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We’ve all read Harry Potter, 50 Shades of Grey and Watership Down, or at least some of them but sometimes these all get a bit similar. Don’t get me wrong, some books released these days are incredible, and they can transport you to other words, but what about taking some time to go back to the classic to rediscover an era gone by?  Today, we’ll explore ten of the absolute best books from the 18th Century including some of the classic novels and tales that simply will never get old.

Robinson Crusoe (1719)

Not many people realise that this show-stopping classic was from the 18th century but, having survived nearly 300 years, it’s still adored by thousands of people around the world.

Written by the iconic Daniel Defoe, this epic existential adventure when young Robinson, against his father’s will, travels out to sea in search of the journey of a lifetime, unfortunately landing him shipwrecked on an island filled with pirates, rife slavery and cannibals. This story was also top of Writing Populist’s Favourite Booklist.

Gulliver’s Travels (1726)

Sticking with the adventure genre, we have this next classic that’s still adored by millions. The saga was even rebooting into a blockbuster hit a few years back. The story tells of an English doctor, Gulliver, who embarks on four incredible adventures, one of which he discovers a race of tiny people, six-inches tall, known as Lilliputians and that’s just one adventure.

Coram’s Children (1747)

Although official published in 1981, this tale is set in 1747, Coram’s Children is a descriptive tale of London, Parliament, hospitals of the time and all in incredible detail that you’ll be hooked on every single page. One of the best reviews of this story came from a writer working for Top Canadian Writers.

The Constitution of the United States of America (1787)

Although not a story, this was a book that has literally defined the American way of life. Written by the founding fathers themselves, this is well worth a read for anybody looking to see when the history of the United States of America started, especially when compared to how it is today.

A Modest Proposal and Other Satirical Works (1729)

Written by Johnathan Swift, the same writer as Gulliver’s Travels, this instalment features a collection of witty tales and novelettes that, as the title suggests, are rather satirical and will leave you in stitches from start to finish.

Joseph Andrews (1742)

Written by the legendary Henry Fielding, trouble arises when an adolescent footman dismisses his employer’s seemingly romantic advances. He’s then exiled from employment and travels 18th Century England in search of love with his faithful companion with him every step of the way.

There’s a tonne of twists and turns along the way, assuming this novels space as one of the 18th Century’s greatest hits.

The Story of the Stone (1760)

If you’re looking for something to tickle your funny bone, this completely rowdy, hilarious and completely dreamlike book spreads its message across 120 chapters, so this is definitely one that you keep you busy for some time.

In short, this book is the encyclopaedia of Chinese classics where reality and a surreal, imaginative world continuously blend into one, periodically shifting while following the journey of Jia Baoyu, one scion of one of the wealthiest families at the time.

Jessica Gardia, a writer from State of Writing classes this book as one of her favourites that she simply couldn’t put down!

The Life of Samuel Johnson (1790)

Written by the multi-talented James Boswell, a poet, critic, moralist and lexicographer from the 18th Century, the Life of Samuel Johnson is an infamously obsolete but nonetheless compelling, sharing a huge amount of energy, motivation and drive for this thing that we call life.

Every single word and every second spent reading this incredibly detailed book is captivating and is sure to be a book that you won’t be able to put down. Sources like Huffington Post describe this book as an absolute masterpiece, overflowing with wit, humour and Boswell’s classic style of anecdotes and uniqueness. Some also hail this as the best biography that’s ever been written.

Cecilia (1782)

Cecilia is a novel that follows the life of an heiress, stuck in the dilemma of only being able to keep her acclaimed fortune if her husband agrees to take her surname. Written by the legendary Fanny Burney, this is one of the more unusual love stories written, but it’s fantastic in its own right.

Micromegas (1752)

If the iconic red cover doesn’t catch your attention, the content sure will. Written by the world-famous Voltaire, Micromegas is a satire yet thought-provoking philosophical book, delving into the ahead-of-its-time science-fiction genre which is a true delight to enjoy, from the moment you pick it up to the moment you put it down.