Branford, Kester Adrian. A Study of Jean-Jacques Bernard’s Théâtre de L’Inexprimé. University, Miss.: Romance Monographs, 1977. Criticism and interpretation of Bernard, with emphasis on the Theater of the Unspoken. Bibliography.
Coindreau, Maurice. La Farce est jouée: Vingt-cinq ans de théâtre français, 1900-1925. New York: Éditions de la Maison Française, 1942. This classic is an imaginative, scholarly, pioneering work on numerous groups or schools of playwrights of the period, including Bernard. In French.
Daniels, May. The French Drama of the Unspoken. 1953. Reprint. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1977. An indispensable study of Bernard and other writers of l’inexprimé (the unexpressed)—including Maurice Maeterlinck, Charles Vildrac, and Denys Amiel. Daniels points out the positive contributions made by these writers in their plays, but she also sees the limitations of such theories.
Knowles, Dorothy. French Drama of the Inter-War Years, 1918-1939. London: Harrap, 1967. A widely available book that deals in literary history, including topics such as the differences between the theater of the boulevard and studio theater and the historical and cultural dimensions of French theater during this era. Contains much information regarding titles, plots, and chronology.
Surer, Paul. Cinquante ans de Théâtre. Paris: Société d’Édition d’Enseignement Supérieur, 1969. A history of French theater from 1919 to the Theater of the Absurd. Surer includes Bernard in a chapter titled “Le Théâtre intimiste,” in which he suggests that the subtleties of the theater of the “unexpressed” may appeal only to a small, sophisticated audience. In French.