Djwa, Sandra. E. J. Pratt: The Evolutionary Vision. Vancouver, B.C.: Copp Clark, 1974. An authoritative and insightful study of Pratt and a must for scholars of his work. Particularly noteworthy is how Djwa delineates Pratt’s views on the roles of fate and free will in determining human action. Especially informative is the section on how Pratt adapts his many sources for The Titanic.
McAuliffe, Angela T. C. Between the Temple and the Cave. Ithaca, N.Y.: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2000. A critical study of Pratt’s poetry with a focus on its religious aspects. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Pitt, David G. E. J. Pratt: The Truant Years, 1882-1927. Toronto, Ont.: University of Toronto Press, 1984. The first volume in a full-length biography of Pratt, highly recommended for Pratt scholars and general readers alike. It is meticulously researched and contains plenty of biographical details to enhance understanding of Pratt’s poems.
_______. E. J. Pratt: The Master Years, 1927-1964. Toronto, Ont.: University of Toronto Press, 1987. The second volume in Pitt’s biography, equally accessible to both scholar and general reader.
Pratt, E. J. E. J. Pratt on His Life and Poetry. Edited by Susan Gingell. Toronto, Ont.: University of Toronto Press, 1983. A valuable resource of Pratt’s evaluation of his life and work from the mid-1920’s to the 1950’s. This volume provides much understanding about Pratt and his creative process. Included are two interviews Pratt gave on Canadian television in the 1950’s. Gingell’s introduction explores the nature of Pratt’s commentaries on his work and appraises their value in terms of their literary and social context.
Vinson, James. Great Writers of the English Language: Poets. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1979. The entry on Pratt acknowledges that he is regarded as Canada’s “pre-eminent narrative poet.” Cites Brébeuf and His Brethren as his finest long narrative, an example of his ability to establish dramatic coherency in his verse. Notes also Pratt’s preoccupation with primeval themes of conflict in his poems.
Wilson, Milton. E. J. Pratt. Toronto, Ont.: McClelland & Stewart, 1969. A concise but comprehensive literary criticism of Pratt’s works, emphasizing his strength as a narrative poet. Discusses his shorter, more lyrical poems, his longer narratives, as well as the sea poems and Brébeuf and His Brethren.