Catherine Gore Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


"Mrs. Gore." The Athenaeum, No. 1737 (9 February 1861): 196.

Obituary of Gore that presents some anecdotal biographical details and praises her work.


Colby, Vineta. "Manners, Morals, and Maneuvering Matrons: Mrs. Gore and the Fashionable Novel." In Yesterday's Woman: Domestic Realism in the English Novel, pp. 41-85. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1974.

Argues that the silver-fork novelists—in particular, Gore—should not be dismissed as "mere hacks," but should instead be studied as "important chroniclers of their times."

Eliot, George. "Silly Novels by Lady Novelists." Westminster Review 10 (July and October 1856): 442-61.

General critique of the silver-fork school.

Engel, Elliot, and Margaret F. King. "Subgenres of the Novel from 1830 to 1837." In their The Victorian Novel Before Victoria: British Fiction during the Reign of William IV, 1830-37, pp. 87-134. London: The Macmillan Press Limited, 1984.

Discusses Gore's contribution to the silver-fork school, commenting on her literary style, characterization, and attention to detail.

Gettman, Royal A. "Puffing." In his A Victorian Publisher: A Study of the Bentley Papers, pp. 55-75. Cambridge at the University Press, 1960.

Overview of the Victorian practice of "puffing"—or, the promoting of a book. Contains a section on how Gore, who "made a business of authorship," used "puffs" to help sell her books.

Kádár, Judit. "Two English Authoresses on Hungary in the Early Victorian Age." Neohelicon 17, No. 2 (1990): 213-28.

Contends that, along with fellow writer Julia Pardoe, Gore was among the first British authors to depict a nationalistic spirit among nineteenth-century Hungarians.

Review of The Banker 's Wife. Tait 's Edinburgh Magazine 10 (November 1843): 702-19.

Lengthy and highly detailed review of Gore's The Banker's Wife (1843).

Review of The Two Aristocracies: A Novel by Mrs. Gore. The Athenaeum, No. 1549 (4 July 1857): 852.

Favorably reviews Gore's The Two Aristocracies (1857).

Rosa, Matthew Whiting. "Mrs. Gore." In his The Silver-Fork School: Novels of Fashion Preceding Vanity Fair, pp. 116-45. New York: Columbia University Press, 1936.

General overview of Gore's work; contains some biography.

Russell, Norman. "Financiers (I): Rothschild, Sidonia, and Mrs. Gore's Osalez." In his The Novelist and Mammon: Literary Responses to the World of Commerce in the Nineteenth Century, pp. 104-30. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986.

Examines the depiction of high finance in both Gore's The Money-Lender (1843) and Benjamin Disraeli's Coningsby (1844).

Additional coverage of Gore's life and works is contained in the following source published by Gale Research: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 116.