Satirical Apocalypse:  An Anatomy of Melville’s “The Confidence-Man” (Greenwood Press, 1996).  “Cook’s study is invaluable as a guide to a complex and elusive novel. . . . All subsequent commentary on The Confidence-Man will have to consider Cook’s work” (Choice Reviews).


Introduction, Notes, Bibliography, Brief Biography, Chronology and other editorial materials for new Barnes & Noble Classics edition of Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd (Barnes & Noble, 2005).


Inscrutable Malice:  Theology, Eschatology, and the Biblical Sources of Moby-Dick (Northern Illinois University Press, 2012).  “Through an inspired combination of biblical scholarship, comparative religion, intellectual history, and aesthetics with Melville’s own patterns of reading and intellectual inquiry, Jonathan Cook’s study illuminates brilliantly Moby-Dick’s status as both an exceptionally important artifact in religious history and a superb piece of literary art.”  Brian Yothers, the University of Texas at El Paso




Introduction and Notes to Melville’s Marginalia in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s House of the Seven Gables; Twice-told Tales, The Snow Image; The Marble Faun, Our Old Home; Passages from the American Notebooks; Passages from the French and Italian Notebooks; Passages from the English Notebooks.    Melville’s Marginalia (forthcoming).


Typee and the Myth of Paradise.”  In Herman Melville: Critical Insights.  Ed. Eric Carl Link.  Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2012.


“Poe and the Apocalyptic Sublime: ‘The Fall of the House of Usher.’”  Papers on Language and Literature 48 (Winter 2012): 3-44.


“Melville’s Mosses Review and the Proclamation of Hawthorne as America’s Literary Messiah.”  Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies 11 (October 2008): 62-70.


Introduction and Notes to Melville’s Marginalia in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Mosses from an Old Manse.

Melville’s Marginalia


“Christian Typology and Social Critique in Melville’s ‘The Two Temples,’” Christianity and Literature 56 (Fall 2006): 3-31.


“Melville and the Classics,” in Norton Critical Edition of Herman Melville, The Confidence-Man; His Masquerade, ed. Hershel Parker and Mark Niemeyer (2nd ed., New York: Norton, 2006): 344-52.


“The Biographical Background to ‘Rappaccini’s Daughter,’” Nathaniel Hawthorne Review 31 (October 2005): 34-73.


“The Historical and Literary Sources of Redburn’s ‘Mysterious Night in London,’” Leviathan:  A Journal of Melville Studies 6 (March 2004): 9-33.  Reprinted in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Vol. 168 (Detroit: Gale Research, 2006).


“‘One of the Most Gifted Women of the Age’: Zenobia, Margaret Fuller, and de Staël’s Corinne in The Blithedale Romance,” Prospects:  An Annual of American Cultural Studies 28 (2003): 35-72.


“History, Legend, and Poetic Tradition in Melville’s ‘The Scout toward Aldie,’” ATQ new series 17 (June 2003): 61-80.


Moby-Dick, Myth and Classical Moralism:  Bulkington as Hercules,” Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies 5 (March 2003): 15-28.


“Parke Godwin,” in the Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 250, Antebellum Writers in New York: Second Series, ed. Kent Ljungquist (Detroit: Gale Group, 2002), 142-47.


“From ‘Myth’ to ‘Mystery’:  An Emendation of The Confidence-Man,” Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies 1 (March 1999): 73-78.


“The Typological Design of Melville’s ‘The Apple-Tree Table,’” Texas Studies in Literature and Language 40 (June 1998): 121-41.


“‘Prodigious Poop’:  Comic Context and Psychological Subtext in Irving’s Knickerbocker History of New York, Nineteenth-Century Literature 49 (March 1995): 483-512.


“Rabelais’ Solar Lamp:  A Source for The Confidence-Man,” Melville Society Extracts 91 (June 1994): 1, 4-7.


“New Heavens, Poor Old Earth:  Satirical Apocalypse in Hawthorne’s Mosses from an Old Manse,” ESQ:  A Journal of the American Renaissance 39 (Fourth Quarter 1993): 209-51.


“Melville’s Man in Gold Sleeve Buttons:  Chief Justice Lemuel Shaw,” ESQ:  A Journal of the American Renaissance 34 (Fourth Quarter 1988): 257-81.




Review of Ilana Pardes, Melville’s Bibles (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008), in Christianity and Literature (Autumn 2009): 143-47.


Review of “Ungraspable Phantom”:  Essays on Moby Dick, ed. John Bryant, Mary K. Bercaw Edwards, and Timothy Marr, in Leviathan 10 (March 2008): 53-59.


Review of Kevin McLaughlin, Paperwork: Fiction and Mass Mediacy in the Paper Age, in The Edgar Allan Poe Review (Spring 2006): 75-79.


Review of Kevin J. Hayes, Melville’s Folk Roots, in Resources for American Literary Study 28 (2002): 192-94.


Review of Alfred Kazin’s God and the American Writer, in The Sunday Oregonian (May 1998).


“Warts and White Whales,” review of Hershel Parker, Herman Melville:  A Biography, Vol. I, in the Boston Book Review (March 1997).


“Will the Real Pierre Please Stand Up?,” review of Melville’s Pierre, edited by Hershel Parker, in the Boston Book Review (April 1996).


“A Tourist of the Supernatural,” review of Carol J. Singley, Edith Wharton:  Matters of Mind and Spirit, in the Boston Book Review (January 1996).


“Un-Queer Nation,” review of Andrew Sullivan, Virtually Normal:  An Argument about Homosexuality, in the Boston Book Review (October 1995).