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Joel Barlow


James Grant Wilson & John Fiske, Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American
166 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1886)(vol. 1)

Joel Barlow

Joel Barlow (1754-1812)
Carla Mulford, Georgetown University

Joel Barlow: The Beginnings of Verse
Cambridge History of English and American Literature

Connecticut Wits
Columbia Encyclopedia (6th 2001)

Joel Barlow Page
Roger Blackwell Bailey, San Antonio College

Joel Barlow (1754-1812)
Susan Clair Imbarrato, Heath Anthology of American Literature (4th ed.)

Joel Barlow (1754-1812)
American Literature on the Web (Nagasaki University)

Meeting Joel Barlow in Poland

Joel Barlow And The Treaty With Tripoli

Letter from Thomas Jefferson


[Evert A. Dyckinck & George L. Duyckinck, Cyclopaedia of American Literature 409 (Philadelphia: William Rutter & Co., 1880)]


The Hasty Pudding

Psalm CXXXVII: The Babylonian Captivity

The Columbiad

Anarchiad: A New England Poem
[co-authored with David Humphreys, John Trumbull, and Lemuel Hopkins]

Theodore A. Zunder, A New Barlow Poem, 11 (2) American Literature (May 1939)


Joel Barlow, The Vision of Columbus; A Poem in Nine Books (Hartford: Printed by Hudson and Goodwin, for the author, 1787) [online text] (Hagers-Town: Printed and published by W.D. Bell, 1820) [1793 edition: online text] [online text]

_________, The Prospect of Peace: A Poetical Composition (New Haven, Connecticut: Thomas and Samuel Green, 1788)(delivered in Yale College, at the public examination, of the candidates for the degree of bachelor of arts, July 23, 1778)

_________, The Conspiracy of Kings; A Poem: Addressed to the Inhabitants of Europe, From Another Quarter of the World (London: Printed for J. Johnson, 1792)(Printed and Sold by Robinson & Tucker: Newburyport, 1794) [online text]

_________, The Hasty-Pudding: A Poem, in Three Cantos (New Haven, 1796)(New-Haven: Printed by T. and S. Green, for Tiebout and O'Brien, New-York, 1796)(New York: Printed, from the Author's Manuscript, for Fellows & Adam, 1796)

_________, The Columbiad: or, a Poem on the American War, in Thirteen Cantos (Philadelphia: Printed by Jacob Johnson & Co. 1795)(The Columbiad a Poem, Printed by Fry and Kammerer for C. and A. Conrad and Co. Philadelphia; Conrad, Lucas and Co. Baltimore. Philadelphia. 1807)(London, R. Phillips, 1809)(Washington City: Joseph Milligan, 1825) [1809 edition: online text] [online text; R. Phillips ed.]

The Anarchiad: A New England Poem. Written in Concert by David Humphreys, Joel Barlow, John Trumbull, and Dr. Lemuel Hopkins. Now First Published in Book Form. Edited, With Notes and Appendices, by Luther G. Riggs (New Haven: Published by Thomas H. Pease, 1861) [online text]

Charles Burr Todd (ed.), Life and Letters . . . With Extracts From His Works and Hitherto Unpublished Poems (New York & London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, The Knickerbocker Press, 1886)


Joel Barlow, An Elegy on the Late Honorable Titus Hosmer, Esq; one of the counsellors of the state of Connecticut, a member of Congress, and a judge of the Maritime Court of Appeals for the United States of America (Hartford: Printed by Hudson & Goodwin, 1782)

_________, A Translation of Sundry Psalms which were omitted in Doctor Watts's Version; To which is added, a Number of Hymns. The whole contained in the New Edition of Psalms and Hymns (Hartford: Printed by Barlow and Babcock, 1785)

_________, Advice to the Privileged Order in the Several States of Europe, Resulting from the Necessity and Propriety of a General Revolution in the Principle of Government. Part I (London: Printed for J. Johnson, in St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1792)(Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 1956)

_________, The Political Writings of Joel Barlow. Containing Advice to the Privileged Orders. Letter to the National Convention. Letter to the People of Piedmont. The Conspiracy of Kings (New York: Printed by Mott & Lyon, for Fellows & Adam, Thomas Greenleaf, and Naphatli Judah, 1796)


J.P. Brissot de Warville, New Travels in the United States of America. Performed in 1788 (New-York: Printed by T. & J. Swords, for Berry & Rogers, Booksellers and Stationers, No. 35, Hanover-Square, 1792)

Volney's Ruins; or, Meditation on the Revolutions of Empires. Translated under the Immediate Inspection of the Author from the Sixth Paris Edition, to Which is Added, the Law of Nature, and a Short Biographical Notice, by Count Daru (New York: Printed by, and Published for, Dixon and Sickels, 1828)


Ester Morris Douty, Hasty Pudding and Barbary Pirates: A Life of Joel Barlow (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1975)

Arthur Lewis Ford, Joel Barlow (New York: Twayne Publishers, 1971)

Leon Howard, The Connecticut Wits (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1943)

___________, The Vision of Joel Barlow (Los Angeles: Grey Bow Press, 1937)

Victor Clyde Miller, Joel Barlow: Revolutionist (Hamburg: Friederichen, de Gruyter & Co., 1932)

Vernon Louis Parrington (ed), The Connecticut Wits (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1969)(New York: Apollo, 1969)

Charles Burr Todd, Life and Letters of Joel Barlow, LL.D. Poet, Statesman, Philosopher with Extracts from his Works and Hitherto Unpublished Poems (New York: Putnams, 1886) [online text] (London: Knickerbocker Press, 1886)

Anita M. Vickers, "Joel Barlow," in Eric L. Haralson (ed.), Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century 21-24 (New York: Routledge, 1998)

James Leslie Woodress, A Yankee's Odyssey: The Life of Joel Barlow (New York: J.B. Lippincott, 1958) [review]

Theodore Albert Zunder, The Early Days of Joel Barlow, a Connecticut Wit, Yale Graduate, Editor, Lawyer and Poet, Chaplain During the Revolutionary War; His Life and Works from 1754 to 1787 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1934)

Connecticut Wits: Bibliography

Bibliography: Articles

Anita M. Vickers, "Joel Barlow," in Eric L. Haralson (ed.), Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century (Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1998)

"Joel Barlow, 1754-1812," in Jacob Blanck (compiler), 1 Bibliography of American Literature 169-184 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1955)(an authoritative guide to the publication history of Barlow's work)

Ralph Bauer, Colonial Discourse and Early American Literary History: Ercilla, The Inca Grcilaso, and Joel Barlow's Conception of a New World Epic, 30 (3) Early American Literature 203-232 (1995)

Milton Cantor, Joel Barlow: Lawyer and Legal Philosopher, 10 (2) American Quarterly 165-174 (1958)

Joseph Dorfman, Joel Barlow: Trafficker in Trade and Letters, 59 (1) Political Science Quarterly 83-100 (1944)

M. Ray Adams, Joel Barlow, Political Romanticist, 9 (2) American Literature, 113-152 (1937)

Research Resources

Joel Barlow Papers
Houghton Library
Harvard College Library

Colonial Literature
Columbia Encyclopedia (6th ed., 2001)