Gertrude Bell Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Burgoyne, Elizabeth. Gertrude Bell: From Her Personal Papers, 1889-1914. London: Ernest Benn, 1958, 320 p.

Early biography of Bell. The volume includes many of her letters and other autobiographical writings.

Hill, Stephen. "Gertrude Bell." Antiquity 50, Vols. 199-200 (September-December 1976): 190-93.

Overview of Bell's life and work.

Kamm, Josephine. Daughter of the Desert: The Story of Gertrude Bell. London: The Bodley Head, 1956, 191 p.

Sympathetic account of Bell's life and career.

Winstone, H. V. F. Gertrude Bell. London: Jonathan Cape, 1978, 322 p.

Examination of Bell's life that makes use of material unavailable to previous biographers. Winstone claims his portrait of Bell is less one-sided than earlier accounts.


Review of Persian Pictures, by Gertrude Bell. Life and Letters 1, No. 4 (September 1928): 318-20.

Positive assessment of an early work. The reviewer also praises Bell's Poems from the Divan of Hafiz, a volume of poems by the fourteenth-century Persian mystic Hafiz that Bell translated, and for which she wrote an extended historical introduction.

Review of Persian Pictures, by Gertrude Bell. The London Quarterly XXXV (1928): 272-73.

Brief, favorable review.

Tinling, Marion. "Gertrude Bell: Persian Treasures." In Women into the Unknown: A Sourcebook on Women Explorers and Travelers, pp. 39-46. New York: Greenwood Press, 1989.

Overview of Bell's life, focusing on her travels and literary career.