Further Reading

(Poetry Criticism)


Anderson, Wallace L. Edwin Arlington Robinson: A Critical Introduction. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1967, 175 p.

Explores the complexity of Robinson’s work.

Barnard, Ellsworth. Edwin Arlington Robinson: A Critical Study. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1952,.

Study of Robinson's works.

Pritchard, William H. “Edwin Arlington Robinson: The Prince of Heartachers.” The American Scholar 48, No. 1 (Winter 1978-79): 89-100.

Argues that the most interesting aspect of Robinson's work is not his ideas, but Robinson’s poetic voice.

Rein, David. “The Appeal of ‘Richard Cory.’” The CEA Critic 26, No. 2 (November 1963): 6.

Argues that Robinson's choice of British-sounding words in “Richard Cory” evokes the class divide between Richard Cory and the townspeople who narrate the poem.

Stageberg, Norman C., and Wallace L. Anderson. “Indirection: Irony.” In Poetry As Experience, pp. 189-92. New York: American Book Company, 1952.

Explores the use of irony in “Richard Cory.”

Untermeyer, Louis. “Edwin Arlington Robinson: A Reappraisal.” InEdwin Arlington Robinson: A Reappraisal, pp. 1-25. Washington: U.S. Library of Congress, 1963.

Biographical and critical discussion of Robinson aimed at rescuing him from the shadow of his more widely respected contemporary Robert Frost.

Additional coverage of Robinson's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Concise Dictionary of American Literary Biography 1865-1917; Contemporary Authors, Vols. 104, 133; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 54; DISCovering Authors: Canadian; DISCovering Authors: Most-Studied Authors Module; DISCovering Authors: Poets Module; Major 20th-Century Writers, Editions 1-2; Poetry for Students, Vol. 4; and Twentieth-Century Literature Criticism, Vols. 5, 101.