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This research guide will assist students and other researchers to find sources pertaining to the Victorian and Romantic eras of British Literature, as well as other 19th century and general literary sources.
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Library of Congress Classifications

Library of Congress Subject Headings

PR 1-9680: English Literature

PR 1-56: Literary History and Criticism

PR 57-78: Criticism

PR 451-469: 19th Century

PR 500-614: Poetry

PR 521-614: By Period

PR 621-744: Drama

PR 641-744: By Period

PR 750-890: Prose

PR 767-818: By Period

PR 821-890: Prose Fiction. The Novel

PR 921-928: Essays

PR 3991-5990: 19th Century, 1770/1800-1890/1990


Introduction to 19th Century British Literature

The 19th century was an exciting, groundbreaking time for the world of British Literature. Not only did this magnificent literary century contain two of the most renowned literary movements, but it was during this time that such prolific female writers as Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Mary Shelley, and George Elliot (Mary Ann Evans) made their way into what was so often a man's world, especially where poetry was concerned. The big six Romantic poets; Blake, Worsdworth, Coleridge, Byron, Keats, and Percy Shelley changed the face of British Poetry which had long been set to the metered rhymes of Shakepeare and Alexander Pope. Victorian Poets such as Tennyson, Matthew Arnold,  and Robert Browning, while much more reserved than the Romantics, continued to change poetry as well. Novels, which had had once been thought of as secondary literature that "only women liked to read" burst forth, including such titles, as The Picture of Dorian Gray, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, A Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations. Tennyson wrote the beautiful Lady of Shalott, and Wordsworth and Coleridge wrote the poetry collection Literary Ballads. Byron became the first literary celebrity. To have 100 years containing two such distinct, but ground-breaking literary movements, as well as producing some of the greatest authors known to us, is truly a rarity indeed.

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