James Thomson



Edituions of Thomson’s Work

Greene, John C. The Plays of James Thomson, 1700-1748. A Critical Edition. New York: Garland, 1987.
McKillop, A. D., ed. Letters and Documents. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 1958.
Thomson, James. ‘Liberty’, ‘The Castle of Indolence’ and Other Poems. Ed. James Sambrook. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986.
--- The Seasons. Ed. James Sambrook. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1981.
--- ‘The Seasons’ and ‘The Castle of Indolence’. Ed. James Sambrook. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1972.



Sambrook, James. James Thomson. A Life. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971.


Book-length Studies and Essay Collections

Cameron, Margaret M. L’influence des Saisons de Thomson sur la poésie descriptive en France: 1759-1810. Geneve: Slatkine Reprints, 1975.
Cohen, Ralph. The Unfolding of ‘The Seasons’. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1970.
--- The Art of Discrimination: Thomson’s ‘The Seasons’, and the Language of Criticism. Berkeley, University of California Press, 1964.
Grant, Douglas. Thomson, Poet of ‘The Seasons’. London: Cresset Press, 1951.
McKillop, A. D., ed. The Background of Thomson’s Seasons. Hamden, CT: Archon Books, 1961.
Terry, Richard. James Thomson: Essays for the Tercentenary. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2000.


Articles and Book Chapters

Connell, Philip. “Newtonian Physico-Theology and the Varieties of Whiggism in James Thomson’s The Seasons” in Huntingdon Library Quarterly (72. 1), 2009: 1-28.
Fulford, Tim. “Thomson and Cowper: the ‘stubborn Country tam’d?’”. Landscape, Liberty and Authority. Poetry, Criticism and Politics from Thomson to Wordsworth. Cambridge: CUP, 1996. 18-72.
Goodman, Kevis. “The Microscopic Eye and the Noise of History in Thomson’s The Seasons”. Georgic Modernity and British Romanticism: Poetry and the Mediation of History. Cambridge: CUP, 2004. 38-66.
Hunt, John Dixon. “The Ingenious and Descriptive Thomson”. The Figure in the Landscape: Poetry, Painting, and Gardening during the Eighteenth Century. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989. 105-144.
Jung, Sandro. “Love, Honour, and Duty in James Thomson’s Tancred and Sigismunda (1745)” in The Modern Language Review (99. 4), 2004: 889-901.
--- “The Descriptiveness of James Thomson’s Winter (1726) and the Early Eigteenth-Century ‘Winter’ Poem” in Zeitschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Linguistik (32. 162), 2002: 158-168. 
Keenleyside, Heather. “Personification for the People: On James Thomson’s The Seasons” in ELH (76. 2), 2009: 447-472.
Parker, Blanford. “Thomson and the Invention of the Literal”. The Triumph of Augustan Poetics. English Literary Culture from Butler to Johnson. Cambridge: CUP, 1998. 136-173.
Tomlinson, Janis A. “Landscape into Allegory: J. M. W. Turner’s Frosty Morning and James Thomson’s The Seasons” in Studies in Romanticism (29. 2), 1990: 181-196.