DiGaetani, John L. A Search for a Postmodern Theater: Interviews with Contemporary Playwrights. New York: Greenwood Press, 1991. An interview with Linney that concentrates on his influences (Pär Lagerkvist, the Swedish playwright and novelist among them) and on the relationship between language and writing for the theater. Includes good discussions of several works, including Childe Byron.
Disch, Thomas M. “Holy Ghosts.” The Nation 245 (September 19, 1987): 282-283. Disch is impressed with virtually all of Linney’s New York work; he claims that Holy Ghosts should be a standard like the works of Tennessee Williams or Henrik Ibsen. The essay provides an overview of Linney’s work and addresses his Broadway problems and Clive Barnes’s unfavorable review of The Love Suicide at Schofield Barracks.
Disch, Thomas M. “Theater.” The Nation 252 (March 18, 1991): 355-356. When Linney’s play Unchanging Love moved from its premiere performance in Milwaukee to its New York premiere with the same director, John Dillon, Disch once again took the opportunity to speak highly of Linney’s whole canon.
Linney, Romulus. “An Interview with Romulus Linney.” Interview by Don B. Wilmeth. Studies in American Drama 2 (1986). Discusses Linney’s ideas.
Linney, Romulus. “Romulus Linney on ‘Sublime Gossip.’” Interview by Harold Tedford. Southern Theatre 38 (Spring, 1997): 26-32. Linney discusses his background and motivations for the three types of plays he writes: historical plays, Appalachian dramas, and a “grab-bag of personal plays” inspired by friends in the arts and Army experiences. He states his view that literature is more or less sublime gossip but has to be good gossip at its best.
Moe, Christian H. “Romulus Linney.” In Contemporary Dramatists, edited by Thomas Riggs. 6th ed. Detroit: St. James Press, 1999. Contains a critical essay, a chronology, and biographical details. Observes that Linney’s dramas often develop protagonists who enter into or mature in environments in which they confront repressive values that either tempt or victimize them. These characters test or evaluate such values against their own needs and beliefs and ultimately determine to accept or reject them.
Rich, Frank. “Theater: Holy Ghosts Salvation for the Lonely.” The New York Times, August 12, 1987, p. C17. In this review of Holy Ghosts, Rich finds that Linney “unfurls an arresting sensibility closer to that of Eudora Welty than Sinclair Lewis.”