Carlson, David R. John Skelton and Early Modern Culture: Papers Honoring Robert S. Kinsman. Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2008. A collection of essays on Skelton that analyze his writings in terms of the time in which he lived.
Carpenter, Nan Cooke. JohnSkelton. New York: Twayne, 1968. This overview contains a preface, a chronology, and an outline of Skelton’s life. Carpenter discusses all his important poetic works and highlights the poet’s intimate technical knowledge of music, dance songs, and popular song tags. Skelton’s reputation and influence is also discussed. Includes notes and references.
Griffiths, Jane. John Skelton and Poetic Authority: Defining the Liberty to Speak. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. This work reassesses Skelton’s place in English literature and links his work as a translator and writer to his poetic theory.
Kinney, Arthur F. John Skelton, Priest as Poet: Seasons of Discovery. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1987. Maintaining that Skelton’s primary vocation, the priesthood, was fundamental to his literary work, Kinney attempts to give a comprehensive evaluation of his poetry. Includes notes and an index.
Richardson, J. A. Falling Towers: The Trojan Imagination in “The Waste Land,” “The Dunciad,” and “Speke parott.” Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1992. Examines Skelton’s Speke, Parrot and compares and contrasts it with T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land (1922) and Alexander Pope’s The Dunciad (1728-1743).
Scattergood, V. J. Reading the Past: Essays on Medieval and Renaissance Literature. Portland, Oreg.: Four Courts Press, 1996. Includes a critical essay on the works of Skelton, bibliographical references, and an index.
Walker, Greg. John Skelton and the Politics of the 1520’s. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988. Discusses the political and social views of Skelton and gives a history of English political satire as well as a view of the politics and government in England during the first half of the sixteenth century.