Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of… the 1890's, pt.2 (1895-1899)

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Feels like most of what I associate with 19th century lit shows up in the last five years!

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Heart Of Darkness by Jospeh Conrad 3
Jude The Obscure by Thomas Hardy 2
Dracula by Bram Stoker 2
Elizabeth And Her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim 1
The Awakening by Kate Chopin 1
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells 1
The Story Of The Treasure Seekers by E.Nesbitt 1
The War Of The Worlds by H.G. Wells 1
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells 0
Captains Corageous by Rudyard Kipling 0
The Beetle by Richard Marsh 0
What Maisie Knew by Henry James 0
The Woman Who Was Poor by León Bloy 0
Two Planets by Kurd Lasswitz 0
Inferno by August Strindberg 0
The Cathedral by Joris-Karl Huysmans 0
The Promised Land by Władysław Reymont 0
Moonfleet by J. Meade Falkner 0
The Black Corsair by Emilio Salgari 0
Materfamilias by Ada Cambridge 0
McTeague by Frank Norris 0
Dom Casmurro by Machado de Assis 0
The Fruits Of The Earth by André Gide 0
Liza Of Lambeth by W Sommerset Maugham 0
The Death Of The Gods by Dmitry Merezhkovsky 0
Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz 0
Pharaoh by Boleslaw Prus 0
Les Mystères de Marseille by Émile Zola 0
The Three Impostors by Arthur Machen 0
The Sorrows Of Satan by Marie Corelli 0
The Red Badge Of Courage by Stephen Crane 0
Gallia by Ménie Muriel Dowie 0
Hubertus Castle by Ludwig Ganghofer 0
The Little World Of The Past by Antonio Fogazzaro 0
Nigorie by Ichiyo Higuchi 0
The Gadfly by Ethel Voynich 0
Effi Briest by Theodore Fontane 0
The Island Of Doctor Moureau by H.G. Wells 0
Personal Recollections Of Joan Of Arc by Mark Twain 0
The Other House by Henry James 0
The Country Of The Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett 0
The World Is Round by Louise Mack 0
St.Peter's Umbrella by Kálmán Mikszáth 0
Almayer's Folly by Joseph Conrad 0


Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 25 June 2020 16:20 (five months ago) link

Voted for The Time Machine. Wells will undoubtedly suffer from having too many novels on here.

Was thinking that if I continue this into the 20th century I'll just make it year by year, less work and more space for weird stuff, what do you all think?

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 25 June 2020 16:27 (five months ago) link

Feels like most of what I associate with 19th century lit shows up in the last five years!

Interesting bc the last five years are the only five years where Mudie's Circulating Library was not controlling the form and content of books published in England.

Not sure which to vote for but The Gadfly is the most batshit insane book I've ever read.

Greetings from CHAZbury Park (Lily Dale), Thursday, 25 June 2020 16:36 (five months ago) link

Suspecting I’ll be the only vote for Treasure Seekers.

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Thursday, 25 June 2020 16:52 (five months ago) link

I love E. Nesbit but I'm not a huge fan of the Bastables.

Greetings from CHAZbury Park (Lily Dale), Thursday, 25 June 2020 17:16 (five months ago) link

But seriously, you guys, The Gadfly! The Gadfly is what you get when you really really want to write a book about a man having an affair with a priest but you live in the Victorian era, so you try to disguise it but your way of disguising it somehow makes it 1000x more fucked up.

Greetings from CHAZbury Park (Lily Dale), Thursday, 25 June 2020 17:20 (five months ago) link

xxxp Either way I hope you keep going, it's been fun. Year-by-year could be interesting.

abcfsk, Friday, 26 June 2020 07:24 (five months ago) link

I'll have to read The Gadfly I guess

abcfsk, Friday, 26 June 2020 07:26 (five months ago) link

Year-by-year is a pretty epic undertaking! I'll keep voting, either way.

Despite it falling off a cliff fairly spectacularly in the second half, the first chunk of Dracula is great enough that I'm tempted to vote for that.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 26 June 2020 08:58 (five months ago) link

the other best-selling horror novel of that year, The Beetle, is not very good but it exceeds Dracula in wtfness

an extraordinary run for Wells in this period

I'm not sure Heart of Darkness is long enough to be considered a novel, but I voted for it

Brad C., Friday, 26 June 2020 13:32 (five months ago) link

Fuck Dracula and its orientalist bullshit.

Voting Heart of Darkness for its colonist bullshit instead.

pomenitul, Friday, 26 June 2020 13:49 (five months ago) link

Gide's Paludes should've been included. It's the most idiosyncratic and forward-looking of his novels, pomo avant la lettre.

pomenitul, Friday, 26 June 2020 13:53 (five months ago) link

*colonialist

xp

pomenitul, Friday, 26 June 2020 13:54 (five months ago) link

Fuck Dracula and its orientalist bullshit.

Haha, you're certainly the person on ILX best placed to call this particular work out on its bullshit.

I caught a film called Lady From Lisbon on Talking Pictures TV the other day and, after the outdated racial attitudes warning at the begining, was quite disappointed that there wasn't much anti-Portuguese bigotry to get upset over :(

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 26 June 2020 13:59 (five months ago) link

Orientalism concerns aside, first half of Dracula is terrific, first as a travelogue (the descriptions of the food always grabbed me) then the scenes in the castle, which have endured in popular culture for very good reasons, problematic as they are.
Then the second half is such a fucking bore, all the characters are unimaginably dull, like Quincy's whole character is "he's American" and the squeamish repulsion to sex gets old very fast.

Anti-Cop Ponceortium (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 26 June 2020 14:02 (five months ago) link

I kinda like the sound of this.

Horror critic R. S. Hadji placed The Sorrows of Satan at number one in his list of the worst horror novels ever written.[2]

Brian Stableford, discussing Corelli's "narcissistic" novels, described The Sorrows of Satan thus: "as delusions of grandeur and expressions of devout wish-fulfilment go, the fascination of the Devil was an unsurpassable masterstroke".[1]

jmm, Friday, 26 June 2020 14:14 (five months ago) link

I'm hamming it up tbh – your assessment is totally fair, and I'm especially thankful for the cross-media adaptations it has yielded, starting with Murnau's Nosferatu and Herzog's own subsequent rewriting. I mean:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_L2654ai4o

Besides, Romania's own Tourism Authority has been banking on this crap for decades by stressing the apocryphal connection between Vlad Țepeș and Bran Castle in particular.

xp

pomenitul, Friday, 26 June 2020 14:16 (five months ago) link

as delusions of grandeur and expressions of devout wish-fulfilment go, the fascination of the Devil was an unsurpassable masterstroke

Intriguing indeed. I wonder if the title is a callback to Goethe.

pomenitul, Friday, 26 June 2020 14:18 (five months ago) link

Dracula is a slog.

A White, White Gay (cryptosicko), Friday, 26 June 2020 15:14 (five months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 28 June 2020 00:01 (five months ago) link

Have read just a handful, Conrad's HoD easily. But I have seen a film version of Almayer's Folly by Chantal Akerman.

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 28 June 2020 01:32 (five months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 29 June 2020 00:01 (five months ago) link


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