Can You Guess These Books From the 19th Century Based on Just a Description?

Becky Stigall

Two boys in St. Petersburg, Missouri, go on adventures.

This Mark Twain novel was published in 1884 and highlighted the adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer.

This woman is "handsome, clever and rich," but is probably more spoiled than anything else.

The novel "Emma" was written by Jane Austen and published in 1815.

A vampire and a group of people go head to head.

"Dracula" was written by Bram Stoker and published in 1897. Stoker also wrote the first theater adaptation of the book.

This eight-part novel takes on such themes as religion, politics and education.

This George Eliot novel first hit bookshelves in 1871.

A mean man is vistied by three ghosts on the night before a big holiday.

"A Christmas Carol" was written by Charles Dickens and published in 1843. The book has never been out of print since its first publication.

A big white rabbit leads a girl on an adventure where she shrinks, then grows tall and meets interesting characters.

"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" is a novel by Lewis Carroll. He was really Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a mathematician.

One man has two, very different, personalities.

"Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" was written by Robert Louis Stevenson and published in 1886.

This young lady loves, and eventually marries, Edward Rochester.

"Jane Eyre" was written by Charlotte Bronte and was published in 1847.

A woman has an affair, gets pregnant and has to wear a red "A" as a brand of her shame.

The Scarlet Letter was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne and was published in 1850. Can you imagine someone being forced to wear a scarlet letter today?

A scientist builds a man out of body parts and he is viewed as a monster.

Mary Shelley wrote "Frankenstein" when she was only 20. The book was originally published without her name on it.

A fisherman chases after a whale and his boat sinks.

"Moby-Dick" was written by Herman Melville and was published in 1851. "Call me Ishmael."

A young woman and her family are having financial trouble, so they rent out their home to relatives of the woman's ex-fiance.

"Persuasion" was written by Jane Austen and published in 1818, just a few months after she died.

Four sisters live, love and grow up.

"Little Women" was written by Louisa May Alcott. The 1868 novel was about Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March

A boy lives along the Mississippi River and falls in love with a girl who he kisses as a form of engagement.

"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" was written by Mark Twain. Twain's given name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens.

The French invasion of Russia has varying effects on five Russian families.

Tolstoy wrote this 1,225-page novel. It was first published in pieces, then released as a whole in 1869.

Two beautiful people engage in a destructive love affair.

"Wuthering Heights" was Emile Bronte's one and only novel. She died soon after writing it.

A woman babysits chickens, has a baby, kills the father and is executed.

"Tess of the d'Urbervilles" was written by Thomas Hardy and serialized in 1891. It was considered very scandalous for the era.

This story is about a man who spent 19 years in jail for stealing bread.

"Les Miserables" was written by Victor Hugo and was about the challenges of the French Revolution.

An orphan is sold but escapes, then goes to London to join a gang.

"Oliver Twist" was written by Charles Dickens and published in 1838.

A bunch of married people have affairs.

"Anna Karenina" was written by Leo Tolstoy. At 864 pages, it was shorter than his other famous novel, "War and Peace."

A ten-year-old girl goes to live with her aunt and uncle and grows up with them.

"Mansfield Park" was written by Jane Austen and published in 1814.

A man who was wrongly imprisoned seeks revenge.

"The Count of Monte Cristo" was written by Alexandre Dumas and published in 1844 to 1846 as a serialized novel.

A woman leaves her home in the south and moves north during the Industrial Revolution.

"North and South" was written by Elizabeth Gaskell and published in 1855.

A married woman has affairs and spends a lot of money.

"Madame Bovary" was written by Gustave Flaubert and published in its entirety in 1857.

Sisters whose father just died must deal with their stepbrother and his mean wife.

"Sense and Sensibility" was written by Jane Austen. When it was first published, the author's name was not on the book. Instead, the book cover read, "By a Lady."

An innkeeper's son goes on adventures to find treasure.

"Treasure Island" was written by Robert Louis Stevenson and first published as a whole 1883.

A gorgeous man sells his soul and leads a hedonistic life while his portrait bears the burdens of his pursuits.

"The Picture of Dorian Gray" was written by Oscar Wilde and released in 1890. It was, at first, heavily censored because it was considered quite scandalous.

An orphan lives with his sister and her husband.

"Great Expectations" was written by Charles Dickens and published in 1861.

A poor Russian man wrestles with a sort of twisted Robin Hood-type dilemma.

"Crime and Punishment" was written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and published in 1866.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

"A Tale of Two Cities" was written by Charles Dickens. The last line of the book is as famous as the first line: "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."

A man has adventures in many different eras.

"The Time Machine" was written by H.G. Wells and published in 1895.

A group of swashbucklers go on adventures.

"The Three Musketeers" was written by Alexandre Dumas and published as a serialized novel in 1844.

An orphan is raised in the wilderness and makes friends with a bear.

"The Jungle Book" was written by Rudyard Kipling and published in 1894.

A group in a submarine go up against a sea monster.

"Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" was written by Jules Verne and published in 1870.

A British man needs to marry off his five daughters.

"Pride and Prejudice" was written by Jane Austen and published in 1813. It was recently reworked as "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies."

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"Dracula," "Frankenstein" and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" are just a few examples of great 19th-century literature. Can you identify them from just a description?

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