Henry Kingsley Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Ellis, S. M. Henry Kingsley 1830-1876: Towards a Vindication. London: Grant Richards, 1931, 285p.

Apologetic biography of Kingsley.

Kingsley, Maurice. “Personal Traits of Henry Kingsley.” In Leighton Court: A Country House Story, by Henry Kingsley, pp. vii-xiii. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1895.

Remembrance of Kingsley by his nephew.

Mellick, J. S. D. “Henry Kingsley in Australia.” Australian Literary Studies 6, No. 1 (May 1973): 91-94.

Explores biographical references to Kingsley as they provide information about his activities in Australia.

———. The Passing Guest: A Life of Henry Kingsley. St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1983, 211p.

Critical biography of Kingsley featuring an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources.

Melville, Lewis. “Henry Kingsley.” In Victorian Novelists, pp. 239-57. London: Archibald Constable and Company, 1906.

Laudatory sketch of Kingsley and his better-known works.

Scheuerle, William H. “Henry Kingsley and the Governor Eyre Controversy.” Victorian Newsletter 37 (Spring 1970): 24-27.

Probes Kingsley's involvement in a controversy related to an 1865 Jamaican rebellion.


Anderson, Hugh. “The Composition of Geoffry Hamlyn: A Comment.” Australian Literary Studies 4, No. 1 (May 1969): 79-80.

Describes an area of Australia that is the likely source of Kingsley's setting for Geoffry Hamlyn.

Baxter, Rosilyn. “Henry Kingsley and the Australian Landscape.” Australian Literary Studies 4, No. 4 (October 1970): 395-98.

Considers nine watercolor paintings by Kingsley with accompanying descriptions as they reflect the writer's interpretation of the Australian countryside.

Hamer, Clive. “Henry Kingsley's Australian Novels.” Southerly, 26, No. 1 (1966): 40-57.

Surveys Kingsley's novels set in Australia, commenting on subject matter, style, and characterization in these works

Mellick, J. S. D. “Henry Kingsley and the ‘Dear Old Station’: The ‘Baroona’ of Geoffry Hamlyn?” Australian Literary Studies 16, No. 2 (October 1993): 216-17.

Questions a proposed source for the cattle station in Kingsley's novel Geoffry Hamlyn.

Scheckter, John. “The Lost Child in Australian Fiction.” Modern Fiction Studies 27, No. 1 (Spring 1981): 61-72.

Discusses the pattern and thematic significance of children lost in the Australian bush in several novels, principally Kingsley's Geoffry Hamlyn.

Additional coverage of Kingsley's life and career is contained in the following source published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 21.