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The Main Characteristics of 19th Century Novels

Mostly created in Victorian period, many 19th century novels offered a very idealistic storyline: good characters were rewarded, and bad characters punished. These novels came from the middle-class people, which has become more prominent on this age thanks to the Industrial Revolution. The novels were flexible and adaptable to Victorian lifestyle, and things like moral instructions have been molded into them. Even though most of the novels are indeed very idealistic in nature, somehow they have a resemblance to the reality at that point.

Some famous names like Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Thomas Hardy made Victorian age to be remembered by novel readers as one of the greatest era in novel industry.

19th Century Novelists

Victorian Novels

  • Jane Austen
    • Growing up in a peaceful neighborhood, she wrote about calm pictures of society life.
    • She s notable for women’s point of view in life, which is considered to be very rare at that period.
    • She emphasizes on the importance of the family on her stories.
    • She is best known for Pride and Prejudice (a story about Elizabeth Bennet), Sense and Sensibility (telling tales of Elinor and Marianne), Northranger Abbey, and Emma (exploring the life of Miss Bates).
  • Mary Shelley
    • Wife of Percy Bysche Shelly, her work is considered to be the first attempt writing a science fiction genre.
    • Her works are the famous Frankenstein and The Last Man.
  • Sir Walter Scott
    • He is one of the best historical novelists in this period.
    • His works are The Talisman and Ivanhoe.
  • Charles Dickens
    • He is considered to be one of the greatest novelists of all time.
    • He offers his readers social commentaries and he is one of the fiercest critics in Victorian era, satirizing about poverty and social strata.
    • His famous works are Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, and A Christmas Carol.
  • William Makepeace Thackeray
    • He wrote satirical novels, criticizing the nobility.
    • He is most known for his work Vanity Fair.
  • Mary Ann Evans
    • Known for her pen name, George Elliot.
    • Her aim on using a male pen name is to make her readers take her works in a serious manner.
    • She is best known for Adam Bede and Middlemarch.
  • Charlotte Bronte
    • She wrote honest works about the women’s position in the society.
    • She is realistic, and her language is less formal than most of the Victorian novels.
    • Her works are Jane Eyre and Shirley.
  • Emily Bronte
    • Sister of Charlotte Bronte, she is considered to be genius among the Bronti Sisters.
    • Her immense and uncontrollable passions are her main specialty.
    • One of her famous works is Wuthering Heights.
  • Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Her most famous work, Cranford, lead her to be mistaken as a one-novel writer.
    • Besides Cranford, she also wrote North and South.
  • William Wilkie Collins
    • Considered to be one of the first detective novelist.
    • Gained fame through his character, Sergeant Cuff.
    • His works are The Woman in White and The Moonstone.
  • Joseph Conrad
    • His works used difficult language, and most of them are highly philosophical.
    • His stories mostly tell their readers about loyalty and faithfulness.
    • His works are Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness.
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    • He wrote about adventure novels.
    • His famous works are Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which gained fame to be adapted into the movies we know now.
  • Oscar Wilde
    • He is one of the most famous playwright in this era, but he also wrote a novel.
    • His work, The Picture of Dorian Grey, tells on how humans are usually trapped in their own hedonism in the end.
  • Thomas Hardy
    • He is a naturalist writer.
    • He named the area for his novel as “Wessex“, after the medieval Anglo-Saxon kingdom southwest of England.
    • His works are Far from the Madding Crowd, Jude the Obscure, and The Mayor of Casterbridge.

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