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Subject: List of favorite 19th Century novels...
Date Posted: 2/26/2008 3:11 PM ET
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I found this list at the Jane Austen Society of Australia website :


They asked all of their members to list their top 10 favorite 19th Century novels and this list of 165 novels was the result.  I got a lot of good ideas from it!

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Date Posted: 2/27/2008 11:38 AM ET
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cool list.  maybe we should do one here, like the first 25 people list their top 10 and then we count the votes for each.  anyone game?

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Date Posted: 3/3/2008 10:38 AM ET
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Sure. Of the 19th century novels I've read (and I'm not amazingly well read), my faves were (in order from most to least, if that affects the voting):


Crime and Punishment

Pride and Prejudice

Huck Finn

Moby Dick

War and Peace

Jane Eyre

Tale of Two Cities

Sense and Sensibility

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court


Date Posted: 3/3/2008 6:57 PM ET
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Yay! It's started, so now mine are:

Jane Eyre

Moby Dick

Pride and Prejudice

Our Mutual Friend

The Hound of the Baskervilles


The Island of Dr. Moreau

A Little Princess

Wuthering Heights

The House of the Seven Gables

Date Posted: 3/10/2008 8:57 PM ET
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In no particular order, except for no 1, which is my all-time no 1 -

1. Middlemarch

2. Jane Eyre

3. Pride and Prejudice

4. Tess of the D'Urbervilles

5. Vanity Fair

6. War and Peace

7. Bleak House

8. The Woman in White

9. Persuasion

10. Les Miserables

Date Posted: 3/12/2008 2:35 PM ET
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I love that list but couldn't be forced to make my own right now.  I'm in the process of re-reading much of that list to refresh my memory.

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 4:44 PM ET
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This is a fun idea! here's my list (not necessarily in order of my favorites outside #1 and #2):

1. Pride and Prejudice

2. The Black Tulip

3. Vanity Fair

4. Tess of the D'Urbervilles

5. Crime and Punishment

6. The Count of Monte Cristo

7. Jude the Obscure

8. The Turn of the Screw

9. Sherlock Holmes

10. Jane Eyre


Subject: Favorite 19th century novels
Date Posted: 5/15/2008 5:12 PM ET
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From my top 10:
Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen - Persuasion
Thomas Hardy - Far from the Madding Crowd
Thomas Hardy - Tess of the D'Urbevilles
Elizabeth Gaskell - Wives and Daughters
George Eliot - Romola
George Eliot - Mill on the Floss
George Eliot - Middlemarch
Charlotte Bronte - Jane Eyre

and I have to add my current favorite, but an 18th century novel, Richardson's History of Sir Charles Grandison (the favorite book of Jane Austen, and extremely difficult to get in full - it's 1800 pages andout of print) though you can get an excellent abridged version of it at Amazon.com ).

And two turn of the century novels - first decade of the 20th -
Hudson's Green Mansions
Forster's Room with a View

Tracy who teaches Jane Austen courses in the Boston area

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 8:33 PM ET
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My favorite 19th Century books are:

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Wuthering Heights

David Copperfield

Great Expectations

Romeo and Juliet



Subject: Maria Edgeworth's BELINDA
Date Posted: 6/20/2008 3:27 AM ET
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I just read BELINDA by Maria Edgeworth, Jane Austen's contemporary, and the most famous and most read novelist in England for over 15 years -- certainly more highly regarded than Austen. BELINDA is great - far better than I expected, and certainly on par with Austen. In fact, it's MUCH better than Sense and Sensibility, and just about equal to Pride and Prejudice (though not as succinct, it has superb character development). On the other hand, her Castle Rackrent, for which Edgeworth is most known, is not nearly as good as BELINDA.
Tracy who teaches Jane Austen in the Boston area