The British Eighteenth Century Novel - A Masterclass

A Listmania! list by William Meinblack "lethargic_owl" (London)
 
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Oxford World's Classics)
1.  The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Oxford World's Classics) by Laurence Sterne
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  "The essential 18th century work - internal realism, as I've come to appreciate it. Your life is incomplete until you read Sterne's epic pre-modernist take on Locke's philosophy of Sensation"
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A Sentimental Journey and Other Writings (Oxford World's Classics)
2.  A Sentimental Journey and Other Writings (Oxford World's Classics) by Laurence Sterne
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  "THE great sentimental work - succeeds everywhere Henry Mackenzie fails. This amazing edition also includes a collection of Sterne's other writings, providing a portrait of the man himself"
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Tom Jones (Oxford World's Classics)
3.  Tom Jones (Oxford World's Classics) by Henry Fielding
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  "Nowhere else will you find such a vivid panorama of 18th century life, as in this spectacular depiction of the life and (mis)adventures of the libertine-esque Tom Jones and his nemesis Master Blifil"
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Jonathan Wild (Oxford World's Classics)
4.  Jonathan Wild (Oxford World's Classics) by Henry Fielding
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  "The only one of Fielding's novels that isn't directly in the shadow of Richarson, this satirical examination of greatness features one of the most unpleasant (and memorable) protagonists ever"
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Pamela: Or Virtue Rewarded (Oxford World's Classics)
5.  Pamela: Or Virtue Rewarded (Oxford World's Classics) by Samuel Richardson
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  "Labourious in places, but well worth the effort. A central progenitor of the novelistic form that divides opinion as much now as it did then"
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Robinson Crusoe (Oxford World's Classics)
6.  Robinson Crusoe (Oxford World's Classics) by Daniel Defoe
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  "One of the most famous novels ever written. If you haven't read it before, do so and become aquainted with the original - and best - version of the tale"
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Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress (Oxford World's Classics)
7.  Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress (Oxford World's Classics) by Daniel Defoe
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  "Defoe's final, darkest and (IMO) best work, it never falls victim to a morally-autocratic narrative, refusing to cast judgement on the degraded and opportunistic protagonist. A fantastic novel"
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The Female Quixote: or The Adventures of Arabella (Oxford World's Classics)
8.  The Female Quixote: or The Adventures of Arabella (Oxford World's Classics) by Charlotte Lennox
The list author says:
  "An unjustly-obscure work, featuring the most aggravating main character I've ever come across. A wonderful updating of the old Don Quixote tale of literary-induced delusion"
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Oxford World's Classics: The Vicar of Wakefield: A Tale supposed to be written by himself
9.  Oxford World's Classics: The Vicar of Wakefield: A Tale supposed to be written by himself by Oliver Goldsmith
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  "The various misfortunes of the Primrose family, leading to an inevitable happy ending. Memorable and essential for any student of the literature of the 18th century"
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The Man of Feeling (Oxford World's Classics)
10.  The Man of Feeling (Oxford World's Classics) by Henry Mackenzie
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  "One of the foremost novels of the sentimental sub-genre. I'm always held the view that this book portrays morality as merely an indulgence of a bored upper-class and is somewhat sentimentally immature"
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The Expedition of Humphry Clinker (Oxford World's Classics)
11.  The Expedition of Humphry Clinker (Oxford World's Classics) by Tobias Smollett
The list author says:
  "One of the best episcopal novels ever written, featuring wonderful characterisation and a journey around Britain that provides an insight into this antediluvian period. Marvellously funny"
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Four Gothic Novels: The Castle of Otranto; Vathek; The Monk; Frankenstein (World's Classics)
12.  Four Gothic Novels: The Castle of Otranto; Vathek; The Monk; Frankenstein (World's Classics) by Horace Walpole
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  "Three of the greatest 18th century gothic novels (and Frankenstein as a bonus!) make up this great edition. Provides a comprehensive overview of one of the most important sub-genres of the century"
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The Italian (Oxford World's Classics)
13.  The Italian (Oxford World's Classics) by Ann Radcliffe
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  "A fine gothic romance from one of the masters of the genre, examining not only love but also the contemporaneous attitudes to Italy and Catholicism itself"
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Gulliver's Travels (Oxford World's Classics)
14.  Gulliver's Travels (Oxford World's Classics) by Jonathan Swift
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  "The unusual adventures of the intrepid Gulliver - second only to Robinson Crusoe in terms of recognisability. A consumate blend of fantasy and reality (mostly the former)"
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The History of Rasselas: Prince of Abissinia (Oxford World's Classics)
15.  The History of Rasselas: Prince of Abissinia (Oxford World's Classics) by Samuel Johnson
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  "Johnson's only novel (hence why the literary heavyweight isn't more dominant in this list), featuring a plot that serves to illustrate various moral points"
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Evelina: Or the History of A Young Lady's Entrance into the World (Oxford World's Classics)
16.  Evelina: Or the History of A Young Lady's Entrance into the World (Oxford World's Classics) by Frances Burney
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  "My personal favourite Burney novel - a satirical exposure of life in 18th century London with all the absurdity of social convention"
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Cecilia: or Memoirs of an Heiress (Oxford World's Classics)
17.  Cecilia: or Memoirs of an Heiress (Oxford World's Classics) by Fanny Burney
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  "A strange love story, reminiscent of Lennox's Female Quixote (see above). The characterisation within this novel is simply amazing"
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Caleb Williams (Oxford World's Classics)
18.  Caleb Williams (Oxford World's Classics) by William Godwin
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  "The first true detective story, unashamedly impregnated with political commentary"
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Memoirs of Emma Courtney (Oxford World's Classics)
19.  Memoirs of Emma Courtney (Oxford World's Classics) by Mary Hays
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  "A book that reveals the ubiquitious gap between 'what women are' and 'what women should be'. If that's not comteporarily applicable, I don't know what is. A true feminist masterpiece"
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A Simple Story (Oxford World's Classics)
20.  A Simple Story (Oxford World's Classics) by Elizabeth Inchbald
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  "A book that explores the double taboos of pre-conceived limitations of femininity and the constraints of religious vocation"
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Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (Oxford World's Classics)
21.  Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (Oxford World's Classics) by John Cleland
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  "A rather sexually-overt novel that NEEDS to be read to contextualise it's unusual content. An aspiring anti-Pamela that succeeds completely"
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Clarissa, or The History of a Young Lady (Classics)
22.  Clarissa, or The History of a Young Lady (Classics) by Samuel Richardson
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  "An immense work. Not really worth reading, I'd say - not as influential as Pamela, but worth the effort for any literati. Better start exercising those wrist muscles now..."
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Castle Rackrent (Oxford World's Classics)
23.  Castle Rackrent (Oxford World's Classics) by Maria Edgeworth
The list author says:
  "Not great, but a valuable perception of anglo-irish relations and a superlative example of 'regional' literature"
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The Cambridge Companion to the Eighteenth-Century Novel (Cambridge Companions to Literature)
24.  The Cambridge Companion to the Eighteenth-Century Novel (Cambridge Companions to Literature) by John Richetti
The list author says:
  "An essential collection of fascinating and sublime essays, notably Johnathon Lamb's essay on Irregular Oratory in the works of Laurence Sterne. A must have for any student of the 18th century novel"
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The Rise Of The Novel: Studies in Defoe, Richardson and Fielding
25.  The Rise Of The Novel: Studies in Defoe, Richardson and Fielding by Ian Watt
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  "An examination of some of the century's greatest writers as innovators of the novel form. My second-favourite critical examination of the literature of this period (bested only by the above)"
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