This is a pretty exhaustive bibliography of English language books concerned with Corsica, but you can always do a Google search for a title you can find here. Of course if you want to find Corsican books in French or Corsican (or other languages), Corsica Isula has less of them!
Here is a bibliography of books in English about Corsica. It is almost certainly incomplete and
some of the references may be inaccurate or incomplete - apologies in advance. I have gathered
the list over time and is not a work of scholarship. It is an eclectic selection and includes
anthropology, topography, history, political, travel, guide and fiction books. There is a link to
books about Corsica in French.
There are many individual links from the books below to www.amazon.co.uk, but feel free to click on the link, if you'd like to see the 300 or so books that amazon lists under Corsica.
If you want maps of Corsica, go to the maps section below. I would be delighted if you would email me with any additions or corrections I should make.
Before getting into the booklist proper, I invite you to read a poem by an English poet whom I
much admire and who's been visiting Corsica for many years. He's John Fuller and the poem's
called Le Train Mailin - the Corsican railway U Trinccinellu.It's from his most recent book,
published by Chatto & Windus, London 2002: Now and for a Time.
BENSON Capt, Narrative of Lord Byron's Voyage to Corsica and Sardinia (J Limbard, 1824)
BENSON Robert, Sketches of Corsica (London, Longmans, 1825) - here's another Victorian book that remains a good
reference book and I refer to my copy surprisingly frequently.
BENT J Theodore, Genoa: How the Republic Rose and Fell (London, C Kegan Paul & Co, 1881)
BIANCARELLI Bernard tr REEVES Jo, The Great Hike - all stages of the GR20 (Ajaccio, Albiana, 2001) - this is a
good guide and the translation's not bad either. Order it beforehand, or buy it at any Corsican bookshop or many
supermarket book sections. Jo Reeves has translated another Corsican book on Ajaccio (Albiana, 2000).
BLACK CB, Itinerary Through Corsica by its Rail, Carriage and Forest Roads (London, 1888)
BOSWELL James, An Account of Corsica, the Journal of a Tour to that Island and Memoirs of Pascal Paoli
(London, Edward and Charles Dilly, 1768) - reads well still in the 21st century. It is a 'must' for serious Corsophiles. There was a reprint by Turtle Point Press in 2002 and if not available, you can almost certainly procure an original copy, though you'll pay about £450 for a second edition and £600 for a 1st!
BOSWELL James, British essays in favour of the brave Corsicans (London, 1769) - currently available in French as En
défence des valereux Corses published by Editions Le Rocher in the Anatolia collection and translated by Béatrice
BRADSHAW, Itinerary of Corsica (Adams, 1855)
BRADY Frank & POTTLE Frederick (eds), Boswell on the Grand Tour: Italy, Corsica and France 1765-6 - 2 vols
(London, Heinemann, 1955).
CARRINGTON Dorothy, Granite Island: Portrait of Corsica (London, Longmans, 1971 and Penguin, 1984). These are secondhand copies at amazon and Penguin edition is supposedly due for reissue though oddly the title is still available in Corsica at
most bookshops and many
newspaper shops - I bought a copy for a friend only the other day. It is still available in French under the title La Corse -
this is the book of reference - a classic travel book.
CHIARI Joseph, The Scented Isle: a parallel between Corsica and the Scottish Highlands (Glasgow, William
Maclellan, 1948)- he was a Corsican, who lived in Scotland for years and wrote in English, including poems and plays (eg
Mary Queen of Scots).
FORDE Gertrude, A Lady's tour in Corsica - 2 vols (Longman/Bohn, 1861) - the same book as the one above?
FORESTER Thomas, Rambles in the islands of Corsica & Sardinia, with notices of their history, antiquities and
present condition (London, Longman, 1858) - here's another good Victorian travelogue/reference book that has lots to
recommend it, if you can put up with the dated language and small print.
FORTESCUE B, Napoleon's heritage (London, 1924)
FREDERICK (Frederic de Neuhoff), Description of Corsica (London, GG & J Robinson, 1795) - by a man who claimed
to be the son of Theodore Neuhoff, King of Corsica.
FRESHFIELD Douglas W, Below the Snow Line (London, Constable, 1923)
HALL Thadd E, France & the Eighteenth Century Corsica Question (New York, 1971).
HARRISSE H, Christopher Columbus & the Bank of St George (1888) - no doubt of interest to those who are
convinced that Columbus was born in Calvi and that the enterprising Genoese, who whipped all their Corsican records to
Genoa, claimed him as their own.
HAWKES Robert, Corsican Death (1975)
HAWTHORNE Hildegarde, Corsica, the Surprising Island (New York, Duffield, 1926)
KAY FG, The south of France and Corsica (Glasgow, Collins, 1976)
KEYSER William, I have only one eye (Calvi, Editions Almar, 1994) - I wrote this fictional account of Nelson's seige of
Calvi to celebrate the bi-centenary. It is illustrated by Alex Lochrie - send me an email to order it.
MERRIMAN Henry Seton, The Isle of Unrest (Holicong, PA, Wildside Press, 2004 - reprint, orig ed London, Elder Smith, 1899) - a novel.
MERIMEE Prosper, Columba (Maidenhead, McGraw Hill Educational, 1996) - the classic translated into English; a sequel has been
written: Colomba 1923 by Robert Colonna d'Istria (Paris, France-Empire, 2001).
MINDER Jean-Paul, This Way: Corsica (South Africa, JPM Publications, 1999)
MOLINELLI-CANCELLIERI Lucia, Spada: The Bandit Who Lived For Love & Revenge
MONCRIEFF A Hope, Where to Go Abroad (London, A&C Black, 1893)
MONKHOUSE FJ, MUIRHEAD F & MONMARCHE M, Naval Intelligence Division: Corsica - Geographical
Handbook Series (Cambridge, HMSO, 1942)
PERROT Eugenie, Corsica cooking of yesterday and today (Ajaccio, La Marge Editions, 1991) - still available in
bookshops in Corsica.
PHILIPS John Austin Drury, The Girl Out in Corsica, (London, Hutchinson & Co, 1927) - a novel
PIDGIN Charles Felton, The Corsican Lovers. A Story of the Vendetta (New York, BW Dodge, 1906)
PILLEMENT Georges, Unknown Sardinia and Unknown Corsica : archaeological itineraries - trans A Rosin (London,
PIRIE Valerie, His Majesty of Corsica (London, William Collins, 1939) - a biography of King Theodore - a racy story
about a racy man, who died a pauper in London - see also the books by Aylmer Vallance & Percy Fitzgerald.
POCOCK Tom, ed NASH Michael, Nelson and the Campaign in Corsica (Hoylake, 1805 Club, 1994)
POTTINGER Henry, Zurlina, a tale of Corsica (London, 1853) - in verse.
SAVIGEAR Peter, Corsica : Regional Autonomy or Violence? (London, Institute for the Study of Conflict, 1983) - Peter was a
political scientist much loved by many Corsican activists; he had intended retiring here, but an early death prevented this; I
had the pleasure of owning his olive mill in the mountains.
WOOLSEY Theodore S, French forests and forestry: Tunisia, Algeria and Corsica (New York, 1917)
WYNNE Harry (ed), Corsica: the isle of beauty (Brentford, 1928)
YOUNG Ernest, Peeps at Many Lands: Corsica (London, A & C Black, 1909)
This bibliography has been greatly extended, thanks to the continuing generous help of Robert Sharp of the Library
of the National Museum of Science & Industry, London and John Theakstone, who is a bibliophile specialising in
Corsica, now retired in the Ribble Valley of Lancashire and who first visited Corsica 30 years ago.
Dorothy Carrington (Frederika, Lady Rose), the author of the seminal work on Corsica in English - Granite Island (1971) - died
in January 2002 at the age of 91. She was both an outstanding scholar (the first to be awarded an honorary doctorate by the
Université de Corse in 1991) of Corsica and of Napoleon Bonaparte. Her last book, published posthumously is of the writings
of Napoleon's father - she wrote this directly in French. She was instrumental in the uncovering of the carved neolithic menhirs of
Filitosa and wrtote widely on the white witches of Corsica. She came from the Gloucester landed gentry and first came to
Corsica in 1948, settling here permanently in the fifties. An amazing bird, who was the most respected Corsican academic
researcher of Corsican history and culture.
If you are interested in a bibliography of books about Corsica in French, here's a good one.
An excellent source of Corsican books in French, is alapage.com, my partner; at this link you'll find over 700 titles. As
well as many classics, tourism, history and political titles, there are scads of guidebooks. Another good source is one of the Corsican publishers,
Among the guidebooks, for example, they have the classic Guide Michelin of Corsica, or the two
outstandingly good Gallimard guides - best in their class: Haute Corse and Corse du Sud (I
recommend them strongly). Another popular title is Le Guide Routardand The Hachette Guide
of Corsica - the Blue Guide is attractive and reliable. In the IGN
series, there is one for the North and another for the South.
Another excellent book, not really aguide book as such, though it can be used this way: Monuments de Corse - it describes 100 monuments and how to reach them, region by region. The monuments are from the origins of Corsica, such as standing stones and Genoese towers, to the modern era with examples such as tower houses
of the C16 to Eiffel's rail bridge at Vivario. For those of you who want to explore the 'real Corsica' this illustrated book will take you to places, you would otherwise miss. many are not listed in regular guidebooks.
There are many different kinds of map available. If you want to start basic, the Corsican Tourism
Agency produces a mini-map that folds to credit card size. Or you can download a Map of Corsica right here from Corsica Isula!
However here are a few maps that are easily obtained. You can see details and order them direct
by clicking on their titles. The basic standby is of course the good old yellow Michelin -
it's regularly updated, of course; it's cheap and available in newsagents all over Corsica.
An alternative is the IGN map of Corsica, which is more detailed. The IGN maps 73
(north) and 74 (south) are at 1cm = 1km and then it's the Top 100 series (1cm = 1km) & Top
25 series (1cm = 250m), which is probably as detailed as you'll ever need. These are available at newsagents and supermarkets in Corsica.
There are two alternatives you might want to try. One is the Corsica Insight Travel Map,
which is laminated. The other is the new Rough Guides map Corsica: this one is made of rip-proof, waterproof Polyart paper, durable enough to survive a dip in the sea.