This is a very readable introduction to JRR Tolkien's work and illustrates why he is the most popular of twentieth-century writers.
Examining the novels and other writings, Andrew Blake shows how Tolkien's mastery of language, his establishing of a fully-fledged alternative mythology, and his brave way of looking at difficult questions, have helped to inaugurate a new way of writing which re-established "fantasy" as a late twentieth-century genre. Tolkien can help us all understand the contemporary world.
This book focuses on:
- Tolkien's life and influences
- The novels, shorter stories, and other writings
- Tolkien's recurring use of sources from history, literature and mythology
- The critical responses to Tolkien's work
- Tolkien's influence on younger writers, and on our popular culture
The facts . . . the concepts . . . the ideas . . .
- Publication Date:
- 06 / 01 / 2003
- 129 x 195mm