Bhelande, Anjali. Self Beyond Self: Ethel Wilson and Indian Philosophical Thought. Mumbaim, India: S.N.D.T. Women’s University, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 1996. Examines the Indic influences on Wilson and her philosophy.
McAlpine, Mary. The Other Side of Silence: A Life of Ethel Wilson. Madeira Park, British Columbia: Harbour Publishing, 1989. The first biography.
McMullan, Lorraine, ed. The Ethel Wilson Symposium. Ottowa: University of Ottowa Press, 1982. Papers presented at a conference held April 24-26, 1981, at the University of Ottawa, Canada. McMullan’s introduction is especially useful.
McPherson, Hugo. “Fiction: 1940-1960.” In Literary History of Canada: Canadian Literature in English, edited by Carl Frederick Klinck. 2d ed. Vol. 2. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1976. Wilson’s fiction is discussed in the context of a supposed “search for identity” thought to infuse Canadian literature’s development in the mid-twentieth century. McPherson notes a contrary individuality in Wilson’s writing that transcends her failure at times to reconcile her creative impulses as both “artist and sibyl.”
Mitchell, Beverley. “Ethel Wilson.” In Canadian Writers and Their Works: Fiction Series, edited by Robert Lecker, Jack David, and Ellen Quigley. Vol. 6. Toronto: ECW Press, 1985. Wilson’s life and complete works are thoroughly examined. An exhaustive bibliography follows Mitchell’s straightforward, readable analysis, making this study a must for Wilson readers.
Pacey, Desmond. Ethel Wilson. New York: Twayne, 1967. This thorough, readable overview of Wilson’s long and short fiction is not deeply analytical, but it does consider Wilson’s lightly ironic vision and her valuable contribution to Canadian literature despite her relatively short publishing history. Despite its age, the book still contains some useful insights. A selected bibliography and an index are included.
Woodcock, George. “Innocence and Solitude: The Fictions of Ethel Wilson.” In Modern Times. Vol. 3. in The Canadian Novel, edited by John Moss. Toronto: NC Press, 1982. Woodcock discusses Wilson’s originality and vision as they are expressed in her novels and novellas.
Woodcock, George. “On Ethel Wilson.” In The World of Canadian Writing: Critiques and Recollections. Vancouver, British Columbia: Douglas and McIntyre, 1980. Slightly revised since its 1974 publication, this reflective personal essay enumerates the strengths of Wilson’s personality and her unique works. This volume contains an index of the names of authors mentioned or treated in the book.