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Of Sorcerers and Men: Tolkien and the Roots of Modern Fantasy Literature (Portable Professor Series)
     

Of Sorcerers and Men: Tolkien and the Roots of Modern Fantasy Literature (Portable Professor Series)

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by Michael D.C. Drout
 
From the Lord of the Rings trilogy to the Harry Potter series, fantasy novels have captured the imagination of millions of readers, and figure prominently on any list of best-loved books. The masters of the genre, authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien, Ursula K. Le Guin, Philip Pullman, and J.K. Rowling, have brought to life unforgettable characters who dwell

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From the Lord of the Rings trilogy to the Harry Potter series, fantasy novels have captured the imagination of millions of readers, and figure prominently on any list of best-loved books. The masters of the genre, authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien, Ursula K. Le Guin, Philip Pullman, and J.K. Rowling, have brought to life unforgettable characters who dwell in richly detailed, magical worlds, which run according to their own internal logic. In Of Sorcerers and Men, Professor Michael D.C. Drout leads a fascinating tour of the masterworks that defined the genre, paying particular attention to the books of J.R.R. Tolkien, the godfather of fantasy literature as we know it today. Drout's deft assessment provides deeper insights into these beloved creations, and helps readers gain a better understanding of what makes fantasy literature so special.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780641967306
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
10/23/2006
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.22(h) x 2.05(d)

Meet the Author

Michael D.C. Drout is an associate professor of English at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, where he teaches courses in Old and Middle English, medieval literature, fantasy, and science fiction. The author of a number of books on Anglo-Saxon history and literature, he is also a founding editor of the journal Tolkien Studies and the editor of the J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia (Routledge, 2006). He has published articles on Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea books and Susan Cooper's Dark Is Rising series of children's fantasy novels.

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Of Sorcerers and Men 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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I am not a literature major, but I do love it. This series was so interesting, I would sit in my car long after my journey was over because I could not stop listening. Professor Drout has a pleasing voice and is authoritative. He shows how Tolkien was influenced and how he, in turn, influences others.
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