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Tolkien's View: Windows into His World (review)

Tolkien's View: Windows into His World (review) Book Reviews Tolkien's View: Windows into His World, by J. S. Ryan. Preface by Peter Buchs. Zurich and Jena: Walking Tree Publishers, 2009. [iv], xvi, 289 pp. Price $23.00 (trade paperback) ISBN 9783905703139. Few now remain of those who brought out the first wave of books on Tolkien in the late 60s and early 70s. William Ready, Clyde S. Kilby, Paul H. Kocher, and Lin Carter are all gone. Of that generation, only two remain active in Tolkien scholarship: Richard C. West (A Tolkien Checklist, 1970) and J.S. Ryan (Tolkien: Cult or Culture?, 1969). And while West's Tolkien Checklist became the guide for many a budding Tolkienist to track down works in the back stacks of university libraries, to discover the joys of Interlibrary Loan, and to join in trades of photocopied or even handcopied material, often across borders and even continents, Ryan's work remained little known, largely because it was published only in Australia and few copies ever reached England or America. And this is a pity, because Ryan's book was ahead of its time: an attempt to comprehensively cover all of Tolkien's published oeuvre, with particular attention to the influence his medieval scholarship had on his http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Tolkien Studies West Virginia University Press

Tolkien's View: Windows into His World (review)

Tolkien Studies , Volume 7 (1) – Aug 25, 2010

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Book Reviews Tolkien's View: Windows into His World, by J. S. Ryan. Preface by Peter Buchs. Zurich and Jena: Walking Tree Publishers, 2009. [iv], xvi, 289 pp. Price $23.00 (trade paperback) ISBN 9783905703139. Few now remain of those who brought out the first wave of books on Tolkien in the late 60s and early 70s. William Ready, Clyde S. Kilby, Paul H. Kocher, and Lin Carter are all gone. Of that generation, only two remain active in Tolkien scholarship: Richard C. West (A Tolkien Checklist, 1970) and J.S. Ryan (Tolkien: Cult or Culture?, 1969). And while West's Tolkien Checklist became the guide for many a budding Tolkienist to track down works in the back stacks of university libraries, to discover the joys of Interlibrary Loan, and to join in trades of photocopied or even handcopied material, often across borders and even continents, Ryan's work remained little known, largely because it was published only in Australia and few copies ever reached England or America. And this is a pity, because Ryan's book was ahead of its time: an attempt to comprehensively cover all of Tolkien's published oeuvre, with particular attention to the influence his medieval scholarship had on his

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Published: Aug 25, 2010

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