Izaak Walton Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Bevan, Jonquil. “Anglicans and Anglers.” In Izaak Walton's The Compleat Angler: The Art of Recreation, pp. 1-35. Sussex: The Harvester Press, 1988.

Links Walton's concerns with Anglican ideals and teachings evident in his biographies with similar concerns in The Compleat Angler.

Butt, John. “Izaak Walton's Methods in Biography.” Essays and Studies by Members of the English Association, Vol. XIX, pp. 67-84. Collected by D. Nichol Smith. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1934.

Considers the events and sources which influenced Walton's biographies.

Butt, John. “Izaak Walton.” In Biography in the Hands of Walton, Johnson, and Boswell, pp. 1-18. Los Angeles: University of California, 1966.

Describes the unique elements and the intent of Walton's biographies.

Cooper, John R. The Art of The Compleat Angler. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1968, 200 p.

Explores critical issues of The Compleat Angler in light of past scholarship and criticism of the work.

Greenslade, B. D. “The Compleat Angler and the Sequestered Clergy.” Review of English Studies 5, No. 20 (October 1954): 361-66.

Explores the connection between The Compleat Angler and Walton's friendship and respect for the clergy.

Hayes, Jim. “Izaak Walton's Secret Stream.” Outdoor Life 127, No. 2 (February 1961): 42-3, 96-8.

Describes a trout stream that Walton frequented.

Horne, Bernard S. Introduction to The Compleat Angler 1653-1967: A New Bibliography, pp. xv-xx. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1970.

Describes each edition of the The Compleat Angler and argues its importance.

Oliver, H. J. “Izaak Walton's Prose Style.” Review of English Studies 21 (October 1945): 280-88.

Places Walton's prose style in the context of other 16th and 17th-century writers.

Oliver, H. J. “The Composition and Revisions of The Compleat Angler.Modern Language Review XLII, No. 3 (July 1947): 295-313.

Places The Compleat Angler in the context of 17th-century instructional literature.

Vaughan, John. “The Plant-Lore of The Complete Angler.Scribner's Magazine LXX, No. 6 (December 1921): 720-28.

Examines Walton's botanical allusions and knowledge of plants evident in The Compleat Angler.

Additional coverage of Walton's life and works can be found in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Concise Dictionary of British Literary Biography Before 1660; and Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 151.