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At the end of the 1800s, various lists were compiled of what was considered the best novels of the 1800s. Literary tastes have changed; some very famous 19th century novels are scarcely known today, most of the authors are completely unknown. Nevertheless, their novels are quite good. This list is alphabetical by author’s last name.
Author Book Title W. H. Ainsworth The Tower of London. Old St Paul’s. Windsor Castle. Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice. Sense and Sensibility. HonorÈ de Balzac Pere Goriot. J. M. Barrie A Window in Thrums. W. Besant and J . Rice The Golden Butterfly. Rolf Boldrewood Robbery Under Arms. M. E. Braddon Lady Audley’s Secret. Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre. Shirley. Hall Caine The Deemster. Henry Cockton Valentine Vox. Wilkie Collins The Woman in White. The Moonstone. J. Fenimore Cooper The Last of the Mohicans. The Pathfinder. The Prairie. F. Marion Crawford Mr Isaacs. Charles Dickens Martin Chuzzlewit. Nicholas Nickleby. The Old Curiosity Shop. Dombey and Son. Oliver Twist. Conan Doyle The Firm of Girdlestone. Alexandre Dumas The Three Musketeers. Twenty Years After. The Count of Monte Cristo. George Eliot Scenes of Clerical Life. Henry Fielding Tom Jones. Joseph Andrews. Mrs Gaskell Mary Barton. James Grant The Aide de Camp. The Romance of War. Bret Harte Gabriel Conroy. N. Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter. The House of the Seven Gables. O. W. Holmes Elsie Venner. Anthony Hope The Prisoner of Zenda. Thomas Hughes Tom Brown’s Schooldays. Victor Hugo Les MisÈrables. Toilers of the Sea. Notre Dame. Charles Kingsley Two Years Ago. Alton Locke. Hypatia. Henry Kingsley The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn. Rudyard Kipling Soldiers Three. George Lawrence Guy Livingstone. Charles Lever Harry Lorrequer. Charles O’Malley. E. Lynn Linton The Atonement of Leam Dundas. Samuel Lover Handy Andy. Rory O’More. Lord Lytton Last of the Barons. Night and Morning. Rienzi. The Caxtons. Captain Marryat The King’s Own. Peter Simple. Jacob Faithful. Midshipman Easy. George Meredith Diana of the Crossways. D. M. Muloch John Halifax, Gentleman. Ouida Under Two Flags. Charles Reade It is Never Too Late to Mend. Peg Woffington and Christie Johnstone. Hard Cash. Capt Mayne Reid The Headless Horseman. Amelie Rives Virginia of Virginia. Olive Schreiner The Story of an African Farm. Michael Scott Tom Cringle’s Log. Cruise of the Midge. H. Sienkiewicz Quo Vadis? Sir Walter Scott Rob Roy. The Bride of Lammermoor. Old Mortality. Kenilworth. Guy Mannering. Woodstock. The Talisman. Frank E. Smedley Frank Fairlegh. Tobias Smollett Roderick Random. Peregrine Pickle. Mrs F. A. Steel On the Face of the Waters. Laurence Sterne The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. H. B. Stowe Uncle Tom’s Cabin. R. S. Surtees Soapey Sponge’s Sporting Tour. Eugene Sue The Wandering Jew. W. M. Thackeray The History of Henry Esmond. The Newcomes. The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon. Count L. Tolstoy Anna Karenina. Anthony Trollope Orley Farm. Mrs H. Ward Robert Elsmere. D. C. L. Warren S. £10,000 a Year. E. Wetherell The Wide, Wide World. G. J. Whyte-Melville Market Harborough. Inside the Bar. Mrs Henry Wood East Lynne.