Carter, Albert Howard, III. “Thomas McGuane’s First Three Novels: Games, Fun, Nemesis.” Critique 17 (August, 1975): 91-104. Although McGuane’s use of the pathos and humor inherent in competition has become decidedly more sophisticated as he has matured, this article is essential for understanding the early novels.
Ingram, David. “Thomas McGuane: Nature, Environmentalism, and the American West.” Journal of American Studies 29 (December, 1995): 423-459. Analyzes environmental and outdoors themes in McGuane’s work.
Klinkowitz, Jerome. The New American Novel of Manners: The Fiction of Richard Yates, Dan Wakefield, Thomas McGuane. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1986. Examines the twentieth century novel of manners and customs. Includes index.
McClintock, James I. “‘Unextended Selves’ and ‘Unformed Visions’: Roman Catholicism in Thomas McGuane’s Novels.” Renascence 49 (Winter, 1997): 139-151. Focuses on McGuane’s works from The Sporting Life through Nothing but Blue Skies, comparing him with a host of writers including, particularly, Flannery O’Connor.
Masinton, Charles G. “Nobody’s Angel: Thomas McGuane’s Vision of the Contemporary West.” New Mexico Humanities Review 6 (Fall, 1983): 49-55. This article analyzes Rancho DeLuxe and Nobody’s Angel and insightfully concludes that McGuane finds the contemporary West absurd and without hope.
Morris, Gregory L. “Thomas McGuane.” In Talking up a Storm: Voices of the New West. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1994. A 1989 interview with the novelist, in which he discusses his relationship to the West, his working methods, and the state of the American novel.
Rebein, Robert. Hicks, Tribes, and Dirty Realists: American Fiction After Postmodernism. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2001. An assertion that gritty realism has gained ascendency over metafiction in American writing. Examines the works of McGuane, Dorothy Allison, Annie Proulx, Cormac McCarthy, Larry McMurtry, and Louise Erdrich.
Wallace, Jon. The Politics of Style: Language as Theme in the Fiction of Berger, McGuane, and McPherson. Durango, Colo.: Hollowbrook, 1992. Examines McGuane’s use of language. Contains a bibliography.
Westrum, Dexter. Thomas McGuane. Boston: Twayne, 1991. The first book-length study of McGuane’s fiction. It provides a basic biography and a detailed overview of the author’s work through Keep the Change.