Dana, Richard Henry, III. "Richard Henry Dana, Sr." In Later Years of the Saturday Club, 1870-1920, edited by M. A. DeWolfe Howe, pp. 36-42. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1927.
A brief biographical sketch of Dana by his grandson.
"Richard Henry Dana." Harper's Weekly XXIII, No. 1156, (22 February 1879): 142.
A brief obituary essay which addresses Dana's friendship with William Cullen Bryant, his poetry, and the success of his lectures on Shakespeare.
Hunter, Doreen M. Richard Henry Dana, Sr. Boston: Twayne, 1987, 146 p.
A biographical and critical study which considers Dana's career in the context of American literary, intellectual, and religious culture.
Weinstein, Bernard. "Bryant and Dana: The Anatomy of a Friendship." In William Cullen Bryant and His America: Centennial Conference Proceedings, 1878-1978, edited by Stanley Brodwin, Michael D'Innocenzo, and Joseph G. Astman, pp. 51-66. New York: AMS Press, 1983.
A biographical essay which discusses the long personal and literary association between Dana and William Cullen Bryant.
Adams, Nehemiah. Review of Dana's Poems and Prose Writings. Literary and Theological Review I, No. 1 (January 1834): 214-38.
A generally favorable review which hails Dana as a "moral discoverer," and focuses on "The Buccaneer" and "Paul Felton."
Brown, Samuel Gilman. Review of Poems and Prose Writings. The North American Review LXXII, No. CL (January 1851): 115-51.
A long and favorable review which provides a critical discussion of Dana's essays and analyzes several of his major poems.
Review of Prose Writings by Richard Henry Dana. Knickerbocker XXXVIII, No. 5 (November 1851): 542-46.
A review focusing on three essays from the second volume of Dana's Poems and Prose Writings which finds Dana's view of the past "glaringly exaggerated" and romantic.