19th Century Literature
hallieod at indigo.ie
Mon Jul 30 16:13:48 EDT 2001
More synchronicity - on my Open University conference people are just
discussing what course to take next year, and the 19th C Novel is one
of the most popular choices. All of us seem to have read some of the
biggies before off our own bat and are eager for a year of it. It's
odd to come from an enthusiastic discussion of the reading list to
see Jacob doubting whether people read this stuff for fun much any
>19C novelists I read include Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Geo
>Macdonald, the Brontes: people I know read George Eliot, Jane
>Austen and Mrs Gaskell.
Ditto the first four (well, Charlotte Bronte, anyway), obviously
ditto Jane Austen. :) Middlemarch is way up on my to-be-read list,
as are a bunch of Trollope's. And nobody's mentioned Lorna Doone,
which I loved. And of course Alcott and the other children's
classics. BTW, in Edinburgh I found a Burnett book called _A Lost
Prince_ I'd never seen it before, has anyone else? On Alcott, I
always liked _An Old-Fashioned Girl_ much better than _Little Women_.
After learning a bit about Alcott, I want to reread LW and expect I
might have quite a different reaction to it.
>Finally has anyone else read MacDonald's Sir Gibbie? I've got an
>old copy of the full text. It's a fascinating book.
I have! My grandfather gave it to me when I was young, and told me
not to give up until I'd read 50 pages, and then if I didn't like it,
I could give up. But I loved it by then. :)
Hallie (reading my way through list posts but starting on this thread)
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