To my knowledge Disraeli's Sybil is not on any lower education reading list, indeed, it contains vast swarthes of ( to an a-level literature student) overly detailed analysis of the politcal realm of the time but the societal comment that results from this and the emotionally spilling story that accompanies it more than assures it a place at the table of great literature.
Consider Melville's Moby Dick - how the volumuous chapters of oceonology are stricken from the memory by the soaring narrative. With Sybil Disraeli does not only offer what can be described as a History lesson ( albeit a slightly prejuidiced one), The dense layers of historical background both serve to enter the story at key points and offset the events which take place, giving the constant sensation of massive events overshadowing and oft looming over the characters.
Many elements will be slightly unorginal to a modern reader; The reformed aristocratic figure of Egremont, the positively good person in Sybil ( almost reminiscent of Mhyskin in the Idiot), and Egremont's politically scheming mother, to name a few. The familiar tale of forbidden love evolves but is handled so subtely by Disraeli you may perhaps consider this the situation in its purest form. The romantic aspects, between Egremont and Sybil, punctuate the novel, although sparsely, with such intensity that they actually come to overshadow the momentous events of the book - Again, a demonstration of the constant multi-layered dynamic.
It is a novel of places; the houses of parliment, the toffish race meets, the countryside, the new industrial towns and their basest regions and elements. Characters spring from each location to assume their importance and influence an all inclusive conclusion - A wonderfully coherent array of figures with their various means and ends interplay as Disraeli presents Britain in the nineteenth centuary at a time of great flux.
Truely one of the greatest English novels.