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  • I don’t think anyone’s keeping a list, though I’d like to see it if they do. Sounds like the kind of thing Dr. Blackwelder used to track. I do know of one example: Rossi’s THE POLITICS OF FANTASY, because the author thanks his thesis director, Johanna Russ, in the introduction. And wasn't R. J. Reilly’s ROMANTIC RELIGION based on his dissertation, with the book coming out...
    John D. Rateliff Mar 27
  • Hi David. I’d like to nominate some book for the Scholarship Award. 1. TOLKIEN by Raymond Edwards (London: Robert Hale, 2014). 2. THE FELLOWSHIP: THE LITERARY LIVES OF THE INKLINGS by Philip & Carol Zaleski (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015). 3. ARDA INHABITED: ENVIRONMENTAL RELATIONSHIPS IN THE LORD OF THE RINGS by Susan Jeffers (Kent: Kent State University Press, 2014...
    John D. Rateliff Feb 20
  • Well, this is surprising — and welcome — news: http://www.thebookseller.com/news/new-tolkien-tale-come-hc-2017-414541 —John R.
    John D. Rateliff Oct 19, 2016
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  • Thanks Lynn (and thanks Diana) That must be the reference I’d been looking for, all right — though I checked and the actual date was 1953, not 1935 (when Green was just a teenager). I had been wondering if there’s any statement by Lewis himself, made during his lifetime, about wanting Green to be his biographer; this second-hand reference is so far the only one I’ve come...
    John D. Rateliff Aug 23, 2016
  • Here’s a question for the Lewisians in the group. I’ve often seen it said that C. S. Lewis personally picked his friend Roger Lancelyn Green to write his biography. Does anyone know when this was? Any helpful pointer much appreciated. —John R.
    John D. Rateliff Aug 14, 2016
  • ...history-archaeology/tartessian-europes-newest-and-oldest-celtic-language/ —JDR On Mar 17, 2016, at 12:31 PM, 'John D. Rateliff' sacnoth@^$1 [mythsoc] < mythsoc@^$2 > wrote: Great piece, David: thanks for the link. It was only a few years ago that I became aware that...
    John D. Rateliff Mar 20, 2016
  • Great piece, David: thanks for the link. It was only a few years ago that I became aware that practically everything I’d been taught about the Celts back in the day rested upon century-old assumptions that were dubious in light of the emerging evidence (particularly the equation of material culture with racial migration). The case for Celts having emerged as a distinct group...
    John D. Rateliff Mar 17, 2016
  • Here’s a question for folks re. the Wilson review of Lindop’s new Charles Williams biography. Wilson says at one point that it’s as a theologian that Wms will be remembered. But is that true? I’d have said he’s remembered primarily for the novels; Wilson says it’s for THE DESCENT OF THE DOVE and THE FIGURE OF BEATRICE. I’m not knowledgable about Anglican (and...
    John D. Rateliff Feb 25, 2016
  • Thanks for the link, Wendell. I’m looking forward to reading the Lindop. Is it a quibble, though, to point out that at one point Wilson quotes some lines he thinks Wms wrote about The Emperor in Byzantium (=God) when in fact Wms was talking about the The Headless Emperor of P’o-lu (=the antiChrist)? —John R. On Feb 23, 2016, at 6:58 PM, WendellWag@^$1 [mythsoc] < mythsoc@^$2...
    John D. Rateliff Feb 24, 2016
  • Yes, I too had been struck by the similarity between those two scenes. I don’t know that Tolkien ever saw that movie, but if not an influence it’s certainly a striking case of parallel development. Thanks for sharing. —John R. On Nov 21, 2015, at 8:02 PM, 'Carl F. Hostetter' Aelfwine@^$1 [mythsoc] < mythsoc@^$2 > wrote: I was just now watching Chaplin’s “The Great...
    John D. Rateliff Nov 30, 2015