At 03:24 AM 3/8/2002 , Wendell wrote:
>A coworker just showed me a copy of a new book called _Mad Dogs and
>Englishmen_ by Paul Magrs. ...
>It's about an author named Reginald Tyler who worked on this fantasy epic
>called _The True History of Planets_ for all his adult life, starting in 1917
>when he was "on leave from soldiering in France," till his death in 1974
>after having moved in his retirement to Bournemouth with his wife Enid. He
>taught at some Cambridge college where he belonged to a literary group called
>the Smudgelings, the chief figure in which is another professor named
>Cleavis. Cleavis was single and lived in a house with his brother Fred. The
>Smudgelings sometimes met in a pub called the Book and Candle.
This is fascinating. I shall have to start keeping a list of novels that
are not inspired by Tolkien's works but which include fictionalized
versions of Tolkien _himself_ as a character. To date the most noted such
character is J.B. Timbermill, a rather off-the-rails Oxford professor of
Anglo-Saxon in J.I.M. Stewart's sequence "A Staircase in Surrey".
I think there are one or two others, but they don't come to mind, and
they're not as extensive as this appears to be. (Even Timbermill is a very
minor character who only appears on-stage twice, I think, in a 5-book
series.) I do remember a short parodic piece somewhere about a Professor
And then there are the fictionalized versions of Lewis, perhaps the best
known of which is God's defense lawyer (I don't remember the character's
name) in James Morrow's _Blameless in Abaddon_, a mighty verbal arguer who
writes Christian children's fiction on the side.
I know of exactly one fictionalized version of Charles Williams. He's in
_Nor Fish Nor Flesh_ by CW's friend Gerard Hopkins, a novel which probably
nobody here except me has read. (It's really bad.)
I shall have to get this new book. A first for me: I've never read a
Doctor Who novel. Whoever reads it first can give a report.