Cornell, William Kenneth. The Post-Symbolist Period: French Poetic Currents, 1900-1920. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1958. Includes a perceptive analysis of Sully Prudhomme’s influence on Parnassian theory.
Hunt, Herbert James. The Epic in Nineteenth-Century France. Oxford, England: B. Blackwell, 1941. A thorough study of the epic form as adapted by Parnassian poets. Sully Prudhomme’s epics are discussed at length.
Legge, James Granville. Chanticleer: A Study of the French Muse. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1935. Reprint. Port Washington, N.Y.: Kennikat Press, 1969. Provides an excellent overview of the importance of the Parnassians in the history of French literature. Several of Sully Prudhomme’s poems are analyzed.
Levy, Gayle A. “Refiguring the Muse.” In Currents in Comparative Romance Languages and Literature. Vol. 59. New York: Peter Lang, 1999. Points out how changing attitudes toward gender are reflected in new definitions of the poetic muse. A segment of chapter 3, called “Sully Prudhomme and the Bergsonian Inspiration,” focuses on the early poetry. By connecting chance and inspiration, Sully Prudhomme contributed toward a modern redefinition of the muse. Includes a bibliography.
Manns, James W. Reid and His French Disciples: Aesthetics and Metaphysics. Boston: Brill Academic, 1994. This study of Thomas Reid’s influence on French intellectuals concludes with a discussion of Sully Prudhomme’s works. Includes a bibliography and an index.