Dilworth, Ernest. Walter Savage Landor. New York: Twayne, 1974. An excellent critical introduction for those unfamiliar with Landor’s work. The author points out the poet’s aims and achievements as well as his shortcomings in style and substance. Frequent quotations support the text, and a chronology, notes, references, and an excellent select bibliography are included.
Field, Jean. Landor. Studley, Warwickshire, England: Brewin Books, 2000. A biography of Landor with a selection of his works. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Hanley, Keith. Introduction to Walter Savage Landor: Selected Poetry and Prose. Manchester, England: Carcanet Press, 1981. Discusses Landor’s role as a neoclassicist, the art of imitation, the classical structure of feeling, and his poetic style.
Hewitt, Regina. Symbolic Interactions: Social Problems and Literary Interventions in the Works of Baillie, Scott, and Landor. Lewisburg, Pa.: Bucknell University Press, 2006. This study of Landor, Joanna Baillie, and Sir Walter Scott contains a chapter on Landor’s solution of political contention. Although focused on his long fiction, it sheds light on Landor’s life and work.
Pinsky, Robert. Landor’s Poetry. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1968. This analysis of about twenty poems explores, among other things, Landor’s repeated use of subjects and gives a fair picture of his poetic artistry. The author defends Landor and makes a case for the intellectual content of the poems. Some of the lesser verse is shown to have real artistry behind it. Special attention is paid to an analysis of Landor’s use of rhythms. Omitted in the discussion are Landor’s tributes to other writers.
Super, Robert H. Walter Savage Landor: A Biography. New York: New York University Press, 1954. This lengthy, definitive biography replete with accurate detail includes material and documents hitherto ignored or undiscovered. The author corrects previous carelessness, errors in chronology, and other distortions. This fine example of biographical scholarship includes an index and an extensive system of notes and references displaying the meticulous accuracy seen throughout.