Reading List on the 18th Century

I love reading about the 18th century. This is a list of book I have read written in or set in this time period.

18th Century Novels – chronological

Daniel Defoe (1719) Robinson Crusoe
Daniel Defoe (1722) Moll Flanders
Daniel Defoe (1724) Roxana
Jonathan Swift (1726/35) Gulliver’s Travels
Abbe Prevost (1731) Manon Lescaut
Francis Coventry (1740) The History of Pompey the Little, available online
Samuel Richardson (1740) Pamela
Henry Fielding (1741) An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews
Charlotte Lennox (1752) The Female Quixote
Laurence Sterne (1759-1767) The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
Voltaire (1759) Candide
Rousseau (1761) Julie, or the New Heloise
Horace Walpole (1764) Otranto
Oliver Goldsmith (1766) The Vicar of Wakefield
Laurence Sterne (1768) A Sentimental Journey
Tobias Smollett (1771) The Expedition of Humphry Clinker
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1774) The Sorrows of the Young Werther
Fanny Burney (1778) Evelina
Fanny Burney (1782) Cecilia
Pierre Choderlos de Laclos (1782) Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Ann Radcliffe (1790) A Sicilian Romance
Elizabeth Inchbald (1791) A Simple Story
Ann Radcliffe (1791) The Romance of the Forest
William Godwin (1794) Caleb Williams
Ann Radcliffe (1794) The Mysteries of Udolpho
Matthew Lewis (1796) The Monk
Ann Radcliffe (1797) The Italian
Charles Brockden Brown (1798) Wieland

to read:

Samuel Richardson (1748) Clarissa
Tobias Smollett (1748) The Adventures of Roderick Random
Tobias Smollett (1751) The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

18th Century Drama

Susanna Centlivre (1709) The Busie Body
Oliver Goldsmith (1773) She Stoops to Conquer
Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1775) The Rivals
Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1777) The School for Scandal

18th Century Poetry

Alexander Pope (1712) The Rape of the Lock
Alexander Pope (1715-1720) Iliad, translation

18th Century Short Stories

Joseph Addison, Days with Sir Roger de Coverley

18th Century Non-Fiction

Lord Chesterfield, Letters to His Son
Montesquieu, Persian Letters
Rousseau, Confessions
Rousseu, Emile

Novels Set in the 18th Century

Emma Donoghue, Slammerkin
David Mitchell, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Patrick Suskind, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Non-fiction about the 18th Century

David Edmonds & John Eidinow, Rousseau’s Dog
Amanda Foreman, The Duchess
Antonia Fraser, Marie Antoinette
Hannah Greig, The Beau Monde: Fashionable Society in Georgian London
Robert K. Massie, Catherine the Great
Robert K. Massie, Peter the Great
Nancy Mitford, Madame de Pompadour
Wendy Moore, How to Create the Perfect Wife
Wendy Moore, Wedlock: How Georgian Britain’s Worst Husband Met His Match
Antal Szerb, The Queen’s Necklace
Amanda Vickery, Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England
Ian Watt, The Rise of the Novel
Caroline Weber, Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution

to read:

Lucy Inglis, Georgian London
Amanda Vickery, The Gentleman’s Daughter