Rossetti's works

  • Christina Rossetti: The Complete Poems, text by R.W. Crump, notes and  introduction by Betty S. Flowers (London: Penguin, 2001)

This edition of Rossetti's poetry is the most comprehensive. It contains all of Rossetti's published and published poetry and some helpful contextual information.

  • Christina Rossetti: Poems and Prose, ed. by Jan Marsh (London: Everyman, 1994)

This edition contains a selection of Rossetti's most well-known poems, several of her short stories and some significant extracts from her devotional prose. It also contains a useful summary of the critical reception of Rossetti's poetry.


(See Poetry of Christina Rossetti > Critical approaches > Early twentieth century approaches)

  • Bell, Mackenzie, Christina Rossetti: A Biographical and Critical Study, 4th edn. (1898; New York: Haskell House Pub. Ltd, 1971)
  • Marsh, Jan, Christina Rossetti: A Literary Biography (London: Jonathan Cape, 1994)
  • Packer, Lona Mosk, Christina Rossetti (Berkeley; Cambridge: University of California Press : Cambridge University Press, 1963)

Critical books and articles mentioned in the guide

  • Arseneau, Mary, Lorraine Janzen Kooistra and Antony Harrison, eds., The Culture of Christina Rossetti: Female Poetics and Victorian Contexts (Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1999)
  • Gilbert, Sandra M. and Susan Gubar, The Madwoman in the Attic: The Women Writer and the Nineteenth Century Imagination, 2nd edn. (New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 2000)
  • Lootens, Tricia, Lost Saints: Silence, Gender and Victorian Literary Canonization (Charlottesville & London: University Press of Virginia, 1996)
  • Mason, Emma, 'Christina Rossetti and the Doctrine of Reserve', Journal of Victorian Culture, 7 (2002), 196-219
  • Palazzo, Lynda, Christina Rossetti's Feminist Theology (Crosscurrents in Religion and Culture; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002)
  • Tennyson, G.B., Victorian Devotional Poetry: The Tractarian Mode, (Cambridge, Mass. London: Harvard University Press, 1981)
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