Friday, December 29, 2017

Year in Review: Victorian Classics

Novels by Anthony Trollope

  1. The Macdermots of Ballycloran. Anthony Trollope. 1847. 636 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  2. The Kellys and the O'Kellys. Anthony Trollope. 1848. 537 pages. [Source: Bought]
  3. La Vendee. Anthony Trollope. 1850. 512 pages. [Source: Bought]   
  4. The Warden. Anthony Trollope. 1855. Oxford World's Classics. 294 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  5. Barchester Towers. Anthony Trollope. 1857. 418 pages. [Source: Bought]
  6. The Three Clerks. Anthony Trollope. 1858. 648 pages. [Source: Bought]
  7. Doctor Thorne. Anthony Trollope. 1858. 639 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  8. The Bertrams. Anthony Trollope. 1859. 496 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  9. Castle Richmond. Anthony Trollope. 1860. 500 pages. [Source: Bought]
Novels by Henry James
  1. Watch and Ward. Henry James. 1871. 128 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  2. Roderick Hudson. Henry James. 1875. 398 pages. [Source: Bought]
  3. The American. Henry James. 1877. 400 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  4. The Europeans. Henry James. 1878. 192 pages. [Source: Bought]
  5. Confidence. Henry James. 1879. 224 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  6. Washington Square. Henry James. 1880. 288 pages. [Source: Bought]
  7. Portrait of a Lady. Henry James. 1881. 656 pages. [Source: Bought]
Novels by Charles Dickens
  1. Oliver Twist. Charles Dickens. 1838/1839. 608 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  2. A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens. 1843. 96 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  3. The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain. Charles Dickens. 1848. 100 pages. [Source: Bought]
  4. The Chimes. Charles Dickens. 1844. 116 pages. [Source: Bought]
  5. The Cricket on the Hearth. Charles Dickens. 1845. 84 pages. [Source: Bought]
  6. The Battle of Life. Charles Dickens. 1846. 88 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  7. Great Expectations. Charles Dickens. 1860. 640 pages. [Source: Library]   
Others:
  1. The Karamazov Brothers. Fyodor Dostoevsky. Translated by Ignat Avsey. 1880/2008. 1054 pages. [Source: Library]  
  2. The Adolescent. Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. 1875/2004. 647 pages. [Source: Library] 
  3. The Best Short Stories. Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Translated by David Magarshack. 2001. 320 pages. [Source: Library] 
  4. Uncle Tom's Cabin. Harriet Beecher Stowe. 1852. 438 pages. [Source: Bought]
  5. Adam Bede. George Eliot. 1859. 624 pages. [Source: Bought]
  6. Hide and Seek. Wilkie Collins. 1854. 384 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  7. The Wretched. Victor Hugo. Translated by Christine Donougher. 1862/2013. 1456 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  8. Camille. Alexandre Dumas, fils. 1848. Translated by Edmund Gosse. 254 pages. [Source: Library] 
  9. Camille: A Play in Five Acts. Alexandre Dumas, fils. Translated by Matilda Heron. 1852. 72 pages. [Source: Library]
  10. The Time Machine. H.G. Wells. 1895. Penguin. 128 pages. [Source: Bought] 

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