Friday, September 19, 2008
18th and 19th Century Women Writers' Reading Challenge
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This reading challenge will be for all of 2009. Sign ups may begin early, but reading should not.
How many books? No fewer than four. No more than twelve. For example, you might want to read two books by authors from the eighteenth century (1700-1799) and two books by authors from the nineteenth century (1800-1899). Or you might want to read six books by authors from the 18th century, and six books by authors from the 19th century. You get the idea. Me being the *perfectionist* I am would stress the balance between the two. But I *know* that may be just me. So you may read in whatever proportion you like.
What books are allowed? If they're written by a woman who lived and wrote from 1700 to 1900, then they count. What books don't count...if an author was born during this time period, but didn't publish anything until the next century. Post-1900 books are NOT allowed. There is a small loophole here. If a book was written during these two centuries 1700-1900 and was not published until after the author's death...and that publication date just happened to be in the 1900s or 2000s...then that would count.
Here is a place where you can get ideas, but be careful, the list includes some authors who won't count. (See above.)
Celebration of Women Writers 1801-1900
Celebration of Women Writers 1701-1800
Timeframe...January 1rst 2009 to December 29th 2009
Overlaps with other challenges allowed.
My reading list:
18th century: Fanny Burney (Evelina, Cecilia) Ann Radcliffe (The Italian, The Romance of the Forest) Charlotte Lennox (The Female Quixote)
19th century: Elizabeth Gaskell (Ruth--if I can track down a copy!--Mary Barton, North and South, Cranford, Sylvia's Lovers) the Bronte sisters (maybe) Charlotte Mary Yonge (The Daisy Chain--if I can track down a copy!) Margaret Oliphant (Hester, Miss Majoribanks--if I can track down copies)
Participants so far:
Whiney (could be Whitney or Whit who joined last year too.)
Susan (Just Books)
Cowgirl in the City
The Land of Rozz
Jules' Book Reviews
Miss Daisy Anne
© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews