18th & 19th Women Writers

Initial sign up post here.

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)


7 responses to “18th & 19th Women Writers

  1. Count me in.
    Make a note for Sylvia’s Lovers it is the only book I’ve never been able to complete because of the accents of the characters. Let me know if you do read the book, maybe it will encourage me to read it again.
    I love your list, some of the writers I’ve not heard of; but I’m a big fan of Elizabeth Gaskell.

  2. I would also recommend Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho.

  3. Just a report to say I’ve finished Awakenings and Selected Stories by Kate Chopin and The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe. I enjoyed them but hesitate to rate them as they are outside my usual area of reading and I have no experience of what is good and what is not in this genre. I did find Radcliffe’s writing very calming as it slowed things down with descriptions of nature and internal dialogue quite a bit, which I always enjoy. And Chopin read almost as modern as if she’d written it today. I’m glad I joined the challenge, I may develop a taste for this stuff yet. 🙂

  4. I just finished The Awakening by Kate Chopin. My review can be found here:

  5. I just finished The Awakening by Kate Chopin. My review can be found here:

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