Best Books of the 18th Century
1 Gulliver's Travels
by
3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 128,239 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
2 Robinson Crusoe
by
3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 133,504 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
3 Candide
by
3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 113,743 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
4 The Sorrows of Young Werther
by
3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 32,631 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
5 Songs of Innocence and of E...
by
4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 20,493 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
6 Les Liaisons Dangereuses
by
4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 22,296 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
7 The Rime of the Ancient Mar...
by
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 27,817 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
8 The History of Tom Jones, a...
by
3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 18,385 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
9 Common Sense, The Rights of...
by
4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 10,481 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
10 Moll Flanders
by
3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 22,462 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
11 The Decline and Fall of the...
by
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 7,013 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
12 The Life and Opinions of Tr...
by
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 10,585 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
13 The Autobiography of Benjam...
by
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 23,786 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
14 A Vindication of the Rights...
by
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 7,140 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
15 The Constitution of the Uni...
by
4.52 of 5 stars 4.52 avg rating — 12,933 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
16 The Federalist Papers
by
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 19,652 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
17 A Modest Proposal and Other...
by
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 10,000 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
18 Jacques the Fatalist
by
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 3,116 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
19 The Declaration of Independ...
by
4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 13,884 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
20 The Wealth of Nations: An I...
by
3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 14,007 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
21 The Marriage of Heaven and ...
by
4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 4,597 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
22 The Social Contract
by
3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 18,860 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
23 The Rape of the Lock
by
3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 7,240 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
24 The Castle of Otranto
by
3.15 of 5 stars 3.15 avg rating — 9,198 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
25 Confessions
by
3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 3,379 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
26 Evelina
by
3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 7,204 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
27 An Enquiry Concerning Human...
by
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 8,480 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
28 The Monk
by
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 10,182 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
29 Fanny Hill, or Memoirs of a...
by
3.31 of 5 stars 3.31 avg rating — 5,609 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
30 Clarissa, or, the History o...
by
3.28 of 5 stars 3.28 avg rating — 4,325 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
31 The Mysteries of Udolpho
by
3.36 of 5 stars 3.36 avg rating — 7,240 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
32 Emile or On Education
by
3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 2,011 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
33 Lyrical Ballads
by
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 6,483 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
34 A Journal of the Plague Year
by
3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 2,676 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
35 Rights of Man
by
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 5,354 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
36 The Age of Reason
by
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 4,029 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
37 Common Sense
by
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 14,199 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
38 Die Räuber
by
3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 3,191 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
39 The Life of Samuel Johnson
by
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 1,827 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
40 She Stoops to Conquer
by
3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 5,241 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
41 The Vicar of Wakefield
by
3.43 of 5 stars 3.43 avg rating — 4,680 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
42 Reflections on the Revoluti...
by
3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 2,475 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
43 Groundwork of the Metaphysi...
by
3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 6,901 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
44 A Sentimental Journey
by
3.33 of 5 stars 3.33 avg rating — 2,436 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
45 Wilhelm Meister's Apprentic...
by
3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 885 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
46 Roxana
by
3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 1,893 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
47 Pamela. Or, Virtue Rewarded
by
2.65 of 5 stars 2.65 avg rating — 4,779 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
48 Critique of Pure Reason
by
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 14,103 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
49 L'Ingenu
by
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 839 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
50 Vathek
by
3.27 of 5 stars 3.27 avg rating — 2,372 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
51 Zadig
by
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 2,200 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
52 A Dictionary of the English...
by
4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 68 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
53 The Beggar's Opera
by
3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 1,491 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
54 New Science
by
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 336 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
55 Notes on the State of Virginia
by
3.43 of 5 stars 3.43 avg rating — 244 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
56 Prolegomena to Any Future M...
by
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 4,402 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
57 Cecilia
by
3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 1,817 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
58 Equiano's Travels: The Inte...
by
3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 4,271 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
59 The Rivals
by
3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 958 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
60 Faust: First Part
by
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 35,777 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
61 Kabale und Liebe
by
3.23 of 5 stars 3.23 avg rating — 2,554 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
62 Don Karlos: Infant von Spanien
by
3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 746 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
63 Encyclopedie 1
by
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 24 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
64 The Nun
by
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 2,700 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
65 Manon Lescaut
by
3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 4,682 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
66 Micromegas
by
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 1,136 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
67 The Servant of Two Masters
by
3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 534 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
68 A Treatise of Human Nature
by
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 6,157 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
69 Principles of Human Knowled...
by
3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 397 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
70 The History of Rasselas, Pr...
by
3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 2,610 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
71 An Essay on Criticism
by
3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 484 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
72 The Adventures of Baron Mün...
by
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 4,045 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
73 School for Scandal
by
3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 3,017 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
74 A Journey to the Western Is...
by
3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 306 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
75 Le jeu de l'amour et du hasard
by
3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 1,575 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
76 Mary & The Wrongs of Woman ...
by
3.41 of 5 stars 3.41 avg rating — 463 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
77 A Philosophical Enquiry int...
by
3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 721 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
78 The Theory of Moral Sentiments
by
4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 1,652 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
79 The Spirit of the Laws
by
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 2,176 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
80 Joseph Andrews
by
3.25 of 5 stars 3.25 avg rating — 2,631 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
81 Camilla
by
3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 1,094 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
82 De historie van mejuffrouw ...
by
3.0 of 5 stars 3.00 avg rating — 177 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
83 Paul et Virginie
by
3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 2,062 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
84 The Expedition of Humphry C...
by
3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 1,279 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
85 The Lives of the Poets: Box...
by
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 19 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
86 Four Comedies
by
4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 27 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
87 The Italian
by
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 2,264 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
88 An Apology for the Life of ...
by
3.3 of 5 stars 3.30 avg rating — 439 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
89 Jonathan Wild
by
3.32 of 5 stars 3.32 avg rating — 260 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
90 The Adventures of Roderick ...
by
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 571 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
91 The Romance of the Forest
by
3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 932 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
91 Het Wederzyds Huwelyks Bedr...
by
2.89 of 5 stars 2.89 avg rating — 18 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
93 Безумный день, или Женитьба...
by
3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 152 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
93 Life of Richard Savage
by
3.14 of 5 stars 3.14 avg rating — 49 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
95 The Beaux' Stratagem
by
3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 114 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
96 Dialogues Concerning Natura...
by
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 2,682 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
97 The Novices of Sais: With i...
by
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 75 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
98 Dream of the Red Chamber
by
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 1,550 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
99 The Female Quixote: or, the...
by
3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 1,166 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
100 The Man of Feeling
by
2.96 of 5 stars 2.96 avg rating — 677 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
flag this list (?)
133 books · 413 voters · list created June 20th, 2008 by deleted user.
100 likes · like
Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes.


Cindy
Cindy
6342 books
121 friends
R.
R.
944 books
25 friends
Roberta
Roberta
1160 books
115 friends
jessica juniper
jessica juniper
137 books
9 friends
Jennifer
Jennifer
1509 books
50 friends
Spider
Spider
716 books
38 friends
Aaron
Aaron
15 books
2 friends
Antoine
Antoine
948 books
133 friends

More voters…


Comments (showing 1-14 of 14) (14 new)

dateDown_arrow    newest »

message 1: by Aaron (new)

Aaron Boisvert Samuel Johnson and Denis Diderot are both unrecognized as 18th century authors. I don't think these restriction filters work very well.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The restriction filters definitely do not work very well. There have been several books I have been unable to add to the decades lists, that I KNOW were first published in the decade in question.


message 3: by Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) (last edited Sep 20, 2009 10:10AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) ... or century, for that matter -- and it gets even worse the farther back you go in history. Try adding Ben Jonson to the 16th and 17th century lists ... or Christine de Pizan to 15th century! Or Mary Wollstonecraft to this list, of course -- essentially any book where the "first published" notation on the respective book's page doesn't refer to the book's own/ real year of initial publication but the year of the first publication of the text edition in question.

That said, maybe this is in the process of being fixed, though. I was able to add an edition of Johnson's dictionary, as well as one book by Diderot.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I try to correct original publication dates when I see one that's way out of wack.


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) You have to be a Goodreads librarian to be able to do that, don't you? I realize of course that, with books being added to the database daily, this is probably a never ending task ...


message 6: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Sep 21, 2009 09:24AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Yes, I think you do have to be a GR Librarian.

Will have to take a look at the names you mentioned!

Edited to add: did a bit of pruning on dates of Ben Jonson, Christine de Pizan, and Mary Wollstonecraft.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads No problem. ;>


message 9: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Faust Part One wasn't published until 1806.


message 10: by Mel (new)

Mel Foster William Bartram's Travels Through North and South Carolina (1791) and Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible (1710)were published in the 1700s, but can't be voted on. Thanks!


message 11: by Mel (new)

Mel Foster Also The Journal of John Woolman (1774)


message 12: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Anony not a bad century at all!


message 13: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Checked for duplicates: 1 book removed.


message 14: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Checked for duplicates: 1 book removed.
Swift, 'A Modest Proposal', removed at #27: already present at #17.


back to top



Anyone can add books to this list.