Brooks, Van Wyck. “The New England Scene.” In New England: Indian Summer 1865-1915, pp. 66-88. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1940.
Compares Cooke's stories with those of Harriet Beecher Stowe and praises the New England stories of the two writers as superior to others in the field.
Linkon, Sherry Lee. “Fiction as Political Discourse: Rose Terry Cooke's Antisuffrage Short Stories.” In American Women Short Story Writers: A Collection of Critical Essays, edited by Julie Brown, pp. 17-31. New York: Garland Publishing, 1995.
Studies the strong antisuffrage sentiment in Cooke's writings despite her sympathy for downtrodden women oppressed by husbands and fathers.
Makosky, Donald R. Introduction to Rose Terry Cooke's Matred and Tamar, A Drama, by Rose Terry Cooke. Resources for American Literary Study XIV, nos. 1 & 2 (spring/autumn 1984): 1-58.
Introduces the previously unpublished drama, written in the early 1850s and rejected by Putnam's Monthly in 1854.
Pattee, Fred Lewis. “Lowell and ‘The Atlantic Monthly,’” in The Development of the American Short Story, pp. 166-90. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1923.
Discusses the short stories contributed by Cooke to The Atlantic Monthly and other leading nineteenth-century periodicals.
Poole, Ralph J. “Body/Rituals: The (Homo)Erotics of Death in Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Rose Terry Cooke, and Edgar Allan Poe.” In Soft Canons: American Women Writers and Masculine Tradition, edited by Karen L. Kilcup, pp. 239-60. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1999.
Discusses Cooke's short story “My Visitation” as an example of an eroticized death scene involving two women as lovers rather than the usual heterosexual pair discussed by Poe.
Stone, Marjorie. “Bleeding Passports: The Ideology of Woman's Heart in the Fiction of Hawthorne, Freeman, and Cooke.” Atlantis 15, no. 1 (fall 1989): 91-102.
Discusses the stereotypical association of woman with values of the heart as it is treated in the fiction of Cooke and two of her contemporaries.
Additional coverage of Cooke's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 12 and 74.