Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1902

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Included Heart Of Darkness even tho it's a novella because I know that if I didn't I'd never hear the end of it. Did pass on the pro-KKK novel that got released that year tho.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Heart Of Darkness by Jospeh Conrad 8
The Hound Of The Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle 2
The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett 1
Brewster's Millions by George Barr McCutcheon 1
Five Children And It by E. Nesbitt 1
Anna Of The Five Town by Arnold Bennett 1
The Pothunters by P.G. Wodehouse 1
After The Divorce by Grazia Deledda 1
The Wings Of The Dove by Henry James 1
Clara In Blunderland by Caroline Lewis 0
The Four Feathers by A.E.W Mason 0
The Little White Bird by J.M. Barrie 0
Mrs.Craddock by Sommerset Maugham 0
The Mystery Of The Sea by Bram Stoker 0
Paul Kelver by Jerome K. Jerome 0
The Sea Lady by H.G. Wells 0
The Old New Land by Theodor Herzl 0
An Australian Girl In London by Louise Mack 0
Aliens by Mary Tappan Wright 0
A Daughter Of The Snows by Jack London 0
The Immoralist by André Gide 0
The Kip Brothers by Jules Verne 0
Supermale by Alfred Jarry 0
The Cruise Of The Dazzler by Jack London 0
Dorothy Vernon Of Heddon Hall by Charles Major 0
The Flight Of Pony Baker by William Dean Howells 0
Lavender & Old Lace by Myrtle Reed 0
The Life And Adventures Of Santa Claus by Frank L. Baum 0
The Mississipi Bubble by Emerson Hough 0
Of One Blood by Pauline Hopkins 0
Rollo In Emblemland nu John Kendrick Bangs 0
The Sport Of The Gods by Paul Laurence Dunbar 0
The Virginian by Owen Wister 0
The Turn by Luigi Pirandello 0


Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 2 September 2020 10:25 (three weeks ago) link

Aliens by Mary Tappan Wright - obviously disappointed when I googled this one.

neith moon (ledge), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 10:32 (three weeks ago) link

lol yeah was gonna make a "I enjoyed the film" joke.

It's gonna be Baskervilles for me here, even tho I don't think that novel's the greatest, but what strikes me is what I haven't read but wish I had - the Bennett ones, Pauline Hopkins, The Sport Of The Gods, P.G. Wodehouse's debut novel (Wodehouse is such a strong brand that it feels WRONG that there would be a debut novel, weird to think of "a start" for him).

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 2 September 2020 10:38 (three weeks ago) link

Voted Hound too as it's easily the best Sherlock novel. Have read a whole four books from this list, which is an increase of four on 1901.

Anti-Cop Ponceortium (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 11:10 (three weeks ago) link

Aliens by Mary Tappan Wright - obviously disappointed when I googled this one.

The Pothunters by P.G. Wodehouse

I was more disappointed by this.

emil.y, Wednesday, 2 September 2020 14:49 (three weeks ago) link

I don't think I ever read The Immoralist, I do find Gide a really interesting author in general so was hopeful I could join in this one, but alas it seems no... I have read Five Children and It and Hound of the Baskervilles (+ excerpts of Heart of Darkness, blargh) but don't feel strongly enough about either to vote for them.

emil.y, Wednesday, 2 September 2020 14:52 (three weeks ago) link

Supermale by Alfred Jarry

Anyone read this one?

emil.y, Wednesday, 2 September 2020 14:53 (three weeks ago) link

The Immoralist is well written and evocative, but it's also a memoir about paedophilia and just extremely icky in general

Anti-Cop Ponceortium (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 14:56 (three weeks ago) link

Gide was overrated throughout most of the 20th century and now I barely see him discussed anymore, if at all, which is a bit of a stiff corrective if you ask me. The proto-pomo Paludes (1895) is the novel of his I still think about the most. I don't much care for The Immoralist tbh (CaAL otm).

Anyway, it's Heart of Darkness for me based on my limited acquaintance with these titles (I do wish I'd read the Jarry).

pomenitul, Wednesday, 2 September 2020 15:02 (three weeks ago) link

Oh, ew. I mean, part of why I always found Gide interesting is his combo of sexuality and weird religious rigidity, but there's a difference between sexual exploration (what I thought this book would be about) and, uh, paedophilia.

emil.y, Wednesday, 2 September 2020 15:05 (three weeks ago) link

…colonialist pedophilia, to boot.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 2 September 2020 15:10 (three weeks ago) link

Nice, nice. Yeah, I might not bother with this one.

emil.y, Wednesday, 2 September 2020 15:12 (three weeks ago) link

The Gide I tried was The Fruits Of The Earth and oof, getting lectured on the greatness of nature in a pseudo-classical way v much not my thing.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 2 September 2020 15:49 (three weeks ago) link

I can recommend "After The Divorce" by Grazia Deledda: love, death, injustice, misery, all the good stuff.

Tim, Thursday, 3 September 2020 10:38 (three weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 6 September 2020 00:01 (two weeks ago) link

I voted for one of the few I've read: The Grand Babylon Hotel, Arnold Bennett. It had no pretensions beyond telling a silly, entertaining yarn, but it was that. Beyond which, it colorfully captures a particular milieu which has all but disappeared, the extravagantly grand hotel that serves as a stand-in mansion & servants for the traveling wealthy or even as a residence. It was a fun book.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Sunday, 6 September 2020 00:13 (two weeks ago) link

Curious about The Mississippi Bubble based on the title ... voted Heart of Darkness because I liked the movie and the history of European (esp. Belgian) colonialism of Africa is really compelling in its awfulness

sarahell, Sunday, 6 September 2020 00:28 (two weeks ago) link

For those unfamiliar with the history of the Mississippi Bubble, it refers to this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_Company

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Sunday, 6 September 2020 00:38 (two weeks ago) link

Also featured in this book: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extraordinary_Popular_Delusions_and_the_Madness_of_Crowds

sarahell, Sunday, 6 September 2020 00:55 (two weeks ago) link

Voted Five Children and It partly because I haven't read very many of these books, but also because it was such a milestone in children's literature. Children's lit was barely there before E. Nesbit came along, and she wrote books that treated kids as kids - not little angels or cautionary tales, but real kids who had their own lives and interests. Before her, children's fantasy was mostly psychedelic dreamscapes. She invented the kind of children's book where something magical intersects with the real world, so that the characters have to fit time travel or wish-granting sand-fairies into their regular lives, with all the practical problems that would entail. That's a huge leap forward for children's lit and for fantasy in general.

Lily Dale, Sunday, 6 September 2020 19:52 (two weeks ago) link

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

System, Monday, 7 September 2020 00:01 (two weeks ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1903

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 7 September 2020 13:52 (two weeks ago) link


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