Barricelli, Gian Piero. Giacomo Leopardi. Boston: Twayne, 1986. Provides complete and intelligent discussion of Leopardi’s work, with detailed treatment of individual poems and prose works. Includes a short but informative section on The War of the Mice and the Crabs. Supplemented with notes, references, selected bibliography, and index.
Bloom, Harold. Genius: A Mosaic of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds. New York: Warner Books, 2002. Leopardi is one of the literary “geniuses” whose work is discussed in this volume. Provides a brief introductory overview of his life, his major works, and his significant literary achievements.
Caserta, Ernesto G. Introduction to The War of the Mice and the Crabs. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, Department of Romance Languages, 1976. Caserta’s introduction to his prose translation of the poem and his presentation of the historical situation of the time are useful for helping readers understand The War of the Mice and the Crabs and Leopardi’s achievement as more than a lyric poet. Includes selected bibliography.
Origo, Iris. Leopardi: A Study in Solitude. 2d ed. 1953. Reprint. New York: Helen Marx Books, 1999. Standard introduction to Leopardi includes discussion of his life and his works.
Perella, Nicolas James. Night and the Sublime in Giacomo Leopardi. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1970. Presents superb discussion of Leopardi the poet. A three-stanza quotation from The War of the Mice and the Crabs in the original Italian may be informative for readers with some knowledge of the language. The quotation is offered as part of an analysis of Leopardi’s use of the sublime. Includes notes.
Press, Lynne, and Pamela Williams. Women and Feminine Images in Giacomo Leopardi, 1798-1837: Bicentenary Essays. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 1999. Examines the role of female characters and feminine imagery in Leopardi’s work, focusing on his cantos. Discusses the influence of contemporary women writers on Leopardi’s literary and intellectual development.
Singh, Ghan Shyam. Leopardi and the Theory of Poetry. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1964. Provides thorough discussion of Leopardi’s aesthetic ideas and practices, including the influence of the ideas of the English Romantics on his work.
Veronese, Cosetta. The Reception of Giacomo Leopardi in the Nineteenth Century: Italy’s Greatest Poet After Dante? Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 2008. Examines the reception for Leopardi’s work within the context of the Risorgimento, the movement for Italian unification, and the context of nineteenth century European culture generally.