Best Books of the 18th Century

The best books published during the 18th century (January 1st, 1701 through December 31st 1800).

See also
Most Rated Book By Year

Best Books By Century:
21st, 20th,
19th, 18th, 17th, 16th, 15th,14th, 13th, 12th, 11th, 10th,
9th, 8th, 7th, 6th, 5th, 4th

Best Books by Decade
2010-2019, 2000-2009,
1990-1999, 1980-1989, 1970-1979, 1960-1969, 1950-1959,
1940-1949, 1930-1939, 1920-1929, 1910-1919, 1900-1909,
1890-1899, 1880-1889, 1870-1879, 1860-1869, 1850-1859,
1840-1849, 1830-1839, 1820-1829, 1810-1819, 1800-1809

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80,000 to 99,999 - 100,000 to 199,999 - 200,000 to 499,999 - 500,000 to 999,999
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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 (Lioness at Large) (last edited Sep 20, 2009 10:10AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) ... 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 (Lioness at Large) 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.


message 17: by Wyatt (new)

Wyatt Did any of these books have a copy or transcript of the Declaration of Independence within them?


message 18: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Checked for duplicates: 4 books removed.


message 19: by Shayna (new)

Shayna Great list.
I was surprised to see that these books were overlooked:

1. "Justine" by the Marquis de Sade, 1791, and "Philosophy in the Bedroom", 1795. I understood that Nietzsche found these works enlightening and influential, so I read them too. At the very least, the female protagonists are like no others in 18th C lit.

and...
2. "The Fable of the Bees" by Bernard Mandeville, 1714
3. "De l'esprit (On Mind)" by Claude Adrien Helvétius, 1758


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You could, of course, add them yourself. (You add them at the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes.")


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