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I am sort of interested in it. So far I have read Robinson Crusoe, The Monk, The History of Tom Jones (a Foundling), The Expedition of Humphry Clinker, and I think Gulliver's Travels. I definitely read part of it, but I am not sure I read it all. 18th century British literature is quite strange. The Monk by Matthew Lewis is X rated. Humphry Clinker is like a travelogue through 18th Century Britain written by your grandfather's most bigoted friend, but still good. Tom Jones, OTOH, is one of the best books I have ever read. I have Pamela by Samuel Richardson to read in 2022. It makes War and Peace look slim. I also fancy reading Fanny Hill, The Mysteries of Udolpho, and The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy.

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I'm interested in reading everything so don't take note of what century it's written in - except for the Victober challenge. I think I read Fanny Hill a very long time ago,  so much so that I'm not sure, and found that it wasn't as disgusting as I'd hoped (probably going through my 'I dare my mother to ban me from reading these things' phase (she didn't)). Not read anything else you mention but a quick online search shows me that I would read 18th century in a heartbeat and  intend to do so. I have read The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole and I have The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg on my shelf, also on my shelf Dangerous Liaisons By Pierre Choderlos De Laclos. And, naturally (being Scottish) have read Robert Burns.  There is also Sir Walter Scott (on my shelf), Honoré de Balzac (not on my shelf). I've read some of Keats and I got nearly all the way to the end of 120 Days of Sodom by the Marquis de Sade.

 

An interesting era which needs to be looked at more closely, methinks

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8 hours ago, lunababymoonchild said:

The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole

I was going to recommend that after reading the first post! Such a weird story, but a good one. 

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10 hours ago, lunababymoonchild said:

I'm interested in reading everything so don't take note of what century it's written in - except for the Victober challenge. I think I read Fanny Hill a very long time ago,  so much so that I'm not sure, and found that it wasn't as disgusting as I'd hoped (probably going through my 'I dare my mother to ban me from reading these things' phase (she didn't)). Not read anything else you mention but a quick online search shows me that I would read 18th century in a heartbeat and  intend to do so. I have read The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole and I have The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg on my shelf, also on my shelf Dangerous Liaisons By Pierre Choderlos De Laclos. And, naturally (being Scottish) have read Robert Burns.  There is also Sir Walter Scott (on my shelf), Honoré de Balzac (not on my shelf). I've read some of Keats and I got nearly all the way to the end of 120 Days of Sodom by the Marquis de Sade.

 

An interesting era which needs to be looked at more closely, methinks

I expect 120 Days of Sodom was as disgusting as you could hope. I watched the film by Pier Paulo Pasolini. It was extremely unpleasant. I watched an art-house adaption of Judith recently, which was rather unpleasant too. I am not tempted to read any Marquis de Sade. Sir Walter Scott was Regency era. I read Waverley last year. I thought that was very good, much better than I expected.

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1 hour ago, KEV67 said:

I expect 120 Days of Sodom was as disgusting as you could hope. I watched the film by Pier Paulo Pasolini. It was extremely unpleasant. I watched an art-house adaption of Judith recently, which was rather unpleasant too. I am not tempted to read any Marquis de Sade. Sir Walter Scott was Regency era. I read Waverley last year. I thought that was very good, much better than I expected.

 

120 Days of Sodom : It was.  When I got to the violence I stopped reading. It was very well written though and now I know. I won't read any more. Everything else is up for consideration.

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A few more to consider (which I have enjoyed!)

 

Candide - Voltaire

Les Liaisons Dangereuses - Choderlos de Laclos

Moll Flanders - Defoe

A Journal of the Plague Year - Defoe

Evelina - Fanny Burney

The Vicar of Wakefield - Goldsmith

and other books by same authors

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Maybe I meant Moll Flanders instead of Fanny Hill. Fanny Burney was a forerunner of Jane Austen, wasn't she? 18th century literature can be a bit weird.

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On 10/31/2021 at 7:23 PM, Hayley said:

I was going to recommend that after reading the first post! Such a weird story, but a good one. 

For seriously weird 18th century novels there's also Vathek by William Beckford.

 

4 hours ago, KEV67 said:

Maybe I meant Moll Flanders instead of Fanny Hill. Fanny Burney was a forerunner of Jane Austen, wasn't she? 18th century literature can be a bit weird.

Fanny Burney was a great favourite of Jane Austen's.

What about Clarissa by Samuel Richardson (the longest novel in the English language)? It's actually a terrific read, he also wrote Pamela about the virtuous servant girl whose employer is determined to seduce her which is a lot shorter and rather more saccharine.

 

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On 08/11/2021 at 6:40 PM, willoyd said:

A Journal of the Plague Year - Defoe

There is an absolutely beautiful folio society edition of this one! 
 

On 08/11/2021 at 6:40 PM, willoyd said:

Evelina - Fanny Burney

I would second this one too. I started it expecting that it would not be my kind of book, but I ended up really enjoying it. It’s a good one for getting a sense of what society was like at the time. 

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On 11/11/2021 at 9:44 PM, Hayley said:

There is an absolutely beautiful folio society edition of this one!

 

I have one of the earlier editions - lovely.

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