Thomas Chatterton

(20 November 1752 - 24 August 1770)
"Death of Chatterton" (1794) by Edward Orme

© National Portrait Gallery, London

"Death of Chatterton" (1794) by Edward Orme

Works in ECPA

alphabetical listing / listing in source editions

Source editions

  • Chatterton, Thomas, 1752-1770. Miscellanies in Prose and Verse; by Thomas Chatterton, the supposed author of the poems published under the names of Rowley, Canning, &c. London: printed for Fielding and Walker, Pater-Noster Row, MDCCLXXVIII., 1778. xxxii,245,[3]p.,plates; 8⁰. (ESTC T39457; OTA K039720.000)
  • Chatterton, Thomas, 1752-1770. A Supplement to the Miscellanies of Thomas Chatterton London: printed for T. Becket, in Pall-Mall; Bookseller to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, and Their Royal Highnesses the Princes. MDCCLXXXIV., 1784. [6],ii,88p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T48948; OTA K045459.000)


ODNB 5189; NCBEL 605-609; DMI 1402


  • Smith, Margaret M. Index of English Literary Manuscripts. Vol. III, 1700-1800 . London: Mansell, 1986-1997. Pt. 1 Addison-Fielding. 195-214. Print. 4 volumes.


  • Taylor, Donald S., ed. in association with Benjamin B. Hoover. The Complete Works of Thomas Chatterton. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971. Print.


  • Kelly, Linda. The Marvellous Boy: The Life and Myth of Thomas Chatterton. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1971. Print.
  • Meyerstein, E. H. W. A Life of Thomas Chatterton. London: Ingpen and Grant, 1930. Print.


  • Warren, Murray. A Bibliography of Thomas Chatterton. New York: Garland Pub., 1977. Print.

Reference works


  • Baines, Paul. 'All of the house of forgery': Walpole, Chatterton, and antiquarian commerce. Poetica (Japan) 39/40 (1994): 45-72. Print.
  • Barry, Jonathan. Chatterton in Bristol. Angelaki 1(2) (Winter 1993-4): 55-81. Print.
  • Cook, Daniel. Wordsworth's Chatterton. Essays in Criticism 66(1) (2016): 29-53. Print.
  • Cook, Daniel. Thomas Chatterton and neglected genius, 1760-1830. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. Print.
  • Cook, Daniel. The Critical and the Curious: Thomas Chatterton's First Reviewers. Romanticism: The Journal of Romantic Culture and Criticism 15(2) (2009): 109-120. Print.
  • Giovannelli, Laura. Falsi d'autore: Percy, Macpherson, Chatterton. Pisa: ETS, 2001. Print.
  • Groom, Nick. Five poems wrongly attributed to Thomas Chatterton. Notes and Queries 56(3) (2009): 357-359. Print.
  • Groom, Nick, ed. Thomas Chatterton and Romantic Culture Houndmills: Macmillan, 1999. Print.
  • Groom, Nick. Thomas Chatterton Was a Forger. Yearbook of English Studies 28 (1998): 276-291. Print.
  • Harvey, A. D. The Cult of Chatterton amongst English Poets c. 1770-c. 1820. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 39(2) (1991): 124-133. Print.
  • Haywood, Ian. The making of history: a study of the literary forgeries of James Macpherson and Thomas Chatterton in relation to eighteenth-century ideas of history and fiction. Rutherford, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP; London; Toronto: Assoc. UPs, 1986. Print.
  • Heizmann, Jürgen. Chatterton oder Die Fälschung der Welt. Heidelberg: Mattes, 2009. Print.
  • Heys, Alistair, ed. From Gothic to Romantic: Thomas Chatterton's Bristol. Bristol: Redcliffe, 2005. Print.
  • Höfele, Andreas. Die Originalität der Fälschung: Zur Funktion des literarischen Betrugs in England 1750-1800. Poetica: Zeitschrift für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft 18(1-2) (1986): 75-95. Print.
  • Lynch, Jack. Horry, The Ruffian, and the Whelp: Three Fakers of the 1760s. Age of Johnson: A Scholarly Annual 18 (2007): 225-242. Print.
  • Mergenthal, Silvia. 'The Dead Poets' Society': Thomas Chatterton and the Romantics. Neumann, Fritz-Wilhelm, and Sabine Schülting, eds. Anglistentag 1998 Erfurt: Proceedings. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 1999. 287-295. Print.
  • Morrison, Lucy. Chatterton and Keats: The Need for Close Examination. Keats-Shelley Review 10 (1996): 35-50. Print.
  • Rawson, Claude. Unparodying and Forgery: The Augustan Chatterton. DeMaria, Robert, Jr., ed. British Literature 1640-1789: A Critical Reader. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1999. 333-347. Print.
  • Ruthven, K. K. Preposterous Chatterton. ELH 71(2) (2004): 345-75. Print.
  • Taylor, Donald S. Thomas Chatterton's Art: Experiments in Imagined History. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1978. Print.
  • Thomson, Heidi. A connection between Chatterton and Wordsworth in two Coleridge poems. Eighteenth-Century Life 32(2) (2008): 110-119. Print.