Dennis, Philip A. “Oliver La Farge, Writer and Anthropologist.” In Literature and Anthropology, edited by Philip Dennis and Wendell Aycock. Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press, 1989. Profiles La Farge as both a writer and an anthropologist, detailing how each discipline complemented the other.
Gillis, Everett A. “Oliver La Farge.” In A Literary History of the American West. Western Literature Association. Fort Worth: Texas Christian University Press, 1987. Gillis traces the career of La Farge as a southwestern writer.
Hecht, Robert A. Oliver La Farge and the American Indian: A Biography. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1991. A thorough biography that focuses on La Farge’s depiction of the Indian world, its social conditions, and La Farge’s role in it as an authority on American Indian culture.
Krefft, James H. “A Possible Source for Faulkner’s Indians: Oliver La Farge’s Laughing Boy.” Tulane Studies in English 23 (1978): 187-192. Speculates that William Faulkner’s portrayal of Indian characters was influenced by La Farge’s Laughing Boy.
La Farge, Oliver. Yellow Sun, Bright Sky: The Indian Country Stories of Oliver La Farge. Edited by David L. Caffey. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1988. A collection of short stories spanning from 1927 to La Farge’s death. The collection reflects La Farge’s change from a pessimistic to more positive viewpoint regarding the survival of Native American cultures. Caffey’s introduction presents a useful biographical sketch of La Farge.
McNickle, D’Arcy. Indian Man: A Life of Oliver La Farge. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1971. A critical biography that was nominated for a National Book Award.
Pearce, Thomas M. Oliver La Farge. New York: Twayne, 1972. Pearce provides a critical and interpretive study of La Farge, with a close reading of his major works, a solid bibliography, and complete notes and references.