Wednesday, June 21, 2006

So many books, so little time...

At least that is my personal opinion! Last August of last year I posted a list of books and movies from the Victorian, Regency, or just slightly after that time period that I had either read or viewed or wish to. I have significantly updated my list below and thought I would share it with you. Of course you must know that I don't *only* read this kind of book, but I really do enjoy them.


What I Have Read:


Wives and Daughters (Elizabeth Gaskell) 9-1-06 update!

Bleak House (Charles Dickens) 9-1-06 update!

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)

Persuasion (Jane Austen)

Middlemarch (George Eliot)
The Mill on the Floss (George Eliot)
Ivanhoe (Sir Walter Scott)

The Swiss Family Robinson (Johann David Wyss)

The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

The Autobiography of Frederick Douglas

The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky)

North and South (Elizabeth Gaskell) (3/07 update)

Cranford (Elizabeth Gaskell) (3/07 update)

Silas Marner (George Eliot) (3/07 update)

Ishmael (E.D.E.N. Southworth) (3/07 update)


What I Want to read:


Lady Susan (Jane Austen)
Our Mutual Friend (Charles Dickens)

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Anne Bronte)
Shirley (Charlotte Bronte)
The Professor (Charlotte Bronte)
Villette (Charlotte Bronte)
The Green Dwarf (Charlotte Bronte)
Mary Barton (Elizabeth Gaskell)
Ruth (Elizabeth Gaskell)
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Charles Dickens)
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy)
Barriers Burned Away (E.P. Roe)

Moll Flanders (Daniel Defoe)
Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe)

The Last of the Mohicans (James Fenimore Cooper)

The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)

Vanity Fair (William Makepeace Thackeray)

Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky)


Movies of this time period I have seen:


Bleak House
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 (both versions)
Sense and Sensibilities
Mansfield Park
Little Women


North and South

Vanity Fair

Horatio Hornblower

The Count of Monte Cristo

Three Musketeers (though I doubt it was like the book!)

The Man in the Iron Mask

The Last of the Mohicans

Robinson Crusoe

The Swiss Family Robinson

Les Misérables (theater)


So now that I have done all that reading and watching, what have I missed that you feel I must know about in this genre? :+) I hope I get some good responses here as I cannot miss a good one!




avonleajules1 said...

I enjoyed your list and found a few I need to read like Lorna Doone.

Loved Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, Persuasion by Jane Austen. Have not read, but have in the pile North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, Romola by George Eliot, Evelina by Frances Burney, and Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell. I was a lit major in college, and I, too, enjoy reading these books for fun. Also I noticed the absence of Henry James, whom I really enjoyed.


Moms4Psalms said...

Hello Kate!

"Victoria and Albert" is not on your list! You must see it! :o) I also like the somewhat more recent "Mrs. Brown."

I like "Daniel Deronda" by George Eliot (?). And "Berkeley Square" is a BBC TV miniseries that follows three nannies from different households. It's a bit like watching a period soap opera, but if you like that era it really is entertaining!

Have you tried Netflix? We just discovered it and it is great! You can do a free two week trial from their website. I send in a movie on Monday and get a new one back by Wednesday in the mail and they have a large selection of British movies (so many I never knew about come up on their "recommendations" for me).

I also saw "Far from the Madding Crowd" several years ago. I think you've read that one as well?

Happy reading/watching!



OH! Have you seen "Remains of the Day" and "Howard's End" with Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson? Those are two that I watch over and over again. I also liked "A Room With a View" but haven't seen that in a while and can't really remember it.

And don't miss "The Winslow Boy"--one of the greatest movies!

I must stop. This is getting way too long....

Buckeyeblog said...

What a fantastic list!!

Two years ago I started "The Great Expectations Classic Book Club" for Jr/Sr High homeschool girls and we've read 18 books in those two years! Many are on your list. If possible, we top off the book with a video/DVD based on the book. It's fun to discuss the differences with the girls and to see which they liked better - the movie or the book.

Now...tell me true...which Pride and Prejudice movie do you like better - the A & E version with Colin Firth or the new one with Kiera [sp?] Knightly? Personally, I like them both, BUT I prefer the A & E. Probably because it's MUCH longer and can go into more of the book, but also because their version of Elizabeth and Darcy are exactly like what I always imagined them to be.

I'm also VERY attached to Emma Thompson's version of Sense and Sensibility. It's one of the very few movies where Alan Rickman plays a GOOD GUY! HA!

I know I don't comment much - but I just LOVE your blog!!

Blesssings from Ohio, Kim Wolf<><

chickadee said...

way to go! what a great looking list.

i've read tess of the d'urbervilles and it's one of my favorites. i've read a few others on that list as well. quite ambitious.

ClassicalEducation4Me said...

Me thinks I must quit reviewing items for TOS so that I have time to tackle a list such are yours :-) Very impressive ... am copying it so that I have a goal list to tackle sometime in the future!



Melkhi said...

Have you read The Woman in White or Moonstone by Wilkey Collins, a contemporary of Dickens?

Melkhi said...

As a commenter above mentioned, The Winslow Boy is a good movie ~ one of my favorites.

mamatc said...

You are a very well-read woman. I'm JEALOUS! I have this problem of getting overwhelmed b/c I want to read ALL of those books (at least most of them) so I just don't set aside the time to read ANY of them! I need to overvome that. I'm sure I'm missing out on a lot of really good literature. What do you recommend I cut my teeth on?


Traci :)

gottsegnet said...

Wow! Great list. The Victorian Era has never been my favorite and I find Bronte and Austen a bit tedious...but that is just me. And some really bad high school memories of having to prepare a project meant for five myself because my fellow classmates didn't desrie to do their parts. Maybe I'm projecting my dislike of my high school English class on Victorian Literature and should give it a second chance : )

I do like Dickens, though.

Anonymous said...

I know this is an old entry but I just love book lists. I have never heard of Elizabeth Gaskell and I'll have to go and check her out. I have tried quite hard to read Dickens but haven ever finished. We do enjoy the Masterpiece Theater offerings, however.

I've read a few on your list and I try to read at least one "classic" each year. This past year it was Brother's Karamazov and it was quite an undertaking. I think I'll move back to England for my next foray.

Again, thanks for the list.

Lamar said...

"Dawn's Early Light" by Elswyth Thane is about a young Englishman who comes to Virginia in colonial America just before the revolutionary war. It is a great read for anyone of age 14 and up.

hrlabonte said...

Thanks! :-)