The Victorian Bookshelf: An Introduction to 61 Essential Novels

The Victorian Bookshelf: An Introduction to 61 Essential Novels

by Jess Nevins


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This introductory guide to the canon of Victorian literature covers 61 novels by authors from Jane Austen to Emile Zola. Brief critical essays describe what each book is about and argue for its cultural, historical and literary importance. Literary canons remain a subject of debate but critics, readers and students continue to find them useful as overviews—and examinations—of the great works within a given period or culture. The Victorian canon is particularly rich with splendid novels that educate, enlighten and entertain.
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ISBN-13: 9781476665009
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/21/2016
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jess Nevins is a reference librarian at Lone Star College in Tomball, Texas.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

L'Assommoir 5

Barchester Towers 9

Barry Lyndon 13

Bleak House 15

The Charterhouse of Parma 21

Coningsby 24

The Count of Monte Cristo 28

Diana of the Crossways 32

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 35

Dracuta 39

East Lynne 43

The Egoist 47

Emma 51

Frankenstein 57

Great Expectations 61

Heavenly Twins 65

Huckleberry Finn 69

The Hunchback of Notre Dame 72

The Invisible Man 75

Jane Eyre 78

Jude the Obscure 84

Kidnapped 89

Kim 92

Lady Audley's Secret 96

The Last Days of Pompeii 100

The Last of the Mohicans 103

Little Women 108

Lorna Doone 114

Madame Bovary 119

Marius the Epicurean 122

Mary Barton 125

Middlemarch 128

Les Misérables 133

Miss Marjoribanks 137

Moby Dick 140

The Moonstone 143

Nana 148

New Grub Street 152

North and South 155

Pelham 159

Père Goriot 163

The Picture of Dorian Gray 168

The Portrait of a Lady 171

Pride and Prejudice 175

The Red and the Black 181

Salammbô 184

The Scarlet Letter 188

She 191

Silas Marner 195

Sister Carrie 198

The Sorrows of Satan 201

Tess of the d'Urbervilles 205

The Three Musketeers 208

The Time Machine 211

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea 214

Under Two Flags 218

Vanity Fair 223

Waverley 227

The Way We Live Now 230

The Woman in White 234

Wuthering Heights 238

Appendix: Concepts 245

Index 261

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