De la Mothe, John. C. P. Snow and the Struggle of Modernity. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1992. Chapters on Snow’s view of literature, science, and the modern mind and on his career as writer and public intellectual. Includes extensive notes and bibliography.
Karl, Frederick S. C. P. Snow: The Politics of Conscience. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1963. A generally useful study of Snow that analyzes his novels up to and including The Affair. Some of the statements about him are misleading, however, and should be read with caution.
Ramanathan, Suguna. The Novels of C. P. Snow: A Critical Introduction. London: Macmillan, 1978. A sympathetic assessment of Snow which discusses all of his novels save his two earliest works, Death Under Sail and New Lives for Old. Notes Snow’s “imaginative impulse,” his understanding of the changing social scene in England over a span of fifty years, and the gradual change in his outlook from hopefulness to doom. Upholds Snow as being free from fanaticism. A recommended reading.
Shusterman, David. C. P. Snow. Rev. ed. Boston: Twayne, 1991. A competent, compact study of Snow, including his early life, the controversies surrounding his nonfiction, and his literary output. Contains an in-depth analysis of the Strangers and Brothers series of novels, noting their interest apart from their literary value. Includes a chronology and a select bibliography.
Snow, C. P. C. P. Snow: A Spectrum, Science, Criticism, Fiction. Edited by Stanley Weintraub. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1963. A useful introduction to Snow’s life and works. The commentary covers many aspects of his fiction, criticism, and writings on science.
Snow, Philip. A Time of Renewal: Clusters of Characters, C. P. Snow, and Coups. New York: Radcliffe Press, 1998. Written by C. P. Snow’s brother. Includes plates, index, and bibliography.
Thale, Jerome. C. P. Snow. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1965. Considered an excellent secondary source on Snow that is both readable and informative. Presents Snow’s work up to and including 1964. Discusses his nonfiction writings, among which are his two controversial works, The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution and Science and Government.