Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1904

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Holy shit Herman Hesse was writing in 1904??

Poll Results

The Phoenix And The Carpet by E.Nesbit 3
The Golden Bowl by Henry James 3
Nostromo by Joseph Conrad 2
Hadrian The Seventh by Baron Corvo 1
The Gold Bat by P.G. Wodehouse 1
John Bull's Adventures in the Fiscal Wonderland by Charles Geake and Francis Carruthers Gould 1
The Truants by A.E.W. Mason 0
The Tavern Knight by Rafael Sabatini 0
Stella Fregelius by H. Rider Haggard 0
The Prodigal Son by Hall Caine 0
The Woman With The Fan by Robert Hitchens 0
Lucky Per by Henrik Pontoppidan 0
The Late Mattia Pascal by Luigi Pirandello 0
The Rose Of Old St.Louis by Mary Dillon 0
Peter And Alexis by Dmitry Merezhkovsky 0
The Peasants by Władysław Reymont 0
Hiša Marije Pomočnice by Ivan Cankar 0
Dreamers by Knut Hamson 0
A La Costa by Luis A. Martinez 0
The Treasure by Selma Lagerlof 0
The Two Tigers by Emilio Salgari 0
Storms In May by Ludwig Ganghofer 0
The Napoleon Of Notting Hill by G.K. Chesterton 0
The Masquerader by Katherine Cecil Thurston 0
A Drama In Livonia by Jules Verne 0
Master Of The World by Jules Verne 0
La Maternelle by Léon Frapié 0
The Crossing by Winston Churchill (not that one) 0
The Day Of The Dog by George Barr McCutcheon 0
The Deliverance by Ellen Glasgow 0
Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter 0
The Marvelous Land Of Oz by Frank L. Baum 0
The Sea Wolf by Jack London 0
The Test by Mary Tappan Wright 0
The American Prisoner by Eden Phillpotts 0
Belchamber by Howard Sturgis 0
The Brethren by H. Rider Haggard 0
The Garden Of Allah by Robert Hitchens 0
Green Mansions by William Henry Hudson 0
The Food Of The Gods And How It Came To Earth by H.G. Wells 0
Peter Camenzind by Herman Hesse 0

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 10 September 2020 12:18 (four months ago) link

First time so far that I actually haven't read anything on this list so voting "John Bull's Adventures in the Fiscal Wonderland by Charles Geake and Francis Carruthers Gould" because come on.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 10 September 2020 12:20 (four months ago) link

The sea wolf is an absolute cracker, not the best Jack london but a ripping yarn nonetheless.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Thursday, 10 September 2020 12:31 (four months ago) link


Brad C., Thursday, 10 September 2020 12:55 (four months ago) link

henry james was just churning them out eh. shame i haven't read any of his later ones yet.

neith moon (ledge), Thursday, 10 September 2020 13:17 (four months ago) link

"It is a political parody of Lewis Carroll's two books, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871)."


with illustrations after tenniel

koogs, Thursday, 10 September 2020 13:24 (four months ago) link

Probably the Chesterton.

I had no idea Hesse was writing this early.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Thursday, 10 September 2020 15:20 (four months ago) link

The Phoenix And The Carpet, now we're talking

sleeve, Thursday, 10 September 2020 15:27 (four months ago) link

I've only read The Phoenix and the Carpet, Freckles, and The Sea Wolf. Freckles is fun but also terrible; I read The Sea Wolf a long time ago and liked most but not all of it, and I can't remember it well enough to feel confident voting for it. I like The Phoenix and the Carpet but it's my least favorite of that series. This poll is a hard one.

If anyone's interested in weird, experimental short stories from 1904, check out Kipling's "Mrs. Bathurst," one of the most confusing stories ever written.

Lily Dale, Thursday, 10 September 2020 15:37 (four months ago) link

Sitting this one out, as I haven't read a single one of these titles.

pomenitul, Thursday, 10 September 2020 15:38 (four months ago) link

The Late Mattia Pascal was maybe one of the first books I picked as a NYRB classic and it's interesting only.

I've recently picked up a cheap copy of Lucky Per which I am looking forward.

*Makes the sign of the cross* to whoever votes for The Golden Bowl

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 10 September 2020 15:49 (four months ago) link

Interesting, as this is one of the first of these where I've read more than one of the books! And for me, The Golden Bowl was the clear winner...

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Thursday, 10 September 2020 16:52 (four months ago) link

Haven't read any of these? There's still time! And all should be available via public domain.

koogs, Thursday, 10 September 2020 20:25 (four months ago) link

Freckles is a fun hate-read, I recommend it. (Not exactly hate, but you'll marvel at how batshit it is on every page while happily reading on.)

I remember the Sea Wolf as being suuuuper homoerotic, so it's a good one as well.

And E. Nesbit is a total classic. (Look out for some really bad antisemitism when you get to the otherwise brilliant Story of the Amulet though.)

Lily Dale, Thursday, 10 September 2020 20:56 (four months ago) link

Nesbit, Conrad, Chesterton all great.
Lucky Per is NEARLY great, he just didn't realise which character he should have written the book about and she vanishes 4/5 of the way through and then all the air goes out of the book.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Friday, 11 September 2020 02:36 (four months ago) link

Ooops, the Wells is also great fun.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Friday, 11 September 2020 02:37 (four months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 13 September 2020 00:01 (four months ago) link

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

System, Monday, 14 September 2020 00:01 (four months ago) link

E. Nesbit vs Henry James FITE

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 14 September 2020 09:57 (four months ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1905

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 14 September 2020 13:14 (four months ago) link

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