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Shippey, T. A.

Works: 84 works in 406 publications in 11 languages and 12,003 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry  Fantasy fiction  Short stories  Study guides  Bibliography  Fiction  Juvenile works  Essays  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, wpr, Honoree, Author of introduction, Other, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., win, Interviewee, Arranger
Classifications: PR6039.O32, 829.3
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Most widely held works about T. A Shippey
Most widely held works by T. A Shippey
J.R.R. Tolkien : author of the century by T. A Shippey( Book )

34 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 2,253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyzes Tolkien's "The Hobbit," "The Lord of the Rings," "The Silmarillion," and his lesser works, and explains how his works tie into storytelling tradition dating back to Grimms' fairy tales and "Beowulf."
The road to Middle-Earth by T. A Shippey( Book )

52 editions published between 1982 and 2008 in 6 languages and held by 1,930 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Road to Middle-earth, Tom Shippey's classic work, now revised and expanded in paperback explores J.R.R. Tolkien's creativity and the sources of his inspiration. Shippey shows in detail how Tolkien's professional background led him to write The Hobbit and create a timeless charm for millions of readers. He argues convincingly that the source of Tolkien's inspiration lay not just in his love of fable but in his love of language. While examining the foundations and literary structures of Tolkien's most popular work, The Lord of the Rings, in rich detail, Shippey also discusses the contribution of The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales to Tolkien's great myth cycle, showing how the more "difficult" books can be fully appreciated. He goes on to examine the remarkable twelve-volume History of Middle-earth, written by Tolkien's son and literary heir Christopher Tolkien, which traces the creative and technical processes by which Middle-earth evolved."--Jacket
The Oxford book of fantasy stories by T. A Shippey( Book )

20 editions published between 1993 and 2003 in English and held by 923 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A century's worth of the exotic and the fantastic. The stories range from Richard Garnett's "The Demon Pope," a story on soul-selling, to Terry Prachett's amusing "Troll Bridge, " in which Cohen the Barbarian philosophizes on the decline of magic
Beowulf by Elaine S Skill( Book )

40 editions published between 1978 and 2014 in English and Japanese and held by 693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tom Shippey provides the reader with a contextual introduction to Beowulf and a guide to the 18th and 19th century scholarship that generated the Beowulf commentaries. He provides a powerful tool for studying this major text of the 'Northern Renaissance'
Poems of wisdom and learning in Old English by T. A Shippey( Book )

20 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in 5 languages and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Magill's guide to science fiction and fantasy literature( Book )

3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"These four volumes cover 791 books or series, 238 of them published during the 1980s and 1990s. the entries are 1,000 words long for single books and 1,500 for series, with a one-sentence summary beginning each entry followed by bibliographical information ... Volume 4 contains an extensive bibliography of critical works on science fiction and fantasy, a list of major award winners, a genre index." Booklist
Old English verse by T. A Shippey( Book )

12 editions published in 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fiction 2000 : cyberpunk and the future of narrative( Book )

10 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fictional space : essays on contemporary science fiction( Book )

10 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fictional Space consists of eight essays by British and American critics on science fiction. The contributors have written especially on the most recent science fiction, taking account of the field's resurgence since what seemed a 'played-out' period in the 1970s. Fictional Space analyses the development of the postmodern science fiction in 'cyberpunk' and other forms; the treatment of political 'taboo areas' such as the Vietnam War and the decline of American hegemony; altered attitudes to 'text', seen in different essays and different images as decayed and abandoned, or as transmuted by technology into newly eternal formats. Among the questions asked are, why is science fiction so different to read, and why do so many sophisticated readers refuse to read it? Can science fiction exist without relevance or 'referentiality' to the society that produces it? Can it be related in normal literary ways to the real-life experiences or frustrations of its authors? -- from back cover
The complete Old English poems by T. A Shippey( Book )

6 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the riddling song of a bawdy onion that moves between kitchen and bedroom to the thrilling account of Beowulf's battle with a treasure-hoarding dragon, from the heart-rending lament of a lone castaway to the embodied speech of the cross upon which Christ was crucified, from the anxiety of Eve, who carries "a sumptuous secret in her hands / And a tempting truth hidden in her heart," to the trust of Noah who builds "a sea-floater, a wave-walking / Ocean-home with rooms for all creatures," the world of the Anglo-Saxon poets is a place of harshness, beauty, and wonder. Now for the first time, the entire Old English poetic corpus--including poems and fragments discovered only within the past fifty years--is rendered into modern strong-stress, alliterative verse in a masterful translation by Craig Williamson. Accompanied by an introduction by noted medievalist Tom Shippey on the literary scope and vision of these timeless poems and Williamson's own introductions to the individual works and his essay on translating Old English poetry, the texts transport us back to the medieval scriptorium or ancient mead-hall, to share a herdsman's recounting of the story of the world's creation or a people's sorrow at the death of a beloved king, to be present at the clash of battle or to puzzle over the sacred and profane answers to riddles posed over a thousand years ago. This is poetry as stunning in its vitality as it is true to its sources. Were Williamson's idiom not so modern, we might think that the Anglo-Saxon poets had taken up the lyre again and begun to sing once more" -- From the publisher
Poets and prophets : essays in medieval studies by Geoffrey Shepherd( Book )

7 editions published in 1990 in English and Italian and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Medievalism in the modern world : essays in honour of Leslie J. Workman by Richard J Utz( Book )

10 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revisiting the poetic Edda : essays on Old Norse heroic legend by Paul Acker( Book )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bringing alive the dramatic poems of Old Norse heroic legend, this new collection offers accessible, ground-breaking and inspiring essays which introduce and analyse the exciting legends of the two doomed Helgis and their valkyrie lovers; the dragon-slayer Sigurðr; Brynhildr the implacable shield-maiden; tragic Guðrún and her children; Attila the Hun (from a Norse perspective!); and greedy King Fróði, whose name lives on in Tolkien's Frodo. The book provides a comprehensive introduction to the poems for students, taking a number of fresh, theoretically-sophisticated and productive approaches to the poetry and its characters. Contributors bring to bear insights generated by comparative study, speech act and feminist theory, queer theory and psychoanalytic theory (among others) to raise new, probing questions about the heroic poetry and its reception. Each essay is accompanied by up-to-date lists of further reading and a contextualisation of the poems or texts discussed in critical history. Drawing on the latest international studies of the poems in their manuscript context, and written by experts in their individual fields, engaging with the texts in their original language and context, but presented with full translations, this companion volume to The Poetic Edda: Essays on Old Norse Mythology (Routledge, 2002) is accessible to students and illuminating for experts. Essays also examine the afterlife of the heroic poems in Norse legendary saga, late medieval Icelandic poetry, the nineteenth-century operas of Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, and the recently published (posthumous) poem by Tolkien, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún."--
Hard reading : learning from science fiction by T. A Shippey( Book )

9 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Magic Art and the Evolution of Words: Ursula Le Guin's "Earthsea" Trilogy -- SF and Politics -- 11 Introduction A First Encounter with Politics -- The Cold War in Science Fiction, 1940-1960 -- 12 Introduction Language Corruption, and Rocking the Boat -- Variations on Newspeak: The Open Question of Nineteen Eighty-Four -- 13 Introduction Just Before the Disaster -- The Fall of America in Science Fiction -- 14 Introduction Why Politicians, and Producers, Should Read Science Fiction -- The Critique of America in Contemporary Science Fiction
Old English philology : studies in honour of R.D. Fulk by Leonard Neidorf( Book )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays bringing out the crucial importance of philology for understanding Old English texts
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J.R.R. Tolkien : author of the century
Alternative Names

controlled identityHolm, John

Shippey, T.A.

Shippey, T. A. 1943-

Shippey, T. A. (Thomas Alan)

Shippey, Thomas A. 1943-

Shippey, Thomas Alan.

Shippey, Thomas Alan 1943-

Shippey, Tom.

Shippey Tom 1943-....

Shippey, Tom A. 1943-

Shippi, Tom A.

Shippi, Tom A., 1943-

Thomas Alan Shippey britischer Mediävist und Autor

Thomas Alan Shippey universitaire

Tom Shippey accademico britannico

Tom Shippey Brits auteur

Tom Shippey estudioso británico de la literatura medieval y de los géneros de la fantasía y la ciencia ficción modernas

Томас Алан Шиппи

シッピー, T. A

シッピー, トム


The road to Middle-EarthThe Oxford book of fantasy storiesBeowulfMagill's guide to science fiction and fantasy literatureFiction 2000 : cyberpunk and the future of narrativePoets and prophets : essays in medieval studies