Joseph Chilton Pearce Tolkien: Man and Myth

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Tolkien: Man and Myth

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A controversial approach to the Lord of the Rings and Tolkien's other work. Unlike the conventional view that his fantasy writing was an escape from reality, Pearce argues that Tolkien saw his stories as a leap into reality. This is because of Tolkien's own view of life, faith and the supernatural. This understanding is crucial to fully appreciating both "The Lord of the Rings", "The Hobbit" and "Middle Earth". J.R.R. Tolkien had no more than seven books published during his lifetime and yet he is a towering literary figure around the world. This text considers him in the context of his time and also his beliefs. It examines his influence upon other story tellers such as C. S. Lewis and the influence upon him of the writers group called the Inklings.

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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.

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"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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