Colby, Vineta, ed. World Authors, 1985-1990. New York: H. W. Wilson, 1995. The article on L’Heureux begins with a helpful interview with the writer, who reflects on his life and writings, and includes a short biography and a long analysis of his poetry, short fiction, and novels. Also included are a list of his principal publications and a selection of articles about him.
Farrell, Michael J. “L’Heureux’s People Perplexed by Ironic God.” National Catholic Reporter 27 (May 11, 1990): 21, 30. Using the publication of Comedians as a pretext to explore the author’s fiction about priests, Farrell analyzes L’Heureux’s Catholic background and the effect that this has had on his short stories and novels. The article is also enlivened by material gathered in an interview with L’Heureux.
Johnson, Greg. “Jokers Are Wild.” The Georgia Review 44 (Winter, 1990): 713-722. In this essay review Johnson discusses five American writers who have linked humor with hostility in their critiques of modern life. He sees Flannery O’Connor and Iris Murdoch as influencing L’Heureux’s fictional methods, which he incisively uses to probe the spiritual realities behind his characters’ moral dilemmas.
Stefano, Frances. “Comedians by John L’Heureux.” Theology Today 47 (Fall, 1990): 319-324. Stefano analyzes the stories in L’Heureux’s last collection from a theological perspective. She sees them as being ultimately about the light of God’s grace becoming visible in a dark world of apparent randomness and waste. Though she finds L’Heureux’s stories contrived and not as convincing as those of Flannery O’Connor, she is nonetheless enthralled by his overdrawn characters, whose actions are “comically, sometimes terrifyingly, true to the strangeness of life.”