Knight, Jesse F. “Rafael Sabatini: The Swashbuckler as Serious Artist.” Romanticist 9/10 (1985/1986): 1-22. A lengthy discussion of the life and literary career of Sabatini. Provides a list of all his works, including his uncollected short stories and film adaptations of his novels.
McAlpin, Edwin A. “Sin and Its Consequences.” In Old and New Books as Life Teachers. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday Doran, 1928. Summarizes the plot of Scaramouche and analyzes the novel’s characters and themes.
Orel, Harold. The Historical Novel from Scott to Sabatini: Changing Attitudes Toward a Literary Genre, 1814-1920. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1995. A collection of essays that traces the rise and fall in popularity of the historical novel from Sir Walter Scott to Sabatini.
Overton, Grant. “Salute to Sabatini.” Bookman 60, no. 6 (February, 1925): 728-735. Written at the height of Sabatini’s popularity, this tribute discusses the author’s works, praising him as one of the few writers of historical fiction then remaining.
Pilkington, Ace G. “Reviving Sabatini.” Journal of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters 76 (1999): 245-257. Examines the characters and major themes of Sabatini’s significant works while asserting that he is a greater writer than his critics generally claim.
Voorhees, Richard J. “The Return of Sabatini.” South Atlantic Quarterly 78, no. 2 (Spring, 1979): 195-204. This respected scholar asserts that Sabatini’s fiction is superior to the usual historic fiction of his time and deserves to be read again.