17841Re: [mythsoc] Re: new member introducing herself
- Mar 16, 2007Hi to Kim & all of you:
For those of you who are in Los Angeles County, we
have the Mydgard branch, which traces its roots clear
back to 1970. The SF Bay area has Khazad-Dum.
I encourage anyone in the rest of the country to
consider organizing groups. We could really use them
in places like Boston & NYC, the heartland places like
Denver, etc. We longtime members are glad to mentor
anyone in such efforts!
I saw how simple (if ambitious) it was to organize
branch after branch in 1968-71, and even recorded
minutes for the nonprofit status organizational
meetings of the Mythsoc.
Here's to you all!
--- Kim Jaudon <kim4fsu@...> wrote:
> Hello all! I've not been a member of this group for
> long. I've been unable to find a local group of
> individuals willing to enter into the discussions
> that this wise group does, and so I am enjoying
> reading your posts a great deal.
> I have a question. There is a new book out, The
> Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as
> Writers in Community, by Glyer, that looks fairly
> good. I'm wondering if anyone has read it yet, and
> if you could give a recommendation about purchasing
> I've read both Carpenter's books and loved them,
> and must confess that I "use" more than simply read
> Christina Scull and Wayne Hammond's wonderful set
> (although - why did it take Amazon so long to get me
> my copies?). I would like to avoid spending
> precious time with books that aren't first rate.
> Any guidance would be appreciated.
> Kim Jaudon
> David Bratman <dbratman@...> wrote:
> At 09:35 PM 3/15/2007 -0400, Wayne G.
> Hammond wrote:
> >Daniel Grotta later expanded his surname to
> Grotta-Kurska, under which
> >later editions of his book have been published.
> Other way around: the first edition was signed
> Grotta-Kurska, the latter
> editions Grotta.
> It wasn't him, under either name, who came up with
> the Mabel-in-Zanzibar
> story: that comes, if I recall, from William Ready
> (an outstandingly bad
> book), and has been picked up by various other
> would-be Tolkien biographers
> Grotta does, as John Rateliff notes, have a few
> useful tidbits here and
> there, which makes his book of some modest value to
> the advanced student.
> But overall it's one of maybe a dozen
> extraordinarily dubious books that
> call themselves Tolkien biographies, which are best
> avoided. These books
> either rehash Humphrey Carpenter's biography, in
> which case Carpenter does
> it better, or invent new material which is simply
> wrong. Thus, where they
> are true, they are not original; and where they are
> original, they are not
> The list of WORTHWHILE books on Tolkien's life is
> very small and consists of:
> 1. Humphrey Carpenter, Tolkien: A Biography (and,
> supplementarily, his The
> 2. John Garth, Tolkien and the Great War
> 3. Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond, J.R.R.
> Tolkien Companion and Guide
> 4. John and Priscilla Tolkien, The Tolkien Family
> That's the good stuff; that's it. A few of the
> better critical books also
> have reliable biographical material, but that's
> secondary to their function.
> David Bratman
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