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message 1: by Mihaela (new)

Mihaela Every list with Dostoevsky and Tolstoy on the top is a favourite one.


message 2: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Removed the compendium volume 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass'. 'Alice' is already present and 'Looking-Glass' was not published until 1871 (see the 1870s list).

Checked for duplicates.


message 3: by J (new)

J The 19th Century was the Golden Age of Literature worldwide!


message 4: by Tristrom (new)

Tristrom Cooke There are a few chronological inexactitudes on the list:

_Consuelo_ by George Sand (1843)
_Carmilla_ by Sheridan Le Fanu (1872)
_The Flowers of Evil_ by Charles Baudelaire (1857) ... 1st edition. The 2nd edition with some extra poems was released 1861, but I'm not sure this counts.

There are also parts from some compendium volumes that hadn't been released in the 1860s

_Through the Looking Glass_ by Lewis Carroll (1871)
_The Dream of a Ridiculous Man_ by Dmitri Dostoyevsky (1877)


message 5: by Erin (last edited Oct 29, 2018 06:54PM) (new)

Erin According to Goodreads, The Life of Charlotte Brontë (#62 on the list) was published in 1857.


message 6: by Erin (new)

Erin Carmilla (#45 on the list) was published in 1872.


message 7: by Nisus (last edited Mar 05, 2020 02:53PM) (new)

Nisus there are so many masterpieces in this list that it's actually unfair to even think one is better than all the others, but Les Miserables and War and Peace should actually be #1 and #2, even if only for the sheer scope of their literary ambition.

Anyway, Crime and Punishment is also nothing short of great.


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