The Antioch Review 30, nos. 3-4 (1970). “Second thoughts” persuaded the editors to mention Cassill’s novel Dr. Cobb’s Game, which they admit they find “outrageous but nonetheless unforgettable.” They conclude: “A repugnant reading experience—so be it. Evil is evil and must be nothing less than frightening.”
Cassill, Kay, Orin E. Cassill, and Kurt Johnson, eds. R. V. Cassill. Chicago, 1981. A collection of articles, reminiscences, commentaries, and analyses of Cassill’s work by friends, admirers, and members of his family.
Grumbach, Doris. “Fine Print: The Goss Women.” The New Republic 170 (June 29, 1974): 33. Grumbach looks at this Cassill novel in the light of feminine sexuality, claiming that Cassill’s female characters are “extrasexual perceptive.” Although she finds the author’s technical skills quite developed, she says the novel ultimately results in “ennui.”
Roberts, David. “The Short Fiction of R. V. Cassill.” Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction, no. 1 (1966): 56-70. Roberts searches out “a continuous vision” in Cassill’s short fiction. He studies Cassill’s short stories, analyzing some of them individually, finds “excellence” in the body of short fiction as a whole, and concludes Cassill is “eminently deserving of further critical attention.”
Yates, Richard. “R. V. Cassill’s Clem Anderson.” Ploughshares 14, nos. 2-3 (1988): 189-196. A critical study of Cassill’s most widely acclaimed novel. Analyzes the main character, Clem, as representative of Cassill’s own struggle as writer and poet to find meaning in the academic world, and links that struggle to the author/narrator’s search for new forms of expression.