Language and Lewis Carroll, Mouton-DeGruyter. Janua Linguarum, Series Maior, 26. (1970). 245 pp. LC: 73-101966. A scholarly work.
Sticklewort and Feverfew, The Pikestaff Press (1980). A novel.
The Farringford Cadenza, The Pikestaff Press (2007). A novel.
“Succession,” Charlatan #1 (1963). Foldout section on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy
“A View of the Conrad Hilton from the Wabash YMCA,” The Post- Amerikan (1974)
“Fadeout (for Jim Scrimgeour),” [ 1978 ], published electronically on this website (2008)
“On the Spoil Heaps (for Dorothea),” in Applecart #1 (1979), 23 and This Awkward Mud, READ ILLINOIS, Illinois State Library (1984), 11
“Balboa Park,” [ 1984 ], published electronically on this website (2008)
“The Wonderful World,” in Light Year ‘87, ed. Robert Wallace. (Cleveland, OH: Bits Press, 1986), 176
“The Current Occupant of the White House Prepares for War: February, 2003,” published electronically via the Internet in the Poets Against the War Anthology (2003)
"Epitaph for a Prolific Novelist," published electronically on this website (2009)
“Point of Departure,” Big Muddy, 5, #2 (2005), pp. 102-118
"Coffee Break: A ten-minute play," [Four female sex-workers share their nightly coffee break at a 24-hour coffeeshop in Midtown Manhattan. They gossip, talk shop, track each others’ lives. Their friendship is genuine but shallow, for intimacy is difficult on the streets. Their concerns are both immediate and long-term. The clock’s hands advance; winter approaches.] (published
electronically on this website, 2008)
"Childish Things," published electronically on this website (2012)
“‘Tis the Season,” published electronically on this website (2014)
“Hidden Persuaders: Political Ideologies in Literature for Children,” Children’s Literature in Education, 16. #3 (1985), 143-157
"Review of Daniel F. Kirk’s Charles Dodgson, Semeiotician," in Philological Quarterly, XLIII (July, 1964), 429-431
"Review of Roger Pfingston’s Nesting," in The Pikestaff Forum #2 (Winter, 1979), 21
"Review of Curtis White’s Heretical Songs," in The Pikestaff Forum #5 (Spring, 1983), 30
"Thoughts on the Writing of Children’s Literature and A Few Words about Illustrating Children’s Books." Distributed as handouts to creative writing classes, and published electronically on this website June, 2011.
“Forgettable Mysteries: An Exploratory Inquiry”, published as a guest-blog on Murder by 4 (January 11, 2012), and on this website.
“Nine Years to Grow a Raddermelish: or, Self-Publication, The Small Press, and the Joys of Doing-It-Yourself,” The Friends of Milner Library Newsletter, #22 (Spring, 1981), 3-6
“Some Reflections on the Writing of Sticklewort and Feverfew,” SIGNAL (International Reading Association’s Special Interest Group on Literature for the Adolescent Reader), VI, #9 (May, 1981), 1, 3-4, 13
"A Short Course in Creative Writing," as taught by Robert D. Sutherland at Illinois State University, 1974-1992. Primetime Monographs #1 (33 pp.), published electronically on this website (2009). May be downloaded free of charge.
“Conventions of Written English Punctuation Usage: General Guidelines,” ISU Creative Writing classes, 1988
"The Importance of Suspense in Mystery-Writing: How Authors Can Create and Sustain It—And Why They Must." Primetime Monographs #2 (44 pp.), published electronically on this website (2009) and on the blog: http://mystery-writing-vergil.blogspot.com/. May be downloaded free of charge.
"Tact in Mystery Writing", published electronically on the blog Murder by 4, Jan. 1, 2010
"Creating Interesting, Believable Characters," published electronically on the blog Murder by 4, Feb. 1, 2010
"Humor in Mystery Writing," published electronically on the blog Murder by 4, March 1, 2010
“Sex. Intrigue, and Deadly Pursuit—St. Croix, 1981,”
Mystery Readers Journal, 26:3 (Fall 2010), 54–58, on-line at Mystery Readers Journal, and electronically on this website.
Thoughts on the Writing of Children’s Literature and A Few Words about Illustrating Children’s Books. Distributed as handouts to creative writing classes, and published electronically on this website June, 2011.
“Robert D. Sutherland Gives Us an Indepth Insight Into the Creation of His Books, The Farringford Cadenza and Sticklewort and Feverfew” —An interview conducted by Sylvia L. Ramsey in “Thoughtful Reflections,” September 15, 2011. Also published electronically on this website (September 28, 2011).
“Writing a Legacy-Memoir,” a version published as a guest-blog on Buried Under Books in two parts (January 25–26, 2013), ed. by Lelia Taylor; an updated version on the blog Murder by 4 (January 10, 2014), edited by Aaron Lazar; and a further-updated version published electronically on this website (available for free download).
On Editing and Publishing
“Publishing: Politics and Establishment Parochialism,” paper read and distributed at the MMLA Convention, Cincinnati, OH, (Nov. 5, 1982)
“The Self-Publishing Option,” excerpt (modified) from “Publishing: Politics and Establishment Parochialism”, widely distributed over many years
and published electronically on this website
“By Way of Farewell: Looking Back on Nineteen Years of Editing and Producing The Pikestaff Forum,” in The Pikestaff Forum #13 (1996), 24-26
Book Cover Design. Published electronically on this website and on the blogsite http://mystery-writing-vergil.blogspot.com (May 1, 2011)
When Well-Planned Book Marketing Strategies Fail. Published on the blog http://murdermustadvertise.blogspot.com (September 3, 2011), on the blog http://mystery-writing-vergil.blogspot.com (September 4, 20110, and electronically on this website (September 24, 2011).
“Digital hasn’t unlocked door to world without gatekeepers,” under Literary Livelihood, in Literary License, Newsletter of the Society of Midland Authors (May-July, 2012), 7
“The Teaching of English Composition to Gifted High School Students,” Illinois State University Bulletin, LXIII (Nov., 1965). 11-18
(Report of the Summer Institute in English, 1965)
“Education Through Freedom,” Readings for Rhetoric, ed. Frederick P. Kroeger, Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Co., 1969, pp. 469-476
“Some Thoughts on Conceptual Learning and Information Retrieval,”
broadside distributed at Illinois State University (March, 1969)
“Letting Students Be: Report on a Continuing Experiment in Education,” College English, 32, #7 (April, 1971), 733-739
“On Being Parents” (with Marilyn Sutherland), The Post-Amerikan (April/May, 1990), 7
“On Being a Father”, interview by Mary Blick for a college Sociology course in “Family” (1994), published electronically
on this website (2008)
On Political Matters
“FBI Surveillance in Bloomington-Normal: A Local Citizen’s File,” The Post-Amerikan, 14, #3 (June-July, 1985), 4-7. [Printing, and discussing, selections from RDS’s FBI file obtained under the Freedom of Information Act; as a public document paid for by taxpayer’s money]
“Toward Strengthening a Sense of Literary Community,” Illinois Writers Review, 9, # 2 (Winter 1990), 32-43
“Coping with Hate Speech and Hate Crimes,” The Post-Amerikan (Aug/Sept., 1999), 12-13
“How Does One Sustain Oneself as a Social Activist in an Indifferent or Hostile Environment?” presented to the Unitarian Universalist Church, Bloomington, IL (July 9, 2000) published on this website 
“Defending Civil Liberties Against the Government’s ‘War on Terrorism’,” a speech given and distributed in printed form to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington-Normal, IL on March, 2003
“The Essence of Patriotism in a Difficult Time,” The INDY (April 16, 2003), 2
“TASERS: Bloomington’s Own Version of ‘Shock and Awe’?”,
The INDY (April, 2004), lead article
On Various Topics
“Problems of Shared Governance at Illinois State University: Management by Objectives--Catch-phrase of the Seventies”, quotation from panel sponsored by AAUP chapter at, ISU (December, 1974)
“Response to Donald Shields and John Cragan’s ‘The Interfacing of Rhetorical Theory and Computers for Speech Writers,’” delivered to the Rhetoric section of the Midwest Modern Language Association Convention in Chicago, IL (1977)
“Report on the American Writers Congress.” New York (Oct. 9-12, 1981), The Post-Amerikan (Nov.,1981) (eye-witness account and critique)
“Thoughts on Aging,” in round-robin Lifegame Newsletter of David Sutherland’s Pomona College graduating class (1987)
“Businesses learning to live with HIV and AIDS in the
workplace” (with Beth Raboin), Business to Business: McLean
County’s Monthly Business Magazine (May, 1999), 6, 8
“HIV/AIDS: Update on a Growing Epidemic—Are You At Risk of Becoming Infected?”, The INDY (Aug., 2003), 7
Reminiscences of Illinois State University (1964–1975) [discussion of Normal’s Open Housing Demonstrations, Racial Tensions and the Attempt to Re-name the Student Union for Malcolm X, the Strike of Civil Service Employees, Educational Reform and Experimentation, Formation of the Gay Liberation Front and Allen Ginsberg’s Visit, the Campus Peace Movement and Anti-Viet Nam War Protests, FBI Spying on Campus, Threats on Faculty Members’ Lives, Reaction to the Kent State and Jackson State Killings, Efforts to Establish University Student/Faculty Shared Governance, the New Breed of Career Administrators], The INDY (Feb. 2007), 1, 5, 7-8