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  10. Vanity Fair (William Makepeace Thackeray, 1848)

  10. 威廉•梅克皮斯•萨克雷《名利场》,1848年出版

  This novel features probably the greatest anti-heroine in English literature, Becky Sharp, and a plot that revolves around class, social climbing and a financial crisis that will seem eerily familiar to modern readers.Vanity Fair has it all. It both speaks of its time, and speaks of all times.

  这部小说的主角或许就是英国文学史上最知名的非正统派女主角——贝奇•夏普,小说的情节围绕阶级、社会、跻身上流社会以及现代读者听来又熟悉又害怕的金融危机。《名利场》这些要素全都具备, 讲述那个年代,也讲述着每一个年代。

  9. Frankenstein (Mary Shelley, 1818)

  9. 玛莉•雪莱《科学怪人》,1818年出版

  This pioneering work of science fiction and Gothic horror developed an indelible 'monster' of a theme that has endured for centuries: of the scientist as a “modern Prometheus”.


  8. David Copperfield (Charles Dickens, 1850)

  8. 查尔斯•狄更斯《大卫•科波菲尔》,1850年出版

  David Copperfield is populated by some of the most vivid characters ever created. They are as much a part of readers' world, and their way of thinking about the world, as people they have actually met.


  7. Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë, 1847)

  7. 艾米莉•勃朗特《呼啸山庄》,1847年出版

  Wuthering Heights is “powered by more psychological energy than any book ever written”.Readers admire Wuthering Heights because of “its layered narrative structure, because it is a work of incredible imagination, and because it is far more than a love story. The story shows ‘the eternal rocks beneath’ our fleeting desires.


  6. Bleak House (Charles Dickens, 1853)

  6. 查尔斯•狄更斯《荒凉之屋》,1853年出版

  Bleak House is among Dickens novels, uniquely original in its alternation of first-person past-tense chapters with a concurrent third-person account in present tense.


  5. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë, 1847)

  5. 夏洛蒂•勃朗特《简•爱》,1847年出版

  Brontë’s revolutionary 1847 Gothic romance about a young woman seeking a richer and more passionate life on her own still resonates with modern readers. Brontë’s novel features the orphan Jane Eyre’s search for an identity, her powerful attraction to her master, Mr Rochester, and an intimate description of her complex moral choices and sometimes raw emotional states.

  勃朗特这部哥特式爱情传奇出版于1847年,内容革新,讲述了一个年轻女性追寻更为充实激情的生活,至今仍能引起现代读者的共鸣。 勃朗特小说的主人翁简•爱是个孤儿,追寻着自我的身份,主人罗切斯特先生深深吸引着她,其情至真令简`爱无法抗拒;小说真切描述了简•爱复杂的道德抉择及其有时显得有些原始的情感状态。

  4. Great Expectations (Charles Dickens, 1861)

  4. 查尔斯•狄更斯《远大前程》,1861年出版

  Great Expectations might be the quintessential British novel. To re-read Dickens' classic as an adult is to discover its wit and brio, its influence, and its truth. It has all the elements of classic Dickens – endearing, flawed characters; a plot that skewers the politics of the time; subplots that skewer morality and culture; a love story; and a wonderful storyline.


  3. Mrs Dalloway (Virginia Woolf, 1925)

  3. 弗吉尼亚•伍尔芙《达洛卫夫人》,1925年出版

  If the most precious gift of the novel as a medium is the power it has to break into the prison of human consciousness, to expose the gossamer weave of thought and feeling and memory that makes up our innermost lives, then Woolf's fourth novel stands alone at the pinnacle.Virginia Woolf made modernism live and breathe.


  2. To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf, 1927)

  2. 弗吉尼亚•伍尔芙《到灯塔去》,1927年出版

  Subtle, beautiful, staggeringly intelligent and flat-out original. A masterpiece of modernism, its stream-of-consciousness, richness of language and perceptions has continued to reveal itself.


  1. Middlemarch (George Eliot, 1874)

  1. 乔治•艾略特《米德尔马契》,1874年出版

  A novel of great characters, it's an even greater novel of ideas and ideals. Middlemarch is the greatest social and psychological novel ever written in English.


  (来源:沪江英语 编辑:Julie)