Chronology of World, British, and American Literature
Thomas Paine. American. 1776/83. Pamphlets. The American Crisis. Sixteen pamphlets touching on all the important issues of the Revolution. Later papers called for a strong federal union.
Edward Gibbon. British. 1776/88. Nonfiction. The History of the Decline and Fall of the
Richard B. Sheridan. British. 1777. Play. The School for Scandal. Ladies meet to create and spread gossip; complicated plot in which relationships—couples’ and relatives’—are tested and eventually reunited or rejected.
Fanny Burney. British. 1778. Novel. Evelina, or the History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World. Country girl goes to
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. German. 1779. Play. Nathan the Wise.