What are the best books of the 19th century?

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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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    Walter Richardson
    Written on February 24, 2018
    "If you need a great read, i suggest Pride and Prejudice. The story telling is amazing and you will really get into the main characters."
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    #2The 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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    Tyler Mills
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "A literary classic that should be read by everyone. Even though I don't like the time period of this novel, it's worth it just for the literary prose and writing."
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    #3Wuthering 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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    Pari Chavan
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "Wuthering Heights is a classic read and was written extremely well with not a detail left out. This book had me guessing all the way until the last pages and her writing style is pleasant without difficult language."
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    #4Little Women

    Little Women

    Little Women is a coming-of-age fiction novel written by Louisa May Alcott. This book follows the story of four teenage sisters living with their mother. The two volumes were consecutively released in 1868 and 1869.


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    James Walters
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "a great coming of age story that tells a story about four girls living with their mother."
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    #5Crime and Punishment

    Crime and Punishment
    Crime and Punishment is a classic of Russian literature by Fyodor Dostoyevsky published in 1866. It tells the story of ex-student Rodion Raskolnikov who plans to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker to liberate himself from poverty.


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    Ann Zhao
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "This book can be intimidating to approach, but reading it has an amazing payoff. It's a wonderful exploration of human nature and behavior-easily one of my top three novels, ever! I found myself staying awake at night thinking about this story! If you take the time and put in the effort, this novel has an amazing payoff. "
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    #6Jane 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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    Margaret Curtis
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "A must have for anyone who loves romance! Truly a magnificent piece of literature!"
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    #7A 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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    Gerald Gonzalez
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "It is basically a story of a young orphan boy, named Pip, coming of age in the mid- 19th century. It is a life full of characters both good, bad and in between. The main thrust though is how theses characters all affect young Pip's beliefs; fears and... great expectations. As he grows he finds that many are not what he originally thought them to be. However, they are what they are. The story is about how Pip learns to deal with them and life's twist and turns. It is really a good book. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. It is tough to read in a few spots but you can still get the context and keep the story moving along. I highly recommend this book, but you will have to decide if you are old enough to appreciate it. Just don't wait too long"
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    #8The Count of Monte Cristo

    The Count of Monte Cristo
    The Count of Monte Cristo is written by French author Alexandre Dumas, which is about a man who wanted revenge against those who framed and jailed him for a crime he did not commit. 

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    Douglas Baker
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is a classic tale of revenge. The story draws you in as you can relate to the Count, he is a lonely guy. It's actually one of the only classics I find entertaining the whole way through. If you want a dark tale of blood and mystery, this tale is for you."
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    #9Alice'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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    Henry Boyd
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "When I think of great 19th century literary masterpieces, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland definitely comes to mind. I love this book and the illustrations. It revives my childhood and sparks my creativity everytime I read it."
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    #10Les Misérables

    Les Misérables
    Les Misérables is a French historical tale by Victor Hugo, which was published first in 1862. This novel follows the lives of several characters, especially that of Jean Valjean during the June Rebellion in Paris. 

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    Tyler Thomas
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "Victor Hugo’s crowning acheivement is simply amazing. Widely considered one of the best novels of the 19th century, the monumentally-epic LES MISERABLES chronicles the soul-changing journey of Jean Valjean. Through the telling of Valjean’s story, Hugo condemns predujice, unfairness, and wretchedness, while at the same time celebrating the potential and the acheivement of man. This emotionally-powerful story of Valjean, Javert, Fantine, and Cosette has the power to change your life. Hugo’s gift to humanity will always serve to remind us to keep our lives in perspective and to seek empathy for our fellow man."
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    #11Under the Greenwood Tree

    Under the Greenwood Tree

    Under the Greenwood Tree is a classic fiction novel written by Thomas Hardy which centers on the relationship between church musician Dick Dewey and the new school mistress Fancy Day set in a Victorian era. 


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    Peter Pierce
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "No this is not a good example of best books of the 19th century as it is a book from the 19th century that was written by an author who had published best books of the 19th century. On this website it provides a description of the author and his achievements on published books that has gain him fame."
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    #12Company Aytch

    Company Aytch

    Company Aytch: A Classic Memoir of the Civil War is a collection of real-life stories written by Samuel R. Watkins. It was originally released in 1881. It contains the author's real experience from the Civil War.


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    Ivy Wang
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I love that this gives areal picture. It is not polished or refined in a refreshing way. "
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    #13Life of Charles Dickens (Dutch Edition)

    Life of Charles Dickens (Dutch Edition)

    Life of Charles Dickens is a nonfiction biography book about Charles Dickens written by John Forster. This book's first publication was dated back to year 1874.


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    #14Fearless (Fearless)

    Fearless (Fearless)

    Fearless is the first book in the young adult series Fearless written by Francine Pascal which centers on the life of Gaia Moore who is born with the gene for fear. 


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    Brian Bailey
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I wanted to find a good book from the 19th century and found Fearless (Fearless). This is a young adult novel that is well written, and it has a good story. It doesn't seem to have much history about the 19th century, and it was written in the 90's indicating that it is actually a 20th century novel. As such, I can only partially recommend this book because its close. "
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    #15Someone Is Out There

    Someone Is Out There

    Someone Is Out There is the first book in the fiction series Windswept written by Carole Standish which centers on Marcie who has to solve a mystery while she works with her feelings for Peter Doane. 


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    Austin Reid
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "We always find that love where we least believe it will be, but the beauty of this plot is to see how love can sometimes blind you and believe in someone as if you were a God."
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    #16North 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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    Kenneth Evans
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "North and South is a historical fiction novel and fairly famous. It has a TV miniseries as well and is a good read for anyone interested in the 19th century."
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    #17Don't Walk Alone

    Don't Walk Alone

    Don't Walk Alone is the first book in the young adult series Windswept written by Mary Bringle which follows the love story between Amy after she meets Danny Morgen. 


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    Dorothy Wallace
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I like how Don't Walk Alone demonstrates how coupling is essential in life. I iterate that Don't Walk Alone is the best book of the 19th century. I am not a fan of romance book but am a fan of Don't Walk Alone."
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    #18In the Middle of a Rainbow

    In the Middle of a Rainbow

    In the Middle of a Rainbow is the first book in the young adult series Two Hearts written by Barbara Girion which follows Corrie Dickerson who falls in love with soccer player Todd Marcus.


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    David Castro
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "its the book of the season i liked it it is very interesting i enjoyed the content i must find one for my self in full"
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    #19Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre
    Jane Eyre (Modern Library Classics) is a book written by Charlotte Brontë and has an introduction from Diane Johnson. Jane Eyre was published by The Modern Library New York.

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    Albert Phillips
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "It's difficult to know what else to say about this classic novel! First published in 1847, Jane Eyre has truly taken its place in the canon of 19th century literature. This version also includes a reading guide, making it ideal for a book club pick. The heroine displayed a bravery and courage that still resonates to readers today."
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    Emma (Modern Library Classics) is a book written by Jane Austen and has an introduction from A. Walton Litz. The book Emma was published on May 8, 2001 by Modern Library.


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    Justin McDonald
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Jane Austen’s Emma is an excellent book with a strong female heroine. This was extremely uncommon for the time period was written. As I read the book, I felt as though I was seeing the buds of modern feminism sprout. There is nothing fantastical about this book, it is about the everyday struggles of a moderately well-off woman during the time period. She is faced with many temptations and desires but overall, she shows her strength as woman to persevere. Excellent book!"
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    Persuasion (Modern Library Classics) is a book written by Jane Austen and has an introduction  from Amy Bloom. Persuasion was published on June 12, 2001 by Modern Library.


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    Jordan Oliver
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "My wife picked this up for me and I must say I didn't care for this storyline. And I'm a historical fanatic but I found this quite dull and boring . Also found it too long"
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    #22David Copperfield

    David Copperfield

    David Copperfield (Modern Library Classics) is a book written by Charles Dickens with an introduction from David Gates. David Copperfield was published by Modern Library.


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    Melissa Nichols
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is kind of a biography of Charles Dickens. It explains most of his own life. His adventures, romance and life as a boy growing up. It's a good book and a good read."
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    #23The Middle Years

    The Middle Years

    The Middle Years is a short story written by Henry James. it was first published in Scribner's Magazine in 1893. It is about a novelist trying to learn the meaning of his life and his art.


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    Laura Tucker
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I wanted the best books of the 19th century overall. I found a short story by Henry James, name The Middle Years. It has some age to is being published in 1893, but it is an interesting read on life and art by the author."
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    #24Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

    Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
    Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ is written by Lew Wallace which is one of the most popular American novels of the 19th century. It tells the story of Judah of the House of Hur who finds extraordinary redemption for himself and his family. 

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    Kyle Bryant
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "If you are looking for history and religion then Ben-Hur is just for you. It is such a powerful read and will leave you wanting more. It is an emotional tale about the times of over two thousand years ago and has been read by thousands of people. "
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    #25The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (Collins Classics)

    The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (Collins Classics)

    The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is a historical fiction novel written by Victor Hugo which centes on the hunchback bellringer of Notre-Dame cathedral named Quasimodo and his dedication to gypsy dancer La Esmeralda.


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    Lawrence Chapman
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Such a classic story. I've read it many times and I'm sure that I'll read it some more. I always recommend this to people that have never read it."
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    #26Anna Karenina

    Anna Karenina

    Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina is widely regarded as one of the best books ever written. The eponymous Anna renounces her marriage in favor of an affair and a more meaningful existence, all the while struggling with societal norms, religion, and morality.


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    Rose Richards
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Anna Kerenina is a classic story, perhaps one of the best over written. Anna leaves her marriage for an affair and we follow her struggles with societal rules and religion as she makes her choices. "


Best What are the best books of the 19th century
1Pride and PrejudiceBooks 13 Paid
2The Picture of Dorian GrayBooks 11 Paid
3Wuthering Heights Books 9 Paid
4Little WomenBooks 8 Paid
5Crime and PunishmentBooks 7 Paid
6Jane EyreBooks 6 Paid
7A Tale of Two CitiesBooks 5 Paid
8The Count of Monte CristoBooks 3 Free
9Alice's Adventures In WonderlandBooks 2 Paid
10Les MisérablesBooks 1 Paid

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