What were some "bestselling" novels in the early 19th century?

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thewanderlust878 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 3) Salutatorian

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The entire 19th century was one hundred years worth of discovery, new ideas, and change. Many people were beginning to step out of the "Christian norm" that most of many societies, such as American, British, and French, put people in. This is especially apparent in literature and art in the 19th century. In the first part of the century, Romanticism was the big movement in both art and literature. Some of the most notable novels, across the world, that came into being during the early 19th century (from about 1800 - 1835) include as follows:

  • Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility 
  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 
  • James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans 
  • Stendhal's The Red and the Black
  • Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

Unfortunately, it wasn't until mid to late century where more notable novels were published, such as novels by Mark Twain, Leo Tolstoy, Charles Dickens, the Bronte sisters, etc. 

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ssandhu05 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Honors

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There were many best selling books during the 19th century; too many to name. But they were impacting reads that were important in our society. Here is a list of some of the books that I could find in my search:

  • Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush by Ian Maclaren (1895)
  • A Lady of Quality by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1896)
  • Phroso by Anthony Hope (1897)
  • The Pride of Jennico by Egerton Castle (1898)
  • Red Rock by Thomas Nelson Page (1899)
  • To Have and To Hold by Mary Johnston (1900)
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1852)

There are more best selling books named in the link referenced below.

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