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J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard and the Birth of Modern Fantasy

(Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy #47)

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The birth of modern fantasy in 1930s Britain and America saw the development of new literary and film genres. J.R.R. Tolkien created modern fantasy with The Lord of the Rings, set in a fictional world based upon his life in the early 20th-century British Empire, and his love of language and medieval literature. In small-town Texas, Robert E. Howard pounded out his own fant ...more
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Published October 31st 2014 by McFarland & Company
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Ed Gosney
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings, Conan, or Superman, and enjoy reading about the historical aspects of the fantasy genre, then McFarland Books might have just what you are looking for.

J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard and the Birth of Modern Fantasy by Deke Parsons is number 47 in McFarland’s Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy series. This volume provides a fascinating look into these fictional worlds of fantasy, giving us background on not just the stories and the wri
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Bill Crew
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
What a mess; it read more like a 10th grade report than a book. The author failed to even address his thesis, and the Tolkien section betrayed a total incomprehension of both the author and his legendarium. A decent REH background section earned an extra star.
Jill
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a scholarly study of the influences upon Tolkien, Howard, et. al., and their influence, in turn, on the genre of fantasy fiction. Tolkien’s Catholicism and experiences in the First World War, for example, are used to show how these elements are later made manifest in his enduring work, The Lord of the Rings. These six chapters had their genesis as a doctoral dissertation by the author. Now holding a Ph.D. in English from Claremont Graduate University, Parsons’ area of expertise covers 20 ...more
Ruth Feathers
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Of course, fantasy's roots go back further, but Parsons' essays provide an insight into us as well as the authors. Nice shout-out to Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in his acknowledgement.
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