Fulton, Valerie. “Rewriting the Necessary Woman: Marriage and Professionalism in James, Jewett, and Phelps.” Henry James Review 15, No. 3 (Fall 1994): 242-56.
Explores social and professional options for women as they are portrayed in the works of Henry James, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Elizabeth Phelps.
Kessler, Carol Farley. “A Literary Legacy: Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Mother and Daughter.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 5, No. 3 (Fall 1980): 28-33.
Discusses feminist elements of Phelps's mother's writing that Phelps embraced and expanded upon in her own fiction.
Masteller, Jean Carwile. “The Women Doctors of Howells, Phelps, and Jewett: The Conflict of Marriage and Career.” In Critical Essays on Sarah Orne Jewett, edited by Gwen L. Nagel, pp. 135-47. Boston: G. K. Hall and Co., 1984.
Analyzes differences in the literary treatments of women doctors in works by William Dean Howells, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Phelps.
Ward, Susan. “The Career Woman Fiction of Elizabeth Stuart Phelps.” In Nineteenth-Century Women Writers of the English-Speaking World, edited by Rhoda B. Nathan, pp. 209-19. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1986.
Discusses Phelps's personal ideas on women's education and professions and the way they appear in her writing.
Additional coverage of Phelps's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 74; and Feminist Writers.