#TBT: 1840s

Popular books published in the 1840s

Agnes Grey / Anne Bronte (1847)

When Agnes’s father loses the family savings, young Agnes determines to make her own living as a governess. Working for the Bloomfields, her enthusiasm is soon dampened by isolation and the cruelty of the children in her charge. Agnes hopes for better in her second job, but when the scheming elder daughter Rosalie makes designs on Agnes’s new friend, the kind curate Mr Weston, she feels herself silenced and sidelined. Becoming a governess is one thing, becoming invisible is quite another. (FIC BRONTE)

Jane Eyre /  Charlotte Bronte (1847)

In early nineteenth-century England, an orphaned young woman accepts employment as a governess and soon finds herself in love with her employer who has a terrible secret. (FIC BRONTE)


A Christmas Carol / Charles Dickens (1843)

A miser learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and foretell his future. (J FIC DICKENS / FIC DICKENS)


David Copperfield / Charles Dickens (1849)

The story of an abandoned waif who discovers life and love in an indifferent world, this classic tale of childhood is populated with a cast of eccentrics, innocents, and villains who number among the author’s greatest creation. (FIC DICKENS)


Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave / Frederick Douglass (1845)

Presents a dramatic autobiography of the great nineteenth century black leader and abolitionist. (Available in the book Autobiographies by Frederick Douglass, 921 DOUGLASS)



The Count of Monte Cristo / Alexandre Dumas (1844)

The Count of Monte Cristo is the story of Edmond Dantes, who is imprisoned in the island fortress of the Chateau d’If on a false political charge; after escaping, he finds the fabulous treasure of Monte Cristo and sets upon the course of revenge against his old enemies. (FIC DUMAS)


The Three Musketeers / Alexandre Dumas (1844)

In seventeenth-century France, young d’Artagnan initially quarrels with, then befriends, three musketeers and joins them in trying to outwit the enemies of the king and queen. (FIC DUMAS)


The Raven / Edgar Allan Poe (1845)

Presents Poe’s haunting poem, which explores the terrifying truths that lurk deep within the human psyche. (J 811 POE)


Vanity Fair / William Makepeace Thackeray (1848)

Chronicles the exploits of Becky Sharp, an unscrupulous young woman who is determined to achieve wealth and social success, and her sentimental companion, Amelia, who has fallen for a caddish soldier, in the classic novel set against the backdrop of English society in the early 1800s. (FIC THACKERAY)


Did you know? The first telegraph was sent on May 24, 1844 by Samuel B. Morse.

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