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The Writings of Marshall McLuhan and What Has Been Written about Him. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida: Wake-Brook House, 1975, 112 p.
Lists works by and about McLuhan in chronological order from 1934 through 1975.
Marchand, Philip. Marshall McLuhan: The Medium and the Messenger. New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1989, 320 p.
The most comprehensive biography of McLuhan.
Wain, John. "The Incidental Thoughts of Marshall McLuhan." Encounter LXV, No. 1 (June 1985): 11-22.
Reminisces about his friendship with McLuhan.
Compton, Neil. "The Paradox of Marshall McLuhan." New American Review 2 (1968): 77-94.
Discusses the evolution of McLuhan's theories, noting that although his system of values has remained markedly conservative, "recent history has apparently transformed his pessimism into a kind of millennial optimism."
Duffy, Dennis. Marshall McLuhan. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1969, 64 p.
Basic introduction to McLuhan's theories.
Edwards, Thomas R. "McLuhan's Medium." In his Over Here: Criticizing America, 1968–1989, pp. 1-15. New Brunswick, N. J.: Rutgers University Press, 1991.
Maintains that McLuhan's response to the technological advances of the 1950s and 1960s is typical of "serious, adult, bookish souls formed by the literary culture of the twenties and thirties but anxious to feel up to date and touchingly sure that an intelligent reader of Joyce and Eliot can grasp just about anything if he puts his mind to it."
Fekete, John. "Marshall McLuhan: The Critical Theory of Counterrevolution." In his The Critical Twilight: Explorations in the Ideology of Anglo-American Literary Theory from Eliot to McLuhan, pp. 135-189. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1977.
Examines the relationship of McLuhan's theories to a tradition of critical ideology that began with I. A. Richards and T. S. Eliot.
Finkelstein, Sidney. Sense and Nonsense of McLuhan. New York: International Publishers, 1968, 122 p.
Polemical study which concludes that McLuhan's ideas are "a novel and bizarre form of obscurantism. It is that of writing a travesty on knowledge."
Kostelanetz, Richard. "Marshall McLuhan: High Priest of the Electronic Village." In his Master Minds: Portraits of Contemporary American Artists and Intellectuals, pp. 82-114. Toronto: Macmillan, 1967.
Overview of McLuhan's career and major theories.
Miller, Jonathan. Marshall McLuhan. New York: Viking Press, 1971, 133 p.
Unfavorably assesses the major ideas expressed in McLuhan's Gutenberg Galaxy and examines their precedents in the history of ideas.
Schafer, R. Murray. "McLuhan and Acoustic Space." The Antigonish Review, Nos. 62-63 (Summer-Fall 1985): 62-63, 105-113.
Explains McLuhan's concept of "acoustic space."
Scholes, Robert J., and Willis, Brenda J. "Linguists, Literacy, and the Intensionality of Marshall McLuhan's Western Man." In Literacy and Orality, edited by David R. Olson and Nancy Torrance, pp. 215-35. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.
Linguistic study that identifies a fundamental flaw in McLuhan's theory of language.
Stearn, Gerald Emanuel, ed. McLuhan: Hot & Cool. New York: Dial Press, 1967, 312 p.
Primarily positive essay collection that includes assessments by a variety of critics as well as essays by and an interview with McLuhan.
Theall, Donald F. The Medium Is the Rear View Mirror: Understanding McLuhan. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1971, 261 p.
Balanced examination of McLuhan's theories and the critical response to his ideas.
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