17350Re: Some Interesting Issues
- Dec 4, 2006--- In email@example.com, John D Rateliff
> On Dec 1, 2006, at 10:40 AM, David Bratman wrote:
> > . . . Tolkien scholarship is
> > simply packed with "independent scholars", as they're
> > have noknown made
> > professorial affiliation but who've done excellent work.
> Indeed, one of the very best Tolkien scholars I've ever
> his living as a bartender. And as for professors strayingfrom their
> nominal field, I believe Paul Kocher, who wrote the bestof the early
> books on Tolkien, was a specialist in Elizabethan lit,while Dr.
> Blackwelder was a zoologist with a special interest intaxonomy.
> --JDR....and one of the leading, if not the leading, contributors
of citations to the Oxford English Dictionary was a
committed inmate in a madhouse. I suppose this should make
us all feel better.
For that matter, the great Murray himself was by background
a bank clerk.
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