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J.R.R. Tolkien: This Far Land (Critical studies series)

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Gentility and powerlessness: Tolkien and the new class / by Fred Inglis --
Recovery, escape, consolation: Middle-earth and the English fairy tale / by Roger King --
Middle-earth and adolescent / by Janet Menzies --
Tolkien and the '60s / by Nigel Walmsley --
The shape of the narrative in The lord of the rings / by Diana Wynne Jones --
The hasty stroke goes oft astray: Tolkien a
Hardcover, 206 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by Barnes & Noble
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May 09, 2009 James rated it liked it
This was the book of essays I almost had to throw across the room. And did force my wife to hear me rant at length and with unseemly vitriol late at night. The problem here is that lo, I am a (minor) Tolkien nerd, and lo, I am also a (former) English lit person. And I'm picky about my genre criticism, because so much of it is bad. Which means that any given essay is likely to annoy me on at least one front, and if I'm unlucky, both.

(A not-so-brief digression on genre criticism--basically you hav
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Mar 17, 2011 Sarah Hayes rated it it was amazing
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An excellent volume of essays examining Tolkien and his work. I especially enjoyed Diana Wynne Jones' piece on narrative and Nigel Walmsley's piece on Tolkien's place in the sixties. Note to devoted Tolkienites: not every essay is kind to the maker of Middle-earth's legacy, although some of the criticism is well-founded.
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Mar 19, 2014 Zach Sparks rated it really liked it
I must admit that I only read this for the article on narrative by Diana Wynne Jones, which I now realize that I've read somewhere else. I've tried reading the other articles, but they are all so scholarly and dry that I just choked on them.
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