John Wesley Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Green, Richard. The Works of John and Charles Wesley. Revised. New York: AMS Press, 1976, 291 p.

Standard bibliographical reference.

Jarboe, Betty M. John and Charles Wesley: A Bibliography. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1987, 404 p.

Lists thousands of works written about the Wesley brothers.


Collins, Kenneth J. A Real Christian: The Life of John Wesley. Nashville, Tenn.: Abingdon Press, 1999, 184 p.

Critically acclaimed study of Wesley's life.

Green, V. H. H. John Wesley. London: Nelson, 1964, 168 p.

Scholarly biography of Wesley.

Pollock, John. John Wesley. Wheaton, Ill.: Harold Shaw Publishers, 1995, 275 p.

Biography of Wesley for the lay reader.


Hurley, Michael. Introduction to John Wesley's Letter to a Roman Catholic, pp. 22-47. London: Geoffrey Chapman, 1968.

Provides background information on the riotous nature of eighteenth-century Ireland and England and treats the letter as a companion piece to the Short Address to the Inhabitants of Ireland.

Jackson, Thomas. “Preface to the Third Edition.” In The Works of John Wesley, pp. i-xvi. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan Publishing House, 1958.

First published in 1831, this preface describes some of the circumstances behind the numerous textual errors found in early, uncorrected editions of Wesley's works.

Whaling, Frank. Introduction to John and Charles Wesley: Selected Prayers, Hymns, Journal Notes, Sermons, Letters and Treatises, pp. 1-64. Ramsey, N.J.: Paulist Press, 1981.

Overview of the life and works of Wesley and his brother Charles.

Additional coverage of Wesley's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 104; and Literature Resource Center.