Bagby, Lewis. “Bestužev-Marlinskij's ‘Mulla Nur’: A Muddled Myth to Rekindle Romance.” Russian Literature 11, no. 2 (February 15, 1982): 117-28.
Maintains that in his last fictional work, Bestuzhev fails to bring together its disparate elements in a coherent manner.
———. “Bestužev-Marlinskij: Personality-Persona.” Russian Literature 22, no. 3 (October 1, 1987): 247-310.
Considers the true identity of Bestuzhev, which is often erroneously considered identical to the public image he projected.
Čiževskij, Dmitrij. “Romantic Prose.” In History of Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature: Volume I. The Romantic Period, edited by Serge A. Zenkovsky, translated by Richard Noel Porter, pp. 97-134. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 1974.
Contains a brief overview of Bestuzhev's life and prose works.
Karlinsky, Simon. “Bestužev-Marlinskij's Journey to Revel' and Puškin.” In Puškin Today, edited by David M. Bethea, pp. 59-72. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1993.
Discusses the influence of Bestuzhev's travelogue Journey to Revel on two of the mature works of Pushkin.
Leighton, Lauren G. “Marlinskij's ‘Ispytanie’: A Romantic Rejoinder to Evgenij Onegin.” Slavic and East European Journal 13, no. 2 (summer 1969): 200-16.
Discusses Bestuzhev's criticism of Pushkin's Eugene Onegin and compares the first six chapters of Pushkin's tale with Bestuzhev's own early prose works, particularly “Ispytanie.”
———. “Marlinsky.” Russian Literature Triquarterly 3 (1972): 249-68.
Provides an overview of Bestuzhev's life and career with an emphasis on his literary criticism and his prose tales.
———. “Bestuzhev-Marlinskii's ‘The Frigate Hope’: A Decembrist Puzzle.” Canadian Slavonic Papers 22, no. 2 (June 1980): 173-86.
Analyzes The Frigate “Hope” as an adventure tale, as an allegory of its author's part in the Decembrist movement, and as a hidden textual message to those readers with an insider knowledge of the Decembrist plot.
Proffer, Carl R. “Washington Irving in Russia: Pushkin, Gogol, Marlinsky,” Comparative Literature 20, no. 4 (fall 1967): 329-42.
Studies Irving's influence on Marlinsky's use of fictitious narrators and framing devices.
Additional coverage of Bestuzhev's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 198; Literature Resource Center.