18th and 19th Century Women Writers Challenge


Becky from Becky’s Book Reviews is hosting 18th and 19th Century Women Writers Reading Challenge for 2009.

Challenge participants are asked to read no fewer than four and no more than twelve books written by a woman who lived and wrote from 1700 to 1900.

I have read a lot of books from this period but there are still many more I want to read. I’m naming six:

18th Century:

Emmeline, by Charlotte Smith (1788)
The Mysterious Warning, by Eliza Parsons (1796)
The Coquette, by Hannah W Foster (1797)

19th Century:

Paul Ferroll, by Caroline Clive (1856)
The Rector and the Doctor’s Family, by Margaret Oliphant (1863)
Behind a Mask, by Louisa May Alcott (1866)

I also hope to read some letters and diaries from the period. I recently picked up a lovely Folio Society volume of Fanny Burney’s letters is a second hand bookshop and I have my eye on a lovely volume of Margaret Oliphant’s letters and diaries in the library. Those are books I definitely want to take my time over though, so I am not going to commit myself to reading them in a certain time frame.

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