A few years back I was asked by an early visitor to Random, who noted that I love Victorian Literature, if I could name my favourite books from that genre. I have recently been asked the same question and so I have had a rethink and while I was jotting notes checked my earlier post and found that not much has changed but there have been a few additions.
I am including EF Benson in my list of Victorian Literature now as his first book Dodo was written in 1893 and am slipping him in here as I cannot let an opportunity pass to urge anyone who has not ead the Mapp and Lucia books to do so. Some of his other stand alone works such as Michael, Mrs Ames and an Autumn Sowing show that he is not just a comedy writer. These three books show him at his best. Some of his others though are not so good but as he wrote about 90 I think he is allowed a few dodgy ones.
My favourite out of all his books, and it is pretty difficult to separate them out, is Bleak House,which I had to read for my A levels at school many moons ago. Tells story of Jarndyce v Jarndyce, a case in Chancery which has been dragging on for years and which ruins the lives of everyone it touches. It is a work of stunning brilliance with one of the most memorable opening paragraphs in all English literature.