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Barrett, David V. “The Breakdown of All Communication.” New Scientist 126, no. 1711 (7 April 1990): 59.

Barrett describes Verbivore as impenetrable and unrewarding, concluding that it ultimately fails as a novel.

Birch, Sarah. Christine Brooke-Rose and Contemporary Fiction, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994, 253 p.

Birch offers a critical examination of Brooke-Rose's career, identifying three distinct phases in the author's literary development.

Disch, Thomas M. “Rock of Phages.” New York Times Book Review (3 August 1986): 10.

Disch discusses Brooke-Rose's unique narrative style in Xorandor.

Friedman, Ellen J., and Richard Martin, editors. Utterly Other Discourse: The Texts of Christine Brooke-Rose, Normal, Ill.: Dalkey Archive Press, 1995, 232 p.

Friedman and Martin present a selection of critical essays examining Brooke-Rose's oeuvre.

Morton, Brian. Review of Verbivore, by Christine Brooke-Rose. Times Educational Supplement, no. 3844 (2 March 1990): 33.

Morton evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of Verbivore.

Additional coverage of Brooke-Rose's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: British Writers Supplement, Vol. 4; Contemporary Authors, Vols. 13-16R; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vols. 58, 118; Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol. 40; Contemporary Novelists, Ed. 7; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 14, 231; Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century, Ed. 3; Literature Resource Center; and St. James Guide to Science Fiction Writers, Ed. 4.

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