Resources

The Letters of Henry Crabb Robinson, Wordsworth Library, Grasmere

Click here to access The Letters of Henry Crabb Robinson, Wordsworth Library, Grasmere (2013), transcribed and edited by Timothy Whelan

Catalogue of the Archive at Dr Williams’s Library

The Robinson Archive was catalogued by John Creasey. The catalogue has been transcribed and enhanced by Philipp Hunnekuhl.

Dr Williams’s Library Adopt Scheme

Jane Giscombe, the Conservator of Dr Williams’s Library, runs an Adopt scheme to raise funds for conserving rare and fragile books and manuscripts. A few items from the Robinson Archive have been adopted. The Adopt website contains a brief description of these items and of the collection from the viewpoint of the History of the Book.

Editions

Please note that some of the following editions can be found in full at archive.org, and further full online texts are linked at the University of Pennsylvania online books page.

Selections from the Diary and Reminiscences

The Diary, Reminiscences and Correspondence of Henry Crabb Robinson, Barrister-at-Law, F.S.A. (3 vols, London: Macmillan, 1869; 3 vols, 1872; most recently reprinted by Cambridge University Press in 2010). This edition remains standard, though it is highly selective and the transcriptions are unreliable.

Henry Crabb Robinson on Books and their Writers, ed. Edith J. Morley, 3 vols (London: J.M. Dent, 1938).

The Diary of Henry Crabb Robinson, ed. Derek Hudson (1967). This is a one-volume abridgement of Morley’s three-volume edition.

Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Lamb, etc. Being Selections from the Remains of Henry Crabb Robinson, ed. Edith J. Morley (London: Longman, and Manchester University Press, 1922).

The London Theater 1811-1866: Selections from the Diary of Henry Crabb Robinson, ed. Eluned Brown (London: Society for Theatre Research, 1966).

 

Correspondence

The Letters of Henry Crabb Robinson, Wordsworth Library, Grasmere, ed. Timothy Whelan (2013)

Youth and Revolution in the 1790s: Letters of William Pattisson, Thomas Amyot, and Henry Crabb Robinson, ed. Penelope Corfield and Chris Evans (Stroud: Sutton, 1996)

Henry Crabb Robinson in Germany 1800-1805: Extracts from his Correspondence, ed. Edith J. Morley (London: Oxford University Press, 1929)

The Correspondence of Henry Crabb Robinson with the Wordsworth Circle (1808-1866), 2 vols, ed. Edith J. Morley (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1927)

 

Essays and Journalism

Essays on Kant, Schelling, and German Aesthetics, ed. James Vigus (London: MHRA, 2010). To read Vigus’s introduction as a Googlebooks preview, click here and then on the image of the book cover. Reviews available online include those by Eugene Stelzig in Review 19 (2011), by Vilem Mudroch in Enlightenment and Dissent 27 (2011), and by Nicholas Halmi in the Coleridge Bulletin n.s. 39 (Summer 2012).

Galicia, The Times y la Guerra de la Independencia: Henry Crabb Robinson y la corresponsalía de The Times en A Coruña (1808-1809), ed. Elías Durán de Porras (La Coruña: Fundación Pedro, Barrié de la Maza, 2008). Reviewed by Karen Racine in Coleridge Bulletin n.s. 39 (Summer 2012).

 

Robinson and his German Friends

Henry Crabb Robinson und seine deutschen Freunde. Brücke zwischen England und Deutschland im Zeitalter der Romantik, ed. Hertha Marquardt, 2 vols (Goettingen: Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht, 1964, 1967)

 

Biography

Vincent Newey, ‘Robinson, Henry Crabb (1775–1867)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2015 [http://0-www.oxforddnb.com.catalogue.ulrls.lon.ac.uk/view/article/23842, accessed 13 Sept 2015] . Subscription required for access.

The two book-length biographies, Edith J. Morley’s The Life and Times of Henry Crabb Robinson (London: J.M. Dent, 1935), and John Milton Baker, Henry Crabb Robinson of Bury, Jena, ‘The Times’ and Russell Square (1937), are very dated.

Bibliography of Work on Robinson from 2010

Books at Dr Williams’s Library. Photograph by Jorge Esteveo.
Books at Dr Williams’s Library. Photograph by Jorge Esteveo.

2017

Gregory Maertz, Literature and the Cult of Personality: Essays on Goethe and his Influence (Stuttgart: Ibidem, 2017). Includes ch. 3: ‘The Accidental Intermediary: Henry Crabb Robinson and the Translation of German Poetry’

Philipp Hunnekuhl, ‘Constituting Knowledge: German Literature and Philosophy between Coleridge and Crabb Robinson’, European Romantic Review 28.1 (2017), 51–63

Philipp Hunnekuhl, ‘Hazlitt, Crabb Robinson, and Kant: 1806 and beyond’, The Hazlitt Review 10 (2017), pp. 45-62.

James Vigus, ‘The Owlet Atheism in the 1790s: An Essay on Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Henry Crabb Robinson’, in Les philosophes et la libre pensée, ed. Gianenrico Paganini and Lorenzo Bianchi, forthcoming (Paris: Champion)

2016

Hilary Newman, ‘Henry Crabb Robinson on William Godwin’, Coleridge Bulletin n.s. 48 (Winter 2016), 81-94

James Vigus, ‘The Henry Crabb Robinson Project’, Coleridge Bulletin n.s. 48 (Winter 2016), 99-100

James Vigus, ‘“You surely don’t wish to cure Anglomania with Anglophobia”: Henry Crabb Robinson’s Debate on National Character and the English Reception of German Literature in the Neue Berlinische Monatschrift in 1803′, Angermion 9:1 (December 2016), 43-70

2015

Timothy Whelan, ‘Crabb Robinson and Questions of Pre-Existence and the Afterlife in the 1830s’, Coleridge Bulletin, n.s. 46 (Winter 2015), 1-16, and online)

Stefanie Stockhorst, ‘Vermittlungstrategien und transnationale Kanonbildung. Zur britischen Kotzebue-Rezeption am Beispiel von William Taylor and Henry Crabb Robinson’, Angermion 8:1 (December 2015), 35-60

Hilary Newman, ‘Henry Crabb Robinson and Sara Coleridge’, Coleridge Bulletin, n.s. 46 (Winter 2015), 101-14

Timothy Whelan, ‘Mary Steele, Mary Hays, and the Convergence of Women’s Literary Circles in the 1790s’, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 38.4 (2015), 511-24

Timothy Whelan, ‘Mary Hays and Henry Crabb Robinson’, The Wordsworth Circle 46.3 (2015), 176-90

Eugene Stelzig, ‘Henry Crabb Robinson’s Advocacy of Wordsworth’s Poetry in Germany – And a Signal Instance of His Failure to Do So’, Romanticism and Knowledge: Selected Papers from the Munich Joint Conference of the German Society for English Romanticism and the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, ed. Stefanie Fricke, Felicitas Meifert-Menhard, and Katharina Pink (Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2015), 275-84

Timothy Whelan, ‘Crabb Robinson and Wilhelm Benecke: Questions of Pre-existence and Rational Faith’, Romanticism and Knowledge: Selected Papers from the Munich Joint Conference of the German Society for English Romanticism and the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, ed. Stefanie Fricke, Felicitas Meifert-Menhard, and Katharina Pink (Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2015), 285-92

Timothy Whelan, ‘Wilhelm Benecke, Crabb Robinson, and “rational faith”, 1819-1837’, Transactions of the Unitarian Historical Society 26.1 (2015), 51-78

2014

Timothy Whelan, ‘“My dearest friend”: Crabb Robinson’s Correspondence with Mary Wordsworth’, Wordsworth Circle 45.1 (Winter 2014), 11-21

James Vigus, ‘Literary Reporter or Dissenting Autobiographer? Editing Henry Crabb Robinson’s Reminiscences’ (2014), online: http://f-origin.hypotheses.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/2007/files/2014/06/Texte-Vigus.pdf

2013

James Vigus, ‘“All are but parts of one stupendous whole”? Henry Crabb Robinson’s Dilemma’, in Symbol and Intuition: Comparative Studies in Kantian and Romantic-Period Aesthetics, ed. Helmut Hühn and James Vigus (Oxford: Legenda, 2013), 123-38

Philipp Hunnekuhl, ‘Hazlitt and Crabb Robinson: The Common Pursuit’, The Hazlitt Review 6 (2013), 13‒34

Philipp Hunnekuhl, ‘Beyond Whist Sobriety: the Lambs, Crabb Robinson, and their Discourse on Literature’, The Charles Lamb Bulletin, New Series 158 (Autumn 2013), 126‒138

Anne-Marie Millim, ‘Publicised Emotion: Emotional Education in the Diaries of Elizabeth Eastlake and Henry Crabb Robinson’, in her The Victorian Diary: Authorship and Emotional Labour (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013), 27-66

2012

James Vigus, ‘Romantic Insight’, in Die Aktualität der Romantik, ed. by Michael Forster and Klaus Vieweg (Berlin: LIT, 2012), 65-84

Philipp Hunnekuhl, ‘Reconstructing the Voice of the Mediator: Henry Crabb Robinson’s Literary Criticism’, in Informal Romanticism, ed. James Vigus (Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2012), 61-76

Frederick Burwick, ‘Henry Crabb Robinson, Informal Theatre Critic’, in Informal Romanticism, ed. James Vigus (Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2012), 77-96

Karen Junod, ‘Crabb Robinson, Blake, and Perthes’s Vaterländisches Museum (1810–1811)’, European Romantic Review 23:4 (2012), 435-51

Stefanie Stockhorst, ‘Das klassische Weimar aus englischer Sicht. Zum Funktionswandel des Reisens um 1800 am Beispiel von Charles Gore und Henry Crabb Robinson”, in Reisen um 1800, ed. Helmut Peitsch (Munich: Peter Lang, 2012). 31-51

Rosemary Ashton, Victorian Bloomsbury (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012)

2011

Timothy Whelan, ‘The Godwin and Crabb Robinson Diaries, 1813: A Study in Contrasts’, Bodleian Library Record 24 (2011), 98-104

2010 Stelzig image

Eugene Stelzig, Henry Crabb Robinson in Germany: A Study in Nineteenth-Century Life Writing (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2010), recipient of the Barricelli Book Prize. Reviewed by Philipp Hunnekuhl in The Coleridge Bulletin 38 (Winter 2011)

James Vigus, “Henry Crabb Robinson’s Initiation into the ‘Mysteries of the new school’: A Romantic Journey”, in Romantic Localities, ed. Christoph Bode and Jacqueline Labbe (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2010), 145-56

Hilary Newman, ‘Through the Eyes of a Contemporary: Mary Lamb as seen by Henry Crabb Robinson, Charles Lamb Bulletin, 152 (October 2010), 129-32

Stefanie Stockhorst, “Gelehrte Geselligkeit und europäischer Kulturtransfer. Zur Deutung des produktiven Zusammentreffens von Henry Crabb Robinson und Mme. de Staël in Weimar”, in “Weimar ist ja unser Athen.” Mit Seume in Weimar. Vorträge des Colloquiums zu Johann Gottfried Seume in Oßmannstedt 2007, ed. Jörg Drews and Gabi Pahnke (Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2010), 119–140

Henry Crabb Robinson, Essays on Kant, Schelling, and German Aesthetics, ed. James Vigus (London: MHRA, 2010)

Pre-2010 work by members of the Project team

Stelzig, Eugene, “A Cultural Tourist in Romantic Germany: Henry Crabb Robinson as Nineteenth-Century Life Writer.” Biography 28 (2005): 515-533.

—,“Henry Crabb Robinson as Staël’s Philosophical Informant.” Prism(s): Essays in Romanticism 15 (2007): 113-128.

Vigus, James, ‘Zwischen Kantianismus und Schellingianismus: Henry Crabb Robinsons Privatvorlesungen über Philosophie für Madame de Staël 1804 in Weimar’, in Germaine de Staël und ihr erstes deutsches Publikum, ed. Gerhard R. Kaiser and Olaf Müller (Heidelberg: Winter, 2008), 357- 93

Whelan, Timothy, “Henry Crabb Robinson and Godwinism”, The Wordsworth Circle 33 (Spring 2002), 58-69

—, ‘”I Have Confessed Myself a Devil”: Henry Crabb Robinson’s Confrontation with Robert Hall, 1798-1800, Charles Lamb Bulletin 121 (Winter, 2003), 2-25

—, ‘The Religion of Crabb Robinson’, Transactions of the Unitarian Historical Society 24:2 (April 2008), 112-34

Selected links

James Vigus’s blog post introducing Henry Crabb Robinson and this website

Timothy Whelan’s website, including a biographical dictionary of dissenters

Institutions:

School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London

Dr Williams’s Library

Oxford University Press

Research Centres:

Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English

Queen Mary Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Britaix 17-18. Research Seminar on Early Modern Britain (17th & 18th Centuries)

Online scholarly editions and journals:

Oxford Scholarly Editions Online

William Godwin’s Diary

The Collected Letters of Robert Southey – letters by Robinson

Thomas Carlyle Letters – letters to Robinson

Enlightenment and Dissent

Blogs and articles:

‘Henry Crabb Robinson’ at the Bloomsbury Project

Pamela Clemit’s website

Ed Pope’s History site

Edmund Blunden’s 1938 review of Henry Crabb Robinson on Books and their Writers