Richard Jefferies Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Arkell, Reginald. Richard Jefferies. London: Rich & Cowan, 1933, 294 p.

Biographical and critical overview.

Avebury, Lord. "Richard Jefferies." In his Essays and Addresses: 1900-1903, pp. 67-78. London: Macmillan and Co., 1903.

Touches on Jefferies's life and explores his views on nature based on his thoughts on evolution, theology, and philosophy.

Coveney, Peter. "Mark Twain and Richard Jefferies." In his

Poor Monkey: The Child in Literature, pp. 169-91. London: Richard Clay and Co., 1957.

Discusses Jefferies in the context of the romantic tradition, stating that "his work, with all its passionate vehemence, reflects the tension of the human sensibility at the end of the nineteenth century."

Graham, P. Anderson. "The Magic of the Fields (Richard Jefferies)." In his Nature in Books: Some Studies in Biography, pp. 1-43. 1891. Reprint. Port Washington, N.Y.: Kennikat Press, 1971.

Detailed assessment of Jefferies's life.

Looker, Samuel J., ed. Richard Jefferies: A Tribute by Various Writers. Worthing, England: Frederick Steel & Co., 1946, 156 p.

Collection of reminiscences and biographical/critical commentary on Jefferies by various authors.

—and Porteous, Crichton. Richard Jefferies: Man of the Fields. London: John Baker, 1964, 272 p.

Overview of Jefferies's life and literary career.

Page, Norman. "The Ending of After London." Notes and Queries 32, No. 3 (September 1985): 361.

Discusses different critical opinions about the ending of After London; or, Wild England.

Quiller-Couch, Arthur. "Externals." In his Adventures in Criticism, pp. 116-27. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1896.

Criticizes Jefferies for his concentration on superfluous details.

Scott, G. Forrester. "Three Nature Writers." The Bookman, London XXVI, No. 153 (June 1904): 84-8.

Compares the works of Jefferies with those of Izaak Walton and Gilbert White.

Thomas, Edward. "Richard Jefferies." In his A Literary Pilgrim in England, pp. 134-43. New York: Dodd, Mead, and Co., 1917.

Focuses on the influence of Jefferies's surroundings on his writings, particularly on that of Wiltshire, where he grew up.