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Rory's Bookshelf: The Lorelais' First Day at Chilton 1.2

Updated: Jun 9, 2021

Hello and welcome to an extensive list of all things literature. Cue your inner Rory Gilmore, grab your cup of coffee (or tea, whatever. We don't judge here), and sit down, relax, and enjoy.

(if you'd like a complete list accompanied by more lists and reviews and everything in between, check out my Goodreads page).

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The phrase “off with their heads” comes from this 1865 novel by English author Lewis Carroll. It tells of a young girl named Alice, who falls through a rabbit hole into a subterranean fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

When Lorelai states that she’s “trying to see if there’s a hunchback up in that bell tower,” she is referencing this Gothic novel by French author Victor Hugo which was first published in 1831. Set in the Middle Ages, the protagonist of the novel is Quasimodo, a hunchback who is the bell-ringer in the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris. It has several times been adapted to film. The most recent for Lorelai and Rory in 2000 would be the 1996 animated Disney version. It is ironic that it is Quasimodo’s job to mark the time of day by ringing the bells in the cathedral when Lorelai’s clock did not go off.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

This is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, first published serially, then published in its entirety in 1869. It is regarded as one of Tolstoy’s finest literary achievements and remains a classic of world literature. Mentioned during Rory’s English class.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Another novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, first published in book form in 1878. Many writers consider Anna Karenina the greatest work of literature ever and Tolstoy himself called it his first true novel.

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

The eighth novel by Charles Dickens. The novel’s full title is (deep breath) The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery. It was first published as a serial in 1849-50, and as a book in 1850. It was considered to be Tolstoy and Dickens favorite of his novels, being heavily based on Charles Dickens’ life.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

The thirteenth novel by Charles Dickens and his penultimate completed novel, which depicts the education of an orphan nicknamed Pip. It is Dickens' second novel, after David Copperfield, to be fully narrated in the first person. (ok, but can you imagine even writing 13 novels? I can barely write these little descriptions).

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

BIGGEST FAN HERE. This book is amazing. An 1859 historical novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. It’s literally in my top 10 books. If you read nothing else in your entire life except for one book, choose this one. It truly is a masterpiece (in my opinion anyways).

Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens

A novel by Charles Dickens, originally published in serial form between 1855 and 1857. The story features Amy Dorrit, youngest child of her family, born and raised in the Marshalsea prison for debtors in London.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Shown during Miss Patty's scene. The children are balancing Harry Potter books on top of their heads. This one in particular is a fantasy book written by British author J.K. Rowling and the fourth novel in the Harry Potter series. (They're all SO good but this one is definitely a favorite of mine in the series).

To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation by Martin Luther

Somewhat of a yawn (or from the sounds of it), but it is a very important part of our history. It's the first of three tracts written by Martin Luther in 1520. In this work, he defined for the first time the signature doctrines of the priesthood of all believers and the two kingdoms. The work was written in the vernacular language German and not in Latin.

The Shining by Stephen King

Our last literature reference of this episode is a horror novel by American author Stephen King. Published in 1977, it is King’s third published novel and first hardback bestseller. The success of the book firmly established King as a preeminent author in the horror genre. Fun fact: my dad has every Stephen King novel ever written. It could very well be the reason I love horror movies so much, so yeah. We're big fans here.

I appreciate you reading this far. If you're enjoying yourself, feel free to continue onto the next episode. No rules here. This is a fun space.

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