893)
  37. F.R Leavis

Major Authors and Their Works of the Modern Age

1- Robert Bridges

  • The Testament of Beauty
  • The Growth of Love
  • Eros and Psyche
  • Prometheus the Fire Giver
  • Palicio
  • The Christian Captives
  • The Return of Ulysses
  • Achilles in Scyros
  • The Humourous of the Court
  • Nero

2- George Bernard Shaw

  • Widower’s House
  • Candida
  • You Never Can Tell
  • Man and Superman
  • Back to Methuselah
  • Saint Joan
  • Heartbreak House
  • The Philanderer
  • Mrs.Warren’s Profession
  • Caesar and Cleopatra
  • John Bull’s Other Island
  • Major Barbara
  • The Doctor’s Dilemma
  • Getting Married
  • The Apple Cart
  • Pygmalion
  • The Dark Lady of the Sonnet
  • The Millionaire
  • The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism
  • Everybody’s Political What is what
  • Cashel Byron’s Profession
  • Love Among the Artists
  • Androcles and the Lion
  • The Devil’s Disciple
  • The Man of Destiny

3-W.B Yeats

  • The Land of Heart’s Desire
  • The Countess Cathleen
  • The Shadowy Waters
  • The Hour-glass
  • The Resurrection
  • The King’s Threshold
  • On Baile’s Strand
  • The Cat and the Moon
  • Ideas of Good and Evil
  • Discoveries
  • The Wind Among the Reeds
  • The Wanderings of Oisin
  • The Tower
  • Byzantium

3- John Galsworthy

  • The Silver Box
  • Strife
  • The Skin Game
  • The Man of Property
  • Justice
  • Loyalties
  • Escape
  • The Inn of Tranquility
  • The Forsyte Saga
  • The Country House
  • Fraternity
  • The Patrician
  • The Dark Flower
  • Saint’s Progress
  • Maid in Waiting
  • Flower Wilderness

4- George Moore

  • The Book Kerith
  • Abelard and Heloise
  • Ulick and Sorcha
  • Evelyn Innes
  • Esther Waters
  • A Modern Lover
  • A Mummer’s Wife
  • A Drama in Muslin
  • Spring Days
  • Confessions of a Young Man
  • Memoirs of My Dead Life
  • Hail and Farewell Awe
  • The Lake
  • Sister Teresa
  • The Untilled Field
  • Conversations in Ebury Street

5- George Gissing

  • Born in Exile
  • The Private Paper of Henry Ryecroft
  • The New Grub Street
  • Thyrza
  • The Nether World
  • The Old Woman
  • The Emancipated
  • By the Ionian Sea
  • Eve’s Ransom
  • Demos: English Socialism
  • Charles Dicken, a critical study

6- Rudyard Kipling

  • Kim
  • The Jungle Book
  • Barrack-Room Ballads
  • Departmental Duties
  • The Seven Seas
  • The Five Nations
  • Tales From the Hills
  • Soldiers Three
  • Life’s Handicap
  • The Phantom rickshaw
  • Many Inventions
  • The Day’s Work
  • Just-so stories for little Children
  • Rewards and Fairies
  • Debits and Credits

7-H.G Wells

  • The Time Machine
  • Love and Mr.Levisham
  • Kipps
  • The History of Mr. Polly
  • Mr.Britling Sees it Through
  • Christina Alberta’s Father
  • The Wonderful Visit
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • The Invisible Man
  • The War of the Worlds
  • The First Men in the Moon
  • The Food of the Gods
  • Marriage
  • Experiment in Autobiography
  • The Contemporary Novel

8- Joseph Conrad

  • The Nigger of the Narcissus
  • Typhoon
  • Lord Jim
  • Victory
  • Almayer’s Folly
  • An Outcast of the Islands
  • Youth
  • Heart of Darkness
  • The Secret Agent
  • The Shadow of Line
  • Suspense-A Napoleonic Novel

9- Arnold Bennett

  • The Old Wive’s Tale
  • Clayhanger
  • Buried Alive
  • Hilda Lessways
  • These Twain
  • Sacred and Profane Love
  • The Pretty Lady
  • The Love Match
  • The Author’s Craft

10-Gerad Manley Hopkins

  • The Wreck of the Deutschland
  • Pied Beauty
  • The windhover
  • God’s Grandeur
  • The Caged Skylark
  • Felix Randal
  • Harry Plowman
  • Inversnaid
  • Spelled From Sibyl’s Leaves
  • That Nature Heraditean

11-Walter De La Mare

  • Peacock Pie
  • Memoirs of a Midget
  • Songs of Childhood
  • Bells and Grass
  • The Traveller
  • Early the Morning
  • Love

12- T.S Eliot

  • The Waste Land
  • Prufrock and Other Observations
  • Gerontion
  • The Hollow Men
  • Ash Wednesday
  • Four Quartets
  • Sweeney Agonistes
  • Murder in the Cathedral
  • The Rock
  • The Family Reunion
  • The Cocktail party
  • The Confidential Clerk
  • The Sacred Wood
  • After Strange Gods
  • The Elder Statesman
  • The Ideas of a Christian Society
  • What is a Classic
  • For Lancelot Andrews
  • The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism
  • Elizabethan Essays
  • points of Views

13-W. H Auden

  • Look, Stranger
  • The Orators
  • New Year Letter
  • The Age of Anxiety
  • The Poet Tongue
  • Collected Shorter Poems
  • The Oxford Book of Light Verse

14-Edith Sitwell

  • The Sleeping Beauty
  • Troy Park
  • Street Songs
  • The Songs of the Cold
  • Aspects of Modern Poetry
  • Collected English Eccentrics

15-Osbert Sitwell

  • Left Hand, Right Hand

16- Virginia Woolf

  • The Voyage Out
  • Jacob’s Room
  • Mrs.Dalloway
  • To The Light House
  • The Wives
  • Flush
  • Orlando: A Biography
  • The Common Reader
  • Roger Fry
  • The Death of the Moth
  • Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown
  • A Rom of One’s Own
  • Between the Acts

17-E.M Forster

  • A Binger Harvest
  • Two Cheers for Democracy
  • A Passage to India
  • Haward’s End
  • The Hill of Devi
  • The Celestial Omnibus
  • Collected Short Stories
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread
  • The Longest Journey
  • The Story of the Siren
  • A Room with a View
  • The Eternal Moment

18-James Joyce

  • Ulysses
  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Finnegans Wake
  • Dubliners

19- D.H Lawrence

  • Sons and Lovers
  • Women in Love
  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover
  • The Rainbow
  • The White Peacock
  • Kangaroo
  • The Plumed Serpent

20-Samuel Butler

  • The Way of All Flesh
  • Evolution old and New
  • Essays on Life and Science
  • Shakespeare’s Sonnets Reconsidered
  • Unconscious Memory
  • Life and Habit

21-Aldous Huxley

  • Point CounterPoint
  • The Burning Wheel
  • Those Barren Leave
  • Brave New World
  • Eyeless in Gaze
  • Antic HAY
  • Time Must Have a Stop
  • Crome Yellow
  • The Defeat of Youth
  • The Perennial Philosophy
  • The Devils of Londun

22-Graham Green

  • England Made Me
  • The Power and the Glory
  • Brighton Rock
  • The Heart of the Matter
  • The End of the Affair
  • A Burnt-out Case
  • The Comedians
  • Our Man in Havana
  • The Quiet American
  • Battlefield
  • Travels with my Aunt
  • The Third Man
  • A Gun for Sale

23- George Orwell

  • The Animal Farm
  • The Road to Wigan Pier
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four
  • Burmese Days
  • Keep the Aspidistra Flying

24- Ezra Pound

  • The Pisan Cantos
  • Hugh Selwyn Mobberly

25- John Masefield

  • Dauber
  • Reynard the Fox
  • The Everlasting Mercy
  • The Windows in the Bye Street
  • The Daffodil Field
  • Saltwater Ballads
  • Lollingdon Downs
  • Biography
  • August 1914
  • Right Royal
  • Ballads and Poems
  • The Land Worders
  • Good Friday
  • The Trial of Jesus
  • The Coming of Christ
  • The Tragedy of Nan
  • Midsummer Night
  • End and Beginning

26-Oscar Wild

  • The Phoenix
  • The Ballad of Reading Gaol
  • The Canterville Ghost
  • De Profundis
  • The Duchess of Padua
  • The Importance of Being Earnest
  • An Ideal Husband
  • Lady Windermere’s Fan
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The Happy Prince and the Other Tales

27-Stephen Spender

  • The Still Centre
  • Vienna
  • Ruins and Visions
  • Poetry Since
  • The Destructive Element
  • World Within World
  • Collected Poems

28-Sean O’Casey

  • Juno and Pocock
  • The Shadow of a Gunman
  • The Plough and the Stars
  • The Silver Tassie
  • Within the Gates
  • The Star Turns Red
  • Red Roses For Me
  • Oak Leaves and Lavender
  • Cockadoodle Dandy

29-William Somerset Maugham

  • A Man of Honour
  • Lady Frederick
  • Caesar’s Wife
  • The Constant Wife
  • Jack Straw
  • Mrs.Dot
  • The Circle
  • For Services Rendered
  • Home and Beauty

30- J.B Priestley

  • Dangerous Corner
  • Time and the Conways
  • I have been Here Before
  • An Inspector Calls
  • When We Are Married
  • A Severed Head

31-Harold Pinter

  • THe Birthday Party
  • The Dumb Waiter
  • The Care Taker
  • A Night Out
  • The Home Coming
  • Old Times
  • Silence

32-C.P Snow

  • Times of Hope
  • The New Men
  • The Masters
  • Strangers and Brothers
  • The Conscience of the Rich
  • Corridors of Power
  • The Two Cultures and the Scientiffic Revolutions

33-C. Day Lewis

  • A Time to Dance
  • Transitional Poem
  • The Magnetic Mountain
  • Overtures to Death and Other Poems
  • The Friendly Tree
  • From Friendly Tree
  • Word Over All
  • Starting Point
  • Child of Misfortune
  • Hope for Poetry
  • Poetry for You
  • The Poetic Image
  • Transitioal Poems

34- William Gerald Glding

  • Lord of Flies
  • The Inheritors
  • Pincher Martine
  • Free Fall
  • The Scorpian God
  • The Spire

35- I.A Richards

  • Principles of Literary Criticism
  • practical Criticism
  • Coleridge on Imagination
  • The meaning of Meaning
  • The Foundation of Aesthetics

36-F.R Leavis

  • New Bearings in English Poetry
  • For Continuity
  • The Great Tradition
  • The Common Pursuit
  • Revalaution
  • D.H Lawrence Novelist
  • Education and the University

37- Stephen Spender

  • The Still Centre
  • Vienna
  • Ruins and Visions
  • Poetry Since
  • The Destructive Element
  • World Within World
  • Collected Poems

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Historical Background of Modern Age in English Literature

The present age has taken no lesson from the two devasting World Wars. The clouds of the Third World War are gathering fast in the sky. The first world war fought from 1914 to 1918 and the second world war was fought from 1939 to 1945.

The League of Nations and the United Nations Organization have both proved ineffective in preventing the wars.

Equally new experiments are being made in the literary field. Gone are the days of the full-length Five-act plays of Shakespeare and others. They are being replaced by Three-act or one-act plays of G.B Shaw, Galsworthy, T.S Eliot, and others.

Poetry is gradually going into the background. Now more emphasis is being laid on psychological explorations. Literature is no longer capable of molding human character or serving any social or political purpose.

Chronology of Historical Events
  • Death of Queen Victorian, Accession of Edward VII- 1901
  • Foundation of Woman and Social Union- 1903
  • Frisco British Entente- 1904
  • Liberal Government Elected- 1906
  • Anglo-Russian Entente- 1907
  • Old Age Pension National Scheme-1908
  • Death of Edward VII, Accession of George V- 1910
  • National Insurance Act- 1911
  • Home Rule Rejected By Lord -1912
  • Home Rule Bill Passes- 1913
  • First World War -1914-1918
  • Russian Revolution -1917
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1- Queen Victoria succeeded to the throne after

A- William IV

B-George IV

C-George III

D-Edward VII


2- Darwin’s The Origin of Species by Natural Selection challenges

A- Biblical concept of the creation of the world

B- Doctrines of Christianity

C- Discoveries in the field of Botany

D-Discoveries in the field of Zoology


3-Tennyson was appointed the Poet Laureate after

A- William Wordsworth

B- Robert Browning

C- Robert Southey

D-S.T Coleridge


4-The Dynasts is an epic drama written by Hardy. It deals with

A- The Napoleonic Wars

B- Science and Paris

C- Rome, and Paris

D-Athens and Paris


5-In Dicken’s A Tale of Two Cities, the two cities referred to are

A- London and Paris

B- Berlin and Paris

C-Rome and Paris

D-Athens and Paris


6-The theme of Tennyson’s Idylls of the King is

A- The Story of King Arthur and His Round Table

B- Helen and The Greek Kings

C- Roman Emperors and their Victories



7-Who succeeded Robert Bridges as the Poet Laureate of England?

A- John Masefield

B- W.B Yeats

C- Rudyard Kipling

D-Rupert Brooke


8-Oh, East is East, and West is West

And Never the twain can meet”         Who holds this view?

A- Rudyard Kipling

B- W.B Yeats

C- G.B Shaw

D-A.E Houseman


9-In which year was Bernard Shaw awarded the Nobel Prize?






10- E.M Forster’s A Passage to India deals with

A- Relationship between the Britishers and Indians

B- Arrival of the Britishers in India

C- Ancient Indian Culture


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