Realists and Romantics

American/British/Irish authors predominately active in the 1800s. (Introductory Post.)

  1. Edgeworth, Maria: Castle Rackrent (1800)
  2. Edgeworth, Maria: Belinda (1801)
  3. Austen, Jane:
    1. Northanger Abbey (published 1818, written 1798-99)*
    2. Sense and Sensibility (1811)*
    3. Pride and Prejudice (1813)*
    4. Mansfield Park (1814)*
    5. Emma (1816)*
    6. Persuasion (1818)*
  4. Scott, Sir Walter: Rob Roy (1817)
  5. Scott, Sir Walter: Ivanhoe (1820)
  6. Irving, Washington: The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. (1819-20)
  7. Cooper, James Fenimore: Last of the Mohicans (1826)
  8. Dickens, Charles:
    1. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (1836-37)
    2. The Adventures of Oliver Twist (1838)
    3. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1838-39)
    4. The Old Curiosity Shop (1840-41)
    5. David Copperfield (1850)
    6. Bleak House (1853)
    7. Little Dorrit (1855-57)
    8. A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
    9. Great Expectations (1861)*
  9. Dana Jr., Richard Henry:Two Years Before the Mast (1840)
  10. Brontë, Emily: Wuthering Heights (1847)
  11. Brontë, Anne: Agnes Grey (1847)
  12. Brontë, Anne: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848)
  13. Brontë, Charlotte: Jane Eyre (1847)*
  14. Brontë, Charlotte: Shirley (1849)
  15. Brontë, Charlotte: Villette (1853)*
  16. Hawthorne, Nathaniel:
    1. Tales and Sketches (various, TBD) (1837-53)
    2. The Scarlet Letter (1850)*
    3. The House of the Seven Gables (1851)
    4. The Blithedale Romance (1852)
    5. The Marble Faun (1860)
  17. Thackeray, William Makepeace: Vanity Fair(1847)*
  18. Gaskell, Elizabeth:
    1. Mary Barton (1848)
    2. Cranford (1853)
    3. Ruth (1853)
    4. North and South (1855)*
    5. Sylvia’s Lovers (1863)
    6. Wives and Daughters (1865)
  19. Melville, Herman: Moby-Dick (1851)
  20. Melville, Herman: The Piazza Tales (1856)
  21. Melville, Herman: Billy Budd (published 1924, written c. 1886-91)
  22. Stowe, Harriet Beecher: Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852)
  23. Brown, William Wells: Clotel (1853)
  24. Trollope, Anthony: The Warden (1855)
  25. Trollope, Anthony: He Knew He Was Right (1869)
  26. Trollope, Anthony: The Way We Live Now(1875)
  27. Eliot, George:
    1. Adam Bede (1859)
    2. The Mill on the Floss (1860)
    3. Silas Marner (1861)
    4. Middlemarch (1871-72)
    5. Daniel Deronda (1876)
  28. Mrs. Oliphant: The Doctor’s Family and other Stories (1861)
  29. Le Fanu, Sheridan: Uncle Silas (1864)
  30. Hardy, Thomas:
    1. Under the Greenwood Tree (1872)
    2. The Return of the Native (1878)
    3. Far from the Madding Crowd (1874)
    4. The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886)
    5. Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891)
    6. Jude the Obscure (1895)
  31. Twain, Mark:
    1. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876)
    2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885)*
    3. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889)
    4. Pudd’nhead Wilson (1894)
  32. James, Henry:
    1. The Portrait of a Lady (1881)
    2. What Maisie Knew (1897)
    3. The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Fiction (1878-1908)‡
    4. The Wings of the Dove (1902)
    5. The Ambassadors (1903)
  33. Wallace, Lew: Ben-Hur (1880)
  34. Howells, William Dean: A Modern Instance (1882)
  35. Howells, William Dean: The Rise of Silas Lapham (1885)
  36. Stevenson, Robert Louis: Treasure Island (1883)
  37. Stevenson, Robert Louis: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886)
  38. Stevenson, Robert Louis: Kidnapped (1886)
  39. Pater, Walter: Marius the Epicurean (1885)
  40. Haggard, H. Rider: King Solomon’s Mines (1885)
  41. Kipling, Rudyard: The Man Who Would be King (1888)
  42. Kipling, Rudyard: Captains Courageous (1897)
  43. Kipling, Rudyard: Kim (1901)
  44. Wilde, Oscar: The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)*
  45. Wilde, Oscar: Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892)
  46. Wilde, Oscar: The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)
  47. Gilman, Charlotte Perkins: “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1892)
  48. Crane, Stephen: The Red Badge of Courage (1895)
  49. Jewett, Sarah Orne: The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896)
  50. Chopin, Kate: The Awakening (1899)*
  51. Chopin, Kate: “Désirée’s Baby” (1893)
  52. Chopin, Kate: “The Story of an Hour” (1894)
  53. Chesnutt, Charles W.: Stories, Novels and Essays (1899-1901)
    1. The Conjure Stories (1887-1925; Norton Critical Edition 2012)

* Indicates a reread.
† Indicates read pre-blog and no reread is currently planned.
‡  Includes The Turn of the Screw, Daisy Miller*, Washington Square, The Beast in the Jungle, and The Jolly Corner

Last updated 16.01.2012

2 thoughts on “Realists and Romantics

    1. Thanks! Since I posted this, I’ve found quite a few other books I want to add–this could get lengthy!

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