Chernaik, Warren L. The Poet’s Time: Politics and Religion in the Work of Andrew Marvell. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1983. For Chernaik, Marvell is a poet-prophet whose political ideas are consistent, militant, and rooted in his religion. Also discusses Marvell’s later (post-1666) satiric poetry and his political polemics.
Hunt, John Dixon. Andrew Marvell: His Life and Writings. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1978. Hunt’s intent is to provide a context against which some of Marvell’s major poems (“Upon Appleton House,” “An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell’s Return from Ireland,” and “Last Instructions to a Painter”) can be read. Profusely illustrated.
Klause, John. The Unfortunate Fall: Theodicy and the Moral Imagination of Andrew Marvell. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, 1983. In his extensive analyses of the Cromwell poems, “The Garden,” and “Upon Appleton House,” Klause finds Marvell “adapting” to political realities. Complemented by an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources.
Murray, Nicholas. World Enough and Time: The Life of Andrew Marvell. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000. Even with the information uncovered in the three decades since the last biography of Marvell was written, little is known about long stretches of Marvell’s career. Murray’s narrative takes full advantage of what is available and provides a clear portrait of Marvell and his life in the Cromwell era and the Restoration.
Patterson, Annabel. Marvell: The Writer in Public Life. New York: Longman, 2000. Focuses on the intersection of Marvell’s political and literary views.
Ray, Robert H. An Andrew Marvell Companion. New York: Garland, 1998. A useful, comprehensive reference guide to the life and works of the poet and political satirist. Includes a chronology of the poet’s life and works, a bibliography, and suggestions for further research.
Rees, Christine. The Judgment of Marvell. London: Pinter, 1989. Rees argues that Marvell’s poetry concerns choice or the impossibility of choosing, and his choices involve the life of pleasure, as well as those of action and contemplation. Using this threefold division, she offers extensive commentary on approximately twenty-five well-known poems.
Stocker, Margarita. Apocalyptic Marvell: The Second Coming in Seventeenth Century Poetry. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1986. Stocker’s book offers a corrective view of Marvell, a poet committed to an apocalyptic ideology that informs all his poems. Supplemented by an extensive bibliography.