What are the best novels set in Victorian times?

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    #1Tess 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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    José Antonio Camacho
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "this book is a classic set in Victorian times and a must read for any book lover "
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    #2Under 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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    Jeremy Carlson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Great writing, of course. If you've ever read Hardy, you know what you're getting into. Really romantic, very pathetic and sea. Is it over the top? You know it will be. I love it. Love his style. Love reading something written so long ago, but it's like I could read it so clearly today. Great stuff."
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    #3Oliver 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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    Emily Gilbert
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "It was a struggle to keep up with the story and it takes a lot of concentration. The print is also on the small side. However, it's a rare masterpiece and a true classic that everyone should read. "
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    #4Treasure Island

    Treasure Island

    Treasure Island is a children's historical novel by Robert Louis Stevenson that tells the story of Jim Hawkins as he sets off on an expedition in search of Captain Flint's buried treasure. Along the way, he endures mutiny and pirate attacks. 

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    Jacob Long
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Treasure Island is a classic this book was written over 130 years ago and it remains one of the best pirate books of all time. So pull up a chair and set a course for adventure because you want be putting this book down."
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    #5Vanity Fair

    Vanity Fair

    Vanity Fair is one the most iconic and popular magazine of the world. Its historical covers and constant connection with Hollywood stars are some of the determinant factors of its coolness.

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    Eric Gardner
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Vanity Fair is a magazine, not novel. And it is contemporary and has nothing to do with Victorian times. This solution is not accurate."
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    #6A Pair of Blue Eyes

    A Pair of Blue Eyes

    A Pair of Blue Eyes is a classic fiction novel written by Thomas Hardy which centers on the daughter of the Rector of Endelstow Elfride Swancour based on the courtship he did on his first wife named Emma. 

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    Philip Walters
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "A friend introduced me to some of the works of Thomas Hardy and I was instantly drawn to the topics he wrote about. This book was one of the ones I had looked forward to reading. This one isn't like the others in that it's not as descriptive and lacks more detail into the lives of the people in the book. "
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    #7Jude the Obscure

    Jude the Obscure
    Jude the Obscure is a classic novel written by Thomas Hardy which centers on Jude Fawley who got trapped into marrying Arabella but she soon abandons him, where later he meets and falls in love with his cousin Sue Bridehead. 
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    Anna Feng
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Though it was condemned even in the Victorian era, Jude the Obscure continues to be a best-seller in our modern era. The book itself is a journey of love and marriage, and unresolved dreams. It's not your classic Victorian era novel, but it is a hard and frank look at the times in which it was set. Thomas Hardy, the author, received much criticism for the novel in the time in which it was written, but still today, the ideas presented in the novel are relevant."
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    #8Wives and Daughters

    Wives and Daughters

    Written by Elizabeth Gaskell, this novel narrates the life of Molly Gibson, the only daughter of a doctor who has recently lost her husband and who lives in a provincial English town in 1830. The book wasn't complete when Gaskell died, and it was finished by Frederick Greenwood. 

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    Jordan Herrera
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "Wives and Daughters is a Victorian style novel that gave me a good glimpse into the life and how it could have been. Made me really interested in the character development and the settings around them."
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    #9Bleak 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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    Billy Lucas
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "A Charles Dickens classic set in the mid 1800's based on real life people. I mean what else could you want from a book. You know it is going to be well written and feature great dialogue. This is truly my favorite book written by Dickens as it really immerses you into this classic period to the point you feel like you are just part of the story. This is a work of a master writer, and everyone should read this."
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    #10The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

    The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
    The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is Anne Bronte's feminist novel about a woman's fight against domestic abuse from her husband. According to Stevie Davis' introduction, Bronte was inspired by her experience as a governess in writing this story.
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    Esteban de la Cruz
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "This book was very informative for a novel of British literature. Although it was pretty informative, I found myself struggling to stay awake at some sections. For people who are big on British literature this book would be a good fit but be sure to keep some coffee next to you in case you start feeling sleepy"
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    #11Jane 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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    Tim Zhou
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Jane Eyre is a classic novel set in the Victorian period. The eponymous title character is what makes this book so great. You get to see her grow up as an adult and in a lot of ways this book was very much ahead of its time. It is certainly a timeless piece of literature and should be read by anyone willing."
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    #12The Moonstone

    The Moonstone

    The Moonstone is a Victorian mystery novel by Wilkie Collins originally published in 1868. Considered to be the first English detective novel, it tells the story of a large diamond called the Moonstone and the people who aim to have it.

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    Juan Nelson
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Good"
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    #13Middlemarch

    Middlemarch

    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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    Kyle Wells
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Middlemarch is a classic text by George Eliot. I originally read this book in school but have since read it on my own. It is magnificent. The writing is impressive and the plot is intricate and historically grounded. I love this book and would recommend it to anyone who is tired of the contemporary novels that feel so light-hearted and underdone."
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    #14Some Danger Involved (Barker & Llewelyn)

    Some Danger Involved (Barker & Llewelyn)
    Some Danger Involved is a mystery fiction and the first book in Barker & Llewelyn series written by Will Thomas. This Victorian-era fiction novel is published in 2004 by Touchstone. 
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    Arthur Sanders
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is an extremely well written book set in Victorian times. The story is very unpredictable and it will leave you turning page after page to find out more."
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    #15Great 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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    Rishika Patel
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is a great Victorian novel. The story is both romantic and sad and will break your heart."
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    #16The Woman in White

    The Woman in White

    The Woman in White is a classic mystery fiction novel written by Wilkie Collins. This 19th-century fiction book is first published in 1859. The novel tells the story of an art teacher who meets a mysterious woman dressed in white.

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    Lauren Mendoza
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I found this Victorian set novel premise to be quite bizarre, perhaps there is a lot to be left to the imagination on that little detailed synopsis. Although, yes it is set in Victorian times I do not think this is a book I would want to read. "
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    #17The 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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    Reyna Márquez
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This book is good for study and is interesting"
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    #18The Woodlanders

    The Woodlanders

    The Woodlanders is a classic fiction novel written by Thomas Hardy which centers on the rivalry for the hand of Grace Melbury among a woodlander, and a sophisticated outsider. 

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    Joseph Gonzales
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I love to read stories that are set in Victorian times. The Woodlanders, by Thomas Hardy, is definitely among the best of the genre. I have read it twice. It would make a great movie."
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    #19The Return of the Native

    The Return of the Native

    The Return of the Native is a classic fiction novel written by Thomas Hardy which on Eustacia Vye who lives in the countryside of Wessex and has been longing for the city of Paris to get new experiences she has never seen before. 

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    Laura Williamson
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I've read several works by this author, and I finally got around to reading this novel. It's true to his style, and the story is tragic and compelling. Finishing the book left a real emotional impact on me."
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    #20The Well-Beloved

    The Well-Beloved

    The Well-Beloved is a classic fiction novel written by Thomas Hardy which follows the life of sculptor Jocelyn Pierston falling in love with three generations of island women. 

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    Kenneth Black
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "The Well-Beloved was a charming story written by Thomas Hardy. I ordered this book and it got to me rather quickly. I started on it during the weekend and finished before the weekend was done. This story tells and follows the lives of a sculptor. It details his love and romance with three generations of the women on the island. I really enjoyed this read as I found it paced really well and the engaging cover to cover. I'm not sure if this time frame of Victorian times is for everyone, but if you're into it, give it a read. It's an easy read I would say, especially if you're a fan of Victorian times."

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Best What are the best novels set in Victorian times
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1Tess of the D'UrbervillesBooks 0 Paid
2Under the Greenwood TreeBooks 0 Paid
3Oliver TwistBooks 0 Paid
4Treasure IslandBooks 0 Paid
5Vanity FairWebsites 0 Free
6A Pair of Blue EyesBooks 0 Paid
7Jude the ObscureBooks 0 Paid
8Wives and DaughtersBooks 0 Paid
9Bleak HouseBooks 0 Paid
10The Tenant of Wildfell HallBooks 0 Paid
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