Bell, Sam Hanna. The Theatre in Ulster. Totowa, N.J.: Rowman and Littlefield, 1972. Bell considers Ervine as an Ulster dramatist and compares his work with that of other playwrights of his generation from Northern Ireland. Discusses briefly productions of Ervine’s works and mentions their main social and cultural features, though the brevity of this study’s overview limits discussion.
Cronin, John. Introduction to Selected Plays of St. John Ervine. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1988. Contains Mixed Marriage, Jane Clegg, John Ferguson, Boyd’s Shop, and Friends and Relations. The introduction provides biographical information and establishes a cultural context for Ervine’s work. Includes extracts from Ervine’s dramaturgical writings and a bibliography of Ervine’s dramatic and numerous other works.
Hogan, Robert, and James Kilroy. The Modern Irish Drama: A Documentary History. 6 vols. Atlantic Highlands, N.J.: Humanities Press, 1975-1992. A multivolume history of Irish drama, including dramatists such as Ervine.
Hunt, Hugh. The Abbey: Ireland’s National Theatre, 1904-1978. New York: Columbia University Press, 1979. This historical narrative deals in passing with Ervine’s plays. Provides a more detailed description of the playwright’s sojourn as manager of the Abbey Theatre and assesses its effects. Includes a full list of productions at the Abbey from the theater’s foundation, facilitating a preliminary chronology of Ervine’s dramatic career there.
Maxwell, D. E. S. A Critical History of Modern Irish Drama, 1891-1980. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1984. Locates Ervine’s drama in the context of developments in realism in the Irish theater and provides a critical analysis of his most noteworthy plays. Draws attention to the Ulster origins of much of Ervine’s dramatic material. Contains a bibliography and a chronology of Irish theater.