Sir Philip Sidney

A Select Bibliography


NOTE:  This bibliography is not in any respect comprehensive, but rather aims to list editions, a selection of important book-length studies, and essential reference works, where more guidance may be sought. Please send suggestions for additions to Gavin Alexander.



The Poems of Sir Philip Sidney, ed. William A. Ringler, Jr (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1962)

The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia (The Old Arcadia) , ed. Jean Robertson (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1973)

The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia (The New Arcadia), ed. Victor Skretkowicz (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987) [revised Books I-III]

Miscellaneous Prose of Sir Philip Sidney, ed. Katherine Duncan-Jones and Jan van Dorsten (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1973)

The Complete Works of Sir Philip Sidney, ed. A. Feuillerat, 4 vols (Cambridge: C.U.P., 1912-26), vol. 3 (includes correspondence)

Paperback texts:

Sir Philip Sidney, ed. Katherine Duncan-Jones, The Oxford Authors (Oxford: O.U.P., 1989)

An Apology for Poetry, or, The Defence of Poesy, ed. Geoffrey Shepherd (London: Nelson, 1965; repr. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1973)

The Old Arcadia, ed. Katherine Duncan-Jones (Oxford: O.U.P., 1985)

The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia, ed. Maurice Evans (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1977) [the composite Arcadia]


Early Biography and Criticism:

Greville, Fulke, A Dedication to Sir Philip Sidney [= 'Life of Sidney'], in The Prose Works of Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke, ed. John Gouws (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986)

Sidney: The Critical Heritage, ed. Martin Garrett (London: Routledge, 1996)


Recent Biography and Criticism:

Duncan-Jones, Katherine, Sir Philip Sidney, Courtier Poet (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1991)


Allen, M.J.B., Dominic Baker-Smith, and Arthur F. Kinney, eds, Sir Philip Sidney's Achievements (New York: AMS Press, 1990)

Kay, Dennis, ed., Sir Philip Sidney: An Anthology of Modern Criticism (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987)

Kinney, Arthur F., ed., Sidney in Retrospect: Selections from English Literary Renaissance (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1988)

Kinney, Arthur F., ed., Essential Articles for the Study of Sir Philip Sidney (Hamden, Conn.: Archon, 1986)

Van Dorsten, Jan, Dominic Baker-Smith, and Arthur F. Kinney, eds, Sir Philip Sidney: 1586 and the Creation of a Legend (Leiden: Brill/Leiden University Press, 1986)


Buxton, John, Sir Philip Sidney and the English Renaissance, 3rd edn (London: Macmillan, 1987)

Davis, Walter R., and Richard A. Lanham, Sidney's Arcadia (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1965)

Hamilton, A.C., Sir Philip Sidney: A Study of his Life and Works (Cambridge: C.U.P., 1977)

Helgerson, Richard, The Elizabethan Prodigals (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976)

Kalstone, David, Sidney's Poetry: Contexts and Interpretations (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1965)

McCoy, Richard C., Sir Philip Sidney: Rebellion in Arcadia (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1979)

Montgomery, Robert L., Symmetry and Sense: The Poetry of Sir Philip Sidney (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1961)

Norbrook, David, Poetry and Politics in the English Renaissance (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1984)

Rudenstine, Neil L., Sidney's Poetic Development (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1967)

Worden, Blair, The Sound of Virtue: Philip Sidney's Arcadia and Elizabethan Politics (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1996)

Woudhuysen, H.R., Sir Philip Sidney and the Circulation of Manuscripts 1558-1640 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996)



Donow, H. S., A Concordance to the Poems of Sir Philip Sidney (Ithaca, NY, 1975)

Stump, Donald. V., Sir Philip Sidney: An Annotated Bibliography of Texts and Criticism (1554-1984) (New York, 1994)

Beal, Peter, Index of English Literary Manuscripts Volume I: 1450-1625, 2 parts (London: Mansell, 1980)

Juel-Jensen, Bent, 'Sir Philip Sidney, 1554-1586: a check-list of early editions of his works', in Sir Philip Sidney: An Anthology of Modern Criticism, ed Dennis Kay (Oxford, 1987)

Hamilton, A.C. et al., eds, The Spenser Encyclopedia (London: Routledge, 1990)


See also Sidney Journal


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