Thomas Warton Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Vance, John A. Joseph and Thomas Warton: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland Publishing, 1983, 190 p.

Primary and secondary bibliography devoted to Warton's writings as well as those of his brother, Joseph.


Gilfillan, George. “The Life of Thomas Warton.” In The Poetical Works of Goldsmith, Collins, and T. Warton pp. 145-54. Edinburgh: James Nichol, 1854.

Overview of Warton's life and works.

Vance, John. “Samuel Johnson and Thomas Warton.” Biography 9, no. 2 (spring 1986): 95-111.

Analyzes the complex professional and personal relationship between Johnson and Warton.


Fairer, David. “Historical Criticism and the English Canon: A Spenserian Dispute in the 1750s.” Eighteenth-Century Life 24 (spring 2000): 43-64.

Uses Warton's Observations on the Faerie Queene of Spenser as part of a larger argument about the formation of the English literary canon.

Teich, Nathaniel. “A Comparative Approach to Periodization: Forms of Self-Consciousness in Warton's ‘The Pleasures of Melancholy’ and Keat's ‘Ode on Melancholy.’” In Proceedings of the Xth Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association/Actes Du Xe Congres de l'Assocation Internationale de Literature Comparee New York 1982, edited by Anna Balakian and James J. Wilhelm, pp. 158-63. New York: Garland Publishing, 1985.

Compares poems by Warton and John Keats on similar themes.

Vance, John A. Joseph and Thomas Warton. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1983, 152 p.

Provides a biographical and critical study of the Wartons.

Additional coverage of Warton's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Discovering Authors Modules: Poets; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 104, 109; Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800, Vol. 15; Reference Guide to English Literature, Ed. 2.