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May 09, 2011



Kipling or Conan Doyle. Eh, who am I kidding? Much as I love Holmes, I have to go with Kipling.

Jennifer Harris

Jules Verne definitely. :)

Sr Lobo 75

Much as I love Doyle, Kipling, Thackeray, and Stoker ... I believe that I have to choose Lord Dunsany s my first choice. And so - mock away, ye scum !!!


Just the name alone makes me WANT! My faves are Doyle and Verne--for fantasy, vision, food-for-thought, terrific characters, and great writing, for the most part!


I adore the wonderful, witty Mr. Wilde! :)

Barry Huddleston

Sorry folks but the correct answer is Poe --- lol


I'm going to second the adoration of Mr. Wilde.


Too many to mention. Henry Rider Haggard, Robert Louis Stevenson, Lord Dunsany, H.G. Wells, but my favorite is still Jules Verne. Verne expounded much on the idea of exploration into new worlds.


Robert Louis Stevenson and also the indispensable Jules Verne.

Alden Ash

For poetry I do love the nonsense of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear (or is Lear too early?).


To change gears completely, Gerald Manley Hopkins. Lord Dunsany is another great choice.


Edgar Allen Poe. I first read him in fourth grade, and the mental pictures he painted for me then have stayed with me ever since...

The despair in Fortunato's voice crying "For the love of God, Montresor!" as the final bricks slide into place...

The beating of the Tell-Tale Heart...

Learning that 'true wretchedness is to be buried while alive.'

And last, but not least, that El Dorado lies just 'over the Mountains of the Moon, down the Valley of the Shadow'.

What did I learn from this? To never insult someone, as it might come back to bite you someday. To never do something so wrong that it will haunt you forever. To not let the knowledge that today is bad and tomorrow could be worse keep you from moving forward.

And last, but not least, that something good could be just around the corner or over the next hill, but that you must 'ride, boldly ride' if you want to find it.

Sophie Gale

let's go with investigative journalist Nellie Bly, who went undercover for 10 days in an insane asylum, and went around the world in 72 days (meeting Jules Verne in Paris).


Isabella Bird, author of A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains. Or possibly Frances Trollope (mother of Anthony), whose book about her adventures in retail among the Americans is a masterpiece of snark.

Page Turner

May I have the temerity to direct your attention to the writings of Christabel LaMotte, that sublime poetess of an alternate Victorian universe? To learn more about La Dame LaMotte and read her stunning poetry, please consult "Possession, a Romance," by A. S. Byatt. Any similarities between LaMotte's verse and that of Rosetti or Dickinson is hardly accidental. They were clearly influenced by LaMotte, probably while dreaming. Christabel LaMotte's poetry will take you whither it will, whether you are willing or not.


Hard choice, but either Conan Doyle for his Professor Challenger charcter or Jules Verne - really like Master of the World. Thanks


Do I have to choose - I just LOVE all of it! I suppose though, I would probably give my top 3 to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mr. Kipling, and a tie over Jules Verne and Mr. Wilde...okay, obviously I just can't choose!!!!

Nicole Dunlap

Is it too cliche to say Poe? I love his work, nearly all of it. All the brooding and darkness appeals to me, I guess.:D


Oh, since I'm Spanish, I'll go for Spanish poet Espronceda: his "CanciĆ³n del pirata" is very well known in Spanish-speaking countries, and just brilliant! Though I guess he'd be "early Victorian" only.

Oh, and Poe, of course...

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