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J.R.R. Tolkien : author of the century

Author: T A Shippey
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The author's main thesis is that Tolkien is a distinctly 20th-century author and that his works have things in common with those of other 20th-century authors. He argues that fantasy was a common method of dealing with the vision of life for those who served in the wars of the 20th-century-although very different kinds of fantasy emerged in authors like George Orwell, William Golding, and Kurt Vonnegut.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: J R R Tolkien; J R R Tolkien
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: T A Shippey
ISBN: 061812764X 9780618127641
OCLC Number: 49787561
Notes: Originally published: London : HarperCollins, 2000.
Description: xxxv, 347 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Foreword : author of the century --
Hobbit : re-inventing middle-earth --
Lord of the rings (1) : mapping out a plot --
Lord of the rings (2) : concepts of evil --
Lord of the rings (3) : the mythic dimension --
Silmarillion : the work of his heart --
Shorter works : doubts, fears, autobiographies --
Afterword : the followers and the critics.
Responsibility: T.A. Shippey.

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The author's main thesis is that Tolkien is a distinctly 20th-century author and that his works have things in common with those of other 20th-century authors. He argues that fantasy was a common method of dealing with the vision of life for those who served in the wars of the 20th-century-although very different kinds of fantasy emerged in authors like George Orwell, William Golding, and Kurt Vonnegut.

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