Mary Noailles Murfree Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Carleton, Reese M. “Mary Noailles Murfree: An Annotated Bibliography.” American Literary Realism, 1870-1910 7 (autumn 1974): 293-378.

Primarily a complete listing of secondary sources on Murfree from 1881 to 1973.

Eppard, Philip B. “Local Colorists: Sarah Orne Jewett, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, and Mary N. Murfree.” In American Women Writers: Bibliographical Essays, pp. 21-46. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1983.

A narrative review of biographical information and relevant bibliographies and criticism on Murfree.

Gehrman, Jennifer A. “Mary Noailles Murfree (Charles Egbert Craddock) (1850-1922).” In Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: A Bio-Biographical Critical Sourcebook, edited by Denise D. Knight, pp. 318-23. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997.

A concise summary of Murfree's life, works, and critical reception, with bibliography.

Parks, Edd Winfield. “Bibliography.” In Charles Egbert Craddock, pp. 237-49. Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 1941.

Lengthy bibliography to 1940, of works by Murfree and members of her family, as well as biography and criticism.


Parks, Edd Winfield. “Murfree, Mary Noailles.” In Notable American Women, 1907-1950: A Biographical Dictionary. Vol. 2, pp. 602-03. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press, 1971.

Brief biography of Murfree.

Stern, Madeleine B. “Murfree, Mary Noailles.” In Great Writers of the English Language: Novelists and Prose Writers, pp. 885-86. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1979.

Brief biographical sketch, with list of works.


Pattee, Fred Lewis. “The Era of Southern Themes and Writers.” In A History of American Literature since 1870, pp. 294-321. New York: Cooper Square Press, 1968.

A detailed stylistic analysis of Murfree's stories which finds her lacking in sustaining narrative power and characterization skills.

Prestridge, Sam. “‘Old Beaux and Young Beaux’: An Unpublished Social Satire by Mary Noailles Murfree.” The Mississippi Quarterly 51, no. 1 (winter 1997-98): 71-86.

Shows how an early unpublished work by Murfree helped her to sort out the difficulties of writing in the masculine persona which she would use in her later work.

Additional coverage of Murfree's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 122, 176; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 12, 74; Literature Resource Center; Reference Guide to American Literature, Ed. 4; and Short Story Criticism, Vol. 22.