Davis, William V. Robert Bly: The Poet and His Critics. Columbia, S.C.: Camden House, 1994. This chronological study traces the twists and turns of Bly’s reputation, accounting for both the aesthetic and nonaesthetic components of critical judgments.
Davis, William V. Understanding Robert Bly. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1988. A book-length study of Bly’s poetic career, geared to an understanding of the chronological development and ongoing significance of Bly’s life and work through a detailed analysis of individual poems and an in-depth consideration of each of the major books. Includes a primary and secondary bibliography and an index.
Harris, Victoria Frenkel. The Incorporative Consciousness of Robert Bly. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1992. This in-depth study examines Bly’s poetry in terms of his idea of universalizing poetic processes. Contains an exhaustive bibliography of work by and about Bly.
Jones, Richard, and Kate Daniels, eds. Of Solitude and Silence: Writings on Robert Bly. Boston: Beacon Press, 1981. A miscellany of materials on Bly, including essays, memoirs, poems, notes, and documents, as well as new poems and translations by Bly. Includes an extensive primary and secondary bibliography but no index.
Nelson, Howard. Robert Bly: An Introduction to the Poetry. New York: Columbia University Press, 1984. A detailed critical introduction to and analysis of Bly’s career through The Man in the Black Coat Turns, stressing the way in which his various theories illuminate his poems. Includes a chronology of his life, a primary and secondary bibliography, and an index.
Peseroff, Joyce, ed. Robert Bly: When Sleepers Awake. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1984. A substantial collection of reviews and essays (including several previously unpublished) on Bly and his work through The Man in the Black Coat Turns. Includes an extensive primary and secondary bibliography but no index.
Quetchenbach, Bernard W. Back from the Far Field: American Nature Poetry in the Late Twentieth Century. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2000. In a lengthy chapter on Bly, the author explores Bly’s concept of a true humanity, including his insistence that consciousness be linked to the environment or disaster will follow.
Sugg, Richard P. Robert Bly. Boston: Twayne, 1986. An introductory critical overview of Bly’s work and career stressing a Jungian interpretation, through The Man in the Black Coat Turns. Includes a selected bibliography of primary and secondary sources and an index.