Reading List



These titles contain information on George Allen, John Ruskin, Publishing and Literacy in the nineteenth century. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list, but a useful guide to stimulate further reading and research.

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George Allen of Sunnyside by Paul Dawson and Stephen Wildman.
Published by Lancaster University, 2007, and available from the Ruskin Library, Lancaster University.

Studies in Ruskin by E.T. Cook.
Published by George Allen 1890.
Chapter VII: Mr Ruskin and the Booksellers may be of particular interest.

From Swan Sonnenschein to George Allen and Unwin by F.A. Mumby and F.H.S. Stallybrass.
Published by George Allen and Unwin, 1955.

Publishing and Bookselling by Frank Mumby.
Published by Jonathan Cape 1930. A new and revised edition, 1949.

The English Common Reader by Richard D. Altick.
Published by the University of Chicago Press, 1957.

Author and Printer in Victorian England by Allan C. Dooley.
Published by The University Press of Virginia, 1992.

Mudie’s Circulating Library and the Victorian Novel by G.L. Griest.
Published by Newton Abbot, 1970.

The People’s Ruskin. The George Allen Editions of the Reprinted Works of John Ruskin by Paul Dawson.
Published by The Oxenbridge Press, 1999.
The Introduction may be of particular interest. Available from this website using the contact link on the Home Page.

The Rise of Popular Literacy in Victorian England by David F. Mitch.
Published by The University of Pennsylvania Press, 1992.
Chapter 3: Literacy as an Equipment for Living may be of particular interest.

The Victorian Periodical Press: Samplings and Soundings. Edited by Joanne Shattock and Michael Wolff.
Chapter Two: Readers Fair and Foul: John Ruskin and the Periodical Press by Brian Maidment may be of particular interest.

Prince of Publishers: A Biography of the Great Victorian Publisher George Smith by Jenifer Glynn.
Published by Allison and Busby, 1986.
Chapter IX: Ruskin may be of particular interest.

The Truth About A Publisher by Stanley Unwin.
Published by George Allen & Unwin, 1960.