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Beowulf and the critics

Author: J R R Tolkien; Michael D C Drout; Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
Publisher: Tempe, Ariz. : Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2002.
Series: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies (Series), v. 248.
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The most important essay in the history of Beowulf scholarship, J.R.R. Tolkien's "Beowulf: the monsters and the critics" has been much studied and discussed. But scholars of both Beowulf and Tolkien have to this point been unaware that Tolkien's essay was a redaction of a much longer and more substantial work, Beowulf and the critics, which Tolkien wrote in the 1930s and probably delivered as a series of Oxford  Read more...
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Tolkien, J.R.R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973.
Beowulf and the critics.
Tempe, Ariz. : Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2002
(OCoLC)605957534
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Tolkien, J.R.R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973.
Beowulf and the critics.
Tempe, Ariz. : Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2002
(OCoLC)609997064
Named Person: J R R Tolkien
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J R R Tolkien; Michael D C Drout; Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
ISBN: 0866982906 9780866982900
OCLC Number: 50002235
Language Note: Includes Old English vocabulary and selections.
Description: xix, 461 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: two versions of Tolkien's Oxford lecture notes from which he derived his essay "Beowulf: the monsters and the critics."
Series Title: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies (Series), v. 248.
Responsibility: by J.R.R. Tolkien ; edited by Michael D.C. Drout.
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The most important essay in the history of Beowulf scholarship, J.R.R. Tolkien's "Beowulf: the monsters and the critics" has been much studied and discussed. But scholars of both Beowulf and Tolkien have to this point been unaware that Tolkien's essay was a redaction of a much longer and more substantial work, Beowulf and the critics, which Tolkien wrote in the 1930s and probably delivered as a series of Oxford lectures. This critical edition of Beowulf and the critics presents both unpublished versions of Tolkien's lecture, each substantially different from the other and from the final, published essay. The edition included a description of the manuscript, complete textual and explanatory notes, and a detailed critical introduction that explains the place of Tolkien's Anglo-Saxon scholarship both in the history of Beowulf scholarship and in literary history.

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