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Title:
Tolkien : man and myth
Author:
Pearce, Joseph, 1961-
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Publication Information:
San Francisco : Ignatius Press, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
xiv, 242 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
"First published in Great Britain in 1998 by HarperCollins Publishers"--T.p. verso.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780898708257

9780898707113
Format :
Book

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J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings took first place in a nationwide British poll to find the greatest book of the century He may be the most popular writer of our age, but Tolkien is often misunderstood. This major new study of his life, his character and his work reveals the facts and confronts the myths. It explores the background to the man and the culture in which he wrote.

Tolkien: Man and Myth observes the relationships that the master writer had with his closest literary colleagues. It reveals his unique relationship with C.S. Lewis, the writer of the Narnia books, and the roots of their estrangement. In this original book about a leading literary life, Joseph Pearce enters the world created by Tolkien in the seven books published during his lifetime. He explores the significance of Middle Earth and what it represented in Tolkien's thinking. Myth, to him, was not a leap from reality but a leap into reality.