Brilliant books from the 19th Century

recommended by Elizabeth Walden

19th century literature is interesting because they have different views on society and there is a different etiquette which was followed which make the books more conserved and based within the different social classes. Also, the language used is interesting because it shows the degree of respect and the importance of good connections in society.

  • 1


    Pride and Prejudice (Oxford World's Classics)
    by Jane Austen, Christina Lupton & James Kinsley

    Beautiful romance formed from unexpected differences from Elizabeth's negative first impression for Mr Darcy to an undeniable love from family differences and disagreeable relations. Which is shown through Austen's social humour.

  • 2


    The Picture of Dorian Gray
    by Oscar Wilde, Robert Mighall, Robert Mighall & Robert Mighall

    This shows that every action has consequences as Mr Grey wasn’t a nice person so the painting his vanity slowly destroys itself with Dorian which implies the benefits of being a good person.

  • 3


    Little Women (150th Anniversary Edition): With Foreword and 200 Original Illustrations
    by Louisa May Alcott, Frank Merrill & Alice L. George

    A tale of five sisters who find love and happiness in unlikely places and the sorrow which the family goes through but they always make it worthwhile and help the less fortunate.

  • 4


    Persuasion: (Special Edition) (Jane Austen Collection)
    by Jane Austen & Larvae Editions

    The story of Anne whose family didn't agree with her choice of companion and forced them apart. Years later they meet again still single and believing that the other hates them and wanting each other to be happy

  • 5


    Tess of the D'Urbervilles (Penguin Classics)
    by Thomas Hardy, Tim Dolin, Tim Dolin & Margaret Randolph Higonnet

    Shows the importance of the social hierarchy within the patriarchal society which leads to some devastating things as women were never heard especially if they were at the bottom of the hierarchy

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