Ermolaev, Herman. Mikhail Sholokhov and His Art. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1982. A study of Sholokhov’s life and art, philosophy of life, and handling of style and structure, with a separate chapter on the historical sources of The Quiet Don and another on the question of plagiarism. Includes maps, tables (of similes), notes, and bibliography.
Klimenko, Michael. The World of Young Sholokhov: Vision of Violence. North Quincy, Mass.: Christopher Publishing House, 1972. The introduction discusses the Sholokhov canon as well as the man and his critics. Other chapters explore the genesis of his novels, his vision of life, his heroes, and his treatment of revolution. Includes a bibliography.
Medvedev, Roy. Problems in the Literary Biography of Mikhail Sholokhov. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1977. A piercing examining of The Quiet Don, exploring the issue of Sholokhov’s authorship and how it poses problems for his literary biography.
Muherjee, G. Mikhail Sholokhov: A Critical Introduction. New Delhi: Northern Book Center, 1992. A useful discussion of Sholokhov’s work and critical reactions to it.
Murphy, A. B., V. P. Butt, and H. Ermolaev. Sholokhov’s “Tikhii Don”: A Commentary in Two Volumes. Birmingham, England: Department of Russian Language and Literature, the University of Birmingham, 1997. An excellent study of The Silent Don.
Stewart, David Hugh. Mikhail Sholokov: A Critical Introduction. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1967. Found in most university libraries, this accessible, 250-page overview of the man and his works includes bibliographical references.