Davis, Arthur P. “Sterling Brown.” In From the Dark Tower: Afro-American Writers, 1900-1960. Washington, D.C.: Howard University Press, 1982. A comprehensive study by the dean of African American critics, who knew Brown personally and taught with him at Howard University on African American writers during the 1950’s. The essays on individual writers are supplemented by ample introductory material, and there is also an extensive bibliography, listed by author.
Ekate, Genevieve. “Sterling Brown: A Living Legend.” New Directions: The Howard University Magazine 1 (Winter, 1974): 5-11. A tribute to the life and works of Brown in a magazine published by the university where he taught for forty years. This article analyzes Brown’s literary influence on younger poets and assesses his importance in the African American literary canon.
Sanders, Mark A. Afro-Modernist Aesthetics and the Poetry of Sterling A. Brown. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1999. Criticism and interpretation of Brown and his poetry in the context of twentieth century African American literature and intellectual life.
Thelwell, Ekwueme Michael. “The Professor and the Activists: A Memoir of Sterling Brown.” Massachusetts Review 40, no. 4 (Winter, 1999/2000): 617-638. A fond memoir of Brown written by one of his students at Howard University. Offers a glimpse into Brown’s personality, political bent, and place as a black intellectual during the tumultuous 1960’s.
Tidwell, John Edgar, and Steven C. Tracy, eds. After Winter: The Art and Life of Sterling Brown. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. A collection of critical essays on Brown’s works, as well as interviews with those who knew him. Also contains a bibliography and discography.
Wagner, Jean. “Sterling Brown.” In Black Poets of the United States, from Paul Laurence Dunbar to Langston Hughes. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1973. A comprehensive and insightful study of the poetry of Brown, covering the subjects, themes, and nuances of his poetry. Wagner’s writing on Brown is warm and appreciative.