Baker, John Haydn. “’Toms Lacoon’: A Newly Discovered Poem by Thomas Lovell Beddoes.” Victorian Poetry 40, no. 3 (Fall, 2002): 261. Discusses a newly discovered poem that has Beddoes’s characteristically ghoulish depictions of death.
Berns, Ute, and Michael Bradshaw, eds. The Ashgate Research Companion to Thomas Lovell Beddoes. Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate, 2007. Contains many essays on Beddoes and his works, with several on Death’s Jest-Book and The Bride’s Tragedy.
Bradshaw, Michael. Resurrection Songs: The Poetry of Thomas Lovell Beddoes. Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate, 2001. A critical analysis and interpretation of the poetry of Beddoes, looking at the poet’s obsession with immortality and the fragmentation that characterizes his work.
Donner, H. W. The Browning Box: Or, The Life and Works of Thomas Lovell Beddoes. London: Oxford University Press, 1935. A collection of letters about Beddoes’s life and poetry, by friends and admirers. The odd title refers to the box of materials given to Robert Browning after Beddoes’s death.
_______. Thomas Lovell Beddoes: The Making of a Poet. 1935. Reprint. Folcroft, Pa.: Folcroft Library Editions, 1970. This comprehensive study of Beddoes’s life and times balances biography with literary interpretation. Contains an informative introduction on nineteenth century theater and the influence of Elizabethan drama on Romantic poetry. A conclusion summarizes Beddoes’s aesthetics. Illustrated.
Snow, Royall H. Thomas Lovell Beddoes: Eccentric and Poet. 1928. Reprint. Folcroft, Pa.: Folcroft Library Editions, 1970. This early biographical study concentrates on the poet’s morbidity as his defining characteristic. Somewhat dated, especially in the ways it deals with the literature. Contains an annotated bibliography of Beddoes’s books and periodical publications.
Thompson, James R. Thomas Lovell Beddoes. Boston: Twayne, 1985. A useful critical introduction to Beddoes. Includes a brief biography, a chronology, and a selected bibliography. Follows Beddoes’s career from the early poems of Shelleyan and gothic derivation, through his growing interest in Jacobean drama and his satiric verse dramas, to his mature work obsessed with death.