Feldman, Paula R. “Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna.” In British Women Poets of the Romantic Era—An Anthology, edited by Paula R. Feldman, pp. 781-84. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.
Provides a brief biographical overview of Tonna's life.
Fryckstedt, Monica C. “Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna: A Forgotten Evangelical Writer.” Studia Neophilologica 11, no. 1 (1980): 79-102.
Presents a timeline of Tonna's life, noting influential people and events.
Moers, Ellen. “Epic Age: Part History of Literary Women.” In Literary Women, edited by Ellen Moers, pp. 24-26. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday & Company, 1976.
Offers a brief biographical essay on Tonna.
Wilson, Mona. “Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna.” In Jane Austen and Some Contemporaries, edited by Mona Wilson, pp. 202-04. Port Washington, N.Y.: Kennikat Press, 1938.
Contains a minor biographical entry.
Elliott, Dorice W. “Servants and Hands Representing the Working Classes in Victorian Factory Novels.” Victorian Literature and Culture 28, no. 2 (2000): 377-90.
Provides an overview of working conditions in Victorian England, and discusses the various novelists inspired by reports of those conditions.
Fryckstedt, Monica C. and Fil Mag. “The Early Industrial Novel: Mary Barton and Its Predecessors.” Bulletin of the John Rylands University 63, no. 1 (autumn 1980): 11-30.
Compares Elizabeth Gaskell's Mary Barton and Tonna's Helen Fleetwood.
Hall, E. B. “Charlotte Elizabeth and Her Writings.” Christian Examiner (July 1845): 28-52.
Includes biographical information as well as a comparative examination of Tonna and Dickens.
Kestner, Joseph. “Three Unpublished Manuscripts of Poems by Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna.” Papers on Language and Literature 23, no. 2 (spring 1987): 134-41.
Reviews some of Tonna's unpublished poems.
Krueger, Christine L. “Preaching Fiction: The Contribution of Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna.” In The Reader's Repentance: Women Preachers, Women Writers, and Nineteenth-Century Social Discourse, edited by Christine L. Krueger, pp. 125-56. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1992.
Focuses on women writing from a religious perspective in Victorian England.
Wallins, Roger P. “Victorian Periodicals and the Emerging Social Conscience.” Victorian Periodicals Newsletter 8, no. 2 (June 1975): 47-59.
Examines the impact of “social problem” literature and discusses Tonna, Charles Dickens, and Elizabeth Gaskell.
Additional coverage of Tonna's life and career is contained in the following source published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 163.