Saturday, April 21, 2012

A Victorian Celebration

I just couldn't pass this up, especially considering that it goes along so well with The Classics Club and the Fill in the Gaps: 100 Project which I'm participating in.  Allie at A Literary Odyssey is hosting this reading event and it will run throughout June and July.  Here are some of the details as outlined by Allie:

The Victorian era in literature refers to the time that Queen Victoria was ruling in Britain (1837-1901). It was a time period of great peace and prosperity for Britain and allowed for a lot of artistic and literary expression. Generally speaking, Victorians are only the British authors who published during this time period. However, some like to group American writers and others into the mix since their work can be closely tied together.

To give you an idea of what writers I am talking about, some of the most well-known Victorian writers include: Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Wilkie Collins, William Makepeace Thackeray, Anthony Trollope, and the Bronte sisters. Others include Lewis Carroll, Robert Louis Stevenson, Anna Sewell, and the Brownings. There are countless more, but these are the big hitters and those most commonly referred to as Victorians.

For this event, the goal is to read as many Victorian pieces as you wish during the months of June and July. I will have posts going up throughout the event on different authors, as well as my own reviews on Victorian pieces and biographies of writers. There will also be prizes (lots of them) that will go up throughout the two month event. If you are going to participate, you can read a novel from the era, a biography on a writer or Queen Victoria herself, or anything else pertaining to the era. All posts will help you qualify for prizes, which I'll explain as we get closer to the event's starting line!

To sign up, click HERE or click the button at the top of the post.

A list of books I will consider reading for the event.  I know I will not get to all, but I will choose from this list:

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Middlemarch by George Eliot (currently reading)
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Uncle Silas by Sheridan Le Fanu
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

I may add to or subtract from this list at my own discretion.


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