Ayling, Stanley. A Portrait of Sheridan. London: Constable, 1985. More than two hundred pages on Sheridan’s life and work. Ayling offers glimpses of Sheridan’s true nature, including the unflattering views on the theater expressed in his letters. The treatment of the early plays is rather brief. Includes some comments on the management of the Drury Lane in later chapters.
Hare, Arnold. Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Windsor, England: Profile Books, 1981. This thin volume sketches the major details of Sheridan’s life, family, and career. Pays brief attention to the theatrical milieu but analyzes the plays, including some relatively minor ones. Includes a select bibliography.
Kelly, Linda. Richard Brinsley Sheridan: A Life. London: Sinclair-Stevenson, 1997. The biography looks at Sheridan as both dramatist and legislator. Bibliography and index.
Loftis, John. Sheridan and the Drama of Georgian England. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1977. This authoritative volume examines Sheridan’s relationships with his dramatic predecessors, then analyzes extensively Sheridan’s plays. The bibliography is divided into editions, biographies, critical studies, and background studies. Includes a lengthy index.
Morwood, James. The Life and Works of Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press, 1985. Norwood attempts a lengthy biographical study in which extensive discussion of the writing career appears. Makes an effort to evaluate Sheridan’s political career and to create a balanced assessment of his thirty-two years as manager of the Drury Lane. Includes several illustrations, a bibliography, and an index.
Morwood, James, and David Crane, eds. Sheridan Studies. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995. A collection of essays on Sheridan as a dramatist and member of Parliament. Includes a bibliography and index.
O’Toole, Fintan. A Traitor’s Kiss: The Life of Richard Brinsley Sheridan. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997.
Smith, Dane F., and M. L. Lawhon. Plays About the Theatre in England, 1737-1800. Lewisburg, Pa.: Bucknell University Press, 1979. Interprets The Critic as an attack on the sentimentalism of the contemporary comedy and of the writers and critics who supported it. Also sees parts of The School for Scandal and The Rivals as attacks on sentimentalism. Some comparisons are made with Oliver Goldsmith’s comedies.
Worth, Katharine. Sheridan and Goldsmith. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1992. The commentary emphasizes performance and dramaturgy.