Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke was educated at a Catholic grammar school (1741-43) though he conformed in order to attend Trinity College Dublin (B.A. 1748). He made his literary reputation with his essay On the Sublime and Beautiful (1756). Burke became secretary to the marquis of Rockingham in 1765 and became one of the leaders of the Rockingham party in Parliament. During an eventful political career he defended the American colonists, attacked corruption in the East India Company, and resisted the revolution in France. Burke was a member of Samuel Johnson's circle and for decades one of the leading men of letters in London.


1757The Sublime and Beautiful: Examples that Words may affect without raising Images.
1790Reflections on the Revolution in France.


A vindication of natural society. 1756.
William Burke, An account of the European settlements in America [revised Burke]. 2 vols, 1757.
An essay towards an abridgment of the English history. 1757.
A philosophical enquiry into the origin of our ideas of the sublime and beautiful. 1757.
The annual register, or a view of the history, politics, and literature [ed. Burke]. 1759-66.
A short account of a late short administration. 1766.
Observations on a late state of the nation. 1769.
Thoughts on the cause of the present discontents. 1770.
Letter to the sheriffs of Bristol. 1777.
Letter ... in vindication of his conduct with regard to the affairs of Ireland. 1780.
Reflections on the revolution in France. 1790.
Appeal from the New to the Old Whigs. 1791.
A letter ... in answer to some objections to his book on French affairs. 1791.
Report from the committee of the House of Commons on the trial of Warren Hastings. 1794.
Thoughts and details on scarcity. 1795.
Letter to a noble lord. 1796.
Thoughts on the prospect of a regicide peace. 1796.
Three memorials written on French affairs. 1797.
The Catholic claims. 1807.
Works. 8 vols, 1792-1827.
Speeches. 4 vols, 1816.
Correspondence, ed. T. W. Copeland. 10 vols, 1958-77.