Irish University Review 19 (Spring, 1989). This special issue, edited by Christopher Murray, includes an interview with Montague, seven articles on his work, an autobiographical essay by Montague (“The Figure in the Cave”), and Thomas Dillon Redshaw’s checklist of Montague’s books.
Kersnowski, Frank. John Montague. Lewisburg, Pa.: Bucknell University Press, 1975. The first book-length study of Montague’s work (actually a slim monograph), this work surveys his career through The Rough Field. Its chief value may be its readings of individual poems and stories.
Montague, John. Chosen Lights: Poets on Poems by John Montague in Honour of His Eightieth Birthday. Edited by Peter Fallon. Loughcrew, Oldcastle, Ireland: Gallery Press, 2009. Poets such as Paul Muldoon, Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, and Eamon Grennan comment on poems by Montague.
_______. Company: A Chosen Life. London: Duckworth, 2001. The first volume of Montague’s memoirs, focusing mainly on the 1950’s and 1960’s. Provides entertaining and often illuminating accounts of his encounters with Samuel Beckett, Brendan Behan, Theodore Roethke, and many others. The book’s most memorable portrait, however, is that which emerges indirectly of the author himself. The warmth, wit, intelligence, generosity, and humor of his sensibility inform the book.
_______. The Pearl Is Ripe: A Memoir. Chester Springs, Pa.: Dufour Editions, 2007. The second volume of Montague’s memoirs, similarly warm and witty, takes up where the author left off in Company. Recounts his dealings with Allen Ginsberg, Patrick Kavanagh, and the composer Séan Ó Riada.
Redshaw, Thomas Dillon, ed. Well Dreams: Essays on John Montague. Omaha, Nebr.: Creighton University Press, 2004. Eighteen essays examine successive aspects of Montague’s career. The most substantial work published on Montague.