Best 19th Century Literary Criticism Books
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1. Anna Karenina (Oxford World's Classics)
Author: by Leo Tolstoy
Published at: Oxford University Press; Reissue edition (November 28, 2017)
At its simplest, Anna Karenina is a love story. It is a portrait of a beautiful and intelligent woman whose passionate love for a handsome officer sweeps aside all other ties – to her marriage and to the network of relationships and moral values that bind the society around her.
The love affair of Anna and Vronsky is played out alongside the developing romance of Kitty and Levin, and in the character of Levin, closely based on Tolstoy himself, the search for happiness takes on a deeper philosophical significance. One of the greatest novels ever written, Anna Karenina combines penetrating psychological insight with an encyclopedic depiction of Russian life in the 1870s.
The novel takes us from high society St Petersburg to the threshing fields on Levin’s estate, with unforgettable scenes at a Moscow ballroom, the skating rink, a race course, a railway station. It creates an intricate labyrinth of connections that is profoundly satisfying, and deeply moving.
Rosamund Bartlett’s translation conveys Tolstoy’s precision of meaning and emotional accuracy in an English version that is highly readable and stylistically faithful. Like her acclaimed biography of Tolstoy, it is vivid, nuanced, and compelling.
2. Frankenstein: A Guide to Reading and Reflecting
Author: by Mary Shelley
Published at: B&H Books (March 9, 2021)
Jane Eyre.Frankenstein.The Scarlet Letter. You’re familiar with these pillars of classic literature. You have seen plenty of Frankenstein costumes, watched the film adaptations, and may even be able to rattle off a few quotes, but do you really know how to read these books?
Do you know anything about the authors who wrote them, and what the authors were trying to teach readers through their stories? Do you know how to read them as a Christian? Taking into account your old worldview, as well as that of the author?
In this beautiful cloth-over-board edition bestselling author, literature professor, and avid reader Karen Swallow Prior will guide you through Frankenstein. She will not only navigate you through the pitfalls that trap readers today, but show you how to read it in light of the gospel, and to the glory of God.
This edition includes a thorough introduction to the author, context, and overview of the work (without any spoilers for first-time readers), the full original text, as well as footnotes and reflection questions throughout to help the reader attain a fuller grasp of Frankenstein.
3. The Lost 116 Pages: Reconstructing the Book of Mormon's Missing Stories
Author: by Don Bradley
Published at: Greg Kofford Books, Inc. (November 21, 2019)
On a summer day in 1828, Book of Mormon scribe and witness Martin Harris was emptying drawers, upending furniture, and ripping apart mattresses as he desperately looked for a stack of papers he had sworn to God to protect. Those pages containing the only copy of the first three months of Joseph Smith’s translation of the golden plates were forever lost, and the detailed stories they held forgotten over the ensuing yearsuntil now.
In this highly anticipated work, author Don Bradley presents over a decade of historical and scriptural research to not only tell the story of the lost pages but to reconstruct many of the detailed stories written on them. Questions explored and answered include:Was the lost manuscript actually 116 pages?
How did Mormon’s abridgment of this period differ from the accounts in Nephi’s small plates? Where did the brass plates and Laban’s sword come from? How did Lehi’s family and their descendants live the Law of Moses without the temple and Aaronic priesthood?
4. The Duke's Children Complete: Extended edition (Oxford World's Classics)
Author: by Anthony Trollope
Published at: Oxford University Press; Expanded edition (January 2, 2021)
He was alone in the world, and there was no one of whom he could ask a question. After the sudden death of his wife, two years after he has left office as Prime Minister, the Duke of Omnium mustbecome deeply involved with his children for the first time.
They vex him enormously: with school expulsions,vast gambling debts, and what he considers to be calamitous romantic attachments. He tries to compel them todo what he wants, but they are not so easy to manage. Even when his eldest child and heir, Lord Silverbridge, makes him proud by embarking upon a political career, theDuke grapples with heartache.
For Silverbridge becomes a Conservative rather than a Liberal, flouting the familytradition. The relationship between father and son is drawn with remarkable subtlety, and the book as a wholebecomes a piercing, yet often humorous, exploration of change: how both the young and the old resist, tolerate,or embrace it.
Trollope cut roughly 65,000 words, at a vulnerable moment in his career, to get the novel published, butconcluded rapidly that he had made a grievous error. After a painstaking reconstruction by a team ofresearchers, The Duke’s Children, the final book in Trollope’s famed Palliser series, can now be read the way he first intended.
5. The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination (Veritas Paperbacks)
Author: by Sandra M. Gilbert
Published at: Yale University Press (March 17, 2020)
“A feminist classic.”Judith Shulevitz, New York Times Book ReviewA pivotal book, one of those after which we will never think the same again.Carolyn G. Heilbrun, Washington Post Book World A pathbreaking book of literary criticism is now reissued with a new introduction by Lisa Appignanesi that speaks to how The Madwoman in the Attic set the groundwork for subsequent generations of scholars writing about women writers, and why the book still feels fresh some four decades later.
6. Don't Read Poetry: A Book About How to Read Poems
Author: by Stephanie Burt
Published at: Basic Books (May 21, 2019)
An award-winning poet offers a brilliant introduction to the joys-and challenges-of the genreIn Don’t Read Poetry, award-winning poet and literary critic Stephanie Burt offers an accessible introduction to the seemingly daunting task of reading, understanding, and appreciating poetry. Burt dispels preconceptions about poetry and explains how poems speak to one another-and how they can speak to our lives.
She shows readers how to find more poems once they have some poems they like, and how to connect the poetry of the past to the poetry of the present. Burt moves seamlessly from Shakespeare and other classics to the contemporary poetry circulated on Tumblr and Twitter.
She challenges the assumptions that many of us make about “poetry,” whether we think we like it or think we don’t, in order to help us cherish-and distinguish among-individual poems. A masterful guide to a sometimes confounding genre, Don’t Read Poetry will instruct and delight ingnues and cognoscenti alike.
7. Nana (Oxford World's Classics)
Author: by Émile Zola
Published at: Oxford University Press; 2nd edition (June 1, 2020)
‘She was the golden beast, an unconscious force, the very scent of her could bring the world to ruin.’Nana, daughter of a drunk and a laundress, is the Helen of Troy of Paris. A sexually magnetic high-class prostitute and actress, she becomes a celebrity, rapidly conquering society, ruining all men who fall under her spell – especially Count Muffat, Chamberlain to the Empress.
Nana herself meets a terrible fate, consumed by her own dissipation and extravagance, just as the disastrous war with Prussia is declared. Nana is the ninth instalment in the twenty volume Rougon-Macquart series. The novel opens in 1867, the year of the World Fair, when Paris, thronged by a cosmopolitan elite, was la Ville Lumiere, the glittering setting-and object-of Zola’s scathing denunciation of society’s hypocrisy and moral corruption.
Nana comes to symbolize the Second Empire regime itself in all its excesses; but in the final chapters, the narrator seems to suggest that the coming disaster is not so much a result of the corruption of the Empire, as of rampant female sexuality.
8. Why Read Moby-Dick?
Author: by Nathaniel Philbrick
Published at: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (September 24, 2013)
A brilliant and provocative (The New Yorker) celebration of Melville’s masterpiecefrom the bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea, Valiant Ambition, and In the Hurricane’s EyeOne of the greatest American novels finds its perfect contemporary champion in Why Read Moby-Dick?, Nathaniel Philbrick’s enlightening and entertaining tour through Melville’s classic.
As he did in his National Book Awardwinning bestseller In the Heart of the Sea, Philbrick brings a sailor’s eye and an adventurer’s passion to unfolding the story behind an epic American journey. He skillfully navigates Melville’s world and illuminates the book’s humor and unforgettable charactersfinding the thread that binds Ishmael and Ahab to our own time and, indeed, to all times.
An ideal match between author and subject, Why Read Moby-Dick? Will start conversations, inspire arguments, and make a powerful case that this classic tale waits to be discovered anew. Gracefully written [with an] infectious enthusiasmNew York Times Book Review
9. Frankenstein: or `The Modern Prometheus': The 1818 Text (Oxford World's Classics Hardback Collection)
Author: by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Published at: Oxford University Press; 3rd edition (June 1, 2018)
Frankenstein is the most celebrated horror story ever written. It tells the dreadful tale of Victor Frankenstein, a visionary young student of natural philosophy, who discovers the secret of life. In the grip of his obsession he constructs a being from dead body parts, and animates this creature.
The results for Victor and for his family are catastrophic. Written when Mary Shelley was just eighteen, Frankenstein was inspired by the ghost stories and vogue for Gothic literature that fascinated the Romantic writers of her time. She transformed these supernatural elements into an epic parable that warned against the threats to humanity posed by accelerating technological progress.
Published for the 200th anniversary, this edition, based on the original 1818 text, explains in detail the turbulent intellectual context in which Shelley was writing, and also investigates how her novel has since become a byword for controversial practices in science and medicine, from manipulating ecosystems to vivisection and genetic modification.
10. Too Much: How Victorian Constraints Still Bind Women Today
Author: by Rachel Vorona Cote
Published at: Grand Central Publishing (February 25, 2020)
Lacing cultural criticism, Victorian literature, and storytelling together, “TOO MUCH spills over: with intellect, with sparkling prose, and with the brainy arguments of Vorona Cote, who posits that women are all, in some way or another, still susceptible to being called too much.” (Esm Weijun Wang)A weeping woman is a monster.
So too is a fat woman, a horny woman, a woman shrieking with laughter. Women who are one or more of these things have heard, or perhaps simply intuited, that we are repugnantly excessive, that we have taken illicit liberties to feel or fuck or eat with abandon.
After bellowing like a barn animal in orgasm, hoovering a plate of mashed potatoes, or spraying out spit in the heat of expostulation, we’ve flinched-ugh, that was so gross.I am so gross. On rare occasions, we might revel in our excess-belting out anthems with our friends over karaoke, perhaps-but in the company of less sympathetic souls, our uncertainty always returns.
A woman who is Too Much is a woman who reacts to the world with ardent intensity is a woman familiar to lashes of shame and disapproval, from within as well as without. Written in the tradition of Shrill, Dead Girls, Sex Object and other frank books about the female gaze, TOO MUCH encourages women to reconsider the beauty of their excesses-emotional, physical, and spiritual.
11. Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Author: by Nicholas A. Basbanes
Published at: Knopf; Illustrated edition (June 2, 2020)
A major literary biography of America’s best-loved nineteenth-century poet, the first in more than fifty years, and a much-needed reassessment for the twenty-first century of a writer whose stature and celebrity were unparalleled in his time, whose work helped to explain America’s new world not only to Americans but to Europe and beyond.
From the author of On Paper (“Buoyant”-The New Yorker; “Essential”-Publishers Weekly), Patience and Fortitude (“A wonderful hymn”-Simon Winchester), and A Gentle Madness (“A jewel”-David McCullough). In Cross of Snow, the result of more than twelve years of research, including access to never-before-examined letters, diaries, journals, notes, Nicholas Basbanes reveals the life, the times, the work-the soul-of the man who shaped the literature of a new nation with his countless poems, sonnets, stories, essays, translations, and whose renown was so wide-reaching that his deep friendships included Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Julia Ward Howe, and Oscar Wilde.
The Walker: On Finding and Losing Yourself in the Modern City
Author: by Matthew Beaumont
Published at: Verso (November 10, 2020)
A literary history of walking From Dickens to ZizekThere is no such thing as the wrong step; every time we walk we are going somewhere. Moving around the modern city becomes more than from getting from A to B, but a way of understanding who and where you are.
In a series of riveting intellectual rambles, Matthew Beaumont, retraces a history of the walker. From Charles Dicken’s insomniac night rambles to wandering through the faceless, windswept monuments of the neoliberal city, the act of walking is one of escape, self-discovery, disappearances and potential revolution.
Pacing stride for stride alongside such literary amblers and thinkers as Edgar Allen Poe, Andrew Breton, H G Wells, Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys and Ray Bradbury, Matthew Beaumont explores the relationship between the metropolis and its pedestrian life. He asks can you get lost in a crowd?
It is polite to stare at people walking past on the street? What differentiates the city of daylight and the nocturnal metropolis? What connects walking, philosophy and the big toe? Can we save the city – or ourselves – by taking the pavement?
13. Dostoevsky's Incarnational Realism: Finding Christ among the Karamazovs
Author: by Paul J. Contino
Published at: Cascade Books (August 17, 2020)
In this book Paul Contino offers a theological study of Dostoevsky’s final novel, The Brothers Karamazov. He argues that incarnational realism animates the vision of the novel, and the decisions and actions of its hero, Alyosha Fyodorovich Karamazov. The book takes a close look at Alyosha’s mentor, the Elder Zosima, and the way his role as a confessor and his vision of responsibility to all, for all develops and influences Alyosha.
The remainder of the study, which serves as a kind of reader’s guide to the novel, follows Alyosha as he takes up the mantle of his elder, develops as a monk in the world, and, at the end of three days, ascends in his vision of Cana.
The study attends also to Alyosha’s brothers and his ministry to them: Mitya’s struggle to become a new man and Ivan’s anguished groping toward responsibility. Finally, Contino traces Alyosha’s generative role with the young people he encounters, and his final message of hope.
14. The Sherlock Holmes Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained
Author: by DK
Published at: DK; Annotated edition (October 20, 2015)
The game is afoot!Immerse yourself in the curious cases of the world’s greatest detective and his assistant Dr Watson. From the very first novel A Study in Scarlet, through to the masterpiece that is The Hound of the Baskervilles and the detective’s last story, The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place, this fascinating book explores every facet of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most memorable creation.
Discover how Holmes reaches his conclusions through deductive reasoning, plus in-depth biographies of key characters, from Holmes and Watson themselves to Inspector Lestrade, Mrs Hudson, and the detective’s arch-enemy Professor Moriarty. Packed with stunning infographics, memorable quotations and stimulating illustrations, The Sherlock Holmes Book holds up a magnifying glass to the entire canon, and offers superb insight into Holmes’s legacy and influence on generations of detective fiction writers.
Whether you’re a fan of the books, movies, or TV shows, The Sherlock Holmes Book is sure to spark intrigue and pull you deeper into the world the famous sleuth.