Einarsson, Stefán. A History of Icelandic Literature. New York: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1957. This work includes a brief but helpful summary of Laxness’ life and the significance of some of his literary works within a historical perspective.
Einarsson, Stefán. History of Icelandic Prose Writers: 1800-1940. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1948. The life and writings of Laxness are discussed at some length in this work. The biographical information is interesting and informative, and the analysis of Laxness’ literary development is insightful and succinct.
Fadiman, James. “Past Present.” The Nation, May 28, 1990. Examines how Laxness depicts the rugged people living in the harshness of Iceland’s terrain.
Hallberg, Peter. Halldór Laxness. Translated by Rory McTurk. Boston: Twayne, 1971. An excellent biographical and critical analysis of Laxness’s writings.
Hallmundsson, Hallberg. “Halldór Laxness and the Sagas of Modern Iceland.” The Georgia Review 49 (Spring, 1995). Explains the enduring importance of Laxness’s work.
Leithauser, Brad. “On Independent People by Halldór Laxness.” The New York Review of Books, May 11, 1995. Argues that Laxness produced the finest novel of the twentieth century.
Magnusson, Magnus. “Seeing the Truth.” New Statesman 13, no. 637 (December 25, 2000-January 1, 2001): 91-92. Magnusson reflects on the reception in the United States of Laxness and his work, noting his early popularity. While concentrating on Laxness’s fiction, he sheds light on the writer’s character.
Magnússon, Sigurður A. “Halldór Kiljan Laxness, Iceland’s First Nobel Prize Winner.” American-Scandinavian Review 44 (1956). Valuable.
Magnússon, Sigurður A. “Postwar Literature in Iceland.” World Literature Today 56 (Winter, 1982). Describes the remarkable literary accomplishment in the variety of Laxness novels.
Magnússon, Sigurður A. “The World of Halldór Laxness.” World Literature Today 66 (Summer, 1992). Describes the Icelandic people as portrayed in literature and compares Laxness’s treatment.