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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Women Writers Reading Challenge



This challenge should take me out of my normal genre a little - usually read more current books, but looking forward to searching out some good "old" books for this challenge.

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This reading challenge will be for all of 2009. Sign ups may begin early over at Becky's Book Reviews, but reading should not.
How many books? No fewer than four. No more than twelve. For example, you might want to read two books by authors from the eighteenth century (1700-1799) and two books by authors from the nineteenth century (1800-1899). Or you might want to read six books by authors from the 18th century, and six books by authors from the 19th century. You get the idea. Me being the *perfectionist* I am would stress the balance between the two. But I *know* that may be just me. So you may read in whatever proportion you like.
What books are allowed? If they're written by a woman who lived and wrote from 1700 to 1900, then they count. What books don't count...if an author was born during this time period, but didn't publish anything until the next century. Post-1900 books are NOT allowed. There is a small loophole here. If a book was written during these two centuries 1700-1900 and was not published until after the author's death...and that publication date just happened to be in the 1900s or 2000s...then that would count.

Here is a place where you can get ideas, but be careful, the list includes some authors who won't count. (See above.)
Celebration of Women Writers 1801-1900
Celebration of Women Writers 1701-1800
Timeframe...January 1rst 2009 to December 29th 2009
Overlaps with other challenges allowed.

Eighteenth Century Women Writers:

  1. - Love in Excess - Eliza Haywood (1720)
  2. - Evelina - Frances Burney (1778)

Nineteenth Century Women Writers:

  1. - Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen (1811)
  2. - Frankenstein - Mary Shelley (1818)


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