Frances Brooke Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


McMullen, Lorraine. An Odd Attempt in a Woman: The Literary Life of Frances Brooke. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1983, 237.

A detailed history of Brooke's life and writing, including summaries of works and their critical reception.


Foster, James R. "From Sidney Bidulph to the Placid Man." In History of the Pre-Romantic Novel in England, pp. 145-50. New York: Modem Language Association of America, 1949.

Discusses the literary influences on Brooke's major novels.

Green, Katherine Sobba. "Frances Moore Brooke: Emily Montague's Sanctum Sanctorum." In The Courtship Novel, 1740-1820: A Feminized Genre, pp. 62-66. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1991.

Examines the arguments for social reform that occur in The History of Emily Montague. The critic notes especially the effect that Brooke created by attributing ing feminist statements to male characters.

New, William H. "Frances Brooke's Chequered Gardens." Canadian Literature 52 (Spring 1972): 24-38.

Explores Brooke's imagery.

Rogers, Katharine M. "Sensibility and Feminism: The Novels of Frances Brooke." Genre II (Summer 1978): 159-71.

Addresses the balance of sentiment and realism in The History of Emily Montague and The Excursion.

Sellwood, Jane. "'A little acid is absolutely necessary': Narrative as Coquette in Frances Brooke's The History of Emily Montague." Canadian Literature 136 (Spring 1993): 60-79.

Explores the idea that the character of Arabella Fermor serves a subversive function.

Teague, Frances. "Frances Brooke's Imagined Epistles." In Transactions of the Eighth International Congress on the Enlightenment, edited by H. T. Mason, pp. 711-12. Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 1992.

Contrasts the letters of Ed Rivers and William Fermor with their reputed real-life counterparts, Henry Caldwell and Brooke's husband John Brooke.

Todd, Janet. "The Fantasy of Sensibility: Frances Brooke and Susannah Gunning." In The Sign of Angelica: Women, Writing, and Fiction 1660-1800, pp. 176-91. London: Virago, 1989.

Discusses The History of Lady Julia Mandeville as a fantasy of passive feminine power.

Additional coverage of Brooke's life and career is contained in the following sources published by The Gale Group: Literature Criticism from 1400-1800, Vol. 6, and Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 39 and 99.