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Books written in the Victorian period or about the Victorian Period

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Fictional Books
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
Through the Looking Glass
Lewis Carroll
The Mill on the Floss
George Eliot
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Books by Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
Written in 1843, this much loved Christmas tale features the miser Ebeneezer Scrooge, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come. Also includes the much loved character Tiny Tim.
A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens
Set in London and Paris, and written in 1859, it tells the story of the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy before the French Revolution, and the changes afterwards.
Bleak House
Charles Dickens
Despite its rather off-putting title, Bleak House, is reckoned to be one of Dickens' finest novels. Set around a case in the Court of Chancery, the story tells of the struggle of the heroine Esther Summerson, supposedly an orphan, to find her identity.
David Copperfield
Charles Dickens
Probably the most autobiographical of Dickens' novels, the story traces the life of David Copperfield from childhood to maturity.
Great Expectations
Charles Dickens
The book tells the life story of Pip, an orphan and starts with him being coerced into helping an escaped convict. His life goes through many ups and downs until, at 21, he is in debt, but he is helped out by regular financial gifts from an unknown benefactor, who is evetually revealed as being the convict, now made good. The story also tells of Pip's unsuccesful love for Estella.
Hard Times
Charles Dickens
Hard Times was based on the economic struggles of the time, 1854. The novel is unusual for Dickens as it was not set in or around London, but instead is set in the fictitious Victorian industrial Coketown, a generic Northern English mill-town. It also challenges a prevailing idea of the time, Utilitarianism, which in a sense postulated that the ends justified the means.
Little Dorrit
Charles Dickens
Little Dorrit is a book about poverty and the debtors' prison. It follows the changing fortunes of the Dorrit family as they go from poverty to wealth.
Nicholas Nickleby
Charles Dickens
This comic novel follows the life of Nicholas Nickleby as he becomes an assistant master at Dotheboys Hall, a school run by the evil Wackford Squeers. Nickleby attempts to help some of the pupils, and the story chronicles this. The story ends with Dotheboys Hall liberated and Nickleby settled down in married bliss.
Oliver Twist
Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist is born into a life of poverty and misfortune in a workhouse in an unnamed town north of London. The book chronicles his sad life in the workhouse, followed by his flight to London, where he falls in with a criminal gang. Eventually after many adventures Oliver finds his family and his fortune.
Our Mutual Friend
Charles Dickens
A body is found in the Thames and identified as John Harmon, a young man recently returned to London to receive his inheritance. The book traces the consequences of the lost inheritance and the effects that spread into various corners of London
The Pickwick Papers
Charles Dickens
Dickens' first novel. Samuel Pickwick, a kind and wealthy old gentleman, is the founder of the Pickwick Club. He suggests that he and three other "Pickwickians" (Mr Nathaniel Winkle, Mr Augustus Snodgrass, and Mr Tracy Tupman) should visit remote places and report on their findings to the other members of the club. Their travels throughout the English countryside by coach provide the chief theme of the novel.
General History Books
Eminent Victorians
Lytton Strachey
Contains the biographies of four Victorians: Cardinal Manning, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Arnold, and General Gordon. The author was a prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group.
Queen Victoria
E Gordon Browne
A biography of Queen Victoria.
Queen Victoria, Her Girlhood and Womanhood
Grace Greenwood
A biography of Queen Victoria.
General Reference Books
Enquire Within Upon Everything
First published in 1856 this was a sort of encyclopedia covering domestic topics such as etiquette, parlour games, cake recipes, laundry tips, holiday preparation and first aid:
Victorian Songs
A selection of Victorian songs or poems.
The Story of Lewis Carroll
Isa Bowman
The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll

The Life of William Ewart Gladstone
Volume I
The Life of William Ewart Gladstone
Volume II
The Life of William Ewart Gladstone
Volume III
Victorian Worthies
George Henry Blore
Aunt Mary's Primer
The Autobiography of Charles Darwin

Tenniel Illistrations for Alice in Wonderland

Wonderful iconic period drawings.