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19104RE: [mythsoc] Re: The Company They Keep-review

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  • Croft, Janet B.
    Nov 7, 2007
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      Let me chime here in that it's a WONDERFUL book, and not just because it's about the Inklings. The insights on collaborative writing and on influence are also eye-opening, and make me want to go out and co-author things. I wish I'd read her book before some of the recent discussions I've seen on my _Tolkien and Shakespeare_ so I could have been all erudite and articulate when countering people who say "but Tolkien hated Shakespeare, so how could there be any influence?" (which usually leaves me sputtering and gnashing my teeth...)


      From: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com [mailto:mythsoc@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Lynn Maudlin
      Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2007 6:16 PM
      To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [mythsoc] Re: The Company They Keep-review

      You'll enjoy it, Adam - it's a *very* engaging and entertaining,
      thought-provoking book and I'd rave more except Diana's a friend of
      mine and people will think I'm just promoting a friend's work. NO! I'm
      bouncing up and down saying, "This is the best book I've read this
      year! And I don't care who wrote it."

      -- Lynn --

      --- In mythsoc@yahoogroups.com<mailto:mythsoc%40yahoogroups.com>, "amsmith0903" <amsmith0903@...> wrote:
      > Reading through "Henry's" reviews in the Midwest Book Review, there
      > is a definite inconsistency in the length & quality of the reviews.
      > Some (mostly novels) are given fairly in-depth reviews. Others
      > (mostly non-fiction) receive the "skimmed" treatments similar to the
      > one given to 'The Company They Keep'. Even the reviews themselves
      > seem hastily written.
      > BTW...I haven't gotten a chance to read the book yet, but it sounds
      > fascinating and I look forward to it in the near future. From a
      > scholarship aspect, the Inklings as a whole have been seriously
      > neglected, outside of Humphrey Carpenter's book. Its great to see
      > another study of these fantastic writers and the influence they had
      > on one another.
      > I'll buy it even if "some David Bratman fellow" wrote the
      > appendix. ;)
      > ----------
      > Adam Smith
      > www.tolkien-online.com

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