Bibliography

Abrams, M.H. Ed. The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Sixth Ed. Volume 2. (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1993.)

    This is the textbook used for British Lit II at Houston Community College. Pages 1460-64 contain the version of the "Blessed Damozel" used for explication in this project.
Bass, Eben E. Dante Gabriel Rossetti Poet and Painter. (New York: Peter Lang, 1990).
    This book details Rossetti's professional life including poems, paintings and working relationships.
Baum, Paul Franklin. Dante Gabriel Rossetti The Blessed Damozel. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1937). Baum's book has been the classic text over the years in deciphering Rossetti's "The Blessed Damozel."
    The book contains a detailed introduction that includes the poem's history and many intricacies regarding the poem along with the four known versions of the poem.
Bentley, D.M.R. "'The Blessed Damozel': A Young Man's Fantasy." Victorian Poetry 20:3-4 (1982): 43.
    This journal article discusses religious aspects of Rossetti's poem. Along with some vital and revealing explication notes, it shows the relationship of the poem to the Pre-Raphaelite Movement.
Bible (Scriptures: "Matthew 18:19", "Revelation 1:16", Revelation 22:2"
    These verses were used for explication of "The Blessed Damozel."
Buckley, Jerome Hamilton. The Victorian Temper. (Cambridge, U.K.: University Press, 1981).
    This book describes likes and dislikes, attitudes and ideas of the Victorians with an emphasis on literature. It is a social commentary outlining the view of the Victorians on art, wealth, religion and the decline of their high standards by the end of the century.
Burch, Francis F. Rossetti's, "The Blessed Damozel." Explicator. 37:4, 5 (Washington D. C. 1979).
    A critical explication of "The Blessed Damozel."
Crump, R.W. ed. The Complete Poems of Christina Rossetti. Vol 2. (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1986).
    The complete collection of poems of Christina Rossetti with notes.
Dobbs, Brian and Judy. Dante Gabriel Rossetti An Alien Victorian. (London: Richard Clay (The Chaucer Press) Ltd., 1977).
    The Dobbs' biography of Rossetti is an exceptionally detailed account of the poet's life, his family, his acquaintances and his works. The book reveals many historical aspects of Victorian England as they applied to Rossetti. Much of the authors' support comes from personal journals and letters.
Doughty, Oswald. Dante Gabriel Rossetti, A Victorian Romantic. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1949).
    This book traces the life of Rossetti from birth to death. It also examines his professional relationships.
Faxon, Alicia Craig. Dante Gabriel Rossetti. (New York: AbbeyVill Press, 1989).
    This book is, first and foremost, one of the most complete collections of the paintings and drawings of Rossetti. Included along with the paintings of his famous immortalized women, are sketch studies for his paintings, drawings of his Pre-Raphaelite brothers and his models plus biographical data.
Fletcher, Pauline. "Rossetti, Hardy, and the 'hour which might have been.'" Victorian Poetry 20:3-4 (1982): 1.
    This article relates Rossetti's poems to those of Thomas Hardy. Comparisons are made between the themes and characters of several different poems, though in reality, both writers are quite distant in their tastes and background.
Fredeman, William E. and Nadel, Ira B. Victorian Poets After 1850. (Dictionary of Literary Biography) Vol. 35. (Ann Arbor, Michigan: Edwards Brothers, Inc. 1985).
    This book gives biographical information about 19th century English poets such as D. G. Rossetti.
Gurney, Stephen. British Poetry of the Nineteenth Century. (New York: Twayne Publishers, 1993).
    This book gives information on various aspects of British poetry in the 19th century, including an extensive section on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
Harrison, Antony H. "Dante Rossetti: Parody and Ideology." Studies in English Literature 29:4 (1989): 757, 760.
    Harrison's article implies that in certain Rossetti poems, including "The Blessed Damozel," his works reflect similarities of earlier writers such as Dante, Keats and Browning. Overall, the author believes some of Rossetti's poems lie between sincerity and parody.
Johnston, Robert D. Dante Gabriel Rossetti. (New York: Twayne Publishers, Inc., 1969).
    This book contains biographical data on Rossetti, along with a description of the disparity which existed between his two worlds of flesh and spirit. Again, many comparisons are made between Rossetti and other poets.
McGowan, John P. "'The Bitterness of Things Occult'" D. G. Rossetti's Search for the Real." Victorian Poetry 20:3-4 (1982) 51.
    McGowan claims in his journal article that Rossetti's poems are unable to present the real world in a way to make it meaningful to his audience. He suggests that Rossetti's problem lies in his inability to uncover the universal truths of his poems, possibly a result of the fading of the Romantics.
Moulton, Charles Wells. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors. Vol. 5 (1959). (Gloucester, Mass: Moulton Publishing Company).
    This volume contains a collection of literary criticisms of various authors such as Edgar Allen Poe that spans the years 1825 to 1854.
Moulton, Charles Wells. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors. Vol. 6. (1959). (Gloucester, Mass: Moulton Publishing Company).
    This volume contains a collection of literary criticism of various authors like D. G. Rossetti, that spans the years 1855 to 1874.
Pedrick, Gale. Life with Rossetti or No Peacocks Allowed. (London: Macdonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., 1964).
    This book contains a brief biography of Rossetti, but its main objective is to chronicle the relationship of Rossetti and artist, Henry Treffry Dunn, his art assistant. Included in this book are many personal letters to Dunn from Rossetti.
Riede, David G. Critical Essays on Dante Gabriel Rossetti. (New York: G.K. Hall, 1992). A collection of essays on Rossetti's works. Riede, David G. Dante Gabriel Rossetti Revisited. (New York: Twayne Publishers, Inc., 1992).
    This biography of Rossetti emphasizes the contribution he made to the art world and the influence he had over his Pre-Raphaelite brothers. Riede believes Rossetti is a true artistic poet and an authority on all matters artistic.
Riede, David G. "Shelleyan Reflections in the Imagery of D. G. Rossetti." Victorian Poetry 19:2 (1981): 167.
    In this journal article Riede describes Rossetti as a Victorian who longed to be a Romantic. Comparisons are drawn between several of Rossetti's poems along with those of Shelley and Byron indicating Rossetti's tendencies to mirror the style of the Romantics.
Rosenbaum, Robert A. Earnest Victorians. (New York: Hawthorn Books, Inc., 1961).
    This book includes biographic on several Victorian poets such as Tennyson, Browning, Hopkins and Rossetti. The text is interspersed with actual detail from diaries and personal accounts of friends, acquaintances and critics.
Saunders Boos, Florence. The Poetry of Dante G. Rossetti. (The Hague: Mouton & Co. V.V. Publishers, 1976).
    In this book, Saunders Boos relates her thoughts and interpretation of Rossetti's major poems, making comparisons from one poem to another. She also discusses Rossetti's technique believing he avoided directly copying ideas from other poets.
Schneewind, J. B. Backgrounds in English Victorian Literature. (New York: Random House, 1970).
    Schneewind's book describes how religion, politics and morality shaped Victorian authors and their works. His work contains historical data as it relates to social reform and political changes of the Victorian era.
Vogel, Joseph F. Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Versecraft. (Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 1971.
    An analysis of "The Blessed Damozel."
Walvin, James. Victorian Values. (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1988).
    This book emphasizes how the Victorians enacted many social reforms and upheld their moral code. The author believes that moral conflicts came about because of different beliefs between the social classes, and that Britain's current decline stems from the Victorian era.
Wood, Esther. Dante Rossetti and the Pre-Raphaelite Movement. (New York: Cooper Square Publishers, Inc., 1973).
    Wood's book is biographical with the main feature being the Pre-Raphaelite Movement. Written in 1894, the author's goal was to interpret the moral and intellectual principles of the victorian era. Emphasis is placed on Rossetti's treatment of religious material, and his concept of medieval and Romantic writing.
Young, G.M. Victorian England Portrait of an Age. (Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 1989).
    In this text, Young describes England during Victorian times as a country bound by its strict adherence to religious standards. This book includes statistical and historical data relevant to the age.