Barratt, Andrew. Yurii Olesha’s “Envy.” Birmingham, England: University of Birmingham, 1981. Focuses on Olesha’s masterpiece.
Beaujour, Elizabeth K. The Invisible Land: A Study of the Artistic Imagination of Iurii Olesha. New York: Columbia University Press, 1970. A book-length study.
Cornwell, Neil. “The Principle of Distortion in Olesha’s Envy.” Essays in Poetics 5, no. 1 (1980). Analyzes the technical aspects of Olesha’s creation of satire.
Green, Michael, and Jerome Katsell. “Olesha and the Theater.” In Yury Olesha: The Complete Plays. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Ardis, 1983. A succinct overview of Olesha’s plays and of his career as a writer, paying special attention to how he converted his fiction into plays.
Harkins, William E. “No Day Without a Line: The World of Iurii Olesha.” In Russian Literature and American Critics, edited by Kenneth N. Brostrom. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1984. Discusses Olesha’s satirical worldview.
Peppard, Victor. The Poetics of Yury Olesha. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 1989. Analyzes Olesha’s literary language.
Rudnitsky, Konstantin. Meyerhold the Director. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Ardis, 1981. An authoritative study of Meyerhold’s work as a director, touching on his dealings with Olesha in staging his plays. Serves as a history of the Russian theater in the first half of the twentieth century, in which Olesha played a brief but important role.
Salys, Rimgaila, ed. Olesha’s Envy: A Critical Companion. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 1999. A collection of essays that offer a helpful guide to Olesha’s novel.
Tucker, Janet G. Revolution Betrayed: Jurij Olesha’s “Envy.” Columbus, Ohio: Slavica, 1996. Examines political and social issues present in Envy and The Conspiracy of Feelings, focusing on the role of intellectuals and literature in relation to the revolution and ensuing Soviet system.