What are the best 19th century novels by British and Irish authors?

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    #1Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows Elizabeth Bennet as she navigates British society and is confronted with how people regard things like upbringing, education, manners, morality, and marriage.


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    Sue Mao
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The quintessential British novel, Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners. It's interesting to read about what life was life in 19th century England as the background to what is ultimately a love story."
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    #2Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre is a novel by Charlotte Brontë that tells the story of Jane Eyre who is left under the care of cruel guardians as a young girl, and then goes to Thornfield Hall to work as a governess, under a harsh employer.


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    Jerry Banks
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Jane Eyre is one of the best 19th century novels by British and Irish authors"
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    #3Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

    Alice's Adventures In Wonderland
    Alice's Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is a book where wordplay, parody, and logical and philosophical puzzles are everywhere. For all the surface playfulness, there is meaning in every page.

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    Philip Jenkins
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Lewis Carroll is masterful in this seminal turn at blending parody, logic, and heart thumping good story telling. We all remember this from being a kid. (Or from seeing any perennial films inspired by the book). If you have kids..or know a kid..or are young at heart this is an EXCELLENT option. The imagery and politics will go over the heads of kids.. but the story won't."
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    #4Oliver Twist

    Oliver Twist
    Oliver Twist, or The Parish Boy's Progress, is a novel by Charles Dickens. It tells the story of the orphan Oliver Twist, and is notable for its unromantic portrayal of criminals and their sordid lives, as well as for exposing the cruel treatment of the many orphans in London in the mid-19th century.

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    Rachel Carr
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "A classic novel by Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist was written very early in the career of this novelest. The main character is a child who cohorts with a bunch of criminals and this novel tells his story. This novel is a great 19th century novel, but be prepared for the Olde English words. I enjoyed it, but it may be hard for someone to get a grasp of."
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    #5Great Expectations

    Great Expectations

    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens portrays the development of the main character named Pip, who is an orphan. The story focuses on the poverty, prison ships and survival with an influence of the early-mid 19th century setting.


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    Pari Pillai
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Pip is a great name to show where the book is coming from. There is a great western European feel to the book."
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    #6A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol is one of Dicken's greatest masterpieces. It tells the story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who gets unexpected visitors in his sleep one Christmas Eve and wakes up a changed man.


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    Ashley Contreras
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "A wonderful Christmas classic! The premise behind the story is clear, the characters well written. This is something everyone should read at least once, it truly embodies the spirit of Christmas. "
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    #7A Study in Scarlet

    A Study in Scarlet

    "A Study in Scarlet" published in 1886, is the first novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle where he presents the legendary Detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, who would become the most famous mystery duo of World's literature.


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    Susan Powell
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I decided to give this book a try after watching the recent Sherlock series, and I am really glad I did. I can see now why Holmes has been such an enduring character. I was also impressed with the portrayal of Watson. The only negative thing about the book is the strange mormon stuff"
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    #8Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë tells the story of Catherine and Heathcliff. After she rejects him for a boy from a better background he develops a lust for revenge that takes over his life. This tale of hauntings, passion, and greed remains unsurpassed in its depiction of the dark side of love.


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    Larry Pena
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Reviews all look great. Looks good for someone into 19th century novels."
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    #9Sense and Sensibility

    Sense and Sensibility
    Sense and Sensibility follows the two sisters Marianne and Elinor Dashwood's lives as they experience romance and heartbreak for the first time. It was the first of Jane Austen's works to be published.


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    Emily Williams
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is a delightful book, that features an ending both happy and sensible. A bit romantic, but not Hollywood perfect. True, it idolizes some aspects of British society at the time, but it also skewers others aspects of it. A classic novel (and by a woman!)."
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    Dracula is a Gothic horror book written by Irish author Bram Stoker, which was first published in 1897. It follows the story of the vampire Dracula attempting to move from Transylvania to England to find new blood and spread his curse.


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    Howard Garcia
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Dracula is a classic novel that everyone should read once, it's been adapted into many forms and has become popular culture but people should go back and read the original just to understand it."
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    #11The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a book by Robert Stevenson about Gabriel John Utterson, a lawyer, tries to investigate strange events that happen to his old companion, Dr. Jekyll whenever he takes a potion and become an evil Mr. Hyde.

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    Martha Edwards
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "This is pretty much a classic and would be good for anyone who really loves old novels. I think a lot of people would enjoy this book. It has great reviews."
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    #12Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    Tess of the D'Urbervilles is a classic romance novel written by Thomas Hardy which centers on Tess Durbeyfield trying to claim a portion of the family fortune of the D'Urbervilles and meets her cousin Alec.


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    Julie Bowman
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Although Tess of the D'Urbervilles takes place in the 19th century, it was written in that time period. It was first published in 1992, making it a 20th century novel. It does give great insight as to how far women have come in society and politics, but not written in the 1800's."
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    #13Black Beauty

    Black Beauty
    Black Beauty is a classic children's novel by Anna Sewell that tells the story of a horse named Black Beauty as he lives his life first in happiness in the care of a loving owner, to more unfortunate circumstances as a working horse.

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    Howard Peters
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I loved Black Beauty when I had to read it in school as a kid. It's a touching story and really introduced me to some strong emotions. I highly recommend it, but honestly if I read it for the first time as an adult I don't think I would enjoy it nearly as much."
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    Set in the fictitious town of Middlemarch, this book written by George Eliot is a study of provincial life, where many important life aspects are involved, like the status of women, religion or marriage. Despite being set in a fake town, there are several historic events involved with the plot, like the 1832 Reforming Act or the death of King George IV. 


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    Vivaan Balasubramanium
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "Eliot was a woman larping as a man. It is a typically slow book for a woman of this time period. Some people think it's a great classic but it really isn't."
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    #15North and South

    North and South
    North and South is a historical fiction book written by Elizabeth Gaskell which is set in the Industrial Revolution telling the life of Margaret Hale forced to leave south to go to Milton in the north of England. 

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    Grace Montgomery
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This book questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. The book follows a young lady through her difficult move from a home she loves in the south of England to the colder, harsher climate of a Northern England mill town. "
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    #16The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical book by Oscar Wilde that tells the story of Dorian Gray's thirst for everlasting beauty and the curse over his portrait. This novel is first published in 1890.


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    Christine Price
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This book really sucked me in. Sometimes I have a hard time following serious books but this was easy to read and comprehend. "
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    #17Bleak House

    Bleak House
    This book by Charles Dickens was published as a serial between 1852 and 1853. It narrates, via Esther Summerson and an omniscient narrator, the lives of many characters, who are inspired in real-life people, something characteristic of Dickens' style, and that are used to satirize the English judicial system. 

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    Anthony Mendez
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I was studying British literature in high school, and we needed to find a good book for a report. I checked out Bleak House, and it wound up being one of the best British books from the era that I think I have ever read. It actually was enjoyable to finish up the book."
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    Frankenstein is a science fiction book written by Mary Shelley which centers on scientist Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque and cognizant being through a scientific experiment. 


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    Jordan Hunter
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I always ignored most Frankenstein media because it just didn't interest me. That was until I found the original Frankenstein novel. I was really impressed by the book and was intrigued by the creation."
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    #19The Mill on the Floss

    The Mill on the Floss

    This book, written by George Eliot, narrates the lives of Tom and Maggie Sulliver, two siblings who live in the village of St. Ogg, near Lincolnshire. Like every work from this author, the book articulates the growing tension between the characters, who have to deal with their feelings and hard circumstances in order to succeed. 


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    Patricia Price
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "Back when I was in college I needed to do some research for my literary credits. I was tasked with finding what the best 19th century novels by British and Irish authors were. The Mill on the Floss turned out to be the best novel that I was able to find."


Best What are the best 19th century novels by British and Irish authors
1Pride and PrejudiceBooks 50 Paid
2Jane EyreBooks 48 Paid
3Alice's Adventures In WonderlandBooks 45 Paid
4Oliver TwistBooks 41 Paid
5Great ExpectationsBooks 39 Paid
6A Christmas CarolBooks 38 Paid
7A Study in ScarletBooks 36 Paid
8Wuthering Heights Books 35 Paid
9Sense and SensibilityBooks 33 Paid
10DraculaBooks 30 Free

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