Adams, Jeffrey, ed. Mörike’s Muses: Critical Essays on Eduard Mörike. Columbia, S.C.: Camden House, 1990. Ten scholarly essays provide textual and thematic analysis of Mörike’s poetry; a number suggest sources for the poet’s inspiration and comment on the psychological dimensions of his creative drive.
Mare, Margaret. Eduard Mörike: The Man and the Poet. 1957. Reprint. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1973. Detailed, comprehensive biography interweaves analysis of the poetry into Mörike’s life story. Quotations from the works are presented in the original German.
Rennert, Hal H. Eduard Mörike’s Reading and the Reconstruction of His Extant Library. New York: Peter Lang, 1985. Focuses on the poet’s reading to show how other writers influenced the development of Mörike’s poetry and how his works reflect his debt to his literary masters.
Slessarev, Helga. Eduard Mörike. New York: Twayne, 1970. Sketches the poet’s life and reviews the major works, providing textual analysis and concentrated examination of poetic form in Mörike’s lyrics. Includes an assessment of Mörike’s appeal to modern-day readers.
Stern, J. P. Idylls and Realities: Studies in Nineteenth-Century German Literature. New York: Frederick Ungar, 1971. Includes a chapter on Mörike that describes his accomplishments as a lyricist, claiming the poet “excels at showing man in contact with the natural world.” Explicates a number of the poems.
Ulrich, Martin Karl. Eduard Mörike Among Friends and “False Prophets”: The Synthesia of Literature, Music, and Art. New York: Peter Lang, 1996. Examines the images in Mörike’s poetry, his novella about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and the Mörike poems that Hugo Wolf and other composers set to music.
Youens, Susan. Hugo Wolf and His Mörike Songs. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000. Examines the collaboration between Mörike and Wolf, a Viennese composer who set fifty-three of Mörike’s poems to music. Describes how the two men had different ideas about the arts and how Wolf’s own experiences and ideas are reflected in the songs that resulted from the collaboration.