Barth, Ilene. “A Rake’s Progress on Four Continents.” Newsday June 1, 1989. This review of My Secret History gives a detailed plot summary of this lengthy novel. Barth compares it to Theroux’s “prickly travelogues,” noting the similarities between his fiction and his life.
Baumgold, Julie. “Fellow Traveler.” Esquire 126 (September, 1996): 184. This informal conversation with Theroux provides some insight into the author’s method of blending fact and fiction as part of his creative process.
Beecroft, Simon. “Sir Vidia’s Shadow: V. S. Naipaul, the Writer, and The Enigma of Arrival.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature 35, no. 1 (2000): 71-85. Presents a structural analysis of Theroux’s book on the breakdown of his long friendship with Naipaul, comparing it with Naipaul’s own book The Enigma of Arrival.
Bell, Robert F. “Metamorphoses and Missing Halves: Allusions in Paul Theroux’s Picture Palace.” Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction 22, no. 3 (1981): 17-30. Discusses concepts of the interchangeability of identities, the double image, and the gap existing between art and life.
Burns, Jim. “The Travels of Theroux: Seventeen Books Pay for a Lot of Train Tickets.” Herald Examiner (Los Angeles), May, 1988. This interview with Theroux provides a good sketch of what motivates him to write, to travel, and to write about traveling. Some biographical information is also included.
Coale, Samuel. Paul Theroux. Boston: Twayne, 1987. Part of Twayne’s United States Authors series, this book provides a comprehensive look at Theroux’s work as well as providing a chronology of events in the author’s life. Includes references for each chapter and a bibliography of both primary and secondary sources and an index.
Glaser, E. “The Self-Reflexive Traveler: Paul Theroux on the Art of Travel and Travel Writing.” Centennial Review 33 (Summer, 1989): 193-206. This article provides more insight into what motivates Theroux’s writing and traveling. This in-depth profile and interview of Theroux is invaluable in the light of the scarcity of book-length works about him; includes some references.
Kerr, Douglas. “A Passage to Kowloon Tong: Paul Theroux and Hong Kong, 1997.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature 34, no. 2 (1999): 75-84. Discusses Theroux’s representation in his novel of the transfer of power over Hong Kong from Britain to China, and the response to the novel in Hong Kong and China.
O’Connor, Teresa F. “Jean Rhys, Paul Theroux, and the Imperial Road.” Twentieth Century Literature 38 (Winter, 1992): 404-414. Considers the possible influence of Rhys’s unpublished manuscript “Imperial Road” on Theroux’s work.