Below I have listed some films and fiction which may interest the Victorianist. The lists are by no means exhaustive and will be added to when I find the time. Suggestions are gratefully received!



I tried to put together a list of films set in the Victorian era. It's not exhaustive, and I'm not saying they're all good (or even that I saw them all) but it's a start for getting your Victorian fix, anyway.

A Christmas Carol (1999)
A Little Princess (1995) 
A Midsummer's Night Dream (1999)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984)
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Amistad (1997)
An Ideal Husband (1999)
Andersonville (1996)
Anna and the King (1999)
Anna Karenina (1997)
Anna Karenina (2012)
Anne of Green Gables (1985)
As You Like It (2006)
Bleak House (2005)
The Buccaneers (1995)
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
Cold Mountain (2003)
The Conspirator (2010)
Cousin Bette (1998)
Cranford (2007)
The Crimson Petal and the White (2011)
Daniel Deronda (2002)
David Copperfield (1999)
Desperate Romantics (2009)
Dorian Gray (2009)
Dracula (1992)
Elvira Madigan (1967)
Enslavement: The True Story of Fanny Kemble (2000)
Ethan Frome (1993)
Far from the Madding Crowd (1998)
Fingersmith (2005)
The Forsyte Saga (2002)
The Four Feathers (2002)
The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
From Hell (2001)
Gangs of New York (2002)
Gettysburg (1993)
The Glass Virgin (1995)
The Governess (1998)
Glory (1989)
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Great Expectations (2012)
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)
Hamlet (1996)
Hans Christian Anderson: My Life as Fairy Tale (2001)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1999)
The Illusionist (2006)
The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)
The Impressionists (2006)
Jane Eyre (2011)
Jane Eyre (2006)
The Jungle Book (1994)
The Last Samurai (2003)
The Legend of Zorro (2005)
Les Misérables (2012)
Lagaan: Once upon a Time in India (2001)
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1982, 2001)
Lillie (1978)
Lincoln (2012)
Little Dorrit (2008)
Little Lord Fauntleroy (1995)
Little Women (1994)
Madame Bovary (2000)
The Man Who Would be King (1975)
The Mayor of Casterbridge (2003)
The Mill on the Floss (1997)
The Miracle Worker (2000)
The Missing (2003)
The Moonstone (1997)
The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1986)
The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012)
Martin Chuzzlewit (1994)
Middlemarch (1994)
Millie (1997)
Miss Julie (1999)
Miss Potter (2006)
Moby Dick (1998)
Molokai: The Story of Father Damien (1999)
Moulin Rouge (2001)
Mountains of the Moon (1990)
Mrs. Brown (1997)
Ned Kelly (2004)
Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
North and South (2004)
The Old Curiosity Shop (2007)
Oliver Twist (2007)
Onegin (1999)
Original Sin (2001)
Our Mutual Friend (1998)
Peter Pan (2003)
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
The Piano (1993)
The Portrait of a Lady (1996)
Possession (2002)
The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1987)
The Ripper (1997)
The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (2005)
The Prestige (2006)
The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
The Secret Garden (1993)
The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton (2006)
The Sign of Four (2001)
Silk (2007)
Sommersby (1993)
The Song of the Lark (2000)
Tess of the D'Urbevilles (2008)
The Tempest (1998))
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1996) )
The Time Machine (2002
Tipping the Velvet (2002)
Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn (2013)
Topsy Turvy (1999)
True Grit (2010)
True Women (1997)
The Turn of the Screw (2009)
Twelfth Night (1996)
Under the Greenwood Tree (2005)
Victoria and Albert (2001) 
The Way We Live Now (2001)
Wilde (1997)
Wives and Daughters (1999)
The Woman in White (1997)
Wuthering Heights (2011)
The Wyvern Mystery (2000)
Yentl (1983)
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
The Young Victoria (2009)



I have divided the list into Period Fiction, by which I mean fiction written in the period, and Historical Fiction, by which I mean fiction written after the Edwardian and Victorian period but taking place in them. The period fiction is quite often out of copyright in many countries and available online. I have added links where appropriate but you are cautioned that any downloading is your own responsibility and that it is up to you to check what legal framework may be applicable in your case.


Period Fiction


Victorian and Edwardian Britain and Empire


Mary Elizabeth Braddon 
Lady Audley's Secret
Aurora Floyd

John Buchan
Prester John (1910)
The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915)

G.K. Chesterton
The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1908)
The Man Who Was Thursday (1908)
The Innocence of Father Brown (1911)
The Wisdom of Father Brown (1914)

Victoria Cross
Anna Lombard (1901)

Henry Stuart Cunningham
Chronicles of Dustypore; a tale of modern Anglo-Indian society 

Charles Dickens
The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club
The Adventures of Oliver Twist
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
The Old Curiosity Shop
Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of 'Eighty
The Christmas books:
  • A Christmas Carol (1843)
  • The Chimes (1844)
  • The Cricket on the Hearth (1845)
  • The Battle of Life (1846)
  • The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain (1848)
The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit
Dombey and Son
David Copperfield
Bleak House
Hard Times
Little Dorrit
A Tale of Two Cities
Great Expectations
Our Mutual Friend 
The Mystery of Edwin Drood (unfinished) 

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A Study in Scarlet (1887)
The Sign of Four (1890)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1894)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902)
The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905)
The Valley of Fear (1915)
His Last Bow (1917)

Mary & Jane Helen Findlater

Ford Madox Ford
The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion (1915)

E.M. Forster
Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905)
The Longest Journey (1907)
A Room with a View (1908)
Howards End (1910)
Maurice (written in 1913–14, published posthumously in 1971) 
A Passage to India (1924)

Elizabeth Gaskell 
Mary Barton (1848) 
Cranford (1851–3) 
Ruth (1853) 
North and South (1854–55) 
Sylvia's Lovers (1863) 
Wives and Daughters: An Everyday Story (1865)  

George Gissing 
Workers in the Dawn (1880)
The Unclassed (1884)
Isabel Clarendon (1885)
Demos (1886)
Thyrza (1887)
A Life's Morning (1888)
The Nether World (1889)
The Emancipated (1890)
New Grub Street (1891)
Denzil Quarrier (1892)
Born In Exile (1892)
The Odd Women (1893)
In the Year of Jubilee (1894)
Eve's Ransom (1895)
The Paying Guest (1895)
Sleeping Fires (1895)
The Whirlpool (1897)
The Town Traveller (1898)
The Crown Of Life (1899)
By the Ionian Sea (1901)
Our Friend the Charlatan (1901)
The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft (1903)
Will Warburton (1905)  

Elinor Glyn
The Visits of Elizabeth (1900)
The Seventh Commandment (1902)
The Reflections of Ambrosine (1903)
The Damsel and the Sage (1903)
The Vicissitudes of Evangeline (1905)
Red Hair
Beyond the Rocks (1906)
Three Weeks (1907)
The Sayings of Grandmamma and Others (1908)
Elizabeth Visits America (1909)
His Hour (1910)
Love Itself (1912)
Halcyone (1912)
The Reason Why (1912)
The Sequence (1913)
Your Affectionate Godmother (1914)
Letters to Caroline (1914)
Three Things (1915)
The Career of Katherine Bush (1916)
Destruction (1918)
The Price of Things (1919) aka Family The Point of View (1920)
Man and Maid (1922)

H. Rider Haggard 
King Solomon's Mines(1885)
Allan Quatermain (1887)  
She (1887)
Ayesha: The Return of She (1905)

Anthony Hope
The Prisoner of Zenda (1894)
Rupert of Henzau (1895)

Rudyard Kipling
Kim (1901)

D.H Lawrence
Sons and Lovers (1913)
The Rainbow (1915)
Women in Love (1920)
Lady Chatterley's Lover (1928)

A.E.W. Mason
The Four Feathers

E. Nesbitt
The Story of the Treasure Seekers (1899)
The Wouldbegoods (1901)
Five Children and It  (1902)
The New Treasure Seekers (1904)
The Phoenix and the Carpet (1904)
The Railway Children (1906)
The Story of the Amulet (1906)
The Enchanted Castle (1907)
The House of Arden (1908)
Harding's Luck (1909)
The Magic City (1910)

E. Philip Oppenheim
The Lost Ambassador (1910)
The Double Traitor (1915)

George W. M. R. Reynolds
The Mysteries of London
The Mysteries of the Court of London

Vita Sackville-West
The Edwardians

Siegfried Sassoon
Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man

Flora Annie Steel
Tales of the Punjab

Anthony Trollope 
The Macdermots of Ballycloran
The Kellys and the O'Kellys
La Vendée: An Historical Romance (1850) 
The Three Clerks (1858) 
The Bertrams (1859) 
Castle Richmond (1860) 
Orley Farm (1862) 
The Struggles of Brown, Jones & Robinson (1862) 
Rachel Ray (1863) 
Miss Mackenzie (1865) 
The Belton Estate (1866) 
The Claverings (1867) 
Nina Balatka (1867) 
Linda Tressel (1868) 
He Knew He Was Right (1869) 
The Vicar of Bullhampton (1870) 
Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite (1871) 
Ralph the Heir (1871) 
The Golden Lion of Granpère (1872) 
Harry Heathcote of Gangoil (1874) 
 Lady Anna (1874) 
The Way We Live Now (1875) 
The American Senator (1877) 
Is He Popenjoy? (1878) 
John Caldigate (1879) 
 An Eye for an Eye (1879) 
Cousin Henry (1879) 
Ayala's Angel (1881) 
Doctor Wortle's School (1881) 
 The Fixed Period (1882) 
Kept in the Dark (1882) 
Marion Fay (1882) 
Mr. Scarborough's Family (1883) 
 The Landleaguers (1883) 
An Old Man's Love (1884) 
The Warden (1855) 
Barchester Towers (1857) 
Doctor Thorne (1858) 
Framley Parsonage (1861) 
 The Small House at Allington (1864) 
The Last Chronicle of Barset (1867) 
Can You Forgive Her? (1865) 
Phineas Finn (1869) 
The Eustace Diamonds (1873) 
Phineas Redux (1874) 
The Prime Minister (1876) 
The Duke's Children (1880) 

Ellen Wood
East Lynne

P.G. Wodehouse
The Pothunters (1902)
A Prefect's Uncle (1903)
Tales of St Austin's (1903)
The Gold Bat (1904)
William Tell Told Again (1904)
The Head of Kay's (1905)
Love Among the Chickens (1906)
The White Feather (1907)
Not George Washington (1907)
The Globe By the Way Book (1908)
The Swoop! (1909)
Mike (1909)
A Gentleman of Leisure (1910)
Psmith in the City (1910)
The Prince and Betty (1912)
The Little Nugget (1913)
The Man Upstairs (1914)
Psmith, Journalist (1915)
Something Fresh (1915)
Uneasy Money (1917)
The Man with Two Left Feet (1917)
Piccadilly Jim (1918)
My Man Jeeves (1919)
A Damsel in Distress (1919)
The Coming of Bill (1920)

Non-British novels from the same period

J.L Almqvist (Swedish)

Syster och bror
Det går an

Viktoria Benedictsson (pseud. Ernst Ahlgren) (Swedish)
Fru Marianne

Frank Heller (Swedish)
The Marriage of Yussuf Khan (originally in 1916)
The Grand Duke's Finances (originally in 1915)

Heinrich Mann(German)
Small Town Tyrant, later known as The Blue Angel(1905) – in German
The Loyal Subject (1919) - in German

Thomas Mann (German)
Buddenbrooks (1901)
Royal Highness (1909)

Karl Fredrik Ridderstad(Swedish)
Samvetet eller Stockholms mysterier( 1851

Viktor Rydberg (Swedish)

August Strindberg(Swedish)
The Red Room (1879)

Maria Sandel (Swedish)

Familjen Vinge: en bok om verkstadsgossar och fabriksflickor (1909)
Virveln (1909)

Eugène Sue (French)
The Mysteries of Paris
The Wandering Jew

Hjalmar Söderberg(Swedish)
Doctor Glas (1905) - in Swedish
The Serious Game (1912)

Elin Wägner (Swedish)
Norrtullsligan, 1908
Pennskaftet, 1910
Kvarteret Oron, 1919

World War I

Ford Madox Ford
Parade's End (1924 - 1928)

John Buchan
Greenmantle  (1916) - (R)
Mr Standfast (1919)

Ian Hay
The First Hundred Thousand

Ernest Hemingway
A Farewell to Arms

Ernst Jünger
Storm of Steel

E. Philip Oppenheim
The Great Impersonation
The Zeppelin's Passenger 

Erich Maria Remarque
All Quiet on the Western Front


Anton Chekhov
The Cherry Orchard
The Seagull
Three Sisters 
Uncle Vanya

Henrik Ibsen
A Doll's House

Bernard Shaw

August Strindberg
Countess Julie
The Father

Oscar Wilde
An Ideal Husband
The Importance of Being Ernest
Lady Windermere's Fan


Rupert Brooke
Collected Poems

Christina Rossetti
Poems (several collections available; here is one on Gutenberg)

Siegfried Sassoon
The War Poems

Historical Fiction 

A.S. Byatt
The Children's Book

Michael Faber
The Crimson Petal and the White

Essie Fox
The Somnabulist
Elijah's Mermaid

D. E. Meredith
The Devil's Ribbon

Elizabet Peters
Crocodile on the Sandbank
The Curse of the Pharaohs
The Mummy Case
Lion in the Valley
The Deeds of the Disturber.
The Last Camel Died at Noon
The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog
The Hippopotamus Pool
Seeing a Large Cat
The Ape Who Guards the Balance
The Falcon at the Portal
He Shall Thunder in the Sky
Lord of the Silent
The Golden One
Children of the Storm.
Guardian of the Horizon  

Deanna Raybourn
Silent in the Grave
Silent in the Sanctuary
Silent on the Moor
Dark Road to Darjeeling
The Dark Inquiry

Sara Waters
The Fingersmith
Tipping the Velvet

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