Lyall, R. J. “Alexander Barclay and the Edwardian Reformation 1548-52.” Review of English Studies 20, no. 80 (November 1969): 455-61.
Explores various sources to develop a concrete portrayal of Barclay's life and its importance in literary history.
White, Beatrice. “Introduction: The Life of Alexander Barclay.” In The Eclogues of Alexander Barclay, edited by Beatrice White, pp. i-liv. London: Oxford University Press, 1961.
Explores the controversy surrounding Barclay's life by examining how Barclay's work provides biographical details.
Berdan, John M. “Alexander Barclay, Poet and Preacher.” Modern Language Review 8, no. 3 (July 1913): 290-300.
Illustrates Barclay's method of translation for Ship of Fools and how this text signals a specific timeline and influences.
Nelson, William. Introduction to The Life of St. George, Edited by William Nelson, pp. ix-xxv.: Oxford University Press, 1955.
Identifies the historical background of Barclay's The Life of St. George and events in Barclay's life which influenced the poems publication.
Schultz, John Richie. “The Method of Barclay's Eclogues.” The Journal of English and Germanic Philology 32, no. 4 (October 1933): 549-71.
Examines Barclay's method of writing in the Eclogues and how this method demonstrates Barclay's importance as a writer.
Additional coverage on Barclay's life and career is contained in the following sources published by Thomson Gale: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 132; and Literature Resource Center.