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.
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