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Author Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973.

Title The monsters and the critics : and other essays / J.R.R. Tolkien ; edited by Christopher Tolkien.

Imprint London : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2006.


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Description 240 pages ; 20 cm
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Note Originally published: London: Allen & Unwin, 1983.
Contents Foreword -- 1. Beowulf : the monsters and the critics -- 2. On translating Beowulf -- 3. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight -- 4. On fairy-stories -- 5. English and Welsh -- 6. A secret vice -- 7. Valedictory address.
Summary "The seven 'essays' by J.R.R. Tolkien assembled in this paperback were with one exception delivered as general lectures on particular occasions; and while they mostly arose out of Tolkien's work in medieval literature, they are accessible to all. Two of them are concerned with Beowulf, including the well-known lecture whose title is taken for this book, and one with Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, given to the University of Glasgow in 1953. Also included in this volume is the lecture English and Welsh; the Valedictory Address to the University of Oxford in 1959; and a paper on invented languages delivered in 1931, with exemplification from poems in the Elvish tongues. Most famous of all is On Fairy-stories, a discussion of the nature of fairy-tales and fantasy, which gives insight into Tolkien's approach to the whole genre. The pieces in this collection cover a period of nearly thirty years, beginning six years before the publication of The Hobbit, with a unique 'academic' lecture on his invention (calling it A Secret Vice) and concluding with this farewell to professorship, five years after the publication of The Lord of the Rings."--Cover.
Subject English essays -- 20th century.
English literature -- History and criticism.
English essays. (OCoLC)fst00910809
English literature. (OCoLC)fst00911989
Chronological Term 1900 - 1999
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
ISBN 9780261102637

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