Bach, Peggy. “The Theatrical Image.” The Southern Quarterly 33 (Winter/Spring, 1995): 215-226. In this article, Madden offers his views on the adaptation of works of southern novelists to the stage and screen.
Madden, David. Interview by Ruth Laney. Southern Review 11 (Winter, 1975): 167-180. This lengthy discussion with Madden during the second decade of his literary career explains much about his sources of inspiration, particularly his debt to folk tradition and popular culture.
Madden, David. “Let Me Tell You the Story: Transforming Oral Tradition.” Appalachian Journal 7 (1980): 210-229. Madden describes the influence of the southern tradition of storytelling on his own developing imagination during his childhood years and explains how oral anecdotes develop into the written works of a conscious artist.
Madden, David. “True Believers, Atheists, and Agnostics.” Introduction to American Dreams, American Nightmares, edited by Madden. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1970. Madden explains his analysis of American literature, which like American life he sees as strongly influenced by the ideal called the “American Dream.” The ideas expressed in this critical work are evident in Madden’s own fiction.
Morrow, Mark. “David Madden.” In Images of the Southern Writer. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1985. Morrow’s one-page report of his visit with Madden at his Baton Rouge home includes Madden’s own comments on the influences which shaped his work, both events in his life and his historical and literary heroes.
Pinsker, Sanford. “The Mixed Chords of David Madden’s Cassandra Singing.” Critique 15 (1973): 15-26. In this interesting essay, Pinsker deals with the common perception of Madden as a brilliant writer who is, however, too undisciplined to produce the effects of which he is capable.
Richards, Jeffrey. “David Madden.” In Contemporary Poets, Dramatists, Essayists, and Novelists of the South. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1994. In this profile of Madden, Richards examines the recurring themes of the author and notes that his diversity has not always served him well in being accepted as a serious writer of fiction.
Schott, Webster. “Stories Within Stories.” The Washington Post Book World, January 6, 1980, 9. Schott finds that Pleasure-Dome suffers from Madden’s preoccupation with the subject of his own craft, which causes him to digress, seemingly to admire his own art. Despite the work’s defects in plotting, Schott finds it intellectually stimulating.