Thursday, July 17, 2008

Book Recommendations

I'm starting a reading program and would like to focus on 18th and 19th century female writers such as Emily Bronte, Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, Emily Dickinson, etc. Please let me know if you have any suggestions as to books or other authors that would fit into the category. I think I'll start with Pride and Prejudice unless anyone has another suggestion...

Thanks for you advice.

7 comments:

Jack Turner said...

That is a great book for starting with! I just read Sense and Sensibility by the same author this year. I like her. I've watched Pride and Prejudice and it was a great movie (the A&E version)

Jack Turner said...

Have you read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley? It's a little bit easier than some of the other classics. I really liked it.

Jocelyn said...

Yes, I have read Frankenstein, but not in a long time. I think I'll add it to the list.

The A&E version of Pride and Prejudice was the inspiration for reading the book. I watched it just last week and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Chelsea said...

Yes that is a great version of P&P, but I am having a hard time getting through the book. My suggestion would be Jane Eyre, I think it is a great book, but one of my teachers thinks it is harder to understand than P&P.

Jocelyn said...

Well, Chelsea, we must be on the same page: I just bought P&P and Jane Eyre. Thanks for the suggestions. :D

Jocelyn said...

Here are some authors I'm considering:
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Amy Carmichael
Will Cather
Emily Dickinson
George Eliot
Flannery O'Conner
Beatrix Potter
Christina Rossetti
Dorothy L. Sayers
Gertrude Stein
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Edith Wharton

List from Great Women Authors: Their Lives and Their Literature by Smith & Carlson

Janet said...

Me and books...Pride and Prejudice is an excellent option--my favorite of Austen.

May I also recommend visiting this website (18th and 19th Century British Women Writers Association):
http://www.ipfw.edu/bwwa/index.html

On their links page, they have some bibliographies that might be helpful.

And, for some modern-day fun, try The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde (get your funny bone ready).

Also, Possession, by A.S. Byatt is a novel about modern students trying to research the lives of two Victorian poets. An interesting read from my BYU Contemporary English Lit classes.