Charles Reade Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Parrish, M. L. Wilkie Collins and Charles Reade. London: Constable, 1940.

Descriptive bibliography of the first editions of Reade's works.

Sadleir, Michael. "Charles Reade: Note and Bibliography." In Excursions in Victorian Bibliography, pp. 159-79. London: Chaundy & Cox, 1922.

Lists first editions of Reade's novels and plays.


Booth, Bradford A. "Trollope, Reade, and 'Shilly-Shally'." Trollopian 1, No. 4 (1947): 43-54; 2, No. 1 (1947): 43-51.

Examines the dispute between Trollope and Reade over Reade's dramatization of Trollope's novel Ralph the Heir.

Coleman, John. Charles Reade as I Knew Him. London: Traherne, 1903.

Based on the memoir by Reade's relatives (see below).

Elwin, Malcolm. Charles Reade. London: Cape, 1931.

Focuses on details of Reade's career and includes bibliographies of Reade's novels and plays.

Reade, Charles L., and Compton Reade. Charles ReadeA Memoir. London: Chapman and Hall, 1887.

A discreet and not always trustworthy account written by members of Reade's family.

Rives, Léone. Charles Reade, sa vie, ses romans. Toulouse: Toulousaine, 1940.

Draws on previously unavailable family papers and includes a complete bibliography of primary and secondary sources.


Burns, Wayne. " The Cloister and the Hearth: A Classic Reconsidered." Trollopian 2 (1947): 71-81.

Contends that The Cloister and the Hearth is not a great novel and is no better than Reade's other works.

Haines, Lewis. "Reade, Mill and Zola: A Study of the Character and Intention of Charles Reade's Realistic Method." Studies in Philology 40 (1943): 466-75.

Examines the influence on Reade of John Stuart Mill and empirical thought.

Phillips, Walter Dickens, Reade, and Collins: Sensation Novelists. New York: Russell, 1962 (reprint of 1919 edition).

Studies the relationship between the works of Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and Reade as well as the nature of their fiction.

Sutcliffe, Emerson Grant. "Charles Reade's Notebooks." Studies in Philology 27 (1930): 64-109.

Describes the massive collection of notes, articles, and reports which Reade compiled to assist him in composing his novels.

——. "Psychological Presentation in Reade's Novels." Studies in Philology 38 (1941): 521-42.

Examines Reade's handling of character in his fiction.

Turner, Albert Morton. The Making of "The Cloister and the Hearth. " Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1938.

A study of Reade's sources and his methods of composition.

Additional coverage of Reade's life and career is contained in the following source published by The Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 21.