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Barbour, Judith. “‘The meaning of the tree’: The Tale of Mirra in Mary Shelley's Mathilda.” In Iconoclastic Departures: Mary Shelley after “Frankenstein,” edited by Syndy M. Conger, Frederick S. Frank, and Gregory O'Dea, pp. 98-113. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1997.
A discussion of textual sources for Mathilda.
Bowen, Arlene. “‘Colui Da Cu’ lo Tolsi / Lo Bello Stilo’: Dante's Presence in Mary Shelley's Mathilda.” Italian Culture 12 (1994): 59-84.
Traces the influence of Dante's La Divina Commedia on Shelley's Mathilda.
Nitchie, Elizabeth. An introduction to Mathilda, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, pp. vii-xv. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1959.
A brief overview of the novel, including a history of the manuscript, tracing it from conception to publication.
Todd, Janet. An introduction to Mary Wollstonecraft, “Mary Maria,” Mary Shelley, “Mathilda,” pp. vii-xxviii. London: Pickering & Chatto, 1991.
Comparative analysis of the above-mentioned texts by Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley.
Ford, Susan Allen. “‘A name more dear’: Daughters, Fathers, and Desire in A Simple Story, The False Friend and Mathilda.” In Re-Visioning Romanticism: British Women Writers, 1776-1837, edited by Carol Shiner Wilson and Joel Haefner, pp. 51-71. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994.
An overview of Mathilda in the context of two other contemporary novels.
Additional coverage of Shelley's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Authors & Artists for Young Adults, Vol. 20; Concise Dictionary of British Literary Biography 1789-1832; DISCovering Authors; DISCovering Authors: British; DISCovering Authors: Canadian; DISCovering Authors Modules: Most Studied Authors and Novelists; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 110, 116, 159 and 178; Something about the Author, Vol. 29; World Literature Criticism 1500-Present.
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