Brebner, John Bartlet. “Political and Other Interludes.” In The Explorers of North America, pp. 314-36. Cleveland, Ohio: Meridian Books, The World Publishing Company, 1964.
Study originally published in 1933 gives a brief account of Hearne's importance as an explorer and argues that his inability to find a Northwest Passage from the Hudson Bay to the Pacific Ocean proved once and for all that such a waterway did not exist.
Goldman, Marlene. “A Taste of the Wild: A Critique of Representations of Natives as Cannibals in Late-Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Canadian Exploration Literature.” In Multiculturalism and Representation: Selected Essays, ed. John Rieder and Larry E. Smith, pp. 43-64. Honolulu: College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature, University of Hawaii, 1996.
Examines depictions of aboriginals as cannibals in the narratives of Hearne and fellow explorer David Thompson.
Greenfield, Bruce. “The Rhetoric of British and American Narratives of Exploration.” Dalhousie Review 1 (spring 1985): 56-65.
Compares Hearne's narrative of exploration with those of Americans Lewis and Clark, showing how the accounts differ in their depictions of the Native-Anglo conflict and North American identity.
MacLaren, I.S. “Exploring Canadian Literature: Samuel Hearne and the Inuit Girl.” Probing Canadian Culture, edited by Peter Easingwood, Konrad Groß, and Wolfgang Klooß, pp. 87-106. Augsburg: AV-Verlag, 1991.
Notes the extensive inclusion of Hearne's description of the massacre at Bloody Fall in anthologies of Canadian literature; evaluates the influence of scenes of torture on subsequent Canadian literature.
———. “Notes on Samuel Hearne's Journey from a Bibliographical Perspective.” Papers/Cahiers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada 31, no. 2 (Fall 1993): 21-45.
Examines discrepancies between the two manuscript versions of Hearne's field notes and Journey from Prince of Wales's Fort; analyzes and interprets the bibliographical features of all editions and translations of Hearne's Journey.
Tyrrell, J. B. Introduction to Journals of Samuel Hearne and Philip Turnor, pp. 3-94. Toronto: The Champlain Society, 1934.
Provides biographical information and describes the many expeditions Hearne led in service of the Hudson Bay Company from the late 1760s through the late 1780s.
———. Editor's Introduction to Hearne: A Journey from Prince of Wales's Fort in Hudson's Bay to the Northern Ocean. 1911. Reprint, pp. 1-23. New York: Greenwood Press, 1968.
Examines the life, character, explorations, and writings of Hearne.
Additional coverage of Samuel Hearne is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 99; and Literature Resource Center.