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    Favourites by Period and Category

    Hi,

    This thread is meant to browse through the history of literature by letting forum members make their list of favourite literary works by period and genre. I would like to start with novels before 1800. So what are your favourite novels (or novellas) published before 1800? These are mine:

    1. Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels (1726)
    2. Daniel Defoe - Robinson Crusoë (1719)
    3. Miguel de Cervantes - Don Quixote (1605)
    4. Voltaire - Candide (1759)
    5. Oliver Goldsmith - The Vicar of Wakefield (1766)
    6. Henry Fielding - Tom Jones (1749)
    7. Pierre Choderlos de Laclos - Les Liaisons dangereuses (1782)
    8. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774)
    9. Betje Wolff & Aagje Deken - Sara Burgerhart (1782)
    10. John Cleland - Fanny Hill (1749)

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    I think these are all the C18th books that I have read. I liked Tom Jones a lot.

    The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling - Henry Fielding (1749)
    The Travels of Humphrey Clinker - Tobias Smollet (1771)
    Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe (1719)
    Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift (1726)
    The Monk - Matthew Lewis (1796)
    According to Aldous Huxley, D.H. Lawrence once said that Balzac was 'a gigantic dwarf', and in a sense the same is true of Dickens.
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    Tristram Shandy - Laurence Sterne
    Oroonoko - Aphra Benn
    Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire - Gibbon ( a "must-read" for its language as much as its history.)
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    Let's continue with the first half of the nineteenth century. What are your favourite novels of the period 1800-1849?

    Here are mine:

    1. Emily Brontë - Wuthering Heights (1847)
    2. Stendhal - The Red and the Black (1830)
    3. Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice (1813)
    4. Charles Dickens - Oliver Twist (1838)
    5. Nikolai Gogol - Dead Souls (1842)
    6. Walter Scott - Ivanhoe (1820)
    7. Jane Austen - Sense and Sensibility (1811)
    8. Victor Hugo - The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1831)
    9. Charlotte Brontë - Jane Eyre (1847)
    10. Jane Austen - Emma (1816)
    11. Alexandre Dumas - The Count of Monte Cristo (1846)
    12. Jane Austen - Northanger Abbey (1818)
    13. Mary Shelley - Frankenstein (1818)
    14. Mikhail Lermontov - A Hero of Our Time (1840)
    15. Alexander Pushkin - The Captain's Daughter (1836)

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    I liked Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Emma and The Count of Monte Cristo. I have read Oliver Twist, Jane Eyre Sense and Sensibility, Norhanger Abbey and Frankenstein, but I did not like them so much. The only book from early 19th century I have read not in wordeater's list is Confessions of an English Opium Eater, which was good in places.
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    According to Aldous Huxley, D.H. Lawrence once said that Balzac was 'a gigantic dwarf', and in a sense the same is true of Dickens.
    Charles Dickens, by George Orwell

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    Let's continue with the second half of the nineteenth century.

    What are your favourite novels of the period 1850-1899?

    1. Fyodor Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov (1880)
    2. Leo Tolstoy - War and Peace (1869)
    3. Charles Dickens - Great Expectations (1861)
    4. Leo Tolstoy - Anna Karenina (1877)
    5. Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Crime and Punishment (1869)
    6. Thomas Hardy - Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891)
    7. Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
    8. Harriet Beecher Stowe - Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852)
    9. Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Scarlet Letter (1850)
    10. Herman Melville - Moby-Dick (1851)
    11. Mark Twain - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876)
    12. Ivan Turgenev - Home of the Gentry (1859)
    13. Bram Stoker - Dracula (1897)
    14. Henry James - The Portrait of a Lady (1881)
    15. Emile Zola - Thérèse Raquin (1867)
    16. Jules Verne - Around the World in Eighty Days (1872)
    17. Victor Hugo - Les Misérables (1862)
    18. Multatuli - Max Havelaar (1860)
    19. Ivan Gontcharov - Oblomov (1862)
    20. Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)
    21. Knut Hamsun - Hunger (1890)
    22. Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary (1856)
    23. H. G. Wells - The Time Machine (1895)
    24. Robert Louis Stevenson - Treasure Island (1883)
    25. Charles Dickens - Little Dorrit (1855)

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    Moby Dick
    Huckleberry Finn
    Middlemarch
    Bleak House
    Great Expectations
    Anna Karenina
    The Odd Women
    New Grub Street
    North and South
    Alice in Wonderland
    The Jungle Book
    Tess of the d'Urbervilles
    According to Aldous Huxley, D.H. Lawrence once said that Balzac was 'a gigantic dwarf', and in a sense the same is true of Dickens.
    Charles Dickens, by George Orwell

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    Novels of the second half of the 19th century (keep in mind I haven't read that many):

    -Moby-Dick
    -War and Peace (I would put this as #1 probably, although M-D is amazing, but I only got to about page 900 or so, and unfortunately never finished it)
    -Picture of Dorian Gray
    -Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    -Notes from Underground

    That unfortunately might be it for me in terms of novels from that period I've read and liked. Really want to read Crime and Punishment/Brothers Karamazov, Anna Karenina (and to finish W&P), some Henry James, Dickens, and Middlemarch!

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