#TBT: 1890s

Popular books published in the 1890s

The Awakening / Kate Chopin (1899)

Edna Pontellier, a Victorian-era wife and mother, is awakened to the full force of her desire for love and freedom when she becomes enamored with Robert LeBrun, a young man she meets while on vacation. (FIC CHOPIN)

 

Heart of Darkness / Joseph Conrad (1899)

Marlowe sails down the Congo in search of Kurtz, a company agent who has, according to rumors, become insane in the jungle isolation. (FIC CONRAD)

 

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes/ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1892)

A collection of Sherlock Holmes mystery adventures, including “A Scandal in Bohemia,” “The Red-headed League,” and “The Adventure of the Speckled Band.” (FIC DOYLE)

 

The Interpretation of Dreams / Sigmund Freud (1899)

The author introduces his theory of the unconscious with respect to dream interpretation, and discusses what would later become the theory of the Oedipus complex. (135 FRE)

 

Tess of the D’Urbervilles / Thomas Hardy (1891)

Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D’Urbevilles, and meeting her “cousin” Alec proves to be her downfall. When Angel Clare offers her love and salvation, she must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent in the hope of a peaceful future. (FIC HARDY)

The Jungle Book / Rudyard Kipling (1894)

Shares the author’s famous jungle stories, including feral child Mowgli’s brave fight against Shere Khan and how the mongoose Rikki-Tikki-Tavi protected a British family from cobras. (FIC KIPLING)

 

Cyrano de Bergerac / Edmond Rostand (1897)

Cyrano is a wonderful poet who feels ugly due to his huge nose, but when he agrees to help a friend woo a woman, she falls in love with the poetry and the poet. (842 ROS)

 

Dracula / Bram Stoker (1897)

Having discovered the double identity of the wealthy Transylvanian nobleman, Count Dracula, a small group of people vow to rid the world of the evil vampire. (FIC STOKER)

 

The Time Machine / H.G. Wells (1895)

A classic novel of the future follows the Time Traveller as he hurtles one million years into the future and encounters a world populated by two distinct races, the childlike Eloi and the disgusting Morlocks who prey on the Eloi. (FIC WELLS)

 

The Picture of Dorian Gray / Oscar WIlde (1890)

An exquisitely beautiful young man in Victorian England retains his youthful and innocent appearance over the years while his portrait reflects both his age and evil soul as he pursues a life of decadence and corruption. (FIC WILDE)

 

Did You Know? More than 25 million people visited the 1893 Chicago World Columbian Exposition between May 1 and October 30, 1893. 

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