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RE: [mythsoc] Re: Butterbur & MFA

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  • Croft, Janet B
    I ve seen almost all the Inklings books and have most of the Myth and Fantasy on my desk right now. There are a couple Inklings books which were interesting
    Message 1 of 2 , May 13, 2003
      I've seen almost all the Inklings books and have most of the Myth and
      Fantasy on my desk right now.

      There are a couple Inklings books which were interesting but which I would
      not call scholarly, like Ellwood's _Frodo's Quest_ or Graham's _We Remember
      C.S. Lewis_. I thought Beetz' _Exploring C.S. Lewis_ would be highly useful
      for teachers and students -- lucidly written. But it accepts the
      chronological order of the books as canonical, which I don't -- I prefer the
      publication order. Drout's essay in _Beowulf and the Critics_ was
      excellent. Lewis and Currie's _Uncharted Realms of Tolkien_ was uneven --
      there was a leap of logic in the first part where they claimed Tolkien was
      anti-Darwin, since the Catholic Church was against elovution at the time,
      but this simply isn't true. But the essays on Eowyn and Erendis were quite
      good. Lindskoog's _Sleuthing C.S. Lewis_ was fascinating -- I wasn't aware
      of this controversy, and now I find myself judging the other Lewis books on
      what they say or don't say about it. I liked Clark and Timmons' _J.R.R.
      Tolkien and his Literary Resonances_ last year and still do. And I really
      enjoyed Schakel's _Imagination and the Arts in C.S. Lewis_, and learned
      quite a few things from it.

      Cording's _C.S. Lewis_ and Honda's _The Imaginative World of C.S. Lewis_ are
      missing from my library and being searched, and the Garbowski book is on
      order but hasn't arrived yet. Sturch's _Four Christian Fantasists_ is not
      available through interlibrary loan, and I don't think I'm going to be able
      to look at it before we have to send in our finalists.

      Of the Myth and Fantasy books I've seen, I enjoyed Bridger's _The
      Spirituality of Pottersorld_ very much, though I think he's preaching to the
      choir and expecting all his readers to be Christians. _Terry Pratchett:
      Guilty of Literature_ is quite good. And I was surprised at how interesting
      I found Joshi' _A Dreamer and a Visionary_, since I haven't touched any
      Lovecraft since high school.

      Janet Croft

      -----Original Message-----
      From: David Lenander [mailto:d-lena@...]
      Sent: Monday, May 12, 2003 11:50 PM
      To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [mythsoc] Re: Butterbur & MFA

      Can anyone comment at all on the Scholarship books? Anyone read any good
      general fantasy (or all fields, including studies of one or more fantasy
      authors or works) or Inklings books--published over the past three
      years--that haven't been mentioned here recently?

      -- David Lenander
      2095 Hamline Ave. Roseville, MN 55113
      d-lena@... 651-292-8887

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