Mary Darby Robinson (1758?-1800) - Bibliography

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Last Updated September 21, 2001

List of Published Works PRIMARY WORKS (Publications, Hypertexts and Archives)

List of Published Works (by the year originally published)

Poems by Mrs. Robinson ( London: C. Parker, 1775)

Elegiac verses to a young lady on the death of her brother; who was slain in the late engagement at Boston. (London: J. Johnson, 1775)

'Captivity, a poem, and Celadon and Lydia, a tale, 4to (London: T. Becket, 1777)

The Songs, Chorusses, etc. in The Lucky escape, a Comic Opera (London: Printed for the author, 1778)

[The memoirs of Perdita, as Perdita (London: G. Lister, 1784) ]Uncertain attribution.

Ainsi va le Monde, a poem inscribed to Robert Merry, as Laura Maria, (London: John Bell, 1790)

Poems by Mrs. Robinson (2 vols. 1791—3, 8vo); volume 1 (London: J. Bell, 1791), reprint edited by Jonathan Wordsworth (New York: Continuum International Publishing Group, 1994); volume 2 (London: Printed by T. Spilsbury, 1793)

The Beauties of Mrs. Robinson. Selected and Arranged from her Poetical Works (London: Printed for H. D. Symonds, 1791)

Impartial Reflections on the[Present] [Situation of the] Queen of France [by a Friend to Humanity] (London: John Bell, 1791)

Monody to the Memory of Sir Joshua Reynolds, Late President of the Royal Academy (London: J. Bell, 1792)

An ode to the harp of the late accomplished and amiable Lousia Hanway (London: J. Bell, 1792)

Vancenza: or the dangers of credulity 2 vols. (London: J. Bell, 1792; London: T. Tegg, 1810); 5 editions by 1794.

Modern Manners: a poem in two cantos, by Horace Juvenal (London: Printed for the author, 1793)

Monody to the Memory of the late Queen of France (London: T. Spilsbury, 1793), (London: J. Evans, 1793)

Sight, The Cavern of Woe and Solitude (London: Printed for T. Spilsbury, 1793), (London, Evans & Becket 1793)

The Widow, or a Picture of Modern Times, A Novel in a Series of Letters (Dublin: P. Wogan, P. Byrne, W. Jones & I. Halpen, 1794; 2 volumes, London: Hookham & Carpenter, 1794)

Audley Fortescue (London: William Lane, 1795)

Angelina, a novel, 3 vols. 12 mo (London: Hookham and Carpenter, 1796)

Hubert de Sevrac, a romance of the eighteenth century. 3 vols. (London: Printed for the author by Hookham and Carpenter, 1796, 2 vols. Dublin: Printed by B. Smith, 1797)

Sappho and Phaon, a series of legitimate sonnets, with Thoughts on Poetical Subjects, & anecdotes of the Grecian Poetess 16mo (London: Printed by S. Gosnell for the author, 1796, 1813) (London Hookham & Carpenter, 1796); facsimile edited by Terence A. Hoagwood and Rebecca Jackson (Delmar: Scholars' Facsimiles & Reprints, 1995).

Sicilian Lover, [gothic verse] tragedy 4to, (London: Printed for the author by Hookham & Carpenter, 1796).

Julie St. Lawrence (Lleipzig: Nauck, 1797); republished as Julia St. Laurence, A Novel (Leipzig: Nauck, 1812).

Walsingham, or the pupil of nature, a domestic story (London: Longman, 1797), 2nd edition 4 vols. 12mo (1805) – twice translated into French (1798); edited by Gina Luria (New York: Garland, 1974).

The False Friend, a Domestic Story, 4 vols. 12mo (London: Longman and Rees, 1799).

The Natural Daughter, with portraits of the Leadenhead family, a novel. 2 vols. (London: Longman & Rees, 1799).

A Letter to the Women of England on the [Injustice] Cruelties of Mental Subordination, with Anecdotes by Anne Frances Randall (London: Longman & Rees, 1799) 8vo; first appeared as "Thoughts on the Condition of Women" 2nd edition by Anne Frances Randall (London: Printed for Longman & Rees, 1799); reprint edited by Jonathan Wordsworth (New York: International Publishing Group, 1998).

Ellinda: or the abbey of St. Aubert. Newark [1800].

Lyrical Tales (London: Longman & Rees, 1800); (Bristol, Briggs & Co, 1800) facsimile 1989.

The Mistletoe, a Christmas Tale (as Laura Maria) verse (London: Laurie & Whittle, 1800).

Joseph Hager, Picture of Palermo, translation (London: Phillips,1800).

Memoirs of the Late Mrs. Robinson, Written by Herself, with some posthumous pieces in verse. Ed. Mary Elizabeth Robinson, her daughter, 4 vols. 12mo, (London: R. Phillips, 1801; Philadelphia: Bradford, 1802).

The Wild Wreath, ed. by M. E. Robinson (London: Richard Phillips, 1804).

The Poetical Works of the Late Mrs. Robinson, including many pieces never before published (London: Phillips, 1806) edited by Mary E. Robinson, 3 vols. 8vo in 1826; another edition appeared as Poetical Works of the Late Mrs. Robinson, Including the Pieces Last Published 1 volume (London: Jones 1824). Fascimile, edited by Caroline Franklin, 1996.

Selected Poems, ed. Judith Pascoe (Peterborough: Broadview Press, 1999, 2000).


Hypertext editions:

1791 Poems

A Letter to the Women of England

Lyrical Tales

Sappho and Phaon,


The Wild Wreath


Archival materials and manuscripts:

London. British Library. Department of Manuscripts: The Lucky Escape, owned; Plays by Mary Robinson 1778-1794 microfiche; Letter from MR to John Flaxman 1800.

London. House of Lords. Record Office. American papers and Commonplace Notebook Collection: Poems by M[ary?] Robinson [ca. 1790-1800] 1 volume.

London. Garrick Club. Library. Smith’s Original Letters, Vol. II, p. 156. Letter from Mary Robinson. 1800. Autograph.

Oxford. Bodleian Library. MS. Montagu d.9, fols. 317-320v. Letter from Mary Robinson to J[ames] Northcote. 1800; In Deps. B. 214-215. Letters from Mary Robinson. 1800 and undated. Recipients include: William Godwin – James Marshal.

Oxford. Christ Church. Library. Evelyn Collection 4, volume 4, p. 9: Letter from Robinson to [John] Sewell. 1800. Autograph.

Washington, D. C. Folger Shakespeare Library Manuscript Collection: Commonplace Book of Mary Robinson [ca. 1795-1800]. Mostly poems of current or personal interest.

San Marino, California, Henry E. Huntington Library, Larpent Collection of Plays: originals of Plays [submitted to the Lord Chamberlain’s Office] by Mary Robinson. 1778-1794.

? Morrison Collection of Autograph Letters. Mary Robinson, Letter to John Taylor, 5 October 1794.

Biographical References
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Allibone's Critical Dictionary of English Literature, 3 vols. (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1858-1871) Reprint. Detroit: GaleResearch, 1965.

Bass, Robert D. The Green Dragoon: The Lives of Banastre Tarleton and Mary Robinson (London: Alvin Redman, 1957)

Bibliophile Library of Literature, Art and Rare Manuscripts 30 vols. Intro. Andrew Lang and Donald G. Mitchell, compiled by Nathan Haskell Dole, Forrest Morgan and Caroline Ticknor (New York-London: International Bibliophile Society, 1904) vols. 29 and 30; republished in one volume (Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1966).

Dictionary of British and American Women Writers 1660-1800 ed. Janet Todd (Totowa, NJ: Rowman & Allanheld, 1985). (Article by A. B. S.)

Dictionary of English Literature, W. Davenport Adams, 2nd edition (London: Cassell, Petter & Galpin, republished Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1966).

Dictionary of National Biography eds., Leslie Stephen, Sidney Lee, 22 vols. (Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 1921-22, reprint 1967-1968) vol. xvii. (Article by J. K.).

Feminist Companion to Literature in English, Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present eds. Virginia Blain, Patricia Clements, Isobel Grundy (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1990).

Ireland, Norma Olin, Index to Women of the World from Ancient to Modern Times: A Supplement (Metuchen, NJ: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1988).

Meyers, Kate Beaird, "Mary Darby Robinson," Women Writers of Great Britain and Europe: An Encyclopedia eds. Katharina M. Wilson, Paul Schleuter, June Schlueter (New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1997) reprinted in An Encyclopedia of British Women Writers rev. ed., eds., Paul Schlueter and June Schlueter (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers Univ. Press, 1998).

New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, ed. George Watson, 5 vols. (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1971) vol. 2 "1660-1800."

Oxford Companion to the Theatre, ed. Phyllis Hartnoll, 4th edition (Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 1983).

Robinson, Daniel, "Mary Robinson," Feminist Writers, foreword by Hortense Spillers, ed. Pamela Kester-Shelton (Detroit: St. James Press, 1996).

Steen, M. The Lost One: A Biography of Mary Robinson (London: Methuen, 1937)

Ty, Eleanor, "Mary Robinson," Dictionary of Literary Biography volume 158 "British Reform Writers, 1789-1832," eds. Gary Kelly and Edd Applegate (Detroit: Gale Research Inc., 1996).

Women Playwrights in England, Ireland and Scotland 1660-1823 eds. David D. Mann, Susan Garland Mann, with Camille Garnier (Bloomington: Indiana Univ. Press, 1996).


The following references are unverified by the researcher; they are listed from the references cited above.

Beck, L. Adams The Exquisite Perdita (New York, Dodd Mead, 1926)

Biographia Dramatica

Bryan's Dictionary of Painters, Georgian Era

Doran's Annals of the Stage, ed. Lowe

Genest's Account of the Stage

Gentleman's Magazine 1804, ii, 1009;

Miss Hawkins, Memoirs of Mary Robinson

Letters from Perdita to a certain Israelite and her Answer to them (London 1781) 8 vo

Literary Memoirs of Living Authors (1798)

Makower, S. V. Perdita: A Romance in Biography (London: Hutchinson,1908; New York: D. Appleton, 1908) with bibliography

Mendenhall, J. C. Mary Robinson. Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib. Chron 4 (1936)

Mistress of Royalty, or the Loves of Florizel and Perdita, (n.d.)

Monthly Mirror

Notes and Queries, 4th ser. iii. 173, 348, iv. 105, 5th ser. ix. 59, 7th ser. vi. 147

Poetical Epistles from Florizel to Perdita ---, and Perdita's Answer, & c., (London, 1781) 4to

Robins, Edward Twelve Great Actresses (New York and London: G. P. Putnam, 1900)

Clark Russell's Representative Actors

John Taylor's Records of my Life

The Life of Reynolds by Leslie and Taylor

Thespian Dictionary

Walpole, Correspondences, ed. Cunningham

Critical Discussions
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Adams, M. Ray Studies in the Literary Backgrounds of English Radicalism, with Special Reference to the French Revolution (Lancaster, PA: Franklin and Marshall College, 1947).

Arnold, Ellen. "Genre, Gender, and Cross-Dressing in Mary Robinson's Walsingham," Postscript: Publication of the Philological Association of the Carolinas 16, (1999):57-68.

Behrendt, Stephen C., and Harriet Kramer Linkin, eds. Approaches to Teaching British Women Poets of the Romantic Period. (New York: The Modern Language Association, 1997).

Bolton, Betsy. "Romancing the Stone: 'Perdita' Robinson in Wordsworth's London," ELH 64, no. 3 (1997 Fall): 727-59.

Craciun, Adriana and Kari E. Lokke (eds.) Rebellious Hearts: British Women Writers and the French Revolution (Albany: SUNY Press, 2001).

Craciun, Adriana."Violence against Difference: Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Robinson," Bucknell Review: A Scholarly Journal of Letters, Arts and Sciences 42, no. 1 (1998): 111-41.

Cullens, Chris. "Mrs. Robinson and the Masquerade of Womanliness" in Body and Text in the Eighteenth Century, eds. Veronica Kelly, and Dorothea von Mucke, (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1994) pp. 266-89.

Curran, Stuart. "Mary Robinson's Lyrical Tales in Context," in Re-visioning Romanticism: British Women Writers, 1776-1837 eds. Carol Shiner Wilson and Joel Haefner (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994) pp. 17-35.

———. "The I Altered," in Romanticism and Feminism, ed. Anne K. Mellor (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1988) pp. 185-207.

British Women Poets of the Romantic Era, 1770-1840 ed. Paula R. Feldman (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996).

Browne, Alice The 18th-century Feminist Mind (Detroit: Wayne University Press, 1987).

Davenport, Hester. "Mary 'Perdit' Robinson 1758-1800: A Royal Scandal." Windlesora no. 15 (1997): 4-8.

Erdman, David V., "Lost Poem Found: The Cooperative Pursuit and Recapture of an Escaped Coleridge 'Sonnet' of 72 lines," Bulletin of the New York Public Library 65 (1961).

Favret, Mary. "Telling Tales about Genre: Poetry in the Romantic Novel." Studies in the Novel 26 (1994): 153-72.

Fergus, J. and J. Thaddeus. "Women, Publishers, and Money, 1790-1820," Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 17, (1987): 191-207.

Ford, Susan Allen. "'A Name More Dear': Daughters, Fathers, and Desire in A Simple Story, The False Friend, and Mathilda," in Re-Visioning Romanticism: British Women Writers, 1776-1837 eds. Carol Shiner Wilson, and Joel Haefner, (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press,1994): 51-71.

Fulford, Tim. "Mary Robinson and the Abyssinian Maid: Coleridge's Muses and Feminist Criticism," Romanticism on the Net: An Electronic Journal Devoted to Romantic Studies13 (February 1999).

Griggs, Earl Leslie. "Coleridge and Mrs. Mary Robinson," Modern Language Notes 45 (1930): 90-95.

Hargreaves-Mawdsley, W. N., The English Della Cruscans and Their Time 1783-1828 (1967)

Ingamells, John. Mrs. Robinson and Her Portraits (London: Wallace Collection Monographs, 1978).

Jackson, J. R. (ed.) Romantic Poetry by Women: A Bibliography, 1770-1835 (Oxford: Clarendon and New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1993).

Kelly, Gary. The English Jacobin Novel, 1780-1805. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, (1976).

Kramer, Lawrence. "Gender and Sexuality in The Prelude: The Question of Book Seven," ELH 54, no. 3 (1987 Fall): 619-637.

Labbe, Jacqueline M. "Selling One's Sorrows: Charlotte Smith, Mary Robinson and the Marketing of Poetry," Wordsworth Circle 25 (2) Spring 1994: 68-71.

Ledbetter, Kathryn. "A Woman of Undoubted Genius: Mary Robinson and S. T. Coleridge," Postscript: Publication of the Philological Association of the Carolinas 11, (1994): 43-49.

Lee, Debbie. "The Wild Wreath: Cultivating A Poetic Circle For Mary Robinson" Studies in the Literary Imagination 30, no. 1 (1997): 23

Levy, M. J. "Gainsborough's Mrs. Robinson: A Portrait and its Context," Apollo 136 (September 1992): 152-155.

——. "Coleridge, Mary Robinson and Kubla Khan" The Charles Lamb Bulletin 77 (January 1992).

Luria, G., intro. to Walsingham; or The Pupil of Nature (1797, rpt. Garland Publishing, 1974)

Luther, Susan, "A Stranger Minstrel: Coleridge's Mrs. Robinson" Studies in Romanticism 33 (3) Fall 1994: 391-409.

McGann, Jerome. The Poetics of Sensibility: A Revolution in Literary Style (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996), especially "Mary Robinson and the Myth of Sappho" pp. 97-116; originally published in Modern language quarterly 56, no. 1, (March 1995): 55; reprinted in Eighteenth-century Literary History: An MLQ Reader, edited by Marshall Brown, 1999.

Mellor, Anne K., "British Romanticism, gender and three women artists," The Consumption of Culture 1600-1800. Eds. Ann Bermingham and John Brewer (New York: Routledge, 1995) pp. 121-42.

—— ."Mary Robinson and the Scripts of Female Sexuality" in Representations of the Self from the Renaissance to Romanticism. Eds. Patrick Coleman, Jayne Lewis and Jill Kowalik (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000).

—— . "Making an Exhibition of Her Self: Mary 'Perdita' Robinson and Nineteenth-Century Scripts of Female Sexuality," Nineteenth-Century Contexts 22, no. 3 (2000): 271-304.

Miskolcze, Robin. "Snapshots of Contradiction in Mary Robinson's Poetical Works," Papers on Language and Literature: A Journal for Scholars and Critics of Language and Literature 31, no. 2 (1995 Spring): 206-19.

Pascoe, Judith, "Mary Robinson and the Literary Marketplace," Romantic Women Writers: Voices and Countervoices ed. Paula R. Feldman and Theresa M. Kelley (Hanover and London: University Press of New England, 1995).

——. (ed.) Mary Robinson: Selected Poems, introduction and appendices, (Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview, 1999, 2000).

——. "Mary Robinson and Your Brilliant Career," Romanticism on the Net: An Electronic Journal Devoted to Romantic Studies 19 (August 2000).

—— . Romantic Theatricality: Gender, Poetry and Spectatorship (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997).

——. "The Spectacular Flâneuse: Mary Robinson and the City of London," Wordsworth Circle 23 (Summer 1992) 165-171.

Peterson, Linda H. "Becoming an Author: Mary Robinson's Memoirs and the Origins of the Woman Artist's Autobiography," in Re-visioning Romanticism: British Women Writers, 1776-1837 eds. Carol Shiner Wilson and Joel Haefner (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994) pp. 36-50.

Reiman, D. in Criticism (1984)

Robinson, Daniel. "Coleridge, Mary Robinson, and the Prosody of Dreams, Dreaming: Journal of the Association for the Study of Dreams 7, no. 2 (1997 June): 119-40.

——."From 'Mingled Measure' to 'Ecstatic Measures': Mary Robinson's Poetic Reading of 'Kubla Khan,'" The Wordsworth Circle 26(1) Winter 1995: 4-7.

——."Reviving the Sonnet: Women Romantic Poets and the Sonnet Claim," European Romantic Review 6(1) Summer 1995: 98-127.

Setzer, Sharon. "Mary Robinson's Sylphid Self: The End of Feminine Self-Fashioning," Philological Quarterly 75, no. 4 (1996 Fall): 501-20<.p>

—— ."Romancing the Reign of Terror: Sexual Politics in Mary Robinson's Natural Daughter," Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts 39, no. 4 (1997 Fall): 531-55.

—— ."The Dying Game: Crossdressing in Mary Robinson's Walsingham" Nineteenth-Century Contexts 22, no. 3 (2000): 305-28.

Shaffer, Julie. "Illegitimate Female Sexulaities in Romantic-Era Women-Penned Novels in Corvey," Corvey Journal 5.2-3 (1993: 44-52.

Ty, Eleanor. Empowering the Feminine: The Narratives of Mary Robinson, Jane West, and Amelia Opie, 1796-1812 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998).

——."Fathers as Monsters of Deceit: Robinson's Domestic Criticism in The False Friend," Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 14 (1995) 149-158.

—— . Unsex'd Revolutionaries: Five Women Novelists of the 1790s (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993).

Vargo, Lisa. "The Claims of 'real life and manners': Coleridge and Mary Robinson," The Wordsworth Circle 26(3), Summer 1995: 134-137.

Weaver, Susan Ann, Dialectical Formulations and Covert Language in Coleridge, Blake and Robinson Dissertation Abstracts International (1998 May).

Wordsworth, Jonathan, Introduction to Lyrical Tales (Oxford: Woodstock Books, 1989).


Books in Print
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Letter to the Women of England on the Injustice of Mental Subordination, 1799 ed. Jonathan Wordsworth (New York: Continuum International Publishing Group, Inc., 1998).

Mary Robinson, Selected Poems, ed. Judith Pascoe (Peterborough: Broadview Press, Nov. 1999).

Perdita: The Memoirs of Mary Robinson ed. M. J. Levy(London: Peter Owen, 1994).

Poems, 1791, ed. Jonathan Wordsworth (New York: Continuum International Publishing Group, 1994).

Sappho & Phaon, Plainville: Woodstock Books, 2000.

Sappho & Phaon In a Series of Legitimate Sonnets (1796), eds., Terence Hoagwood and Rebecca Jackson (Delmar: Scholars' Facsimiles & Reprints, 1995) (vol. 494).

Walsingham; or, the Pupil of Nature, ed. Gina Luria (New York: Garland Publishing Inc, 1974).

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