- Louisa May Alcott (Nov 29, 1832 - Mar 6, 188) - The Inheritance (1849)
- Little Women (1868)
- An Old-Fashioned Girl (1869)
- Little Men (1871)
- Eight Cousins (1875)
- Jo's Boys (1886)
- Various short stories and novellas, such as “The Quiet Little Woman" and “The Abbot's Ghost,"
were all entertaining.
“A Tale of the Fall of Jerusalem" in 70 A.D. As with all Henty novels, this one was full of history and twisting plot-threads (so twisting I can't remember it all!)
- By Right of Conquest (1891)
- Beric the Briton (1893)
- My mom read many other Hentys to my brother and me, but alas, only shards of characters, scenes, and history, still glint in my memory. Those shards are distinct and formative, however -- I do believe Henty is in my subconscious.
This is a true narrative of a group of travelers touring Europe and the Mediterranean. I love travel books and this one was absolutely hilarious in the hands of Mark Twain.
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876)
- The Prince and the Pauper (1881)
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885)
- Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (1896)
(As I'm waxing on about his works, I realize I should do a post just on Mark Twain!)
Isabella MacDonald Allen (Nov 3, 1841 - Aug 5, 1930) - Ester Reid (1870)
This novel about a girl who goes from being a lukewarm Christian to a true servant of Christ was very inspiring and convicting to me as a teenager, and so helped me grow in my spiritual walk.
Robert Louis Stevenson (Nov 13, 1850 - Dec 3, 1894) - Treasure Island (1883)
This one was just too much fun! Jim Hawkins, Long John Silver, pirates, buried treasure, danger, swordfights ... it's the quintessential adventure novel.
- Kidnapped (1886)
- The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886)
- David Balfour (1893)
Edmond Rostand (Apr 1, 1868 - Dec 2, 1918) - Cyrano de Bergerac
This was a funny and moving play, a reading experience I won't soon forget. Cyrano's way with words was truly something. I had the pleasure of seeing a good friend act in a production of Cyrano.