Bhattacharya, P. C. Indo-Anglian Literature and the Works of Raja Rao. Delhi: Atma Ram, 1983. This work concentrates on Rao’s work also in the context of Indian literature written in English. Includes primary and secondary bibliographies.
Dey, E. The Novels of Raja Rao. New Delhi: Prestige Books, 1992. Originally presented as the author’s doctoral dissertation at the University of Calcutta, a study of Rao’s works. Index.
Mittapalli, Rajeshwar, and Pier Paolo Piciucco, eds. The Fiction of Raja Rao: Critical Studies. New Delhi: Atlantic, 2001. Includes chapters on philosophy, Indian voice, myth, Ghandian ideology, identity, marriage, truth, the mind, art, and more.
Naik, M. K. Raja Rao. 1972. Rev. ed. Bombay: Blackie, 1982. A pioneering introductory, full-length study.
Narasimhaiah, C. D. Raja Rao: A Critical Study of His Work. New Delhi: Arnold-Heinemann India, 1973. Among the most perceptive and significant assessments.
Nasimi, Reza Ahmad. The Language of Mulk Raj Anand, Raja Rao, and R. K. Narayan. Delhi: Capital, 1989. Rao’s writing is placed in context with the work of other Indian English novelists. Includes references and an index.
Niven, Alastair. Truth Within Fiction: A Study of Raja Rao’s “The Serpent and the Rope.” Calcutta: Writers’ Workshop, 1987. An in-depth analysis of Rao’s novel. References, bibliographies, index.
Ramachandra, Ragini, ed. Raja Rao: An Anthology of Recent Criticism. Delhi: Pencraft, 2000. A collection of critical essays.
Rao, K. R. The Fiction of Raja Rao. Aurangabad, India: Parimal, 1980. Criticism of Rao’s works published before 1965.
Ray, R. J. “The Novels of Raja Rao.” World Literature Today 63 (Spring, 1989). Addresses Rao’s novels through The Chessmaster and His Moves. References, bibliographies.
Sharrad, Paul. Raja Rao and Cultural Tradition. New Delhi: Sterling, 1987. The decline of the empire and the end of the British Raj had an enormous impact on the Indian English novelists. Sharrad discusses these and other influences on Rao’s work. References, bibliographies, and an index.
Srivastava, Narsingh. The Mind and Art of Raja Rao. Bareilly: Prakash Book Depot, 1980. Interpretation of Rao’s philosophy as well as his novels. Bibliography, index.
Venkata Reddy, K. Major Indian Novelists: Mulk Raj Anand, R. K. Narayan, Raja Rao, Bhabani Bhattacharya, Kamala Markandaya. New Delhi: Prestige Books, 1990. Explores twentieth century Indian authors writing in English. Index.