ROBERT WILLIAMS BUCHANAN (1841 - 1901)
Additional Bibliographic Information
The following is an attempt to list the various editions of Buchanan’s books, using various sources. The list is not complete but I thought it might prove a useful addition to the site, if only to indicate the popularity, or otherwise, of Buchanan’s works.
1. Collected Editions
The Poetical Works.
The Poetical Works.
Complete Poetical Works.
2. Books of Poetry
Poems & Love Lyrics
Mary, and other Poems.
Idyls and Legends of Inverburn.
Ballad Stories of the Affections: from the Scandinavian.
North Coast and Other Poems.
The Book of Orm: a prelude to the epic.
Napoleon Fallen: a lyrical drama.
The Drama of Kings.
Saint Abe and His Seven Wives: a Tale of Salt Lake City.
White Rose and Red. a love story.
Balder the Beautiful: a song of divine death.
Ballads of Life, Love, and Humour.
The Earthquake: or Six days and a Sabbath.
The City of Dream.
The Outcast: a rhyme for the time.
The Buchanan Ballads Old and New.
The Wandering Jew: a Christmas carol.
The Devil’s Case: a bank holiday interlude.
The Ballad of Mary the Mother: a Christmas carol (and other poems).
The New Rome: poems and ballads of our empire.
The Ballad of Judas Iscariot.
The verse prologue to Buchanan’s play Joseph’s Sweetheart (his adaptation of Fielding’s “Joseph Andrews”) was issued as a Broadside. Boston: 1889. 1 sheet ; 29 cm. Title: “Joseph's sweetheart.” : Prologue. Spoken by Miss Clarke in the character of Lady Booby. [First lines: “Ladies and gentlemen— behold in me a wicked dame of the last century!”]
Orain agus dana gaidhealach, le Donnachadh Ban Macan-t-saoir. Songs and poems, in Gaelic by Duncan Ban Macintyre. 11th edition. Edinburgh: J. Grant, 1892. xi, -233 p. ; 15 cm. (With an English translation of “Coire Cheathaich” and “Ben Dorain” - from Robert Buchanan’s ‘Land of Lorne’ (2 vols., London: Chapman & Hall, 1871).]
The Shadow of the Sword: a romance.
A Child of Nature: a romance.
God and the Man: a romance
The Martyrdom of Madeline.
Love Me For Ever: a romance.
Annan Water: a romance.
Foxglove Manor: a novel.
[Modern Publishing Company edition of Foxglove Manor. Cover art by G. P. Micklewright]
The New Abelard: a romance.
The Master of the Mine.
Matt: A Story of a Caravan.
Stormy Waters: a Story of Today.
That Winter Night: or, Love’s Victory.
The Heir of Linne.
The Moment After: a tale of the unseen.
The Wedding Ring: a tale of to-day.
Come Live with Me and Be My Love: an English pastoral
Woman and the Man.
Rachel Dene: a tale of the Deepdale Mills. 2 vols.
The Charlatan. (In collaboration with Henry Murray.)
A Marriage by Capture: a romance of to-day.
The Rev. Annabel Lee: a tale of to-morrow.
Father Anthony: a romance of today.
Andromeda: an idyll of the Great River.
The Peep O’ day boy: a romance of ’98.
4. Short Stories
Stormbeaten: or Christmas Eve at the “Old Anchor” Inn. (Written in collaboration with Charles Gibbon.)
Red and White Heather: North Country tales and ballads.
David Gray and other Essays, chiefly on poetry.
The Land of Lorne: including the cruise of the ‘Tern’ to the Outer Hebrides.
The Fleshly School of Poetry and Other Phenomena of the Day.
The Hebrid Isles: wanderings in the Land of Lorne and the Outer Hebrides.
A Poet’s Sketch-Book. Selections from the prose writings of Robert Buchanan.
A Look Round Literature.
On Descending into Hell: a letter addressed to the Right Hon. Henry Matthews, Q.C., Home Secretary, concerning the proposed suppression of literature.
The Coming Terror, and other essays and letters.
Is Barabbas a necessity? A discourse on publishers and publishing.
The Voice of “The Hooligan”; a discussion of Kiplingism. (with Sir Walter Besant.)
The Story of David Gray.
Sweet Nancy. (An adaptation of Rhoda Broughton’s Nancy.) 1890.
The Piper of Hamelin: a fantastic Opera in two acts. 1893.
The Strange Adventures of Miss Brown. (Written in collaboration with Charles Marlowe - pseudonym of Harriett Jay.) 1895.
[This play was later adapted into the musical comedy, Tulip Time, book by Worton David and Alfred Parker; lyrics by Bruce Sievier; music by Colin Wark; additional music and lyrics by Hubert W. David.
The Maiden Queen. (A comic opera in 2 acts, book by Robert Buchanan and ‘Charles Marlowe’, music by Florian Pascal.) 1905.
Promptbooks of some of Buchanan’s other plays have also survived:
A Madcap Prince. 1874.
Alone in London, or, A woman against the world. (In collaboration with Harriett Jay.) 1885.
Sophia. (An adaptation of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones.) 1886.
Squire Kate. (An adaptation of La Fermière by Armand d'Artois and Henri Pagat. A dramatisation of Buchanan’s novel, Come Live with Me and Be My Love.) 1892.
The Squireen. (Written in collaboration with Aubrey Boucicault.) (n.d.)
[In his preface to the bibliography in Robert W. Buchanan (New York: Twayne Publishers Inc., 1973), John A. Cassidy writes the following: “Of the fifty plays listed by Allardyce Nicoll in his Late Nineteenth Century Drama (282- 83), only three have been published; and my efforts have unearthed only forty-four plays in manuscript or typescript in the Lord Chancellor’s collection now in the British Museum.” The British Library now holds the collection of ‘Lord Chamberlain’s plays 1824 - 1968’, but further details are not available online.]
Wayside Posies: original poems of the country life. Edited by R. Buchanan.
The Poetical Works of H. W. Longfellow. Edited and prefaced by R. Buchanan.
The Life and Adventures of J. J. Audubon. Edited, from materials supplied by his widow, by Robert Buchanan.
Hon. Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel: Poems of the Hon. Roden Noel. A selection. With an introduction by Robert Buchanan.
J. Connell, Poacher: The Truth about the Game Laws: a record of cruelty, selfishness, and oppression. With a preface by Robert Buchanan.
Algernon Charles Swinburne: Under the Microscope.
8. Biographical and Critical Writings about Robert Williams Buchanan
Robert Buchanan: some account of his life, his life's work, and his literary friendships by Harriett Jay.
Robert Buchanan, the Poet of Modern Revolt by Archibald Stodart-Walker.
Robert W. Buchanan by John A. Cassidy.
I also came across the following theses and dissertations:
Robert Williams Buchanan als kritiker der englischen literatur by Hubert Schneider. Strassburg: Schultz, 1914. 74 p. ; 24 cm
Robert Buchanan by Cordelia Dorothea Crain. Stanford University, 1927. Typewritten. 6 p.l., 316 numb. l. ; 28 cm.
The Fiction of Robert Buchanan by Earl Leslie Sasser. Cornell University Library. [Ithaca, N. Y.] 1936. 5 p., l., 310 p. ; 27 cm.
[From The Crisis (August, 1936 - p.254).]
Robert Williams Buchanan; a critical interpretation by George Gilbert Storey. Harvard University, 1949.
Robert Buchanan as mid-Victorian critic and controversialist by Gareth W. Dunleavy. 1949. Typewritten. iv, 75 numb. l. ; 28 cm.
Robert Williams Buchanan, 1841-1901 : a bio-bibliography by Shirley Lai-chih Lin. 1966. 87 l.;
Robert Buchanan and the Fleshly Controversy: A Reconsideration by Christopher D. Murray. The University of British Columbia, 1970. 177p.
Robert Buchanan (1841-1901) : An assessment of his career by Christopher D. Murray. Queen Mary, University of London, 1974. 282 p.
Populäres Drama, literarisches Feld und Intertextualität – Robert W. Buchanans Adaptionen für das viktorianische Theater (Popular Drama, the Literary Field and Intertextuality – Robert W. Buchanan’s Adaptations for the Victorian Theatre) by Sigrid Handel. Bielefeld University, Germany, 2013. 437 p.
9. Musical Adaptations of Buchanan Works
The Syren. 1870. Composer: Francesco Berger (1834-1933). London: Lamborn Cock and Co.
The New Covenant. Op. 38 (an ode written for the opening ceremony of the Glasgow International Exhibition, May, 1888). Composer: Sir Alexander Campbell Mackenzie (1847-1935). London; New York: Novello, Ewer and Co. 1888. 24 p. ; 26cm. (Series: Novello’s original octavo edition) [For chorus (SATB) and piano. Text also precedes score.]
Meg Blane; a rhapsody of the sea. Op. 48. 1902. Composer: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912).
The Wedding of Shon McLean, a Scottish rhapsody. 1909. Composer: Hubert Bath (1883-1945)
Part-songs, op. 73a, for TTBB. 1909. Composer: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912).
The Veil. [Based on The Book of Orm] 1910. Composer: Frederic Hymen Cowen (1852-1935).
The Wake of O'Connor, an Irish rhapsody. 1913. Composer: Hubert Bath (1883-1945)
In The Garden. 1915. Composer: William H. Spear (?). London: Cary & Co.
Phil Blood’s Leap. 1918. Composer: Cuthbert Clarke (?). Reynolds & Co. 10 p. (Series: Musical monologues (recitations with musical accompaniments) no. 177).
Love is Like the Roses. Composer: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912).
The Ballad of Judas Iscariot. 1947. Composer: Richard Purvis (1913-1994)
[Cover of the July 1930 edition of The Argosy, featuring Buchanan’s novel, The Moment After.]