Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Byers, John R., Jr. and Elizabeth S. Byers. “Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885): A Critical Bibliography of Secondary Comment.” In American Literary Realism 6, No. 3 (1973): 197-241.

Comprehensive bibliography of Jackson's writings, including brief annotations.

Olson, Kelli. “Helen Hunt Jackson.” In Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook, edited by Denise D. Knight, pp. 253-61. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1997.

Sourcebook for biographical and bibliographical information on Jackson.


Banning, Evelyn I. Helen Hunt Jackson. New York: The Vanguard Press, 1973, 248 p.

Biographical survey of Jackson's life, with special emphasis on the circumstances surrounding the writing of A Century of Dishonor and Ramona.

Odell, Ruth. Helen Hunt Jackson (H. H). New York: Appleton-Century, 1939, 326 p.

A comprehensive biography of Jackson's life and works.


Delany, Martin Robison. The Condition, Elevation, Emigration, and Destiny of the Colored People of the United States. New York: Arno Press and the New York Times, 1968, 215 p.

Provides historical and sociological information about minorities in the United States during the 1800s.

James, George Wharton. “Why Ramona Was Written.” In his Through Ramona's Country, pp. 1-21, Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1913.

James examines the reasons that led Jackson to write Ramona.

Mathes, Valerie Sherer. The Indian Reform Letters of Helen Hunt Jackson, 1879-1885. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1998, 372 p.

Reprinted letters written by Helen Hunt Jackson during her involvement with the Native American cause, including two introductory essays on her works related to that subject.

Polanich, Judith K. “Ramona's Baskets: Romance and Reality.” In American Indian Culture and Research Journal 21, No. 3 (1997): 145-62.

An overview of the art of basket-weaving during the late 1880s, with a comparison to baskets featured in Ramona.

Additional coverage of Jackson's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volumes 42, 47, 186, and 189.