Books about Bagehot

These books are arranged in order of their publication date. 

F. C. Kolbe. “Walter Bagehot: an appreciation”, Irish Monthly, Vol. 36, No. 419 (May 1908), pp. 282-287


Mrs Russell Barrington. Works and Life of Walter Bagehot, 10 vols, Longmans, Green, London, 1915 – vols 1-9: Works, vol 10: Life.  (Available online: Life of Walter Bagehot)


J. M. Keynes. “The works of Bagehot”, Economic Journal, Vol. 25, No. 99, Sep. 1915, pp. 369-375 [review of Barrington, The Works and Life of Walter Bagehot]


Sir J. A. R. Marriott.  Walter Bagehot” , Fortnightly Review, Feb 1926, pp. 263-72


George Sampson.  “Walter Bagehot (1826-1926)” Bookman, Feb 1926, vol 69 no. 413, pp. 243-6


Mrs Russell Barrington.  The servant of all, 2 vols, Longmans, Green, London, 1927 [biography of her father, James Wilson, Bagehot’s father-in-law]


Mrs. Russell Barrington (editor). The love-letters of Walter Bagehot and Eliza Wilson.  Faber & Faber, 1933


William Irvine. Walter Bagehot.  Longmans, Green & Co, 1939

The Economist 1843-1943: a centenary volume, OUP, London, 1943


Byron Dexter. “Bagehot and the fresh eye”, Foreign Affairs, Vol. 24, No. 1, Oct. 1945, pp. 108-118


John R Y McRae. Walter Bagehot as a literary critic.  University of Toronto thesis, 1952

(Available online: Walter Bagehot as a literary critic)

Asa Briggs. “Trollope, Bagehot and the English constitution”, ch4 of Victorian People, 1954

Alastair Buchan. “Walter Bagehot”, History Today, Nov 1954, pp.764-70


Alastair Buchan. The spare Chancellor: the life of Walter Bagehot.  Chatto & Windus, 1959


Norman St. John-Stevas. Walter Bagehot: a study of his life and thought.  Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1959


Mohammed Abdul-Muizz Nasr. Walter Bagehot: a study in Victorian ideas.  Alexandria University Press, 1959


Norman St. John-Stevas. Walter Bagehot. (Writers and their work, No. 160). Longmans, Green & Co, British Council & National Book League, 1963


C. H. Sisson. The case of Walter Bagehot.  Faber and Faber, 1972

Martha Westwater. Walter Bagehot: the conservatism of a Victorian mind, PhD thesis, Dalhousie University, 1974

K. C. Wheare. Walter Bagehot: lecture on a master mind, OUP, Oxford, 1974 [reprinted from Proceedings of the British Academy vol LX, 1974]

G Ionescu.  “The shrinking world of Bagehot” Government & Opposition vol 10 no 1 Jan 1975, pp1-11


Harry R. Sullivan. Walter Bagehot.  Twayne, 1975

Robert H. Tener. “Walter Bagehot: some new attributions, Studies in Bibliography, Vol. 29 (1976), pp. 346-359

F. Hirsch.  “The Bagehot problem” Manchester School, vol 45 no.3, Sept 1977 pp241-257

S. A. M. Westwater. “ Walter Bagehot: a reassessment”, Antioch Review, Vol. 35, No. 1 (Winter 1977), pp. 39-49

Hugh Brogan.  “America and Walter Bagehot”, Journal of American Studies, Vol. 11, No. 3 (Dec. 1977), pp. 335-356


John D. Fair. “Walter Bagehot, royal mediation, and the modern British constitution, 1869-1931, Historian, vol 43, Nov 1980, pp.36-54

Martha Westwater. The Wilson sisters: a biographical study of upper middle-class Victorian Life, Ohio University Press, Athens, Ohio, 1984  [an examination of Bagehot’s wife’s celebrated family, based on her diaries]

Norman St. John-Stevas. The omnipresence of Walter Bagehot, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1987 [Romanes Lecture 1986-7, Oxford University, 3 March 1987]

Michael Robbins. “Walter Bagehot at Wimbledon”, Wimbledon Society Newsletter, Dec 1988, pp7-8  [Bagehot’s Wimbledon house, The Poplars] Available online.


Robert Patterson. “Bagehot on banking”, Business Quarterly, vol 56, no 2, Autumn 1991, p81

Ruth Dudley Edwards. The best of Bagehot, Hamish Hamilton, London, 1993

Gordon Lee. A voice of sanity: Walter Bagehot, The Economist, London, 1996

Roger Kimball. “The greatest Victorian; on Walter Bagehot”, New Criterion, Volume 17, Oct 1998, p23.  Available online.

David Clinton. Tocqueville, Lieber, and Bagehot: Liberalism confronts the world.  Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.

Antoine Martin. “Reconciling Bagehot and the Fed’s response to September 11” Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Vol. 41, No. 2–3, Mar–Apr 2009, pp397-415

Frank Prochaska. “The view from Albion: Bagehot and the American Constitution” History Today, Feb 2010, pp35-41.

Vincent Bignon et al.  “Bagehot for beginners: the making of lender-of-last-resort operations in the mid-nineteenth century”  Economic History Review,  vol 65 no. 2, May 2012, pp580-608


Roger Kimball. “The age of discussion: on Walter Bagehot and the progress of civilisation, New Criterion, Volume 31 Jan 2013, p10.  Available online.