How to Speak Victorian – The Novelists, Part 1



right so hello and welcome back to books and things and welcome back to another episode of how to speak Victorian I've had a little break from how to be Victorian I think partly because I spent a very long time talking about Dickens and that seemed to take up quite a lot of video space but here we are we are back with how to speak Victorian so far in this series I have given you an introduction to my love to Victorian literature and then I went through a brief historical overview of the period I say brief it was a very very long video and then I gave it also not very brief literary history of the period but today and for the next few episodes of how to be Victorian I'm gonna be going through some of the key literary figures over the Victorian world so today and the next episode I'm gonna be talking about novelists all the Victorian period and then gonna do an episode on poets men you know do an episode on sort of dramatists and the Victorian theatre and then I'm gonna do it another episode on sort of an essayist and nonfiction writers of the Victorian periods and by the time that is over in several months I will start doing videos about some of the important themes in the Victorian period and in Victorian is sure that is my plan for how to speak Victorian so today Victorian novelists so because the Victorian period is host quite a lot of prolific novelists rather than spending just one video talking about Victorian novelists I'm gonna spread it over to so this week we will have part one over the Victorian novelists and next Monday we will have part two of the Victorian novelists I was gonna try and do it chronologically and then I realized that everyone crosses over too much so I'm just gonna go alphabetically by surname I figured that was a more sensible way to order my authors so let's begin as always I'm not an expert just a massive enthusiastic for the Victorian parents to do please look up stuff about these authors elsewhere and do definitely have a read of all of their books I say no I haven't read a book by everyone I'm going to mention that a few other important Victorian novelist I've got to mention that I haven't read yet but I hope to you at some point in the future they're kind of on my TBR along with every other single book in the world I'm also gonna link down below a website called Victorian web which I've spoken about before which has a massive amount of material about the Victorian period about Victorian literature and there's one page there which lists sort of all the authors that are mentioned on the site and everything that is kind of spoken about them and it has a lot of material about a lot of Victorian authors so yes let's get into the authors so let's start off with our D blackboard Rd Blackmore was born in Berkshire which is now autoshare in 1825 and he died in Middlesex in 1900 I have any red one rd book and that is this one Lorna Doone which I really like I do you like more wrote quite a lot of novels he was quite a prolific novelist and wrote kind of a range of novels often of a kind of Romantic tradition often historical novels Lorna Doone is set in the 17th century and is kind of about rural kind of feuding families it is a really green book one I really love na neun is one of his only books that has kind of survived into the modern world a lot of the rest of them have gone out of print although in lorna doone remains quite popular and quite famous the rest of his writing has been a little bit forgotten which is a shame I'd really like to read something else by him actually and I'd love to reread lonna doing so I haven't read this since I was teenager they really really enjoyed it he's quite an interesting Victorian novelist and I find Victorian historical fiction and the way that the Victorians were reflecting on stuff that happened a few centuries we get a go really interesting because it tells you an awful lot about the Victorian period even though never idea that before it's really cool anyway as I said I'm gonna try and zoom through a lot of authors so apologies if I don't make too much mention especially of the ones but I have not read that much of Mary Brandon it was born in 1835 in London and she died in Richmond in 1915 the Mary Brandon was a very very prolific writer she published something like over $80.00 in her life she wrote a lot of books a lot of kind of sensation fiction and very very popular fiction during the Victorian period and most famous novel the one that kind of has survived till today and it's still being read it's lady orderly secret I have not read this but I would really like to it's definitely on my TBR along with I said many other books so at some point in the future I will hopefully be getting to her next let's talk about the Bronte sisters we have an Bronte we have Charlotte Bronte and we have Emily Bronte the Bronte sisters were a trio of sisters all who were born and died in Yorkshire they were the three daughters of a clergyman they also had a brother bran well he was quite wild drank a lot of alcohol possibly took a lot of drugs and died quite young in fact they all died quite young they had all four of the siblings had quite a tragic life and they also had some other siblings that died in childhood I'm quickly going to talk about the three Bronte sisters here I love all of the Bronte sisters very very much they all right absolutely brilliant fiction I really really love them the same let's start off alphabetically with Anne Bronte and Bronte was born as I said in Yorkshire in 1820 and she died in 18-49 from tuberculosis very young like her sisters she was a governess as well as a novelist and a poet she wrote and published two novels during her lifetime one is Agnes gray and one is the 10th of warfare Hall both of these I really loved I think the tender fuava Hall is a much more ambitious novel and Agnes gray Agnes gray is about a governess and then she meets a man it's kind of nice and bits of it feel a bit kind of Austin II but with the kind of work ethic in it in a way or a kind of exploration of being of a slightly lower class than most the characters in Austin in that sense of character is crazy governess and it does deal with the kind of difficulties that governesses could face in Victorian society but it's kind of a much more straightforward narrative and the technical four-hole is a much more complicated novel really fascinating in terms of exploring for Korean gender roles and the kind of dynamics between men and women and the kind of institution of marriage basically the sense of character in the tenth Welfare Hall gets sort of trapped into a marriage with a man who is very drunk and very abusive and the novel explores that and a really interesting and complicated way it's also kind of influenced by lots of Gothic stuff thing and it's a shame that an Bronte gets a bit forgotten in comparison to how the sisters because I think her novels are really brilliant Bronte so Charlotte brontΓ« was born again in Yorkshire in 1816 she died in 1855 still quite young even though she did survive both of her sisters she died in childbirth she don't even married about a year Charlotte Bronte has four novels which were written during her lifetime the professor I believe was only published after her death even though it's the first one she wrote and then the novels published during her lifetime were Jane Eyre of course very very famous Follette which is very very brilliant and should be as famous as Jane Eyre because it's wonderful and also surely I haven't read surely but I'm hoping to within the next month Tina and Villette and the professor a bit like Agnes gray explore kind of what it's like to be a teacher or a governess and I think Charlotte and both of their work do in a really interesting way with what it is like to be a woman who is neither working-class or sort of middle or upper class to be a governess or a teacher is quite a kind of not genius but it's a complicated position within Victorian society and I love the way the Bronte's explore that kind of social tension as well as dealing with kind of gothic influences and overtones of the supernatural and ghosts and that sort of thing I think yeah their dog works but they're also kind of realistic books in the same way in a great way so Emily Bronte Emily Bronte was born in 1818 in Yorkshire and she died in 1848 she again died very sadly there a young from tuberculosis like her sister and although like her sisters she did write some poetry she only wrote one novel during her lifetime and that was the wonderful weathering Heights which is one of my favorite books of all time easily in my top five books of all time it's just brilliant I love it so much it's just it's weird and I understand why a lot of people don't like it and it's got a weird clarity structure which is like a story within the story within a story but I I just love it I think it's brilliant and so powerful and I love that I hate everyone in it but I also sit besides with them completely and understand them and that is I think one of the most powerful things you can do in literature the Bronte's is great also an important thing to note about the three Bronte sisters all of them did not publish under their own names they all published under pseudonyms they published under the names act and courier and Ellis Bell so it's quite interesting to note that they will publish under pseudonyms that were kind of gender neutral and a lot of people did assume that their books were written by men especially stuff like whether Heights the deals get a lot of violence and there's a lot of violent imagery in people at the time and I couldn't possibly everything that and also that they all chose to keep the same surname they want the association between their works which i think is kind of nice and interesting and a lot of people actually speculated that the books were by the same person which is another interesting fact about the Bronte's anyway next water next Edward bulwer-lytton now this is another author I don't know that much about I haven't read anything by Edward bulwer-lytton was born in Norfolk in 1803 and he died in Torquay in 1873 he was a politician and also a very popular novelist during the Victorian period a lot of people enjoyed his books they sold very very well but he's one of those Victorian Walters that has been a little bit forgotten and his works haven't quite made it into the Canon and I think at times critics have been a little bit dismissive of his style I have actually read anything by him I really would like to because I'm genuinely quite curious I know he wrote a lot of kind of satire and witty novels and some kind of crime novels but although some of the books that we remember and still hold up from the Victorian period like you know authors like Dickens or George Ellie and Hardy they did so really well but there were also a lot of authors who were selling so many novel than the Victorian period and have kind of been forgotten about and I think even if they're not like the greatest literary works ever which they like me I don't know I haven't read them it's still really interesting to read them to get a sense of what people in the Victorian period liked to read I would certainly like to read something about every bollock he was actually the author that came up with that opening sentence it was a dark and stormy night which is the first sentence on his novel Paul Clifford next briefly we didn't talk about Samuel Butler another author who I'm afraid I know very little about he was born in Nottingham sure in 1835 and he died in London in 1902 it's most famous what is called air horn I think I'm saying it wrong it's nowhere backwards and it's a kind of satire utopian thing it is apparently a bit like Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift I wasn't a massive fan of none of those travels I don't know if I would like Samuel Butler's heir whom because it is a kind of Victorian version or Victorian take on Gulliver's Travels or if I would not like it because it's apparently quite similar to Gulliver's Travels in terms of its style and code I don't know anyway I'm sure I'll find out at some point because I would like to read it he's been considered quite an important and significant author in terms of the development of kind of dystopian utopians science fiction stuff anyway next author always very important of course to mention at Lewis Carroll Lewis Carroll was born in Cheshire in 1832 he died in Surrey in 1898 I've only read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland I haven't read through the looking-glass because I read a vengeance in Wonderland on Kindle before I got this copy so I'm gonna read Alice Through the Looking Glass at some point this year I really loved Alice's Adventures in Wonderland it was so weird in a kind of just just wonderful way in a kind of what the hell is going on do I care no I don't care kind of way it's it's brilliant and it's odd and it's really interesting if you look at Alice in Wonderland in terms of Victorian literature it is so so different from the kind of realism of trollop and Hardy and kissing and all of those people but in authors like Dickens who is obsessed with kind of coincidences and overtones at the supernatural who has these kind of exaggerated overtly eccentric characters you can kind of see a meeting between Victorian realism and the nonsense writing of Alice in Wonderland I think I think that's that's a really interesting seeing in Victorian literature's that you have all these kind of interests coming in from various angles next like to talk about Willy Collins well he Collins was born in London in 1824 and died still in London in 1898 he was a good friend of Charles Dickens which is something I obviously find quite interesting as a Dickens obsessive and Wade Collins has quite interesting literary career he's often been considered one of the sort of fathers of the detective novel and a kind of mystery writing fiction certainly the main stone and the woman in white which are the only two dollars of his I've read both deal quite heavily with the kind of detective driven plot structured they also make use of multiple narrators in a way that I find really really interesting I love both of these I read them both when I was a teenager and I haven't read anything by him since as it just Shang's I really enjoyed both of them so I'm really hoping to pick up some more with Collins in the future he has a really engaging narrative style and I like the way his books deal with issues of truth and who you can trust and that kind of thing and also the woman in white deals quite interesting Lee with like Victorian perceptions of mental illness and that sort of thing which I think is quite interesting there's also some really great class stuff in his writing especially in the moonstone actually there's one of the characters in moonstone one of the narrators is a servant and the way he views or the upper classes is really really interesting and he has this moment where he talks about like the hobbies of um young women and men from the upper classes because they're they're really bored because they don't have work and he kind of reflects under what that means for how they behave and their kind of concerns in life in comparison to him because he's always occupied with work and it's just like a really interesting reflection on the recurring classes then yeah lots of interesting stuff as well as all their like mystery gripping stuff yeah it's great anyway need to rework columns next sawed-off the corn oil yes I am wearing a different pot I was editing my video and I suddenly realized that I'd skipped someone on my list that I thought this is terrible I have to mention souther Conan Doyle so Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859 and he died in Sussex in 1930 he is most famous of course for being the creator of Sherlock Holmes and writing and many detective stories he was kind of the beginnings in a way or for detective fiction him and Willy Collins and some aspects some of the crime plot lines in Dickens really form at the beginning of a tradition of detective fiction in English literature which obviously makes the avocado Doyle very very interesting they didn't just write detective fiction he also wrote kind of adventure stories and some kind of travel stories the only things I have read of his a few Sherlock Holmes short stories and also the lost world which is not a Victorian novel it's something he wrote after the Victorian period but obviously his creation of Sherlock Holmes and his detective fiction during the Victorian period is very influential and very important back to pass Katie next let's quickly talk about Joseph Conrad when I first wrote my list of Victorian novelists I forgot to include him because I kind of I never think of him as Victorian because he's so near the end of the Victorian period and also he was born in Poland but he didn't live in Britain for a substantial amount his life I need a write in English so I feel like he still counts as a Victorian writer Joseph Conrad was born in 1857 he was born in a place that had previously been part of Poland is now part of Ukraine and was at the time when he was born part of the Russian Empire however he moved in his life to Britain and spent a lot of his life in Britain and was a British citizen by the time of his death and quite a lot of his life he died in Kent in 1924 and one of his most famous books the only one I have read is this one which is half darkness which were published in 1898 I believe heart of darkness is a really interesting book it's set mostly in the Congo and it's about kind of the British Empire and the effects of imperialism on the rest the world and its effect both on like sort of what's physically going on but also on like people's sanity and the way people perceive things it's a really really interesting book and I feel like I don't quite understand it and I need to kind of return to Conrad and read something else by him but anyway and the next author is of course my favorite – my love for Charles Dickens I was gonna try and hold up even more Dickens books than this but I have so many it was just just the losing battle so there we go yes the Dickens books I have many right Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth in 1812 and he died in Basra in Kent in 1817 he published fourteen completed novels during his lifetime along with a lot of short works and short stories including his very famous Christmas books which have gone on to be very widely celebrated Charles Dickens is probably I would say the most famous Victorian novelist he was one of the most famous novelist you in his own time as well and he was very very popular he was so much beloved he had like a massive kind of celebrity about him in a really interesting way that I was kind of rising in a new manner in the Victorian period you know he travelled the country and the world he went to America and all Paris and all sorts of other places reading extracts from his novels and people people loved him so much if you want to know more about Dickens there's plenty of stuff on my channel plenty of places you can learn about Dickens please Glo go check out my what the Dickens series in which I spoke about each of Dickens's novels for about ten minutes each over two weeks there was a lot of a lot of Dickens there's a lot to say about Charles Dickens is significant as a literary figure in a Victorian period I think one of the most important things to say is that he was a great social critic and most of his books I would say all of his books have not exactly a social agenda that he is criticizing certain things about Victorian society and I think Dickens has been criticized for a lot he's pointing out what was wrong with the Victorian society without ever offering any kind of real solution apart from let's all love each other but I kind of I kind of understand that because that's how I feel about the world a lot of the time like that's what my politics is I think everything is wrong let's all just be happy and nice which isn't how you solve problems but I kind of love that about Dickens that there is there is a lot of anger and despair at society in Dickens but there's also a deep love for and hope in humanity which makes me very happy because Dickens is great even a lot of very interesting novels in their structure there are a lot of very long novels with a lot of different characters and a lot of ending props which is something that becomes very popular in the Victorian period and Dickens was really a bit of a champion of he's also very interesting in terms of the beginnings of detective fiction inspector bucket in Bleak House is said to be one of the earliest detectives in English literature and I think books like the house and Charles Dickens is interesting crimes only influenced his friend will he Collins and or later writers like guessing I think also a very interesting writer in terms of overall Victorian scene in the way that he kind of brings together that interested in kind of gothic and the supernatural with this kind of realism and this desire to criticize what's going on in society and to talk about like real social issues bring out some really interesting mix I'm something that was quite important in the tour industry anyway that's the briefest thing I've ever said about Charles Dickens let's move on quickly before I go on a tangent next we know that Benjamin Disraeli Disraeli was born and died in London he was born in 1804 and lived until 1881 he was a politician and the Prime Minister and a novelist again the Victorian period was cool he was Prime Minister twice and he was also a novelist he was publishing novels while he was an MP and in fact in between his two Sprint's as Prime Minister he also published another novel so he was still like a novelist of all he was a politician isn't that just great I'm sorry I just think that's really fun he's a very intriguing character Disraeli actually completely aside from his novels I think he's a really fascinating political figure and a fascinating historical figure one of the most interesting in the Victorian period when he was young he was a radical and he modeled his lifestyle and his clothing choice on Lord Byron and he wore like really eccentric clothes in the Benjamin Disraeli went on to be a Conservative MP and minister he was also quite an interesting figure in he was ethnically Jewish although he had converted to Christianity a young age and for someone who was definitely Jewish to end up being Prime Minister in Victorian society that was quite a big deal really because of his interest in politics and his position and the position that he held in society the Israelis novels are often quite political and they often are kind of carrying a certain particular agenda I've only read one of his books Sybil all the two nations which is probably his most famous book although consoling me and lo there I don't entirely know how to say either of them they are both also quite well known and to that I would really like to read I've actually really enjoyed Sybil I read it quite recently you know Benjamin Disraeli books they do quite heavily with how difficult life is for all of the working classes in the 19th century and he deals quite interestingly with kind of industrialization and what's going on in them especially in the north of England but at the same time there's also this kind of paternalistic feeling of oh they don't know what's best for them but their lives are hard and it's kind of a it's their problematic but they're really interesting historically and I also found Sybil just quite a good novel to read I liked so the characters were good and the plot was good a knife I loved it yeah anyway benjamin disraeli fashion novelist that i thought he might be next another very significant author during the Victorian period and that is George Eliot now George Eliot I have such mixed feelings about George Eliot I have for two of her books these ones of Silas Marner I'm Middlemarch there are many more I would like to read I would love love love to read Daniel Deronda I really want to read it and I really want to read mill on the floss as well which I'm possibly going to read in the next month we will see what happens I have so many other books I want to read George Eliot is a pen name her actual name was Miriam Evans she was born in Berkshire in 1819 she died in Middlesex in 1882 joy wrote a lot of social criticism novels and she was more embedded in realism I would say than Dickens even though both of them are critiquing certain things about society George Eliot's novels have a much more realistic bent you know when you read Charles Dickens it's like you're being told a story there is this kind of storytelling voice that's carrying you through George Eliot is more like she's trying to set out a portrait of society the subtitle of mid-march is even a study of provincial life and there is something about George Eliot's writing now Thea was a bit like a study which is maybe the reason why I haven't gotten with her that well because I feel like I lack emotional engagement when I read George Eliot Minnie March I liked from about here but it's a very long book to take 600 pages to get into they appreciate what she's trying to do I think she's a fascinating writer and very very important within the Victorian literary scene the way she examines problems of the Victorian society especially in kind of like a small town environment the way she examines both like how politics operates things about gender things about marriage things about people's idea of what they should be doing with their lives in Victorian society stuff about morality and age and science and so much stuff like she deals a lot of fascinating themes and like the characters are really rich for her writing of style is for me not that good and for me like when Charles Dickens does the grand Victorian novel with many characters he switches between the characters in a way that keeps you forever engaged whereas for me with George Eliot she just gives you like 200 page block of one character who might be the character you don't like and then it's kind of boring but yeah I need to read more by George Eliot before I completely judge her I think she's yeah very important I respect her work more than I like it at the moment but that made in the future anyway I think that will do for now for the first of this two-part video because I don't want it to get too long because that's been a lot of authors and a lot of information to shoot you so this has been Victorian authors from A to E that doesn't sound like very far I promise it's just because there are a lot of Victorian novelists whose surname the game would like B C and D this is halfway through my list I don't know how that happened it's really really random I think it's the Bronte's the Bronte's have excused things I'll be back on Thursday with another video back next Monday with the second half of this video to talk about all the more Victorian novelists all the other important people who are writing books during the Victorian period oh there were so many I'm excited don't forget to let me know what you thought down in the comments if you have read any of these authors if you have read anything by the authors I haven't read anything by I would really appreciate any recommendations or that sort of thing and yes I will see you very soon

24 thoughts on “How to Speak Victorian – The Novelists, Part 1

  1. You might like to read King Leopold's Ghost, non-fiction about Belgium's colonization of the Congo. I read that and haven't read Heart of Darkness, but Heart of Darkness is discussed in it.

  2. Did the Victorians use to be interested in History? Any good books on England or U.K. history written by a true Victorian?

  3. The How to Speak Victorian is a very informative series of videos, Katie. I hope you enjoy Middlemarch more the next time you read it. I think you appreciate a well written love story, and there are two in Middlemarch. There are three marriages that are less than ideal.
    I like the 1994 BBC production of Middlemarch. Watching professional actors bring to life the characters and dialogue Eliot created helped me appreciate the complexity and the beauty of the story.
    As a Dickens fan, you may have already read that he had determined by reading an early story she wrote, that the writer George Eliot was actually a woman.
    https://www.brainpickings.org/2013/11/22/charles-dickens-fan-mail-george-eliot/

  4. It amazes me how all the Bronte sisters were writers. It feels as if it ran in their family. I've gotten some of their novels and hope to get more soon.

  5. Hi, I'm pretty new to your channel and I'm working my way through your videos and have to say that I'm enjoying them very much.
    I thought that Charlotte Bronte died from the effects of hyperemesis gravidarum, I don't think she lived far enough into her pregnancy to die in childbirth?
    It's frightening to think that pregnant women at this time died from a condition that although still serious to pregnant ladies today, can now be treated. We don't realise how lucky we are. I love a lot of things from the Victorian period, but health care isn't one of them!
    Keep up the good work! xx

  6. Daniel Deronda is my favorite novel of hers. I highly recommend it!

  7. Kate which one would you recommend more of Collins novels the woman in white or the moonstone ? I am currently reading the woman in white, and I am curious to know which one of the two you like more.

  8. I hope you like Lady Audley's Secret when you get to it 😊 I read it as one of my two Victorian lit courses at uni and really enjoyed it! Loving this series πŸ™‚

  9. I am OBSESSED with your channel atm, a booktuber talking eloquently about Victorian authors and Jane Austen non-stop is basically all I have been needing in life.

    Eliot is my favourite Victorian writer, I still have two of her novels (Romola and Felix Holt) yet to read only because I don't want to run out.

  10. omg, you are, as always, overwhelming. I envy that energy and mass of knowledge of yours.

  11. Another enjoyable video, thanks. Dickens only wrote 14 novels, lazy bugger!!! You have certainly encouraged me to read more Dickens – I have 9 novels to go – so I might aim for 2 a year. Due to your inspiration I am reading Anne Bronte's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and enjoying it. Must say I cannot recall a Victorian novelist I haven't liked. Gissing's New Grub Street is a very good read.

  12. I am reading Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte. It is quite interesting. I also hope to read Shirley by Charlotte Bronte this year because it's the last of the industrial novels I intend to read (but maybe Sybil belongs on the list too). I recently finished Daniel Deronda. It's a book with two very different strands. I was very intrigued by some articles I read afterwards that explained why the heroine was like she was.

  13. Lovely job as always! Lorna Doone is definitely my top priority. I've started and not finished The Woman in White and the Moonstone and I don't know why!

  14. I liked how when you were talking about Eliot you couldn't help talking about Dickens πŸ˜› You just can't help yourself! And rightly so πŸ™‚

  15. Where's Arnold Bennett?!!!!?? (Joking xD)

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton & Samuel Butler were wholly unknown to me if I may say so; thank you for the discovery.

    I might venture to say that I think the Bronte pseudonyms were more masculine oriented than neutral, since well, you know women authors were quite discriminated by some. I can feebly recollect reading Currer and Acton as male names at least once.

    I've read somewhere too, although I wouldn't swear on it, that Wilkie Collins was friends with Dickens in order for the latter's popularity to rub a bit on the former, but who knows. That's some serious Victorian gossip for you Katie right here!

    Cramming the Victorian novelists in two videos is rather a bold move from you, and you have only reached 'E'! Gosh, there are so many Victorians out of prints these days.

    I may recommend Elliot's 'The Mill on the Floss' if you want more of her. You're right though, she is hit-and-miss at times.

    Can't wait for next week and wish you well!! (Sorry for late comment)

  16. I just love this series and all the wonderful things you have to say. You know so much about classic literature, it amazes me! I can't wait to watch your next video πŸ™‚

  17. 2 parts & only get to E in the 1st? Wait until Gissing, Gaskell et al hear about this! πŸ˜€

  18. So I think I am a bit addicted to buddy reading at the moment but if you do end up reading Daniel Deronda soon I actually only got 60 pages into it back in January and would love to read it with you (if you don't end up wanting to read it soon that is cool too). I also need an excuse to finally read Lady Audley's Secret if you have any interest in buddy reading that (anytime, doesn't need to be soon). Kaley from Books for MKs raves about No Name by Wilkie Collins if you are trying to figure out what book of his to read next. I wanna re-read AIW and TTLG before the new movie comes out πŸ™‚ Please say Gaskell will be in your Part 2? excellent video! I love when you make super long videos about Victorian literature πŸ˜€

  19. Aha! I'm happy to see I've read some things here and am definitely looking forward to more. πŸ˜‰ I'm also sort of iffy about Eliot as one of her novels was not as good and the other (Silas Marner) feels very basic. Given that you've devoured Charles Dickens' beasts', your struggle with Middlemarch does not bode well for me haha. πŸ˜‰

  20. such an interesting video again Katie. thankyou. I've read all the Bronte girls novels, but apart from Jane Eyre ( which I have read fairly recently) and wuthering heights which I studied for my ba, I can't remember a thing about them. I think I read them as a late teen while I studied my a-levels and that was 20 yrs ago. I have them all on my shelf so I think I need to add them to my huge tbr list.

  21. Loving this series- great to hear about some lesser-known Victorian authors πŸ™‚

  22. I have Lorna Doone on my shelf. I don't know what it is about this book but ever since childhood I have been fascinated by it! Again I don't know why I have no idea what the story is about I just have an attraction to the book! I have the same fascination with Tess of the d'urbevilles too, although I do know that story and love it. Wind in the willows was one in childhood where I had to have multiple copies of! I adored toad and the adventures he got into! Great video by the way! I can't wait until next week!!!

  23. I studied several of these authors in small snippets for my classes a decade ago and I'm now wishing you had been the teacher because, honestly, many of them were so difficult to keep straight and get through…I feared for my grade (I actually made almost an A in that class…but it was difficult and involved more note cards than my first novel…)

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