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Booklist-Not So Modern British Literature

Pride and prejudice. Jane Austin.
Elizabeth Bennet stars in this 18th century romance set in gardens and parlors throughout England.

Wuthering Heights. Emily Bronte.
Catherine and Heathcliffe grow up together in the moors and become inseparable. But jealousy, miscommunication, fate, and class all work against them.

Jane Eyre. Charlotte Bronte.
After the death of both parents, Jane finds herself at a charity school called Lowood. Jane eventually becomes a governess and falls in love-but nothing seems to go right for this unlucky woman!

Agnes Grey. Bronte, Anne.
The isolating, emotionally draining profession of the 18th century governess is explored through the life of Agnes, a rector's daughter who becomes a governess.

Moll Flanders. Daniel Defoe.
An 18th century woman who was abandoned as a child develops ingenious techniques for gaining independence.

Robinson Crusoe. Daniel Defoe.
Shipwrecked on a desert island, Robinson Crusoe struggles to survive against the elements and his own mind.

Great expectations. Charles Dickens.
Pip, a destitute young boy, meets Miss Havisham and Estella, whom Miss Havisham has taken under her wing. When Pip suddenly acquires wealth, he moves to London and hopes to win Estella's heart.

A tale of two cities. Charles Dickens.
Through interconnected plot lines the tale of Lucy Manet, her love interest, Charles Darney, and her would-be suitor, Sidney Carton is drawn upon the background of the French Revolution.

Silas Marner. George Eliot.
Silas is a weaver hiding a secret treasure-gold. When he is robbed┘ oh who cares. Everyone knows this book is boring.

The history of Tom Jones, a foundling. Henry Fielding.
Tom's common sense is overpowered by his interest in women, with disastrous results.

Wives and daughters: an everyday story. Elizabeth Gaskell.
When her father remarries, Molly Gibson finds herself at loggerheads with her new stepmother.

Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Thomas Hardy.
Tess, the beautiful daughter of a poor farming family, dreams of being swept off of her feet. Unfortunately, Tess finds herself battered by the world and people's misguided sense of morality and justice.

Jude the obscure. Thomas Hardy.
As Jude Fawly struggles to rise up out of poverty and become a scholar, a series of unfortunate decisions concerning women take their toll on his plans.

The turn of the screw. Henry James.
A governess is convinced that the ghost of a previous governess is manipulating the household but the children deny seeing anything unusual.

Le morte d'Arthur. Sir Thomas Malory.
An essential read for fans of Arthurian legend, this 15th century work brought together all of the stories surrounding King Arthur and his court.

Paradise lost. John Milton.
In this story of the creation of the world and humanity told in verse, the relationship of God to humans is explored.

Ivanhoe. Sir Walter Scott.
In this riveting adventure, Ivanhoe, a knight just back from the Crusades, attempts to reclaim his inheritance, save a woman from being tried as a witch, and win over his true love. Meanwhile, King Richard the Lionhearted's throne is challenged and must be defended.

Frankenstein, or the modern Prometheus. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
After Dr. Frankenstein's attempt at creating a man goes awry, he struggles to recapture his creation, who is quickly becoming jaded with the human experience.

Treasure Island. Robert Louis Stevenson.
Jim Hawkins learns of Captain Flint's treasure and must outwit others, including Long John Silver, who hope to find and claim it.

Bram Stoker. Dracula.
Through journals and letters a picture of the most famous vampire, Count Dracula is drawn. Jonathan Harker, finds himself and his loved ones threatened by Dracula in this tale of terror that takes place in England and on the continent.

Gulliver's travels. Jonathan Swift.
In this satire of British government, Lemuel Gulliver travels to odd and unfamiliar places, meeting unusual creatures with strange customs.

Vanity Fair. William Thackeray.
Life in the Victorian Era, with society's emphasis on wealth and virtue are examined in this work the author called "a novel without a hero".

 

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