English Literature

English Literature

I   INTRODUCTION

English Literature, literature produced in England, from the introduction of Old English by the Anglo-Saxons in the 5th century to the present. The works of those Irish and Scottish authors who are closely identified with English life and letters are also considered part of English literature. For other Irish and Scottish authors, see Irish Literature; Scottish Literature. For other literatures in English, see American Literature: Drama; American Literature: Poetry; American Literature: Prose; Australian Literature; Canadian Literature.