Jane Ward Lead Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Reynolds, Myra “Writers on Religion and Theology.” In The Learned Lady in England, 1650-1760, pp. 114-15. Gloucester, Mass.: Peter Smith, 1962.

Brief biographical sketch of Lead, originally published in 1920.


Smith, Catherine F. “Jane Lead: Mysticism and the Woman Cloathed with the Sun.” In Shakespeare's Sisters: Feminist Essays on Women Poets, edited by Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, pp. 3-18. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 1979.

Interprets Lead's works as representative of the challenge of being a woman writer in a patriarchal culture, comparing her writings to later feminist authors, including Sylvia Plath and Adrienne Rich.

———. “Three Guineas: Virgina Woolf's Prophecy.” In Virgnia Woolf and Bloomsbury: A Centenary Celebration, edited by Jane Marcus, pp. 225-241. London: Macmillan Press, 1987.

Analyzes Woolf's use of prophecy by comparing it to Lead's and that of Woolf's aunt, Caroline Emelia Stephen; suggests their writings are an “adaptive strategy.”

Travitsky, Betty S., and Anne Lake Prescott, eds. “Jane Ward Lead/John Milton.” Female and Male Voices in Early Modern England, pp. 166-86. New York: Columbia University Press, 2000.

Reprints Lead's “Solomon's Porch” next to Milton's “On the Morning of Christ's Nativity” and “The Hymn” to enable students to make comparisons based on gender.

Additional coverage of Lead's life and career is contained in the following source published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 131.