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


message 12: by Andrew (new)

Andrew 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.


message 15: by Cumant (last edited Dec 19, 2014 05:16PM) (new)

Cumant Micheline And why Beaumarchais with a Russian title ? I should have chosen "Le Barbier de Seville" or "Le mariage de Figaro".


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Cumant wrote: "And why Beaumarchais with a Russian title ? I should have chosen "Le Barbier de Seville" or "Le mariage de Figaro"."

What might fix that is to remove your vote, do a search of the database, not your shelves, and vote for the most popular edition, which I don't think is in Russian.


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