Martineau, Harriet (1802–76)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DC052-1
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List of works

  • Martineau, H. (1829) ‘Essays on the Art of Thinking’, Monthly Repository 3: 521–526, 599–606, 707–712, 747–757, 817–822, reprinted in 1836 in H. Martineau, Miscellanies, Boston, MA, 2 vols.

    (Early summary of philosophical views.)

  • Martineau, H. (1832–4) Illustrations of Political Economy, London: Charles Fox, 23 vols in 25.

    (Tales exemplifying economic principles.)

  • Martineau, H. (1837) Society in America, London: Saunders & Otley, 2 vols.

    (Distinguished and original analysis.)

  • Martineau, H. (1838) How to Observe: Morals and Manners, London: Charles Knight.

    (General principles of social analysis.)

  • Martineau, H. (1839) Deerbrook, London: Moxon, 3 vols.

    (Overlong, didactic, but revealing novel.)

  • Martineau, H. (1844) Life in the Sickroom: Essays by an Invalid, London: Moxon.

    (Self-conscious introspection suggestive of larger evolution of her thought.)

  • Martineau, H. (1848) Eastern Life: Present and Past, London: Moxon, 3 vols.

    (Perceptive and revealing travel account of particular importance for evolving religious views.)

  • Martineau, H. and Atkinson, H.G. (1851) Letters on the Laws of Man’s Nature and Development, London: Chapman.

    (Extravagant avowal of mesmerism and free thought.)

  • Martineau, H. and Atkinson, H.G. (1877) Harriet Martineau’s Autobiography, with Memorials by Maria Weston Chapman, London: Smith, Elder, 3 vols.

    (Despite its idiosyncrasies, one of the great autobiographies of the century.)

  • Martineau, H. and Atkinson, H.G. (1983) Harriet Martineau’s Letters to Fanny Wedgwood, ed. E.S. Arbuckle, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

    (Extended series of charming, revealing letters.)

  • Martineau, H. and Atkinson, H.G. (1985) Harriet Martineau on Women, ed. G.G. Yates, New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

    (Illustrates and assesses Martineau’s central, somewhat ambiguous place in feminist history.)

  • Martineau, H. and Atkinson, H.G. (1990) Harriet Martineau: Selected Letters, ed. V. Sanders, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

    (Representative sampling of a vast output by a brilliant correspondent.)

  • Martineau, H. and Atkinson, H.G. (1993) Harriet Martineau and the Daily News, ed. E.S. Arbuckle, New York: Garland.

    (Selection of leading articles.)

References and further reading

  • Comte, A. (1853) The Positive Philosophy of Auguste Comte, freely translated and condensed by Harriet Martineau, London: Chapman, 2 vols.

    (Martineau’s translation brought Comte’s positivism to the English-speaking world.)

  • Hoecker-Drysdale, S. (1992) Harriet Martineau: First Woman Sociologist, London: Berg.

    (Brief, biographically structured, analysis of Martineau’s sociology, with excellent bibliographies.)

  • Sanders, V. (1986) Reason over Passion: Harriet Martineau and the Victorian Novel, Hassocks: Harvester Press.

    (Extensive and balanced discussion of Martineau as a writer of fiction.)

  • Webb, R.K. (1960) Harriet Martineau, a Radical Victorian, London; Heinemann.

    (Primarily an intellectual biography, stressing Unitarian and Necessarian sources.)

Citing this article:
Webb, R.K.. Bibliography. Martineau, Harriet (1802–76), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DC052-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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