Among the books about Ashbery and his work are:
Bartczak, Kacper, In Search of Communication and Community: The Poetry of John Ashbery (series: Polish Studies in English Language and Literature), Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2006.
Bessa, Sergio Antonio, John Ashbery: The Construction of Fiction (exhibition catalog with essay), New York, NY, Pratt Institute, 2018.
Bloom, Harold, ed., John Ashbery (series: Modern Critical Views), New York, NY, Chelsea House, 1985.
Cazé, Antoine, John Ashbery (series: Voix Américaines), Paris, France, Belin, 2000.
DuBois, Andrew, Ashbery's Forms of Attention, Tuscaloosa, AL, Univ. of Alabama Press, 2006.
Earnest, Jarrett, What it Means to Write About Art: Interviews with Art Critics, New York, NY David Zwirner Books, 2018. [Contains interview with John Ashbery as art critic.]
Epstein, Andrew, Beautiful Enemies: Friendship and Postwar American Poetry, Oxford, United Kingdom, Oxford Univ. Press, 2006. [On John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, and Amiri Baraka]
Fletcher, Angus, A New Theory for American Poetry: Democracy, the Environment, and the Future of Imagination, Cambridge, MA, Harvard Univ. Press, 2004. [On John Ashbery, John Clare and Walt Whitman]
Ford, Mark, John Ashbery in Conversation with Mark Ford, London, United Kingdom, Between the Lines, 2003.
Hazzard, Oli, John Ashbery and Anglo-American Exchange: The Minor Eras (Oxford English Monographs), Oxford, United Kingdom, Oxford University Press, 2018.
Herd, David, John Ashbery and American Poetry: Fit to Cope with Our Occasions, Manchester, United Kingdom, Manchester Univ. Press, 2000; New York, NY, Palgrave Macmillan, 2001.
Kelly, Lionel, ed., Poetry and the Sense of Panic: Critical Essays on Elizabeth Bishop and John Ashbery, Amsterdam, Netherlands and Atlanta, GA, Rodopi, 2000.
Lehman, David, The Last Avant-Garde: the Poets of the New York School and the Dynamics of Creativity, New York, NY, Doubleday, 1998.
Lehman, David, ed., Beyond Amazement: New Essays on John Ashbery, Ithaca, NY,Cornell Univ. Press, 1980.
Polizotti, Mark, ed. (introduction, John Yau), They Knew What They Wanted: Poems & Collages, New York, NY, RizzoliElecta, 2018.
Roffman, Karin, The Songs We Know Best: John Ashbery’s Early Life, New York, NY, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.
Schultz, Susan M., ed., The Tribe of John: Ashbery and Contemporary Poetry, Tuscaloosa,AL, Univ. of Alabama Press, 1995.
Shapiro, David, John Ashbery: an Introduction to the Poetry, New York, NY, Columbia Univ. Press, 1979.
Shoptaw, John, On the Outside Looking Out: John Ashbery's Poetry, Cambridge, MA, Harvard Univ. Press, 1994.
Vendler, Helen, Invisible Listeners: Lyric Intimacy in Herbert, Whitman, and Ashbery, Princeton, NJ, Princeton Univ. Press, 2005.
Vincent, John Emil, John Ashbery and You: His Later Books, Athens, GA, Univ. of GeorgiaPress, 2007.
Researchers may browse sections L1 and L2 of the annotated, searchable online catalogue for additional critical texts.
For Ashbery's writings through 1975, the standard reference is:
Kermani, David K., John Ashbery, a Comprehensive Bibliography, including his art criticism, and with selected notes from unpublished materials, New York, NY, Garland, 1976 (244 pp., illus.).
More recent bibliographic information may be found in the annotated, searchable online catalogue of the Ashbery Resource Center archive.