Alvarez, A. “The Darkness and the Light.” The New York Review of Books 49, no. 8 (May 9, 2002): 10-13. A perceptive and informative discussion of Hecht’s poetry and its evolution in terms of Hecht’s formative experiences.
German, Norman. Anthony Hecht. New York: Peter Lang, 1989. This book-length study presents a chronological discussion of Hecht’s books of poetry, beginning with A Summoning of Stones and ending with The Venetian Vespers. It also contains some useful biographical information and an index of subjects and poems.
Hecht, Anthony. Anthony Hecht: In Conversation with Philip Hoy. London: Between the Lines, 1999. This collection of interviews with Hecht provides biographical information and insights into his work. Includes bibliographical references.
Hoy, Philip. Anthony Hecht in Conversation with Philip Hoy. London: Between the Lines, 1999. Hoy sent Hecht a list of one hundred questions, to which Hecht responded with detailed written replies. Followed by more questions and considerable revision and rewriting prior to the final presentation, Hecht’s responses are very revealing and offer a reflective, self-aware portrait of the artist in contemplation of his life and work.
Lea, Sydney, ed. The Burdens of Formality: Essays on the Poetry of Anthony Hecht. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1989. The initial book-length consideration of Hecht’s writing, with essays covering the main themes, subjects, and formal qualities of his poems by placing them in artistic, social, and historical contexts. With an appendix that outlines the basic chronology of Hecht’s life and a thorough bibliography.
Lieberman, Laurence. Unassigned Frequencies: American Poetry in Review, 1964-1977. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1977. This collection includes a short essay on W. W. Merwin and Anthony Hecht which was originally published in 1968. The author focuses on Hecht’s realism.
Whedon, Tony. “Three Mannerists.” American Poetry Review 17 (May/June, 1988): 41-47. This article discusses the poetry of Larry Levis, David St. John, and Anthony Hecht. Autobiographical narrative poems are the central focus, with space devoted to Hecht’s “The Venetian Vespers.”