Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

The 50 Greatest British Novels of the 19th Century

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I bet George will have something to say about the absence of Trollope. Boy, they sure like the Brontes don't they? If I had to read one of those Thomas Hardy books again I'd rather stick hot pokers in my eyes.

But other than that, I was surprised at how many of them I'd read.


Jeff

Unknown said...

I was nearly skunked on the bottom 25, but I'd read nearly all the top 25.

Deb said...

George won't be the only one to complain about the absence of Trollope--where is he on this list?? He only wrote about 50 novels! Vilette and Rob Roy, among others, are considered better than The Way We Live Now?

/Hurrumph!

Anonymous said...

Not to mention THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE and THE MILL ON THE FLOSS, Deb. At least they left off SILAS MARNER.

Wilkie Collins didn't get much love either, but Trollope is clearly the one shut out for some inexplicable reason. And was Disraeli really worth multiple selections?

Jeff

Unknown said...

I was surprised to see the Disraeli novels. Back when I was in grad school, I was in American literature, but I did take some British lit, including a course in the Victorian novel. Disraeli didn't get mentioned in it. I guess his stock has risen in the many years since I was in school.

Unknown said...

By the way, Trollope was the favorite of the instructor in that Victorian novels course. He said he'd read all but one of Trollope's novels, and he was saving that one for his retirement. I don't think he was joking.