Victorian Autobiography Representative Works - Essay

Representative Works

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Annie Wood Besant
Annie Besant: An Autobiography (autobiography) 1893

Charlotte Brontë
Jane Eyre; an Autobiography [as Currer Bell] (novel) 1847

Samuel Butler
The Way of All Flesh (novel) 1903

Thomas Carlyle
Sartor Resartus: The Life and Opinions of Herr Teufelsdröckh (prose) 1833-34; published in Fraser's Magazine

Charles Darwin
The Autobiography of Charles Darwin [edited by Francis Darwin] (autobiography) 1929; revised edition, edited by Nora Barlow, published as The Autobiography of Charles Darwin 1809-1882. With Original Omissions Restored, 1933

Charles Dickens
The Personal History of David Copperfield (novel) 1850

Edmund Gosse
Father and Son: A Study of Two Temperaments (novel) 1907

Leigh Hunt
The Autobiography of Leigh Hunt; with Reminiscences of Friends and Contemporaries. 3 vols. (autobiography) 1850

Fanny Kemble
Record of a Girlhood: An Autobiography (autobiography) 1878

Harriet Martineau
Harriet Martineau's Autobiography, with Memorials by Maria Weston Chapman. 3 vols. (autobiography) 1877

John Stuart Mill
Autobiography (autobiography) 1873

George Moore
Confessions of a Young Man (fictional autobiography) 1888

John Henry Newman
Apologia pro vita sua: Being a Reply to a Pamphlet Entitled “What, Then, Does Dr. Newman Mean?” (autobiography) 1864; also published as History of My Religious Opinions, 1865

Margaret Oliphant
The Autobiography and Letters of Mrs. M. O. W. Oliphant (autobiography and letters) 1899

Robert Dale Owen
Threading My Way. Twenty-seven Years of Autobiography (autobiography) 1874

John Ruskin
Praeterita: Outlines of Scenes and Thoughts Perhaps Worthy of Memory in My Past Life (unfinished autobiography) 1885-89

Herbert Spencer
An Autobiography. 2 vols. (autobiography) 1904

Leslie Stephen
*Sir Leslie Stephen's Mausoleum Book [edited by Alan Bell] (memoir) 1977

Charlotte Elisabeth Tonna
Personal Recollections (autobiography) 1841

Anthony Trollope
An Autobiography (autobiography) 1883

*This work was completed c. 1895, but was not published under this title until 1977.