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    DescriptionThe definitive critical study of Tolkien's greatest works by the respected and world renowned Tolkien scholar Professor T.A. Shippey. Following the unprecedented and universal acclaim for The Lord of the Rings, the respected academic and world-renowned Tolkien scholar, Professor Tom Shippey, presents us with a fascinating and informed companion to the world of J.R.R. Tolkien, in particular focusing on The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. Written in a clear and accessible style, Tolkien: Author of the Century reveals why all of these books will be timeless, and shows how even such complex works as The Silmarillion can be read enjoyably. Taking issue with the uninformed criticism that has often been levelled at Tolkien and fantasy in general, Professor Shippey offers a new approach to Tolkien, to fantasy and to the importance of language in literature, and demonstrates how his books form part of a live and continuing tradition of storytelling that can trace its roots back through Grimm's Fairy Tales to the Elder Edda and Beowulf.

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    Author of the Century
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tom Shippey
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 376 g
    ISBN 13: 9780261104013
    ISBN 10: 0261104012

    BIC subject category V2: DSK, BG
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AB
    DC21: 823.912
    BIC E4L: LIT
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.5
    BIC subject category V2: DSBH
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25740
    BIC subject category V2: 2AB
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    Thema V1.0: DNB, DSK, DSBH
    Illustrations note
    With index
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    20 August 2001
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Professor Tom Shippey taught at Oxford, overlapping chronologically with Professor Tolkien and teaching the same syllabus, giving him an intimate familiarity with the poems and the languages which formed the main stimulus to Tolkien's imagination. He subsequently held the same Chair of English Language and Medieval Literature at Leeds University which Tolkien held early in his career, and currently holds the Walter J. Ong Chair of Humanities at Saint Louis University, USA.
    Review quote
    'Shippey's exploration of Tolkien's themes, especially the nature of evil, is superb' Independent 'A timely, erudite and eminently readable book' Evening Standard 'Shippey's research seems limitless. He writes with unusual clarity and presents his arguments well' Sunday Times 'Scholarly and thorough examination of Tolkien's work!a definitive study' Catholic Herald
    Review text
    Tolkien fanatics are in for a treat with this latest look at his processes of writing, his works and his sources of inspiration. Tolkien's fascination with the relationships between related languages and their history (reflected in his professional interest in Old and Middle English) helped him create the world of the hobbits, according to Shippey, who argues that Tolkien wanted to draw on a past world when he created Middle Earth which he thought existed in a past collective consciousness. An interesting re-examination of the man through his works. (Kirkus UK)