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The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding
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Tom Jones is one of the great pioneering novels of English literature. This may not seem apparent at first. There is some dispute about whether Henry Fielding and Samuel Richardson were really the first English novelists, but certainly it was they wh ...more
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The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
The Way of All Flesh
by Samuel Butler
read in January, 2017
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To a certain extent, most great works of literature are an attempt by the author to convert their personal experiences into universal principles. Indeed, this is probably true of a good deal of popular fiction, and a large amount of non-fiction (poet ...more
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Middlemarch by George Eliot
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Jonathan Wild by Henry Fielding
Jonathan Wild
by Henry Fielding
read in January, 2017
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In the first half of the eighteenth-century, two prominent Englishmen acquired a reputation of great notoriety. One of these was Robert Walpole, the first British statesman to be called prime minister. This was not in fact an honorary title, but an i ...more
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Middlemarch by George Eliot
Middlemarch
by George Eliot
read in January, 2017
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Middlemarch is one of the most understated books in Victorian literature. Here there will be found no overblown melodrama or Gothic adventure. There are few deaths, and none of them mawkish and eccentric. There is only one act that could be considere ...more
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Middlemarch by George Eliot
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Joseph Andrews / Shamela by Henry Fielding
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Few great books can have inspired two other great works of literature that were written for the purpose of ridiculing it. There can also be few works of literature that helped to inspire another author of conservative leanings to contribute towards o ...more
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The History of Mr. Polly by H.G. Wells
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H G Wells might be said to be the author of the common man. This description may seem extraordinary since he is mostly famous for writing about extraordinary events. However while Wells’ sci-fi is often the tale of extraordinary things happening to o ...more
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The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
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Arthur Conan Doyle was a remarkable man in many ways. He was a popular writer. He was a doctor. He was a footballer and cricketer. He was a political campaigner, and stood for election twice. He even engaged
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