I have recently been adding a Fiction section on the Century Past Library, with over 200 novels as of today. Most were published between 1850 and 1923. You can find the Fiction by scrolling to the bottom of the catalog on the Century Past home page. Books are arranged by author’s names, and nearly every entry has a brief description.
This growing fiction collection already contains many historical novels about places or themes in U.S. history. Below are some novels about the southern U.S., from early settlement to the period shortly before the Civil War (1861-65).
For tips on reading online and downloading, see the note at the bottom of this page.
Historical Fiction – Virginia & Maryland
Cooke, John Esten, Henry St. John, Gentleman of “Flower of Hundreds” in the County of Prince George, Virginia. A Tale of 1774-’75
Cooke, John Esten, My Lady Pokahontas; a True Relation of Virginia. Writ by Anas Todkill, Puritan and Pilgrim
Cooke, John Esten, Stories of the Old Dominion; from the Settlement to the End of the Revolution
Goodwin, Maud Wilder, Sir Christopher; a Romance of a Maryland Manor in 1644
Goodwin, Maud Wilder, White Aprons; a Romance of Bacon’s Rebellion: Virginia 1676
Johnston, Mary, The Old Dominion
Johnston, Mary, To Have and to Hold
Rives, Hallie Erminie, Hearts Courageous
Scott, John Reed, The Impostor; a Tale of Old Annapolis
Smith, Francis Hopkinson, Kennedy Square
Thruston, Lucy Meacham, Mistress Brent; a Story of Lord Baltimore’s Colony in 1638
Historical Fiction – New Orleans
Cable, George Washington, The Grandissimes; a Story of Creole Life
Carpenter, Edward Childs, The Code of Victor Jallot
Read, Opie Percival, By the Eternal
Winn, Mary Polk and Hannis, Margaret, The Law and the Letter: a Story of the Province of Louisiana
Historical Fiction – Other Locations in the South
Cooke, Grace MacGowan and MacGowan, Alice, Return; a Story of the Sea Islands in 1739
Devereux, Margaret, Plantation Sketches
Kester, Vaughan, The Prodigal Judge
Rayner, Emma, Doris Kingsley, Child and Colonist
Also see: Baker, Ernest Albert, A Guide to Historical Fiction in Section 016.8 Literature in Subject Book Catalogs & Books on Librarianship
Tips for Reading Online and Downloading
More than half the books on our website at History of the Great Lakes States are hosted by Internet Archive or Open Library. They are sister organizations and use the same online viewer application. In most cases this viewer will give you nearly perfect text if you;
1. switch from the double-page to the single-page view by using the icons in the bottom right corner, and;
2. Keep zooming in until the text snaps into a clear focus.
Using the single-page view allows you to scroll pages down with your mouse wheel.
You can download books from these two sites by clicking on the book name at the top-left corner of the page (in the viewer) to get to the download menu.