Friday, January 4, 2013
Personal Victorian Challenge
In 1913 G.K. Chesterton’s published The Victorian Age in Literature in which he expressed his opinions about several dozen writers of the Victorian period. These authors were fresh on the minds of his readers. Therefore he assumes much and explains little. Also, this is not a treasure trove of the theological and philosophical maxims that make Chesterton’s writings popular even today. So I can’t heartily recommend the book.
BUT since I am a fan of classic literature, I enjoyed his many references to beloved authors and he piqued my interest in several names with which I was unfamiliar.
Based on Chesterton’s critiques, I’ve decided to read one Victorian author per month in 2013 (not in any particular order). With each review I will add an applicable quote from Victorian Age. Should be interesting.
1. George Eliot - Mill on the Floss
2. Wilkie Collins - The Moonstone - finished 1/18/13
3. Robert Louis Stevenson - The Master of Ballantrae
4. Charles Dickens - Dombey and Son
5. Anne Brontë - Tenent of Wildfell Hall
6. Margaret Oliphant - The Marriage of Elinor - finished 2/7/13
7. Charlotte Yonge - The Heir of Redclyffe
8. Mary Louisa Molesworth - The Carved Lions - finished 2/28/13
9. Juliana H. G. Ewing - Fairy Tales
10. Thomas Hardy - A Pair of Blue Eyes - finished 3/29/13
11. Matthew Arnold - poetry
12. Anthony Trollope - The Claverings - finished 5/6/13
Alternate titles: North and South, Agnes Grey, something by Cardinal John Henry Newman
I'll continue with my Classics Club Challenge as well.