Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Books! Books! and More Books!

I just love to read - truly - it is a pleasure that is a marvelous gift to me - unlike anything else. I compiled an interesting list the other day of one of my favorite genres; the 18th and 19th century romantic.  Most of my friends can identify with the attraction of these books, and it was fun to put together a list of the ones I have read, watched in movie form, or wish to read. While searching for these gems on Amazon, I discovered a lot I had not even heard of. Everyone knows about Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, but not everyone has heard of E. P. Roe and Charlotte Mary Younge. In my research I discovered, I am embarrassed to admit,  that George Eliot was really a woman and her pseudonym! Aww, the things you learn from Amazon.


I would really like any input on the list below - am I missing any great literary works that I have forgotten? (Or any great movie versions of the same?) Mind you, I did this list late at night, and by the end I was blurry in the eyes. It was great fun to poke around, put this together, and to discover yet *more* books I must read! I do know that those of you will know some I have forgotten, and we cannot forget great literature!


I appreciate your help in my romantic addiction.



What I Have Read:


The Daisy Chain (Charlotte May Younge)
Adam Bede (George Eliot)
Pride & Prejudice (Jane Austen)
Sense and Sensibilities (Jane Austen)
Emma (Jane Austen)
Mansfield Park (Jane Austen)
Northanger Abbey (Jane Austen)
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
Agnes Grey (Anne Bronte)
Lorna Doone (R. D. Blackmore)
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)
Far from the Madding Crowd (Thomas Hardy)
Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
The Red Badge Of Courage (Stephen Crane)
The Earth Trembled (E.P. Roe)
The Three Weavers: a Tale for Fathers and Daughters (Annie Fellows Johnston)


What I Want to read:


Persuasion (Jane Austen)
Lady Susan (Jane Austen)
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Anne Bronte)
Shirley (Charlotte Bronte)
The Professor (Charlotte Bronte)
Villette (Charlotte Bronte)
The Green Dwarf (Charlotte Bronte)
Wives and Daughters (Elizabeth Gaskell)
Middlemarch (George Eliot)
The Mill on the Floss (George Eliot)
Silas Marner (George Eliot)
Mary Barton (Elizabeth Gaskell)
Cranford (Elizabeth Gaskell)
Ruth (Elizabeth Gaskell)
North and South (Elizabeth Gaskell)
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Charles Dickens)
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy)
Ivanhoe (Sir Walter Scott)
Barriers Burned Away (E.P. Roe)


Movies of this time period I have seen:


The Mayor of Casterbridge
Wives and Daughters
Nicholas Nickleby
Jane Eyre
Wuthering Heights
Lorna Doone
A Tale of Two Cities
A Christmas Carol
Oliver Twist
Great Expectations
Pride & Prejudice
Sense and Sensibilities
Mansfield Park
Little Women

Happy reading!



HomegrownHearts said...

We simply MUST go on that bookstore trip together. :-) Meet you in...um...I guess Denver would be about halfway between us! Surely 12 hours isn't too far to drive to meet up for a day at the bookstore.

I had not heard of Charlotte May Younge, E.P. Roe or Annie Fellows Johnston. I'll have to look those up. I think I have all of Jane Austen and the Bronte's except for "The Green Dwarf" as well as Elizabeth Gaskell's biography of Charlotte Bronte, although I still need to read Gaskell's fiction other than "Cranford", which I do have. I think I have a biography on the Bronte's brother, also. I like the biographies of the authors...I have some on Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy...who knows what else, LOL. I also have fun books like "The Friendly Jane Austen", "A Brontes Christmas" and "What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew" along with some collections of letters. And I did know about George Eliot being a woman, although I can't remember if I've read any of her books or not.

I have some Thomas Hardy, which I love, but I have to be in the right mood to read them...they are so melancholy. But then the Bronte's aren't exactly party tomes, either, LOL. I do love the gothic, though. I enjoy Wilkie Collins (who was a friend of Dickens). "The Moonstone" is great and he has several others. And of course I enjoy the Sherlock Holmes books. I'm veering off the 'romantic' theme, but I am fascinated with historical Britain in many different variations. :-) I just purchased a book about London in 1700 which I think will be very interesting. I must also admit to a weakness for Regency era romance paperbacks...readily available at Half Price Books, and usually a fun, light read (with very rare promiscuity, unlike other modern written romance novels).

Check out the public domain websites - I know I got "Lady Susan" that way, it's not a terribly long one. There is also a BBC version of "Tenant of Wildfell Hall" which I'm not sure if I've seen or not. You also don't have "The Inheritance" by Louisa May Alcott, which also had a movie made of it which I've seen. I think that might have been a PBS deal, but I can't remember for sure.

Well, that was fun, but my urchins have been without supervision too long while I've wandered back in time here. Thanks for the list, I'll look for the ones I haven't read yet. I think there may be a dozen or so. Yay! :-)


Donnabooshay said...

What wonderful lists :o)

My girlfriend loved the book The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith.

It's pretty famous. I have it and have read a few chapters.

As far as period movies go....

Add to your list The Count of Monte Cristo with Gerard Depardu (sp)

It is a BBC type movie....very long but excellent.


KimInOn said...

You will love The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. There is a really great movie version starring Tara Fitzgerald, who was also in a version of The Woman in White.

Anonymous said...

What a great list!!! I need to print this one out. Except that I have tried and tried to read Wuthering Heights and I can't for the life of me get into it/get through it. I find it dark and uninteresting. You?


ServingHim said...

What a great list! I'm reading Wives and Daughters right now and it's very good. Persuasion is my favorite Jane Austen book--read that one first!!


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Anonymous said...

I also enjoyed Great Expectations and David Copperfield by Dickens. A book I read on marriage said the two female characters in David Copperfield were each half of the perfect woman. One capable and a good friend, the other charming, feminine but a bit weak.

Also books by Booth Tarkington are interesting. Later than your other choices and based in the U.S

The Thirty Nine Steps by Richard Buchan was good and Amy Carmichael supposedly enjoyed his writing when she had time for light reading.

A question because I am such a ninny. I can not remember my user name or my password and I don't know how to add friends to my site.

Also we so enjoyed your e-mail and camping info so tomorrow I will try to gather my girls and respond. Pray for Eden. After a 3 month respite she has had a couple more seizures. It is so frightful and worrisome, although the doctor' s aren't real worried it is not fun to watch.



Lisa R said...

A couple that leap to mind are Moll Flanders and Robinson Crusoe (I can't spell this to save my life) by Daniel Defoe. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fennimore Cooper. Mr. Midshipman Easy by Marryott (like Hornblower but written by a captain of or closer to the Napoleonic period). Alexander Dumas - Three Musketeers, The Man in the Iron Mask, The Count of Monte Cristo (one of my favorites), The Black Tulip. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. The Autobiography of Frederick Douglas. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (no really, I read through this one afternoon recently and was amazed at the social commentary that I'd missed earlier. It is in a similar vein as Uncle Tom's Cabin). Gulliver's Travels by Swift (and don't miss his essay about how to end the problem of poverty in Ireland). Frankenstein by Mary Shelly. Or what about some of the Russian greats? Checkov, Pushkin, Dostevsky or Gogol (The Nose is a favorite of my kids). Kafka and Thomas Mann were writing in this period in German (of the two I like Kafka much, much better personally).

Have fun reading.