Popular books published in the 1870s

Little Men / Louisa May Alcott (1871)

Follows Jo March and her husband Professor Bhaer as they try to make their home and school a happy, stimulating place. (J FIC ALCOTT)


Middlemarch / George Eliot (1871-1872)

A sensitive young woman marries a bitter, despotic scholar 30 years her senior, who lives just long enough to blight her spirit. She inherits his fortune, only to learn she will forfeit it if she marries her husband’s young cousin, whom she loves. (FIC ELIOT)


Far From the Madding Crowd / Thomas Hardy (1874)

After an unfortunate marriage to Sergeant Troy and an affair with Farmer Boldwood, Bathsheba Everdene finally becomes the wife of the man who has always loved her. (FIC HARDY)


A Doll’s House / Henrik Ibsen (1879)

Nora Helmer had years earlier committed a forgery, in order to save the life of her authoritarian husband Torvald. Now she is being blackmailed, and lives in fear of her husband finding out, and of the shame such a revelation would bring to his career. But, when the truth comes out, Nora is shocked to learn where she really stands in her husband’s esteem. (839.8 IBS)

Daisy Miller / Henry James (1879)

Daisy Miller, a young American girl, flirts and partakes of young life to its fullest while visiting Europe. Daisy meets the more subtle and self-aware Winterbourne and their romance ends in misfortune. (FIC JAMES, HENRY)


Black Beauty / Anne Sewell (1877)

Originally published in 1877, this classic story, told from the animal’s perspective, captures the struggles and triumphs of this magnificent creature from his early days as a free colt to an owned creature poorly treated by evil men. (J FIC SEWELL)


Anna Karenina / Leo Tolstoy (1877)

Beautiful and charming, Anna lives in a splendid world of her own making. She smokes, rides horseback, plays tennis, takes opium, practices birth control, and–although she is already married–falls in love with a handsome army officer. Anna’s life is played out against a backdrop of dazzling balls and the vastness of Russia’s landscape. (FIC TOLSTOY)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer / Mark Twain (1876)

Tom, shrewd and adventurous, makes friends with Huck Finn, and they accidentally witness a murder. (J FIC TWAIN)


Around the World in Eighty Days / Jules Verne (1873)

On a wager, the eccentric English gentleman Phileas Fogg accepts a challenge to circle the globe in eighty days. Follow Phileas and his faithful valet Passepartout, in this classic fantastic adventure. (FIC VERNE)


Did you know? Alexander Graham Bell was awarded the first U.S. patent for a telephone in 1876.

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