In 1913 G.K. Chesterton’s published The Victorian Age in Literature in which he expressed his opinions about several dozen writers of the Victorian period. These authors were fresh on the minds of his readers. Therefore he assumes much and explains little. Also, this is not a treasure trove of the theological and philosophical maxims that make Chesterton’s writings popular even today. So I can’t heartily recommend the book.
BUT since I am a fan of classic literature, I enjoyed his many references to beloved authors and he piqued my interest in several names with which I was unfamiliar.
Based on Chesterton’s critiques, I’ve decided to read one Victorian author per month in 2013 (not in any particular order). With each review I will add an applicable quote from Victorian Age. Should be interesting.
1. George Eliot - Adam Bede - finished 9/12/13
2. Wilkie Collins - The Moonstone - finished 1/18/13
3. Robert Louis Stevenson - The Master of Ballantrae - finished 8/17/13
4. Charles Dickens -
5. Anne Brontë - Tenant of Wildfell Hall - finished 10/12/13
6. Margaret Oliphant - The Marriage of Elinor - finished 2/7/13
7. Charlotte Yonge - The Heir of Redclyffe
8. Mary Louisa Molesworth - The Carved Lions - finished 2/28/13
9. Juliana H. G. Ewing - Fairy Tales - finished 7/10/13
10. Thomas Hardy - A Pair of Blue Eyes - finished 3/29/13
11. Matthew Arnold - Sohrab and Rustum and other Poems - finished 7/15/13
12. Anthony Trollope - The Claverings - finished 5/6/13
Alternate titles: North and South, Agnes Grey
I'll continue with my Classics Club Challenge as well.
Postscript: Wrap-up is posted here.