Gray, Janet, ed. She Wields a Pen: American Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1997. Collection of essays on women poets of nineteenth century America contains a biographical essay on Reese.
Harris, R. P. “April Weather: The Poetry of Lizette Woodworth Reese.” South Atlantic Quarterly 29 (April, 1930): 200-207. This essay, appearing before Reese died in 1935, is an early and valuable recognition of her place in American lyric poetry. Surveying her career, Harris shows that, even during the period that Edmund Clarence Stedman called “a twilight interval” (1890-1910), Reese was publishing the “clear, natural lyrics” that anticipated the later works of Edna St. Vincent Millay and Sara Teasdale.
Hill, Phyllis. Who Will Sing My Songs? Hagerstown, Md.: Freline, 1988. As a “dialogue” between the author of the book and Reese, the text will appeal primarily to young readers who seek an introduction to her philosophy of life and her poetry. Contains some photographs of Reese, a brief bibliography, and a selection of her poems.
Kindilien, Carlin T. “The Village World of Lizette Woodworth Reese.” South Atlantic Quarterly 56 (January, 1957): 91-104. This essay begins with a biographical sketch of Reese, but then quite perceptively analyzes the distinguishing characteristics of her poetry: its simplicity of diction and imagery, its embrace of the natural world, and its spiritual aesthetic. Concludes with a pertinent comparison of Reese and Emily Dickinson.
Knight, Denise D. “Lizette Woodworth Reese.” In Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers, edited by Denise D. Knight and Emmanuel S. Nelson. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997. A biographical sketch of Reese with a bibliography.
Morris, Lawrence S. “Some Flowers Down a Lane.” The New Republic 48 (August 25, 1926): 23-24. A brief but sensitive review of The Selected Poems of Lizette Woodworth Reese, this essay touches on the characteristic themes and beauties of Reese’s verse, particularly her fascination with mood, memory, and grief.
Rhode, Robert D. “Lizette W. Reese: ’Fair White Gospeler.’” Personalist 31 (1950): 390-398. Using Reese as an example of the teacher-poet, Rhode illustrates how she writes within, but ultimately transcends, the didactic nature of the genteel tradition. Rhode acutely analyzes Reese’s choice of “white” and “April” as symbolically important words that help her escape “the excesses of narcissistic romanticism on one hand, and of ethical nihilism on the other.”
Scholnick, Robert J. “Lizette Woodworth Reese.” Legacy 15, no. 2 (1998): 213-221. A short but helpful biographical study of Reese and her work.