Agarwalla, Shyam S. Vikram Seth’s “A Suitable Boy”: Search for an Indian Identity. New Delhi: Prestige Books, 1995. A scholarly, book-length source on Seth. Employing the techniques of literary criticism, the book includes general cultural information and discussion of Seth’s role as an Indian writer.
Corey, Stephen. Review of All You Who Sleep Tonight. Ohio Review, no. 47 (1991): 132-139. Critical review of the volume. Corey’s conclusion is that the poetry is often trivial, singsongy, and oversimplified.
Gopal, Priyamvada. The Indian English Novel: Nation, History, and Narration. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. An introduction to the Indian novel in English, now considered “a fixture on the international literary scene.” Major writers covered include Seth, Rabindranath Tagore, Salman Rushdie, and Arundhati Roy.
Mohanty, Seemita. A Critical Analysis of Vikram Seth’s Poetry and Fiction. New Delhi: Atlantic, 2007. A thorough study of Seth’s writing, including both his poetry and his fiction, and the ways he approaches the writing process. Intended for scholars and general readers alike.
Perloff, Marjorie. “Homeward Ho! Silicon Valley Pushkin.” Review of The Golden Gate. American Poetry Review 15, no. 6 (November/December, 1986): 37-46. Perloff asserts that Seth’s concern with rhyme weakens the novel’s characterization, plot, and satirical force. A scholarly article, with detailed analysis and extensive references to poetic form and poets in history.
Perry, John Oliver. “World Literature in Review: India.” Review of All You Who Sleep Tonight. World Literature Today 65, no. 3 (Summer, 1991): 549-550. Perry discusses the content and form of several specific poems and concludes, “It is a tribute to the poems . . . that often they can sound a bit like Frost or Hardy.”
Seth, Vikram. Introduction and foreword to The Poems, 1981-1994. New York: Viking Penguin, 1995. A primary source, the poet’s foreword reprinted in a volume of selected poems. Seth discusses his poetry and influences and reveals themes and insight into his priorities and thought processes.
Woodward, Richard B. “Vikram Seth’s Big Book.” The New York Times Magazine 142 (May 2, 1993): 32-36. A profile of Seth that includes biographical and background information on the author, his writing, and his career.