Hopkins, P. A. “Aphra Behn and John Hoyle: A Contemporary Mention, and Sir Charles Sedley’s Poem on His Death.” Notes and Queries 41, no. 2 (June, 1994): 176. Discusses the death of Hoyle and his relationship with Aphra Behn and includes an anlysis of Sedley’s poem on Hoyle’s death, “A Ballad, to the Tune of Bateman.”
Pinto, Vivian de Sola. Restoration Carnivals, Five Courtier Poets: Rochester, Dorset, Sedley, Etherege, and Sheffield. London: Folio Society, 1954. By the compiler of the 1928 edition of Sedley’s plays, this is a thoroughly illuminating analysis that reveals much about the poets and their works. Offers a worthy overview of Sedley and his poetic achievements. Complemented by a bibliography.
_______. The Restoration Court Poets: John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester; Charles Sackville, Earl of Dorset; Sir Charles Sedley; Sir George Etherege. London: Longmans, Green, 1965. This volume compares and examines the critical and theoretical views of these four Restoration Court literary figures. The section on Sedley provides criticism helpful to an appreciation and understanding of Sedley’s works.
_______. Sir Charles Sedley, 1639-1701: A Study in the Life and Literature of the Restoration. London: Longmans, Green, 1965. One of the few book-length works devoted to Sedley, by the well-known scholar of Restoration literature. Bibliography.
Vinson, James, ed. Great Writers of the English Language: Poets. Vol. 1. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1979. The entry by John H. Perry notes that Sedley, one of the chief poets of Charles II’s reign, was primarily known for his love poems and songs. He claims that it was Sedley’s satires, which betrayed the cynicism of the court, that made him less popular. Praises Sedley for his “perceptive eye and cutting pen.”
Wilson, John Harold. The Court Wits of the Restoration: An Introduction. 1948. Reprint. New York: Octagon Books, 1967. Wilson provides a worthy overview and analysis of early modern English literature from 1500 to 1700 and offers a history and criticism of English wit and humor. He provides perspective on Sedley’s life. Supplemented by a bibliography.