Understanding The Lord of the Rings (Understanding Great Literature)

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The three books making up J.R.R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy were among the most popular of the twentieth century and remain widely acclaimed classics of modern literature. This enlightening study begins with an overview of Tolkien's life and works, then examines his writing of the trilogy. Also included are a synopsis of the plot, profiles of the main characters, an analysis of major themes, and commentaries by literary critics.

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"A review of the novel's critical analysis includes many sources. A list of thought-provoking discussion question and essay subject is included. The book is illustrated with black-and-white reproductions of period paintings, portraits...and stills. A useful addition that will serve both teachers and students well."
-- School Library Journal (September 2001) (School Library Journal 20010901)

"With its simple format and clear writing, Thrasher's book will appeal to younger students or those who are intimidated by literary assignments."
-- School Library Journal (July 2002) (School Library Journal 20020701)

"Clearly written, easy-to-understand book...A copious notes section, a section for further exploration, questions and ideas for themes and essays, and an appendix of literary criticism make this an invaluable teaching and/or library resource. Many black-and-white sketches, drawings, and photos create further interest in this...literary history."
-- School Library Journal (April 2001) (School Library Journal 20010401)

"Major characters are covered in detail, and minor characters in brief. Well-organized, prolific notes document chapters for ease in further research. The writing is informative and clear with no glaring biases. A useful tool for unlocking a literary masterpiece."
-- School Library Journal (April 2001) (School Library Journal 20010401)

"Each book includes biographical information; historical context; details about plot, characters, and themes; a chronology; source notes; and a bibliography. The literary criticism is lucid without being simplistic. For junior-high and high-school students as well as the adults interested in what teens read."
-- Booklist (March 2001) (Booklist 20010301)

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