Reflections on the Revolution in France Additional Summary

Edmund Burke


(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Blakemore, Steven, ed. Burke and the French Revolution. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1992. Collection of six essays written on the occasion of the bicentennial of the revolution includes comparison of the moral imaginations of Burke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau and examination of the “feminization” of Reflections on the Revolution in France.

Burke, Edmund. Reflections on the Revolution in France. Edited by Frank M. Turner. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2003. In addition to the text of Burke’s work, includes an informative editor’s introduction and four essays analyzing various aspects of the book.

Chapman, Gerald. Edmund Burke: The Practical Imagination. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1967. Presents sophisticated analysis of the Reflections and argues that Burke’s absurd account of the events at Versailles led to a distortion of his position.

Hodson, Jane. Language and Revolution in Burke, Wollstonecraft, Paine, and Godwin. Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate, 2007. Analyzes Reflections on the Revolution in France and other works about the French Revolution to demonstrate how the writers use particular kinds of language to lend their texts greater authority.

Lock, F. P. Burke’s “Reflections on the Revolution in France.” London: Allen & Unwin, 1985. Offers authoritative commentary on the work and carefully explains the sequence of events that led to Burke’s response to the revolution.

Mitchell, L. G. Introduction to Reflections on the Revolution in France, by Edmund Burke. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. Concise and informative introduction appears in one of the most readily available paperback editions of Reflections on the Revolution in France.

Paine, Thomas. Rights of Man. 1791. Reprint. Edited by Henry Collins. Harmondsworth, England: Penguin Books, 1969. The famous response to Burke by the pamphleteer whose Crisis papers helped win the American Revolution.

Whale, John, ed. Edmund Burke’s “Reflections on the Revolution in France”: New Interdisciplinary Essays. New York: Manchester University Press, 2000. Collection includes discussion of the book’s critical reception in the early 1790’s as well as topics such as how Burke’s work related to popular opinion and national identity.