William Warburton Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Brumfitt, J. H. “Voltaire and Warburton.” Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century 18 (1961): 35-56.

Explores the relationship between Voltaire and Warburton, claiming that Warburton's influence on Voltaire was considerable.

Doherty, F. M. “Sterne and Warburton: Another Look.” British Journal for Eighteenth Century Studies 1 (1978): 20-30.

Claims that Laurence Sterne was an admirer of Warburton's Divine Legation of Moses.

Knapp, Elise F. “Community Property: The Case for Warburton's 1751 Edition of Pope.” SEL 26, no. 3 (summer 1986): 455-68.

Refutes the critical belief that Warburton's influence on Pope was minimal and maintains that in his 1751 edition of Pope's works, Warburton was following the author's wishes completely.

Manolescu, Beth Innocenti. “Clerics Competing For and Against ‘Eloquence’ in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Britain.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly 30, no. 1 (winter 2000): 47-67.

Examines the competing theories on the nature of eloquence held by Warburton, Conyers Middleton, and Thomas Leland.

McLaverty, James. “Warburton's False Comma: Reason and Virtue in Pope's Essay on Man.Modern Philology 99, no. 3 (February 2002): 379-92.

Discusses the controversy surrounding Warburton's addition of a single comma in his 1751 edition of the works of Alexander Pope.

Nichol, Donald W. Introduction to Pope's Literary Legacy: The Book-Trade Correspondence of William Warburton and John Knapton, edited by Donald W. Nichol, pp.xxv-lxxiv. Oxford: The Oxford Bibliographical Society, 1992.

Examination of the correspondence between Pope's editor and his London bookseller in an attempt to shed light on the eighteenth-century book trade and on Warburton's career as editor and author.

Ryley, Robert M. “William Warburton as ‘New Critic’.” In Studies in Criticism and Aesthetics, 1660-1800: Essays in Honor of Samuel Holt Monk, edited by Howard Anderson and John S. Shea, pp. 249-65. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1967.

Notes the similarities between Warburton's literary criticism and the methods associated with twentieth-century New Criticism.

Seary, Peter. “Theobald's Correspondence with Warburton.” In Lewis Theobald and the Editing of Shakespeare, pp. 102-30. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990.

Suggests that Lewis Theobald was responsible for Warburton's success as a Shakespearean critic and editor, contrary to conventional critical belief.

Additional coverage of Warburton's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 104; and Literature Resource Center.