Bartholomay, Julia A. The Shield of Perseus: The Vision and Imagination of Howard Nemerov. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1972. Discusses Nemerov’s poetic techniques and recurrent themes. Provides detailed information about the poet drawn from his letters and conversations. An excellent source.
Burris, Sidney. “A Sort of Memoir, a Sort of Review.” Southern Review 28 (Winter, 1992): 184-201. Burris presents a memoir of Nemerov as well as critiques of A Howard Nemerov Reader and Trying Conclusions.
Kinzie, Mary. “The Signature of Things: On Howard Nemerov.” In The Cure of Poetry in an Age of Prose: Moral Essays on the Poet’s Calling. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993. Examines the body of Nemerov’s work.
Knock, Stanley F., Jr. “Renewal of Illusion.” Christian Century, January 16, 1962, 85-86. In this review of Nemerov’s verse drama Endor, Knock shows how Nemerov transports an Old Testament story into the context of existentialism and the Cold War. Rather than “see ourselves as others see us,” as poet Robert Burns advised, Nemerov finds hope not in the stripping of illusion, but in its renewal.
Labrie, Ross. Howard Nemerov. Boston: Twayne, 1980. A standard biography in Twayne’s United States Authors series. Includes an index and a bibliography.
Meinke, Peter. Howard Nemerov. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1968. One of the most comprehensive books on Nemerov insofar as general knowledge is concerned. It covers not only biographical data but also the effect some life incidents had on his work. Includes brief comments on Nemerov’s major works, tracing Nemerov’s rise to literary prominence.
Nemerov, Alexander. “Modeling My Father.” American Scholar 62 (Autumn, 1993). A notable biographical piece.
Potts, Donna L. Howard Nemerov and Objective Idealism: The Influence of Owen Barfield. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1994. Potts contends that Nemerov was profoundly influenced by the objective idealism of British philosopher Barfield. Includes excerpts from the thirty years of correspondence between the two and selections of Nemerov’s poetry.
Vaughan, David K. Words to Measure a War: Nine American Poets of World War II. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2009. Vaughan provides an examination of war poets, contrasting those who became famous before and during World War II, with those who became known as poets after the war, such as Nemerov.