Alexander, Peter F. Les Murray: A Life in Progress. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. A literary biography. Well researched, drawing on extensive interviews with Murray.
Birkerts, Sven. “The Rococo of His Own Still Center.” Parnassus 15, no. 2 (1989): 31-48. A serious and sympathetic appreciation of Murray’s poetry by a prominent critic. Birkerts highlights those poems most appropriate for inclusion in the Murray “canon,” showing a keen sense of what Murray’s poetic project entails. Among the first thorough treatments of Murray’s poetry in the United States, this is an accessible and useful introduction.
Bourke, Lawrence. A Vivid, Steady State: The Poetry of Les A. Murray. Kensington: New South Wales University Press, 1992. The first full-length academic study of Murray.
Hergenhan, Laurie, and Bruce Clunies Ross, eds. The Poetry of Les Murray: Critical Essays. St. Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 2001. Reprints the essays from a special edition of the journal Australian Literary Studies, devoted to Murray.
Matthews, Steven. Les Murray. New York: Manchester University Press, 2001. A full-length critical study that places Murray in the context of Australian literature and culture.
Murray, Les A. “Les A. Murray.” Interview by Barbara William. In In Other Words: Interviews with Australian Poets, edited by William. Amsterdam: Rodolpi, 1998. Murray speaks of his interest in less conventional poetry, his depression, and poetry in schools.
Smith, Angela, ed. Les Murray and Australian Poetry. London: Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, Kings College London, University of London, 2002. A collection of essays that examine Murray’s poetry and how it relates to Australian and other poets from that nation.
Walcott, Derek. “Crocodile Dandy.” The New Republic 6 (February, 1989): 25-28. This is a generous review by one important poet of another. Walcott makes a case for the international stature of Murray, looking at his extraordinary verbal facility and mastery of form. The sacramental quality of Murray’s poetry is noted, and comparisons are made to such authors as Walt Whitman, Dylan Thomas, and Rudyard Kipling.
Wilde, W. H., ed. The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature. 2d ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995. Includes a lengthy essay on Murray’s career and work.