Harriet Taylor Mill

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Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Hayek, F. A. “On Marriage and Divorce.” In Midway 16, (Autumn 1963): 100-26.

Includes a brief background on Harriet Taylor and John Mill's relationship, and two essays, one written from Taylor to Mill and one from Mill to Taylor, both on the subject of marriage and divorce.


Allen, Virginia. “On Liberty and Logic: The Collaboration of Harriet Taylor and John Stuart Mill.” In Listening to Their Voices: The Rhetorical Activities of Historical Women,” pp. 42-68. Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, 1997.

Discusses the strong likelihood that Harriet Taylor and John Mill collaborated on much of Mill's writing, citing letters and Mill's autobiography for evidence, and points to the misogynistic attitude of some critics as the reason for a general undervaluing of Taylor's talents.

Cranston, Maurice. “Mr. and Mrs. Mill on Liberty.” In The Listener 62, No. 1589, (1959): 385-86.

Examines Harriet Taylor's influence on John Mill's On Liberty, and concludes that her influence was significant.

Rossi, Alice S. “Sentiment and Intellect: The Story of John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor Mill.” In Midway 10, No. 4, (Spring 1970): 29-51.

Reviews the history of the Taylor/Mill relationship, and examines varied critical opinions of Taylor in the context of this relationship.

Stillinger, Jack. “Who Wrote J. S. Mill's Autobiography?” In Victorian Studies 27, No. 1, (Autumn 1983): 7-23.

Discusses the composition and revision of John Stuart Mill's Autobiography, looking at the collaborative influences of the work, and focuses on Harriet Taylor's influence in particular.