Brink, Jean R. Michael Drayton Revisited. Boston: Twayne, 1990. Offers an excellent introduction to Drayton’s life and works. The first chapter substantially revises Drayton’s biography. The other chapters deal chronologically with each of his major poems, and the concluding chapter discusses Drayton’s impact on later writers. Includes chronology, notes, and a useful select bibliography.
Brooks-Davies, Douglas, ed. Silver Poets of the Sixteenth Century: Wyatt, Surrey, Ralegh, Philip Sidney, Mary Sidney, Michael Drayton, and Sir John Davies. Rutland, Vt.: Charles E. Tuttle, 1992. Examines work by Drayton and other sixteenth century poets.
Corbett, Margery, and Ronald Lightbown. The Comely Frontispiece: The Emblematic Title-Page in England, 1550-1660. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1979. In this collection of essays, the thirteenth chapter is devoted to the unusual frontispiece to Drayton’s Poly-Olbion, his lengthy poetic description of the geography and history of Great Britain. An interpretation is offered of the engraving of Great Britain as a woman seated on an imperial throne. Beautifully illustrated.
Curran, John E. “The History Never Written: Bards, Druids, and the Problem of Antiquarianism in ’Poly Olbion.’” Renaissance Quarterly 51, no. 2 (Summer, 1998): 498-528. A study of the response of Drayton to the rise of antiquarianism as seen in his depictions of bards and druids in this poem.
Galbraith, David. Architectonics of Imitation in Spenser, Daniel, and Drayton. Toronto, Ont.: University of Toronto Press, 2000. Galbraith examines Samuel Daniel’s Civile Warres, Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, and Drayton’s Poly-Olbion (1612-1622) to explore the boundaries between history and poetry.
Harner, James L. Samuel Daniel and Michael Drayton: A Reference Guide. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1980. Approximately one-half of this bibliography is devoted to books and articles written about Drayton. The entries are arranged chronologically beginning with the seventeenth century and concluding with the twentieth. The annotations are reliable and extremely useful.