View Poll Results: What is your fav book of the 1890s?

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  • Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Grey

    3 50.00%
  • Arthur Conan Doyle - The Sign of Four

    1 16.67%
  • Henrik Ibsen - Hedda Gabler

    1 16.67%
  • Thomas Hardy - Tess of the d'Urbervilles

    2 33.33%
  • George R. Gissing - New Grub Street

    2 33.33%
  • Arthur Conan Doyle - The White Company

    1 16.67%
  • Arthur Conan Doyle - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    1 16.67%
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman - The Yellow Wallpaper

    3 50.00%
  • George Grossmith - The Diary of a Nobody

    1 16.67%
  • Karl May - Winnetou

    1 16.67%
  • George R. Gissing - The Odd Women

    1 16.67%
  • Lewis Carroll - Sylvie and Bruno

    1 16.67%
  • Mark Twain - Pudd'nhead Wilson

    1 16.67%
  • Anthony Hope - The Prisoner of Zenda

    2 33.33%
  • George Bernard Shaw - Arms and the Man

    1 16.67%
  • H.G. Wells - The Time Machine

    2 33.33%
  • Oscar Wilde - The Importance of Being Earnest

    2 33.33%
  • Rudyard Kipling - The Jungle Book

    1 16.67%
  • H.G. Wells - The Island of Dr. Moreau

    1 16.67%
  • Anton Chekhov - The Seagull

    1 16.67%
  • Sarah Orne Jewett - The Country of the Pointed Firs

    1 16.67%
  • Bram Stoker - Dracula

    3 50.00%
  • H.G. Wells - The Invisible Man

    1 16.67%
  • Edmond Rostand - Cyrano de Bergerac

    1 16.67%
  • H.G. Wells - The War of the Worlds

    2 33.33%
  • Henry James - The Turn of the Screw

    2 33.33%
  • Knut Hamsun - Victoria

    1 16.67%
  • Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness

    3 50.00%
  • Kate Chopin - The Awakening

    2 33.33%
  • E. Nesbit - The Story of the Treasure Seekers

    1 16.67%
  • Otter

    0 0%
  • This list is too Anglophone

    0 0%
  • I refuse to subject literature to a popularity contest for highbrow reasons

    0 0%
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    Tolstoy, Father Sergius
    Kate Chopin, The Awakening
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
    Tess of the D'Urbervilles
    The Yellow Wallpaper
    The Turn of the Screw
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    Damn, I forgot Jude the Obscure...possibly partly because I was trying to limit the selection. I deliberately omitted poetry and factual works but there's no reason people can't nominate them!
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    Heart of Darkness
    The Importance of Being Earnest
    You seek a great fortune, you three who are now in chains. You will find a fortune, though it will not be the one you seek.
    But first you must travel a long and difficult road, a road fraught with peril.
    You shall see things, wonderful to tell. You shall see a... cow... on the roof of a cotton house. And, oh, so many startlements.
    I cannot tell you how long this road shall be, but fear not the ob-stacles in your path, for fate has vouchsafed your reward.
    Though the road may wind, yea, your hearts grow weary, still shall ye follow them, even unto your salvation
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iris View Post
    Heart of Darkness
    Should always be read alongside this: Chinua Achebe: "An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness'"
    “Let us forget with generosity those who cannot love us”
    ― Pablo Neruda

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    + Drama > Shaw, The Devil's Disciple; Strindberg, Miss Julie
    Not so much into poetry ...but let's say Swinburne and D'Annunzio from that period
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    None of them.

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    I voted The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds because, of all the books listed, only those 2 have I read. Haven't had a chance to get my hands on a copy of The Invisible Man yet. H.G. Wells kicked ass.

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    + The Golden Bough

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kim View Post
    Interesting article about racism in Heart of Darkness. It is disturbing when you encounter racism in older literature. I would call it the condescending variety of racism in HOD. Once at a thrift shop, I bought a beautifully bound old book about Vienna that was written in 1904. I was excited about my find, until I started reading it. Almost immediately, the author began a scathing description of the Jews and the Jewish ghettos in Vienna with such obvious hatred. For me, it was a glimpse at the mentality that allowed the holocaust.
    You seek a great fortune, you three who are now in chains. You will find a fortune, though it will not be the one you seek.
    But first you must travel a long and difficult road, a road fraught with peril.
    You shall see things, wonderful to tell. You shall see a... cow... on the roof of a cotton house. And, oh, so many startlements.
    I cannot tell you how long this road shall be, but fear not the ob-stacles in your path, for fate has vouchsafed your reward.
    Though the road may wind, yea, your hearts grow weary, still shall ye follow them, even unto your salvation
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pukq_XJmM-k

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    Dracula's a pretty good book.

    "The stake on which we fight is of balanced on life and death"- Van Helsing (paraphrase)

    I feel like a simpleton for having read barely any of these.

    EDIT: Also, I like how "Otter" is a choice.

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    It's my view that the 1890s were a rather rubbish time for literature and that even the H.G. Wells books can seem dated and somewhat tame. I would probably choose a Wilde or an Ibsen or the after-mentioned Jude the Obscure.
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