Edmund Burke Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Gandy, Clara I. And Stanlis, Peter J. Edmund Burke: A Bibliography of Secondary Studies to 1982. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1983, 357 p.

An exhaustive catalog of secondary material, including theses and dissertations, published prior to 1982.


Copeland, Thomas W. Our Eminent Friend: Edmund Burke. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1949, 251p.

Focuses on Burke's character.


Barrington, Donald Patrick Michael. "Edmund Burke as an Economist," Economica, New Series, 21(1954):252-58.

Discussses Burke as a laissez-faire economist.

Bickel, Alexander. "Constitutional Government and Revolution," in Edmund Burke: Appraisals and Applications, edited by Daniel E. Ritchie, pp. 131-45. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 1990.

Describes Burke's criteria for effective and legitimate constitutional government.

Cameron, David R. The Social Thought of Rousseau and Burke: a Comparative Study. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1973. 242 p.

Discusses the philosophers' competing views of human nature and social organization.

Cone, Carl B. "Pamphlet Replies to Burke's Reflections," Social Science Quarterly, XXXVI (June, 1945):22-34.

Examines published responses to Burke's anti-revolutionary politics.

Conniff, James. "Burke on the Nature and Extent of State Authority." In The Useful Cobbler: Edmund Burke and the Politics of Progress. Albany: State University of New York, 1990, pp. 113-36.

Descusses Burke's belief in reform initiatives being grounded to concrete, practical ends rather than theories of abstract rights.

Kirk, Russell. "Reforming Party and Government," in Edmund Burke: A Genius Reconsidered, Arlington House, 1967, pp. 75-103.

Important essay in which Kirk discusses Burke's belief in the role of oppositional parties to act as a check against improvident legislation.

Lucas, Paul. "On Edmund Burke's Doctrine of Prescription," Historical Journal 11 (1968): 35-36.

Challenges interpretations of Burke that suggest he drew sharp distinctions between the "natural law" and "natural rights" traditions.

Reid, Christopher. "The Politics of Taste." In Edmund Burke: Appraisals and Applications, edited by Daniel E. Ritchie, pp. 57-72. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 1990.

Discusses how Burke's aesthetics informed and shaped his politics.

Robinson, Nicholas K. Edmund Burke: A Life in Caricature. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997, 214 p.

An art book that contains numerous caricatures of Burke and his ideas gleaned from contemporary periodicals.

Weston, John C. "Edmund Burke's View of History," Review of Politics 23(1961):203-29.

Explains the roles of divine providence, free will, and constitutional government in Burke's philosophy.

Additional coverage of Burke's life and career is contained in the following sources published by Gale research: Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800, Vol. 7, Discovering Authors, Discovering Authors: British, Discovering Authors:Canadian, and World Literature Criticism.