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February 26, 2005



I love it! A true book person. With focus on the 19th C. I don't like to think of it as Victorian. Early, middle, late, 20th C. Victorian, they're so different! I must tell my sister about you. She's also wall to wall books (as am I, though my lit must share with math, which I teach). I have a few complete sets of 19C and other novelists but nothing like yours! You inspire me! What have I been waiting for! I'll be ba-a-a-ack!



I love the lists. One of the reasons I want a large study is to get the books into one place instead of scattered all over the house (and still more boxes in Israel).

great list.

Bill Tozier

It's interesting that there doesn't seem to be any E. M. Sewell or Marie Corelli. The presumably random sampling of 19thC literature we have stacked about the basement and garage (not for reading, but rather acquired en masse for redistribution in Project Gutenberg) contains a surprising number of their works, and I'm told both were quite prolific. Were they also bad?

Bill Tozier

[somehow it seems that the previous comment could be misconstrued as a criticism; far from it -- just musing aloud]


The relative paucity of Marie C. on my shelves really has to do with my research priorities, more than anything else--I usually don't write about folks publishing that late in the period. OTOH, I am interested in E. M. Sewell, but reasonably affordable E. M. Sewell seems to be rather scarce on the ground.


We shelve books on a figure with books by the figure (sometimes we shelve closely related books with the figure, too: Martin Rawson's Wasteland comic with T.S. Eliot, for example). So we tend to measure novelists by linear feet. George Eliot runs about 6 feet (that includes Lewes's life of Goethe). Trollope (since Ellen wrote on him) runs around 22 feet, slopping over onto the seventh shelf of a 42" bookcase.

Just as a matter of interest, which Trollopes don't you have?

Bill Tozier

Well, we'll be releasing at least two E. M. Sewell novels in the next few weeks to Distributed Proofreading, thence to Project Gutenberg. Can't beat the price there....

Hedley Lamarr

Patently unfair to the Brontës!


But are we counting titles, or actual physical volumes? That is, leaving triple-deckers aside (or considering them to be a single book), may different editions -- or even multiple copies -- of the same title be counted? C'mon -- I can't be the only person with 7 or 8 copies of Jane Eyre out there...

(and, by the by, I *would* consider Little Women and Good Wives, if published in separate volumes, to make up two novels...)


I was sorta wishy-washy there--for example, there are multiple titles in my "Collected Works" of Bulwer-Lytton, which I counted as a single volume, but multiple volumes of several Disraeli novels, which I counted as a single book... So, yeah, some numbers could go even higher.

For some reason, I'm now up to six copies of Wuthering Heights. I think that's sufficient!

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