The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21).
Volume III. Renascence and Reformation.

XVI. Elizabethan Prose Fiction



Ashton, J. Romances of Chivalry. 1887.

Bahlsen, L. Spanische Quellen der englischen Litteratur besonders Englands zu Shakespeares Zeit. Zeitschr. f. vergl. Litteraturgeschichte, n. F. VI, 1893.

Bullen, A. H. Poems, chiefly lyrical, from the Romances and Prose Tracts of the Elizabethan Age. 1890.

Chandler, F. W. Romances of Roguery. (Pt. 1, Picaresque novel in Spain.) 1899. (Bibliography.)

—— The Literature of Roguery. 2 vols. 1907. (Excellent bibliography.) Courthope, W. J. A History of English Poetry. Vol. II. 1897.

Cross, W. L. Development of the English Novel. 1905. (Bibliography.)

Dunlop, J. C. History of Fiction. 2 vols. Rev. by Wilson, H. 1906.

Fitzmaurice-Kelly, J. On Mendoza and Lazarillo de Tormes in Mod. Lang. Rev., Jan. 1909.

Greg, W. W. Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama. (Ch. II, vii.) 1906.

Hannay, D. The Later Renaissance. Edinburgh and London, 1898.

Hume, M. A. S. Spain, its Greatness and Decay. Cambridge, 1898.

—— Spanish Influence in English Literature. 1905.

Jusserand, J. J. The English Novel in the time of Shakespeare. Tr. Lee, E. 1890 ff. [Bibliography and illustrations. See esp. the chapters entitled Before and After Shakespeare, and that on Tudor Times.]

—— A Literary History of the English People. (Bk V, chap. IV.) 1906.

Koeppel, E. Studien zur Geschichte der italienischen Novelle in der englischen Litt. des XVI Jahrh. Quellen und Forschungen, LXX. Strassburg, 1892.

Lee, S. Great Englishmen of the 16th cent. 1904. [For Sidney, etc.]

Morley, H. English Writers. Vol. X. 1893.

Murray, J. A. The Influence of Italian on Eng. Literature during the XVIth and XVIIth Cent. Le Bas Prize. Cambridge, 1886.

Raleigh, W. The English Novel. 1904.

Rennert, H. A. Spanish Pastoral Romance. Baltimore, 1892.

Schofield, W. H. English Literature from the Conquest to Chaucer. [For bibliography of early tales, etc., pp. 479 ff. See also volumes 1 and II of the present work.]

Scott, M. A. Translations from the Italian. Publ. of Mod. Lang. Assoc. of America. 1896.

Stoddard, F. H. The Evolution of the English Novel. 1900.

Tuckerman, B. History of English Prose Fiction. 1882.

Underhill, J. G. Spanish Literature in the England of the Tudors. 1899.

Warren, F. M. History of the Novel previous to the 17th Cent. New York, 1895.

Lazarillo de Tormes. Cornhill Mag. vol. XXXI, pp. 670 ff.


Halliwell, T. W. The Pleasant History of John Winchcomb … [or] Jack of Newbury. 1859.

Lange, A. F. The Gentle Craft. Registered 1597. (Ed. Introd. and Notes.) Palaestra, XVIII. Berlin, 1903.

Sievers, R. Thomas Deloney, eine Studie über Balladen-litteratur der Shakspere-Zeit nebst Neudruck von Deloney’s Roman Jack of Newbury. Palaestra, XXXVI. Berlin, 1904.

Thomas, W. J. Thomas of Reading. (Early Eng. Prose Romances, vol. 1, pp. 71–178.) 1858.

[For his ballads and broadsides, see Vol. IV of the present work.]


Adams, jr., J. Q. The Thracian Wonder in Greene’s Menaphon. Mod. Phil. iii, Jan. 1906.

Adlard, J. E. Defence of Conny Catching. 1859.

Arber, E. Menaphon. Eng. Scholar’s Libr. 1880.

Bernhardi, W. Robert Greene’s Leben und Schriften. Leipzig, 1874.

Brereton, J. le G. Relation of the Thracian Wonder to Greene’s Menaphon. Mod. Lang. Rev. II, i.

Brydges, Sir Egerton. Groatsworth of Wit. 1889.

—— Archaica. Greene’s Philomela. 1815.

Bullen, A. H., in D. of N. B. [Contains useful bibliography.]

Delius, N. Pandosto and Winter’s Tale. Jahrb. XV, 1880, and Mod. Lang. Notes, XXI, No. 7, Baltimore.

Dyce, A. Dramatic Works and an account of Rob. Greene. 1861.

Grosart, A. B. Life and Works of Greene. 15 vols. Huth Library. 1881–6.

Halliwell, J. O. The Notable Discovery of Coosnage. 1859.

Hart, H. C. Notes on Greene’s Prose Works. Notes and Queries, 10th Ser., vol. IV.

Herford, C. H. Few suggestions on Greene’s Romances and Shakespere. New Shak. Soc., Ser. 1, Part II, p. 181. 1888.

Ingleby, C. M. Groatsworth of Wit. See Shak. Allusion-books, Part 1, New Shak. Soc., 1874.

Jusserand, J. J. Hist. Litt. du Peuple Anglais. Vol. II, p. 460. Paris, 1904. [For French versions of Pandosto, etc.]

Saintsbury, G. Elizabethan and Jacobean Pamphlets. Groatsworth of Wit. 1902.

Simpson, R. Account of Robert Greene, his Prose Works and his quarrel with Shakespeare. School of Shak., vol. II. 1878.

Vetter. Robert Greene und seine Prosa. Verhandlungen der 44 Versammlung dtschr Philologen und Schulmänner.

Wolff, S. L. Robert Greene and the Italian Renaissance. E. Stud. XXXVII. 1907.


Carl, R. Über Thomas Lodge’s Leben und Werke. Anglia, X, pp. 235–289.

Delius, N. Lodge’s Rosalynde und As You Like It. Jahrb. VI, 1871.

Gosse, E. The Works of Lodge. Hunterian Club. 1878–82.

—— Memoir of Thos. Lodge. Glasgow, 1882.

—— Seventeenth Century Studies (Lodge). 1883.

Greg, W. W. Lodge’s Rosalynde. 1908.

Halliwell, T. W. Margarite of America. 1859.

Hazlitt, W. C. Rosalynde. 1875.

Lee, S., in D. of N. B. [For good bibliography.]

Morley, H. Rosalynde. 1887.

Stone, W. G. Rosalynde and As You Like It. New Shak. Soc. Pub. 1884.

Zupitza, J. Rosalynde and As You Like It. Jahrb. XXI, 1886.

Lodge’s Forbonius and Prisceria. Rptd., Shak. Soc. 1853.


Ainger, A. Lectures and Essays. 1905. (Euphuism past and present.)

Arber, E. Euphues. 1868.

Bodenstedt, F. M. von. Shakespeare’s Zeitgenossen. (Lyly, vol. III.) Berlin, 1860.

Bond, R. W. Complete Works. 3 vols. 1902.

—— Lyly, Novelist and Dramatist. Quart. Rev., Jan. 1896.

Child, C. G. John Lyly and Euphuism. Münchner Beit. Erlangen and Leipzig, 1894.

De Vocht, H. De Invloed van Erasmus op de Engelsche Tooneelliteratuur der XVIe en XVIIe Eeuwen (eerste deel: Shakespeare Jest-books—Lyly). Gent, 1908.

Fleay, F. G. Biographical Chron. of English Drama. Vol. II, pp. 36–43. 1891.

Goodlet, J. Shakespeare’s debt to John Lyly. E. Stud. V, 356–363.

Jusserand, J. J. Lyly. Athenæum, 29 Dec., 1888.

Landmann, F. Der Euphuismus, sein Wesen, seine Quelle, seine Geschichte. Diss. Giessen, 1881.

—— Euphues, John Lyly. Heilbronn, 1887.

—— Shakespeare and Euphuism. (Euphues an adaptation from Guevara.) New Shak. Soc. 1880–2.

Lauchert, Fr. Einfluss des Physiologus auf den Euphuismus. Eng. Stud. XIV, 1890.

Lee, S., in D. of N. B. (Lyly.)

—— Berners’s Trans. of Huon of Bordeaux. Part IV, Appendix 1, Lord Berners and Euphuism. E. E. T. S. Ex. Ser. 1887.

Mézières, A. J. F. Prédécesseurs et Contemporains de Shak. (Lyly, ch. III.) 1863.

Morley, H. Euphuism. Quart. Rev., Apr. 1861.

—— English Writers. Vols. VIII, pp. 305 ff.; IX, pp. 197 ff.

Rushton, W. L. Shakespeare’s Euphuism. 1871.

Symonds, J. A. Shakespeare’s Predecessors. Lyly, ch. XIII. 1883.

Vincent, L. H. An Elizabethan Novelist. Poet Lore, IX, 1.

Ward, A. W. Hist. of Dramatic Literature. Vol. 1, ch. III. 2nd ed. 1899.

Weymouth, R. F. Analysis of Euphuism and its Elements. Trans. Phil. Soc. 1870–2.

Wilson, J. D. John Lyly. Cambridge, 1905.

Lyly’s relation to the Classics and Shakespeare. Jahrb. der deut. Shak.-gesellschaft. Vols. VII and VIII. 1872–3.

Lyly’s Birthplace. Notes and Queries, 8th Ser. IX, pp. 325.


Dekker, T. A Knight’s Conjuring. 1607.

Gosse, E. The Unfortunate Traveller, or The life of Jacke Wilton. 1892.

Grosart, A. B. Complete Works. 6 vols. 1883–5.

Kollman, W. Unfortunate Traveller, etc. Anglia, XXII, n. F. X, pp. 81–141.

McKerrow, R. B. Works. 4 vols. 1904 ff.

Viles, E. and Furnivall, F. J. Awdeley’s Fraternitye of Vacabondes and Harman’s Caveat. E.E.T.S. 1869.


Baker, E. A. The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia. Ed. with the additions of Sir Wm Alexander and Beling, R. 1907. [Arcadia was translated into French by Baudoin, J., 1624; a tragi-comedy, La Cour Bergère, ou l’Arcadie de Messire Philippe Sidney, by Antoine Mareschal, was produced in Paris in 1640, and Italian and German versions were also made.]

Brunhuber, E. Sir Philip Sidney’s Arcadia und ihre Nachläufer. 1903.

Collins, A. Letters and Memorials of State … by Sir H. Sidney, Sir P. Sidney, etc. 2 vols. 1746.

Cook, A. S. Sidney and Giordano Bruno. Mod. Lang. Notes, VIII.

Crawford, C. Influence of the Arcadia on Webster’s Duchess of Malfi. Notes and Queries, 10th Ser. II, pp. 221 ff.

Crossley, James. Sidney and the Arcadia. 1853.

Feuillerat, Albert. A complete text of Sidney’s poetry and prose, in preparation. Cambridge English Classics.

Fox Bourne, H. R. Life of Sidney. 1862, 1892.

Greville, Sir Fulke, Lord Brooke. Life of Sir Philip Sidney. 1652. Ed. Sir Egerton Brydges. Lee Priory Press, 1816. Ed. Nowell Smith. Oxford, 1907. (The best edition.)

Morley, Edith J. Works of Sir Philip Sidney. Quain Essay. 1901.

Pears, S. A. Correspondence of Sir Philip Sidney and Hubert Languet. 1845.

Sidneiana, being a collection of fragments relative to Sir Philip Sidney, Kt, and his immediate connections. Roxburghe Club. 1837.

Sommer, O. Facsimile rpt. of Arcadia (1590). 1891.

Symonds, J. A. Sidney. Eng. Men of Letters. 1886.

Breton, Nicholas. Ed. Grosart, A. B. 2 vols. 1879.

—— Nicholas Breton und seine Prosaschriften. Kuskop, T. Leipzig, 1902.

Chettle, H. Pierce Plainnes seaven yeres Prenticeship. 1595. Unique copy. Bodleian Lib.

—— Kind-Heart’s Dream. Percy Soc. 1842, etc. Ed. Rimbault, E. F. New Shak. Soc. 1874.

Dickenson, John. Prose and Verse. Ed. Grosart, A. B. Manchester, 1878. See also Lee, S., in D. of N. B.

Fenton’s Translation of certain Tragical Discourses of Bandello. Douglas, R. L. Tudor Trans. 1898.

Ford, E. Parismus, the renoumed prince of Bohemia. 1598. Second part, Parismenos. 1599, and frequently rptd.

—— Ornatus and Artesia. ? before 1598, 1607 ff.

—— The Famous History of Montelion. Earliest extant ed., 1633.

Fortescue, T. The Foreste or Collection of Historyes. (Trans. French.) 1571.

Grimeston, E. Admirable and memorable Histories. 1607.

Melbancke, B. Philotimus. 1583. One copy, Bodleian Lib.

Munday, A. Zelauto. 1580. One copy, Bodleian Lib. [For a list of Munday’s Romances, Pageants and Miscellaneous Works, see Seccombe, T., in D. of N. B. Also later volumes of the present work.]

Painter, W. The Palace of Pleasure. 1566–7, 1575 (authorised ed.). Ed. Jacobs, J. 3 vols. 1890. [For details as to sources and influence, see also Lee, S., in D. of N. B.]

Pettie, George (1548–89). A Petite Pallace of Pettie his Pleasure, contayning many pretie Hystories by him, set foorth in comely Coloures, and most delightfully discoursed. Licensed, 1576. Ed. Gollancz, I. 1908.

—— Trans. Guazzo’s Civile Conversation, Books 1–3. 1580–1. 2nd ed. incl. Book 4 (trans. Pettie and Young).

Rich, Barnabe. Riche His Farewell to Militarie Profession. Rptd., Shak. Soc. Ed. Collier, J. P. 1846. [For a list of Rich’s works, see Lee, S., in D. of N. B., and also Vol. IV of the present work.]

Rich, Barnabe. The Straunge and wonderfull adventures of Don Simonides. 1581. Vol. II. 1584.

—— The Adventures of Brusanus. 1592.

Rowland, David (fl. 1569–86). The Pleasant History of Lazarillo de Tormes. (Trans.) 1576 ff.

Southey, R. Palmerin of England. 1807.

Tilney, E. (d. 1610). A Briefe and Pleasant Discourse of Duties in Mariage. 1568.

Warner, W. Pan his Syrinx. 1585.

Whetstone, G. An Heptameron of Civill Discourses. 1582.