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1 Gulliver's Travels
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2 Candide
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3 Robinson Crusoe
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4 The Sorrows of Young Werther
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5 Les Liaisons Dangereuses
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6 Songs of Innocence and of E...
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7 The History of Tom Jones, a...
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8 Common Sense, The Rights of...
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9 The Decline and Fall of the...
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10 Moll Flanders
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11 The Rime of the Ancient Mar...
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12 The Autobiography of Benjam...
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13 The Life and Opinions of Tr...
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14 The Constitution of the Uni...
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15 A Vindication of the Rights...
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16 The Federalist Papers
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17 A Modest Proposal and Other...
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18 Jacques the Fatalist
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18 The Wealth of Nations: An I...
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20 The Declaration of Independ...
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21 The Marriage of Heaven and ...
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22 The Social Contract
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23 The Rape of the Lock
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24 Confessions
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25 The Castle of Otranto
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26 Evelina
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27 An Enquiry Concerning Human...
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28 Fanny Hill, or Memoirs of a...
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29 A Modest Proposal
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30 The Age of Reason
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31 A Journal of the Plague Year
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32 Common Sense
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33 Emile: Or On Education
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34 Rights of Man
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35 Lyrical Ballads
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36 The Mysteries of Udolpho
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37 Clarissa, or, the History o...
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38 The Monk
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39 Reflections on the Revoluti...
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40 The Life of Samuel Johnson
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41 She Stoops to Conquer
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42 The Vicar of Wakefield
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43 Pamela. Or, Virtue Rewarded
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44 Die Räuber
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45 Vathek
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46 Wilhelm Meister's Apprentic...
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47 Roxana
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48 A Dictionary of the English...
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49 Groundwork of the Metaphysi...
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50 Notes on the State of Virginia
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51 L'Ingenu
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52 Cecilia
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52 A Sentimental Journey
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54 The Beggar's Opera
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55 New Science
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56 Zadig
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57 Encyclopedie 1
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58 The Rivals
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59 Micromegas
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60 Prolegomena to Any Future M...
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61 Equiano's Travels: The Inte...
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62 Principles of Human Knowled...
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63 The Nun
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64 An Essay on Criticism
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65 The History of Rasselas, Pr...
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65 Critique of Pure Reason
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67 A Treatise of Human Nature
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68 Kabale und Liebe
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69 Mary & The Wrongs of Woman ...
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70 A Philosophical Enquiry int...
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71 The Theory of Moral Sentiments
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72 Manon Lescaut
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73 Don Karlos: Infant von Spanien
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74 Camilla
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74 A Journey to the Western Is...
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76 School for Scandal
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77 De historie van mejuffrouw ...
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78 Paul et Virginie
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79 The Expedition of Humphry C...
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80 The Servant of Two Masters
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81 Joseph Andrews
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82 Le jeu de l'amour et du hasard
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82 The Adventures of Baron Mün...
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84 The Lives of the Poets: Box...
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85 The Spirit of the Laws
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86 The Romance of the Forest
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86 Het Wederzyds Huwelyks Bedr...
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88 Four Comedies
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88 Безумный день, или Женитьба...
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88 Life of Richard Savage
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91 The Beaux' Stratagem
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92 The Italian
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93 Dialogues Concerning Natura...
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94 An apology for the life of ...
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95 Jonathan Wild
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96 The Novices of Sais: With i...
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97 The Adventures of Roderick ...
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98 The Sylph
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99 Strange Tales from a Chines...
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99 Dialogue Between a Priest a...
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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)


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