This ranges from Geoffrey Chaucer and his Wife of Bath Tales to William Shakespeare and the contribution he has made on written literature on the world. Born in the 16th Century, William Shakespeare is probably one of the most influential and well known authors of the last four or five hundred years.
Written literature can be in the form of short stories, novels and prose whereas oral literature can be described as poems and bards.
Shakespeare's life started in Stratford upon Avon which is in the Midlands in the UK. Stratford is just north of Coventry and Birmingham and has had an incredible influence on English written literature.
Other English writers that have had a profound significance not just on oral but written literature are William Wordsworth, Wilfred Owen and Mark Twain who had a number of successful novels including the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Mark Twain who travelled across Europe recounting his tales.
Charles Dickens is also another important English author of written literature. Dickens composed one of the most famous tales of modern time entitled A Christmas Carol which has now become a successful adaptation and has made its move onto the big screen and television.
It tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge who does not believe in the holiest of Christian festivals and who is visited by three of the most famous ghosts in Christmas past, present and future. This tale is so important that it is shown every time when the holiday season comes around.