Robert Bloomfield Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Ashby, Robert F. “The First Editions of The Farmer's Boy.The Book Collector 41, no. 2 (summer 1992): 180-87.

Describes the quality of paper, print, and illustrative engravings used in the first editions of The Farmer's Boy.

Bloomfield, B. C. “The Publication of The Farmer's Boy by Robert Bloomfield.” The Library 15, no. 2 (June 1993): 75-94.

Places the production and publication of Bloomfield's most famous poem in some historical context and in the context of Bloomfield's family history; also traces some of the financial transactions involved.

Cranbrook, the Earl of, and Hadfield, John. “Some Uncollected Authors XX: Robert Bloomfield, 1766-1823.” Book Collector 8, no. 2 (summer 1959): 170-79.

Offers a brief defense of Bloomfield's poetry and brief account of his life as a writer; then reviews the bibliographical history of his work.


Lawson, Jonathan. Introduction to Collected Poems: 1800-1822. Gainseville: Scholars' Facsimiles & Reprints, 1971, vii-xv.

Surveys Bloomfield's career from his love for his craft to his ill health and poverty at the end of his life.


Review of Good Tidings; or, News from the Farm. A Poem. Monthly Mirror 17 (June 1804): 385-90.

Asserts that the Monthly Mirror was the first of Bloomfield's admirers before praising Bloomfield's poem “Good Tidings,” a verse work about smallpox vaccinations.

Review of The Farmer's Boy. Critical Review 29 (1800): 66-77.

Appreciates Bloomfield for being self-taught, and his epic poem, The Farmer's Boy, for its original depictions of nature's sublimity.

Review of The Remains of Robert Bloomfield. Monthly Review 105 (September 1824): 79-84.

Explains the financial motive for the publishing of Bloomfield's Remains before discussing some of its contents.

Wickett, William and Nicholas Duval. The Farmer's Boy: the Story of a Suffolk poet, Robert Bloomfield, His Life and Poems, 1766-1823. Lavenham, England: T. Dalton, 1971, 144 p.

Provides a critical overview of the poet's life and works.

Additional coverage of Bloomfield's life and career is contained in the following sources published by Thomson Gale: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 93; and Literature Resource Center.