J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings took first place in a recent 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.
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Joseph Pearce is a professional biographer and literary researcher. He is the author of Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G K Chesterton, Literary Converts and a novel entitled The Three Y's Men. HarperCollins publish his new biography of Solzhenitsyn in November.Review:
"This fine apologia will certainly shift to some degree our polarised view of Ronald Tolkien... Pearce writes beautifully and with great depth... Even Germaine Greer, the great Tolkien-basher, might have second thoughts after reading him." -- The Tablet
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Book Description HarperCollins Entertainment, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 2740664