The Fiction of L. Ron Hubbard: A Comprehensive Bibliography and Reference Guide to the Published and Selected Unpublished Works

 
9781870451901: The Fiction of L. Ron Hubbard: A Comprehensive Bibliography and Reference Guide to the Published and Selected Unpublished Works
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"Without a doubt, L. Ron Hubbard is one of the most prolific and influential writers of the twentieth century. Until now, relatively few of his readers have been aware of the true scope of his creative genius. For the first time, this bibliography will allow Mr Hubbard's international audience to fully appreciate the entire range of his productivity, including fiction, non fiction, poetry and music." From the Foreword to the book written by Stephen V. Whaley, Professor of English & Foreign Languages, California Polytechnic University, Pomona.

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Hubbard, the founder of the Church of Scientology, was also a remarkably popular writer of pulp fiction. The two longest sections of this laudatory compilation are those describing chronologically each of Hubbard's fictional works. These sections are well done. Other sections include such lists as "Honors and Awards" and reprints of articles and letters praising Hubbard. The section on "Critical Appreciation" lists one- and two-sentence excerpts that glow with praise for Hubbard, but none gives enough citation information to locate the original. Hubbard's fans might well love this compilation; scholars of popular culture might find its bibliography useful and the book itself a fascinating cultural artifact. However, it would be better if the hymnal paeans to Hubbard were deleted and the "appreciations" replaced with citations to studies and reviews of Hubbard by people who are not members of his flock.
Peter Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., Mich.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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