Robert Buchanan Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Blodgett, Harold. “Whitman and Buchanan.” American Literature 2 (1930-31): 131-40.

Traces Buchanan's enthusiastic critical endorsement of Walt Whitman.

Purcell, E. Review of The Martyrdom of Madeline, by Robert Buchanan. The Academy 21, No. 528 (17 June 1882): 428-29.

Notes numerous weaknesses in the novel, chiefly discussing implausible characters and plot details.

Review of London Poems, by Robert Buchanan. The Spectator, 39, No. 1,987 (28 July 1866): 832-34.

Favorable assessment locating Buchanan's particular strength in “the union of lyrical with dramatic conceptions.”

Review of North Coast and Other Poems, by Robert Buchanan. The Spectator, 40, No. 2,052 (26 October 1867): 1201-04.

Appreciative review, concluding that “this book will greatly raise Mr. Buchanan's reputation as an original poet of high imaginative power and a singularly pure art.”

Review of Stormy Waters, by Robert Buchanan. The Spectator, 58, No. 2,970 (30 May 1885): 733-34.

Unfavorable assessment of the novel. According to the reviewer, “It is bad enough when a man of Mr. Buchanan's capabilities and attainments condescends, under any pressure less severe than that of actual necessity, to give himself up to the production of pot-boilers; but it is much worse when he shows himself so cynically indifferent to his reputation as not to care whether he reaches even the low average of pot-boiling work.”

Review of The City of Dream, by Robert Buchanan. The Spectator, 61, No. 3,127 (2 June 1888): 752-54.

Praises “much fine poetry” in The City of Dream, but finds it lacking as a history of the development of spiritual doubt and particularly faults its depiction of the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches.

Additional coverage of Buchanan's life and career is contained in the following source published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 18, 35.