Sir Thomas Wyatt Further Reading

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Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Muir, Kenneth. Life and Letters of Sir Thomas Wyatt. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1963, 282 p.

Considered the standard scholarly biography of Wyatt.

Thomson, Patricia. Sir Thomas Wyatt and His Background. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1964, 298 p.

Considers Wyatt's life and work in the context of the social and literary setting of early Tudor England.


Jentoft, Clyde W. Sir Thomas Wyatt and Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey: A Reference Guide. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1980, 192 p.

Includes an annotated bibliography of writings about Wyatt from the sixteenth to the twentieth century.


Estrin, Barbara L. “Taking Bread: Wyatt's Revenge in the Lyrics and Sustenance in the Psalms” and “‘Liking This’: Telling Wyatt's Feelings.” In Laura: Uncovering Gender and Genre in Wyatt, Donne, and Marvell, pp. 93-122, 123-46. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1994.

Considers Wyatt's depictions of women and his transformation of themes from Petrarch and Ovid.

Klein, Lisa M. “The Petrarchanism of Sir Thomas Wyatt Reconsidered.” In The Work of Dissimilitude: Essays from the Sixth Citadel Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Literature, edited by David G. Allen and Robert A. White, pp. 131-47. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1992.

Explores the ideas and imagery common to Wyatt's and Petrarch's poetry.

Mason, H. A. Editing Wyatt: An Examination of “Collected Poems of Sir Thomas Wyatt,” together with suggestions for an improved edition. Cambridge: The Cambridge Quarterly, 1972, 209 p.

Discusses various editions and manuscripts of Wyatt's works and the problems involved in editing his works.

———. Sir Thomas Wyatt: A Literary Portrait. Bristol: Bristol Classical Press, 1986, 343 p.

Reprints a selection of Wyatt's poems along with commentaries addressing the poems and problems particular to Wyatt's oeuvre.

Thomson, Patricia, ed. Wyatt: The Critical Heritage. Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1974, 186 p.

Reprints criticism on Wyatt from the 1520s through the 1950s.

Wright, George C. “Wyatt's Decasyllabic Line.” Studies in Philology LXXXII, No. 2 (Spring 1985): 129-56.

Argues that Wyatt's emphasis on both metrical lines and the natural rhythm of English speech accounts for the unorthodox metrics of his poetry.

Additional coverage of Wyatt's life and career is contained in the following source published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 132.