Dear Prestwick House,

Next year, we plan on creating reading units for our 11th- and 12th-grade students based around Victorian literature. Which titles capture the spirit of this literary period?

We’re glad you asked! The world of Victorian literature is such a vast and exciting place. It’s easy to get lost among the many books written during this era.

Named after Queen Victoria’s reign, which lasted from 1837 to 1901, the Victorian period brought about dramatic shifts in Western societal values, all of which were reflected in the era’s literature. Many books written during this time featured common themes such as the role of women, the importance of science, and the effects of industrialization.

Students can learn about this fascinating era by diving into its most essential literature. Here are ten books from our Literary Touchstone Classics line that will send your high school students back to the Victorian era.

Do you have any questions about other Victorian classics or contemporary books or need reading recommendations for your class? Leave a comment below, or send an email to We’re more than happy to assist you!