Logo

the official online book shop

EXCLUSIVE PRODUCTS - FREE UK DELIVERY - PRINT ON DEMAND BOOKS

Quick Cart

My account

Quick Search

Newsletter Exclusive News & Offers

Join us on Facebook

Product Tolkien On Fairy-Stories is out of stock.

  • Tolkien On Fairy-Stories - 9780007244669

Tolkien On Fairy-Stories

£16.99
Currently out of stock
320
Hardback
Verlyn Flieger and Douglas A. Anderson
01/07/2008
978-0-00-724466-9
false
Quantity: 
J.R.R. Tolkien's "On Fairy-stories" is his most-studied and most-quoted essay, an exemplary personal statement of his views on the role of imagination in literature, and an intellectual tour de force vital for understanding Tolkien's achievement in the writing of The Lord of the Rings.

"On Fairy-stories" comprises about 18,000 words. What is little-known is that when Tolkien expanded the essay in 1943, he wrote many more pages of his views that were originally condensed into or cut from the published version. An estimate is difficult, but these unpublished passages perhaps amount to half again as much writing as the essay itself. These passages contain important elaborations of his views on other writers, and their publication represents a significant addition to Tolkien studies. Included in this new critical study of the work are:

• An introductory essay setting the stage for Tolkien's 1939 lecture (the origin of the essay) and placing it within a historical context.
• A history of the writing of 'On Fairy-stories', beginning with coverage of the original lecture as delivered, and continuing through to first publication in 1947.
• The essay proper as published in corrected form in Tree and Leaf (1964).
• Commentary on the allusions in the text, and notes about the revisions Tolkien made to the text as published in Tree and Leaf.
• Important material not included in the essay as published, with commentary by the editors.

Contained within “On Fairy-stories” are the roots of the tree of tales that bore such glittering fruit in Tolkien’s published and unpublished work. Here, at last, Flieger and Anderson reveal through literary archaeology the extraordinary genesis of this seminal work and discuss, in their engaging commentary, how what Tolkien discovered during the writing of the essay would shape his writing for the rest of his life.
No current reviews
Page Type = 31

© 2014 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, registered in Scotland, Company No. 27389. Registered address: Westerhill Road, Bishopsbriggs, Glasgow G64 2QT. Tolkien, various forms of Tolkien’s signature and monogram, and the titles of Tolkien’s works are registered trade marks of The J.R.R. Tolkien Estate Limited and/or its licensees. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd and The J.R.R. Tolkien Estate Limited expressly reserve all their rights in the content of the site.

© Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved. THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG and the names of the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises under license to New Line Productions, Inc.

(s13)

Upgrade your browser to view this website.

Outdated browsers such as Internet Explorer 6 (released in 2001) do not offer the latest features avaliable in modern browsers.

Older browsers are also no longer supported, and are thus vulnerable to security threats.

Choose your new browser today and enjoy a better online experience