Sunday, February 8, 2015

BW6: Victorian Era

Our Flufferton February wouldn't be complete without mentioning the Victorian Era with ran during Queen Victoria's reign from her birth in 1807 until her death in 1901. It was the age of the English novel and the writings of Charles Dickens, William Thackary, George Eliot (aka Mary Ann Evans) as well as the Bronte Sisters.  The leading poets of that time were Lord Alfred Tennyson and the husband and wife duo, Elizabeth Barret Browning and Robert Browning. 

Children's literature was introduced with the writings of Lewis Carroll and Anna Sewell as well as Robert Louis Stevenson and Anthony Hope. For a bit of history, check out Children's Books in the Victoria Era from the International Library of Children's literature

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, founded by Dante Gabriel Rossetti with William Holman Hunt and John Everett Milais, tied together the arts and literature creating art, full of symbolic realism,  from the influences of poets Shakespeare, Keats and Tennyson. 

The major writers of this period are:

  • Arnold, Matthew (1822-1888)
  • Brontë, Charlotte (1816-1855)
  • Brontë, Emily (1818-1848)
  • Browning, Elizabeth Barrett (1806-1861)
  • Browning, Robert (1812-1889)
  • Carroll, Lewis (1832-1898)
  • Carlyle, Thomas (1795-1881)
  • Dickens, Charles (1812-1870)
  • Doyle, Arthur Conan (1859-1930)
  • Eliot, George (1819-1880)
  • Hardy, Thomas (1840-1928)
  • Hopkins, Gerard Manley (1844-1889)
  • Housman, A. E. (1859-1936)
  • Kipling, Rudyard (1865-1936)
  • Landon, Letitia Elizabeth (1802-1838)
  • Rossetti, Christina (1830-1894)
  • Rossetti, Dante Gabriel (1828-1882)
  • Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850-1894)
  • Swinburne, Algernon Charles (1837-1909)
  • Tennyson, Alfred (Lord) (1809-1892)
  • Thackeray, William Makepeace (1811-1863)
  • Wells, H.G. (1866-1946)
  • Wilde, Oscar (1854-1900)
  • Yeats, William Butler (1865-1939)
Check out the Victorian Web for links to many of the major authors

And to fan the flame further, Check out these lists and have fun adding to your wishlists:

Mystery Fiction set in the Victorian Era from Murder by Gaslight

Popular Victorian Era Books

Romantic Reads of the Victoria Era from Romantic Reads


History of the Medieval World - Chapter 7 (51 - 55) and Chapter 8 (56 - 60)
Refounding the Kingdom (371-412 AD)
The Catholic Church (378-382 AD

Which brings us to the end of Part One of Unity

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  1. Another much loved Irish author this week, Colm Toibin, and his latest novel 'Nora Webster'. Set in the sixties in provincial Ireland, it tells the story of a recently widowed mother of four and her struggles to overcome her feelings of loneliness and isolation, as well as the practical problems of providing and caring for her family. The restrained, gentle and wonderfully descriptive writing perfectly conveys Nora's dignity and courage as she finds a way to live her new life.

    1. Sounds quite good. I've been meaning to check out Toibin's stories. Will add it to my wishlist!

  2. I missed the link up, was busy yesterday, but have blogged today about the Clerkenwell Tales by Peter Ackroyd. Felt at first like a school exam read, but rather good once it got going. Will definitely get a link up next week!


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