John Denham Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Berry, Herbert. “Sir John Denham at Law.” Modern Philology 71, No. 3 (February 1974): 266-76.

Assembles information from unpublished legal document to provide a fuller biographical portrait of Denham.

Kelliher, Hilton. “John Denham: New Letters and Documents.” British Library Journal 12, No. 1 (Spring 1986): 1-20.

Examines previously unpublished letters and legal papers for what they reveal about Denham's writings and activities, especially while in Europe.

O Hehir, Brendan. Harmony from Discords: A Life of Sir John Denham. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1968, 288 p.

Book-length study of Denham's life and writings.


Boeckel, Bruce. “Landscaping the field of discourse: political slant and poetical slope in Sir John Denham's ‘Cooper's Hill’.” Papers on Language & Literature 34, No. 1 (Winter 1998): 57-93.

Analyzes Coopers Hill in terms of the British political situation of the time and the Denham's symbolic use of landscape.

Cummings, Robert. “Denham's Cooper's Hill and Carolus Rex et Leo Papa. Philological Quarterly 64, No. 3 (Summer 1985): 337-46.

Explores common ground between Coopers Hill and Carolus Rex et Leo Papa, a heroic poem written by the ninth-century poet Angilbert.

O Hehir, Brendan. “‘Lost,’ ‘Authorized,’ and ‘Pirated’ Editions of John Denham's Cooper's Hill.PMLA, LXXI, No. 3 (June 1964): 242-53.

Addresses issues of authenticity and priority related to the various editions and versions of Coopers Hill.

Rockett, William. “‘Courts make not Kings, but Kings the Court’: ‘Cooper's Hill’ and the Constitutional Crisis of 1642.” Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture 17, No. 1 (Spring 1993): 1-14.

Examines Coopers Hill in terms of British political history and offers a topographical interpretation.

Weiser, D. “Bacon's Influence on Sir John Denham.” Notes and Queries 31, No. 3 (September 1984): 335-37.

Considers the possible inspirational link of several writings of Sir Francis Bacon to a number of works by Denham.

Additional coverage of Denham's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 58, 126.