Ross Lockridge, Jr. Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Leggett, John. Ross and Tom: Two American Tragedies. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1974, 447 p.

Explores the great successes and sudden tragic deaths of Lockridge and novelist Tom Heggen.

Lockridge, Laurence. Shade of the Raintree: The Life and Death of Ross Lockridge, Jr. New York: Viking Penguin, 1994, 500 p.

Biography by Lockridge's son explores Lockridge's life, suicide, and the impact of his death on his family.

———. “Least Likely Suicide: The Search for My Father, Ross Lockridge, Jr., Author of Raintree County.Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior 25, No. 4 (Winter 1995): 429-35.

Examination by Lockridge's son of the possible biological and societal reasons for Lockridge's suicide.


Basso, Hamilton. “Two Novels: ‘Raintree County’ and ‘The Aunt's Story.’” The New Yorker 23, No. 47 (10 January 1948): 79-80.

Scathing review in which Hamilton calls Raintree County a “swollen and pretentious human chronicle” and misspells Lockridge's name throughout.

Harrington, Alan. “Memorandum.” Chicago Review 26, No. 3 (1974): 153-64.

Discusses the biography Ross and Tom, finding that the book offers a romanticized picture of the American writer as tragic failure.

Kutner, Nanette. “Ross Lockridge, Jr.—Escape from Main Street.” In The Saturday Review Gallery, pp. 387-93. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1959.

Recounts an interview the author did with Lockridge.

White, Ray Lewis. “Raintree County and the Critics of '48.” MidAmerica 11 (1984): 149-70.

Reprints highlights from reviews of Raintree County immediately following its publication.

Additional coverage of Lockridge's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 108, 145; Contemporary Authors New Revision, Vol. 79; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 143; Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook, 1980; 20th Century Romance and Historical Writers.