Aitchison, James. The Golden Harvester: The Vision of Edwin Muir. Aberdeen, Scotland: Aberdeen University Press, 1988. Comprehensive overview and analysis of the entirety of Muir’s poetry.
Gairn, Louisa. “Questioning Our Place in the World: The Significance of Pastoral in the Work of Edwin Muir.” In New Versions of Pastoral: Post-Romantic, Modern, and Contemporary Responses to the Tradition, edited by David James and Philip Tew. Madison, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2009. Citing Muir’s break with the pastoral in his family’s move from the Orkney Islands to Glasgow, Gairn explores Muir’s use of pastoral elements and his relationship with technology.
Kinzie, Mary. “Edwin Muir and the Primal World.” In By Herself: Women Reclaim Poetry, edited by Molly McQuade. St. Paul, Minn.: Graywolf Press, 2000. Kinzie analyzes Muir’s poetry and discusses its relationship to An Autobiography.
McCulloch, Margery. Edwin Muir: Poet, Critic and Novelist. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1993. An introduction to the poetry, criticism, and fiction of Muir intended for students and for the general audience.
MacLachlan, C. J. M., and D. S. Robb, eds. Edwin Muir: Centenary Assessments. Aberdeen, Scotland: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 1990. A significant collection of essays on Muir’s work. Essayists in the collection consider biographical connections to his work as well as literary analysis of specific works.
Mellown, Elgin W. Edwin Muir. Boston: Twayne, 1979. Good basic introduction to the life and work of Muir. Three chapters concentrate on the poetry. Includes chronology, biography, and bibliography.
Whyte, Christopher. Modern Scottish Poetry. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2004. Examines Muir’s work in the context of Scottish poetry from the beginning of World War II until 1999. Muir is one of twenty Scottish poets discussed.
Wiseman, Christopher. Beyond “The Labyrinth”: A Study of Edwin Muir’s Poetry. Victoria, B.C.: Sono Nis Press, 1978. Canadian poet Wiseman offers an in-depth and sometimes critical view of Muir’s poetry, examining the structure and development of some of Muir’s best-known work.