Dudbridge, Glen. The “Hsi-yu chi”: A Study of Antecedents to the Sixteenth-Century Chinese Novel. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1970. Includes bibliography.
Hsia, C. T. The Classic Chinese Novel. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University East Asia Program, 1996. Provides informative critical introduction to The Journey to the West.
Jenner, William J. F., trans. The Journey to the West, by Wu Chengen. 3 vols. Hong Kong: Commercial Press, 1994. Includes an extensive scholarly introduction and notes that address the allegorical significance of the novel.
Liu Ts’un-yan. Wu Ch’eng-en: His Life and Career. Leiden, the Netherlands: E. J. Brill, 1967. Biography of the writer to whom The Journey to the West is attributed.
Plaks, Andrew H. The Four Masterworks of the Ming Novel. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1987. Provides informative critical introduction to the work.
Waley, Arthur, trans. Monkey. 1942. Reprint. New York: Grove Press, 1984. A lively, much-loved translation. Waley, however, translates only about a fourth of the original text, omitting many of the trials undergone by the pilgrims during their journey. See Antony C. Yu and William J. F. Jenner for complete translations.
Wang, Jing. The Story of Stone: Intertextuality, Ancient Chinese Stone Lore, and the Stone Symbolism in “Dream of the Red Chamber,” “Water Margin,” and “The Journey to the West.” Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1992. Compares masterworks of Chinese literature.
Yu, Anthony C., trans. Journey to the West, by Wu Chengen. 4 vols. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1977-1983. A complete translation.