How to Use This Guide
The nineteenth century marked the advent of the novel as a major genre in literature. While there are novels that predate 1800s such
as Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, the early giants of the genre (Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and the Bronte sisters, among others) all started writing during this time period.
The purpose of this list is to assist you with the reading of these novels. You'll find articles to help you understand significant quotations, follow plot lines, and interpret symbols and motifs in the stories. You'll get insight into the major characters, and you'll read some questions (and answers) to help you in class discussions.