Barnes, Robert J. Conrad Richter. Austin, Tex.: Steck-Vaughn, 1968. A short and limited approach to Richter the writer. Opens with a brief biography and then follows with a survey of his fiction which used the Southwest as a setting—nine short stories out of seventy and three of his thirteen novels.
Edwards, Clifford D. Conrad Richter’s Ohio Trilogy. Paris: Mouton, 1970. A good in-depth examination of Richter’s Ohio Trilogy—The Trees, The Fields, and The Town—with a detailed analysis of the writer’s philosophical and psychological themes.
Gaston, Edwin W., Jr. Conrad Richter. Rev. ed. Boston: Twayne, 1989. An excellent introduction to Richter, the man and the writer, and his work. Gaston scrutinizes Richter’s life and philosophy as they resonate in all of his writings. Includes comprehensive notes, references, a bibliography, and an index.
Johnson, David R. Conrad Richter: A Writer’s Life. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2001. A biography of the novelist, aided by Johnson’s access to Richter’s private papers.
LaHood, Marvin J. Conrad Richter’s America. The Hague, the Netherlands: Mouton, 1975. LaHood writes an appreciative, if not critical, summary of Richter’s literary work. He avoids a chronological approach, devoting separate chapters to discussions of thematic subject matter.