What are the best 18th century books?

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    #1A Tale of Two Cities

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities is set in the late 18th century during the French Revolution. While political events drive the story, Dickens takes a decidedly antipolitical tone, lambasting both aristocratic tyranny and revolutionary excess.

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    Gary Reyes
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "Great book depicting life back in the 18th century. Life was hard and the snotty rich ruled everything back then as well. "
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    #2Shirley

    Shirley

    Shirley written by Charlotte Bronte centers on a complex love story between four people in 1849 wherein Robert wants to marry Shirley for her money but he is in love with his cousin Caroline while Shirley is in love with Robert's brother.

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    Christina Brooks
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This is a somewhat romantic period piece by Charlotte Bronte. If novels discussing the disparity of the classes in that time period while bringing in feelings of romance and longing for what you can not have then this book is for you."
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    #3The Castle of Otranto

    The Castle of Otranto
    Published in 1764, 'The Castle of Otranto' is one of the most influential gothic novels of all time. Manfred, the evil ruler of a medieval realm is planning to wed Isabella, the fiancée of his recently deceased son, despite having his own wife. She will manage to escape both the dungeons where she was being held hostage, and both her and the peasant who helped her escape will become the protagonists of a prophecy.  



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    Crystal Gray
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "A fun read, definitely. I had heard about it and was curious to take a look, given that it was told to have been one of the inspirations for Bram Stoker's Dracula. The book doesn't disappoint, if you like that kind of over the top 18th century extravaganza. The pages are packed with lurid descriptions of gothic castles and disturbing monsters/ghouls/apparitions, and the author sure knows how to crank up the drama and the suspense. It belongs to another era, but it also prepares and announces another era, through its clever use of literary tropes that were new and exciting at the time, and became classic. Very entertaining, if you like that kind of literature."
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    #4The Mysteries of Udolpho

    The Mysteries of Udolpho

    Emily St. Aubert is an orphan who finds herself in a castle she doesn't want to be in and separated from the man she loves. In that castle, owned by Montoni who is her aunt's new husband, she will have to face many challenges, both real or coming from her imagination. 

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    James Mills
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "To be honest I am not very familiar with Ann Radcliffe but from the Amazon reveiew 3.5 out of 5 stars, 134 customers reveiws, it must be a pretty good read. Also a Penguin classic, and I have read many classics by Penguin and enjoyed them all! The medieval castle tale looks very good at 13.99 paperback its too rich for my blood but I would get the kindle version and read it on my 7 inch tablet."
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    #5Songs of Innocence and of Experience

    Songs of Innocence and of Experience

    Songs of Innocence and of Experience presents the simple beauty of William Blake's poetry. This collection offers 46 poems from two different volumes of Blake's work.

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    Julie Curtis
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "I've always been a fan of poetry and especially pieces from the 18th century. I was searching for a new book to buy when I stumbled across this title. 'Songs of Innocence and of Experience' by William Blake is precisely what I was looking for! His poetry is simple yet eloquent and beautiful. This is a must-read for poetry lovers or anyone who is looking to explore poetry. You won't regret it!"
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    #6The Widow's War

    The Widow's War

    The Widow's War is the first book in the historical fiction series Satucket written by Sally Cabot Gunning which centers on Lyddie who is married to Edward Berry for 20 years and has been used to being a whaler's wife. 

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    Doris Zheng
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The Widow's War gives an incredibly vivid and detailed sketch of what life was like for women in a small whaling village in the 18th century. You really sympathize with the main character and it's hard to put the book down. It's completely immersive. The time period isn't romanticized, which is rare in books about this period. "
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    #7Candide

    Candide
    Candide is a satirical novel by Voltaire. It provides social criticism by telling the story of Candide, who delivers a blow against optimism in the face of life's hardships as he struggles to reunite with the love of his life.
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    Ralph Campbell
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is an excellent choice for a person that enjoys satirical comedy. It also was written in 1759 making it an 18th century book."
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    #8Outlander

    Outlander

    Outlander is the first book in the historical romance series by Diana Gabaldon. It tells the story of Claire Randall a nurse from 1945 that is suddenly transported to the Scotland of 1743. There she meets Jamie Fraser a gallant Scottish warrior that will forever change her destiny.

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    Muhammad Bose
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This is a great book series. The first book is by far the best, setting up the scenario. Time travel, love, romance, war, conflicting interests. It's also very informative as it gives you a peek into what times used to be like, and the wars and histories of the countries through the years. "
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    #9The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is a book by Benjamin Franklin that tells the story of his life. He shared his life lessons and how he got passed through all the struggles he had as an individual.

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    Sara Fields
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is a fun and enthralling look at Franklin's life. He originally wrote it as a guide for his son, but it is really an inspiration to all who read it."
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    #10Common Sense and Other Writings of Thomas Paine

    Common Sense and Other Writings of Thomas Paine

    Common Sense, The Rights of Man, and Other Essential Writings of Thomas Paine is a collection of essays written by Thomas Paine, particularly the pamphlet entitled Common Sense, which ignited the American Revolution in 1776.

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    Raymond Torres
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "I love reading this man's stuff. He was way ahead of his time. I find myself agreeing with almost everything he says. "
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    #11The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon is a non-fiction novel published in 1776. This book follows the history of the Western Civilization during the peak of the Roman Empire's power and influence.
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    Roy Welch
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "While this book is decent I'd be hard pressed to declare it the best book of an entire century. It's a good read, but definitely keep exploring your options when it comes to 18th century books. "
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    #12Confessions

    Confessions
    Confessions is an autobiographical book written by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and published in 1782. In this book, the novelist and philosopher explains the story of his life, from his formative years to the achievement of international fame.
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    Phillip White
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "A much older book then you are probably used to, but really cool read if you are an avid reader. Even if you do not know who Jean-Jacques Rousseau is, you can still really get into this book. Autobiographies are a little different then normal books, as you get a direct source of the writers mind, recommend!"
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    #13The History of Tom Jones

    The History of Tom Jones
    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling is an adventure comic novel by Henry Fielding set in the 18th century England first published in 1749. This book is about how Tom Jones overcame hardships to make his own fortune. 
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    Mary Fowler
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "A classic book to be sure. It's in my top 20 books of all time. It gives a great view of the 18th century and is written with engaging dialogue and characters that are easy to get involved with. Maybe the sentiment of the book isn't fitting for today, but it's a well-written snapshot into that period of time."
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    #14Gulliver's Travels

    Gulliver's Travels

    Gulliver's Travels is a fantasy fiction novel written by Jonathan Swift, with an introduction from Robert Demaria, Jr based on the edition published in 1726.

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    Lucía Carbajal
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "I think this is a great book from the 18th century. I love how it's such a classic and tells a great story. It's a great read."
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    #15The Social Contract

    The Social Contract
    The Social Contract is written by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and translated by Maurice Cranston was originally published in 1762. This book about French revolution tackles the Origin of Inequality and Political Economy.
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    Roy Medina
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "An important book that is valuable to anybody looking to update their knowledge on political science. It is a must read."

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Best What are the best 18th century books
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1A Tale of Two CitiesBooks 0 Paid
2ShirleyBooks 0 Paid
3The Castle of OtrantoBooks 0 Paid
4The Mysteries of UdolphoBooks 0 Paid
5Songs of Innocence and of ExperienceBooks 0 Paid
6The Widow's WarBooks 0 Paid
7CandideBooks 0 Paid
8OutlanderBooks 0 Paid
9The Autobiography of Benjamin FranklinBooks 0 Paid
10Common Sense and Other Writings of Thomas PaineBooks 0 Paid
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