Francis Coventry Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

Barbauld, Mrs. [Anna Letitia], ed. The British Novelists. London, 1810.

Includes a brief introductory essay on Coventry.

Booth, Wayne C. "The Self-Conscious Narrator in Comic Fiction before Tristam Shandy." PMLA 67 (March 1952): 163-85.

Important essay on narrative technique in mid-eighteenth-century novels which suggests that none of Fielding's followers equaled his expertise.

Cleland, John. Review of Pompey the Little. Monthly Review 4 (February 1751): 316-17.

An overwhelmingly positive review of Coventry's novel, approving its humor and uncritical satire.

del Re, Arundell, ed. The History of Pompey the Little, by Francis Coventry. Waltham St. Lawrence, England: Golden Cockerel Press, 1926.

A reprint of the fourth edition, with a largely biographical introduction.

Gosse, Edmund. Gossip in a Library. London, 1891.

Includes a brief essay on Pompey the Little and its place in Fielding's library.

Haywood, Ian. "Chatterton's Lady Tempest." Notes and Queries, Vol. 30, No. 1, February, 1983, 63-4.

Suggests that the character of Lady Tempest from Pompey the Little was the inspiration for a character of the same name in two short works by Thomas Chatterton.

Olshin, Toby A. "Pompey the Little: A Study in Fielding's Influence." Revue des Langues Vivantes, Vol. 36, 1970/2, pp. 117-24.

Examines both editions of Pompey the Little and uses evidence from both texts to demonstrate Coventry's increading grasp of literary device with artistic function, particularly in his evident imitation of the novelistic devices of Henry Fielding.

William Scott, "Francis Coventry's Pompey the Little: 1751 and 1752." Notes and Queries Vol. 15, No. 6, June, 1968, pp. 215-19.

Compares different editions of Pompey the Little, noting differences between them

Additional coverage of Coventry's life and career is contained in the following source published by Gale Research: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 39: British Novelists 1660-1800.