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What are your favorite 19C books?

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LoveHistory
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Postby LoveHistory » Thu June 2nd, 2011, 6:13 pm

I just read through this thread and was shocked to find that I have never posted here.
Here are some of my favorites:

Austen's works (especially Northanger Abbey, Pride & Prejudice, and Mansfield Park)
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
Silas Marner by George Eliot
The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

I'm woefully deficient in my Russian literature, but I plan to tackle War & Peace this year. Read Dr. Zhivago. Didn't much care for it.

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Postby jessicajames » Wed August 3rd, 2011, 6:24 pm

Some of my favorites are well known classics like the Scarlet Pimpernel and Wuthering Heights - but I'm currently reading Mohun by John Esten Cooke. Cooke was considered one of the greatest writers about Virginia and the Civil War in the 1800s. It is heavily Civil War so may not appeal to all, but I enjoy his writing style.

Other not-so-famous authors of 19th C would be Randall Parrish, Captain Charles King, and E.P. Roe if anyone has the same strange interests that I do :)
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Nefret
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Favorite HF book: Welsh Princes trilogy
Preferred HF: The Middle Ages (England), New Kingdom Egypt, Medieval France
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Postby Nefret » Wed July 25th, 2012, 6:32 am

Little Women
Emma
David Copperfield
The Devils
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
The Count of Monte Cristo
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"
{Ensiferum}

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Justin Swanton
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Postby Justin Swanton » Thu July 26th, 2012, 5:45 am

Diary of a Nobody
Nunquam minus solus quam cum solus.

Author of Centurion's Daughter

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favorite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
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Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Thu July 26th, 2012, 6:14 am

I love Kipling's Kim. And Jungle Books I and II, as long as we're at it.
Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad.
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stephenson.
The Mill on the Floss, by George Eliot.
The Count of Monte Christo, Dumas

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Postby erechwydd » Fri July 27th, 2012, 11:45 am

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Though I may not have liked the last one as much if it hadn't been such a lively translation.

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Ludmilla
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Postby Ludmilla » Fri July 27th, 2012, 12:57 pm

"erechwydd" wrote:[North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell


Finally read that one last year. Loved it! Definitely made my favorites list.

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Postby erechwydd » Fri July 27th, 2012, 2:53 pm

I first read it just before the TV series was broadcast (not a bad adaptation but I wish they hadn't messed with ending), which was 2004, I think - it's stuck with me ever since! I really like Gaskell's way of slipping in witty little sentences!

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Postby DianeL » Fri July 27th, 2012, 10:58 pm

I richly enjoyed "Lady Audley's Secret" a couple years ago - a nice proto-Columbo character, some great humor with a little dog an a hat, no surprises at all, but a story constructed well enough to keep the action compelling nonetheless.

Have recently been re-reading Alcott's darker works and enjoying that immensely. Drugs and secrets and love, oh my!
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princess garnet
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Postby princess garnet » Sat July 28th, 2012, 3:43 pm

"DianeL" wrote:I richly enjoyed "Lady Audley's Secret" a couple years ago - a nice proto-Columbo character, some great humor with a little dog an a hat, no surprises at all, but a story constructed well enough to keep the action compelling nonetheless.

I saw an adaptation of it on PBS's "Mystery" some years ago.


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