The Critical Archive

  • Sonya Kovalevsky; Her Recollections of Childhood, trans. from Russian by Isabel F. Hapgood. With a biography by Anna Carlotta Leffler,
  • trans. from Swedish by AM Clive Bayley, and a Biographical note by Lily Wolffsohn, The Century Co., 1895, reprinted by Leopold Classic Library.
  • Koblitz, Ann Hibner. A Convergence of Lives: Sophia Kovaleskaia, Scientist, Writer, Revolutionary. Boston: Birkhauser, 1983.
  • Kennedy, Don H. Little Sparrow: A portrait of Sophia Kovalevskaya. Athens OH: Ohio Univ. Press, 1983.
  • Cooke, Roger. The Mathematics of Sonya Kovalevskaya, Springer-Verlag, 1984.
  • Kochina, Pelageya. Love and Mathematics: Sofya Kovalevskaya,trans Michael Burov, Mir Publishers Moscow, 1985 revised from Russ ed. of 1981
  • Spicci, Joan. Beyond the Limit: The Dream of Sofya Kovalevskaya. London: Forge Books, 2002.
  • Audin, Michèle. Remembering Sofya Kovaleskaya. London: Springer, 2008.
  • Munro, Alice, ‘Too Much Happiness’, short story published in the August 2009 issue of Harper’s Magazine, featuring Sofia as a main character. also published in a collection of the same name.


  • Perl, Teri. “Sonya Kovalevskaya.” Math Equals: Biographies of Women Mathematicians and Relates Activities. United States and Canada: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1978: 127-137.
  • Rappaport, Karen D. “S. Kovalevsky: A Mathematical Lesson.” The American Mathematical Monthly 88 (October 1981): 564-573.
  • Koblitz, Ann Hibner. “A few words on Sofia Kovalevskaya,” Newsletter of the Association for Women in Mathematics, Vol 13, No. 2 (March/April 1983), 12-14.
  • Koblitz, Ann Hibner. “Sofia Kovalevskaia and the Mathematical Community,” The Mathematical Intelligencer, Vol 6, No. 1 (1984), 20-29. [Response by M.R. Chowdhury in Vol 8, No. 4 (1986), 68-72.]
  • Koblitz, Ann Hibner. “Sonya Kovalevskaya,” in Women of Mathematics: A Biobibliographic Sourcebook, Louise S. Grinstein and Paul J. Campbell, Editors, Greenwood Press, 1987, pp103-113.
  • The Legacy of Sonya Kovalevskaya, Proc. Symposium (Oct. 25-28, 1985), Linda Keen, Editor, Contemporary Mathematics, Vol. 64, AMS 1987.
  • Keen, Linda. “Sonya Kowaleskaya – Her Life and Work,” Newsletter of the Association for Women in Mathematics, Vol 7, No. 2 (March/April 1977), 2-6. [Reprinted in Complexities: Women in Mathematics, Bettye Anne Case and Anne Leggett, Editors, Princeton University Press (2005), 52-54.]
  • Reynolds-Jacquez, Kelley. “Sonya Vasilievna Kovalevskaya,” in Notable Mathematicians, Robyn Yound, Editor, Gale Research, 1998, 286-288.
  • Beal, Susan. “Sofya Korvin-Krukovskaya Kovalevskaya,” Notable Women in Mathematics: A Biographical Dictionary, Charlene Marrow and Teri Perl, Editors, Greenwood Press (1998), 102-107.