The Countess of Pembroke

A Select Bibliography


    NOTE:  This bibliography is highly selective. Please send suggestions for additions to Gavin Alexander.



The Collected Works of Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke, ed. Margaret P. Hannay, Noel J. Kinnamon, and Michael G. Brennan, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998)


The Psalms of Sir Philip Sidney and the Countess of Pembroke, ed. J.C.A. Rathmell (New York, 1963)

Antonius, in Narrative and Dramatic Sources of Shakespeare, ed. Geoffrey Bullough, vol. 5 (New York: Columbia U.P., 1966)

Discourse of Life and Death, ed. Diane Bornstein (Detroit: Michigan Consortium, 1983)

The Triumph of Death and other Unpublished and Uncollected Poems, ed. G.F. Waller (Salzburg: U. of Salzburg, 1977)


Hannay, Margaret P., Philip's Phoenix: Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke ( New York: Oxford University Press, 1990)

Waller, Gary, Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke: A Critical Study of Her Writings and Literary Milieu ( Salzburg: University of Salzburg Press, 1979)

Young, Frances B., Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke ( London: David Nutt, 1912)




A comprehensive, annotated bibliography is to be found in Josephine A. Roberts, 'Recent Studies in Women Writers of Tudor England, Part II: Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke', ELR 14 (1984), 426-39. References to works mentioned in Roberts's article are not for the most part included here.

Beilin, Elaine, Redeeming Eve: Women Writers of the English Renaissance (Princeton: Princeton U.P., 1987)

Brennan, Michael G., Literary Patronage in the English Renaissance: The Pembroke Family (London: Routledge, 1988)

Buxton, John, Sir Philip Sidney and the English Renaissance (London: Macmillan, 1954)

Lamb, Mary Ellen, 'The Countess of Pembroke's Patronage', ELR 12 (1982), 162-79

------ Gender and Authorship in the Sidney Circle (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1990)

------ 'The Myth of the Countess of Pembroke: The Dramatic Circle', Yearbook of English Studies 11 (1981), 194-202

Waller, Gary, 'The Countess of Pembroke and Gendered Reading', in Anne M. Haselkorn and Betty S. Travitsky, eds, The Renaissance Englishwoman in Print (Amherst: U.M.P., 1990), 327-45

Particular Works:

Erler, Mary C., 'Davies's Astraea and Other Contexts of the Countess of Pembroke's "A Dialogue" ', SEL 30 (1990), 41-61

Fisken, Beth Wynne, ' "To the Angell Spirit...": Mary Sidney's Entry into the "World of Words" ', in Anne M. Haselkorn and Betty S. Travitsky, eds, The Renaissance Englishwoman in Print (Amherst: U.M.P., 1990), 263-75

Freer, Coburn, Music for a King: George Herbert's Style and the Metrical Psalms (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1972)

Goldberg, Jonathan, 'The Countess of Pembroke's Literal Translation', in Subject and Object in Renaissance Culture, ed. Margreta de Grazia, Maureen Quilligan, and Peter Stallybrass (Cambridge: C.U.P., 1996), pp. 321-36

Hannay, Margaret P., ed., Silent but for the Word: Tudor Women as Patrons, Translators, and Writers of Religious Works (Kent, Ohio: Kent State U.P., 1985): Bornstein on Discourse, Fisken and Hannay on Psalmes

----, ' "House-confinéd maids": The Presentation of Woman's Role in the Psalmes of the Countess of Pembroke', ELR 24 (1994), 44-71

Woods, Suzanne, Natural Emphasis: English Versification from Chaucer to Dryden (San Marino: Huntington Library, 1984)

Zim, Rivkah, English Metrical Psalms: Poetry as Praise and Prayer, 1535-1601 (Cambridge: C.U.P., 1987)


See also Sidney Journal


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