Alter, Iska. “‘Barbaric Laws, Barbaric Bonds’: Arnold Wesker’s The Merchant.” Modern Drama 31 (December, 1988): 536-547. Traces some of the intertextual ambiguities, especially concerning the insistent use of the law by Shylock. Wesker’s historical research is noted to shift the play from Romance to political realism.
Brown, John Russell. Theatre Language: A Study of Arden, Osborne, Pinter, and Wesker. London: Allen Lane, 1972. Brown analyzes the language of Roots, The Kitchen, and Chips with Everything, dealing particularly with the way Wesker maintains theatricality by substituting talk for action in his drama.
Dornan, Reade W. Arnold Wekser Revisited. Boston: Twayne, 1994. An overview of the critical reception of Wekser’s major works, biographical chapters, and a useful bibliography of primary and secondary sources.
Dornan, Reade W., ed. Arnold Wesker. New York: Garland, 1998. One of the Casebook series, it consists of eighteen essays on various aspects of Wesker’s plays by an international array of critics.
Hayman, Ronald. Arnold Wesker. 3d ed. London: Heinemann, 1979. This volume in the Contemporary Playwrights series includes chapters on specific plays, two interviews with Wesker, and a clearly written, informative introduction to the earlier Wesker. Bibliography, biographical outline, and photographs.
Leeming, Glenda. “Articulacy and Awareness: The Modulation of Familiar Themes in Wesker’s Plays of the Seventies.” In Contemporary English Drama, edited by C. W. E. Bigsby. New York: Holmes and Meier, 1981. Leeming reviews the development of Wesker’s drama from The Old Ones through The Merchant. She sees particularly an interiorization of a number of themes. The protagonists’ awareness of their own suffering is located as the axis for the development.
Leeming, Glenda, ed. Wesker the Playwright. New York: Methuen, 1983. This volume is probably the fullest account of Wesker’s work written up to the date of its publication. Contains a chapter on each of his plays, an appendix, a select bibliography, an index, and photographs.
Leeming, Glenda, ed. Wesker on File. New York: Methuen, 1985. This invaluable small collection consists both of reviewers’ and Wesker’s own comments on his plays as well as on his work in general. Chronology and select bibliographies.
Wilcher, Robert. Understanding Arnold Wesker. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1991. An analysis of the plays and stories. Originally a series of lectures by the Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, England.