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Tolkien's Lost Chaucer

Feb 18 (edited)

There's a new Tolkien book coming out later this year - Tolkien's Lost Chaucer by John M. Bowers.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardcover
List Price: £25

Release Date: 26 Sep 2019
ISBN-10: 0198842678
ISBN-13: 978-0198842675

Tolkien's Lost Chaucer uncovers the story of an unpublished and previously unknown book by the author of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien worked between 1922 and 1928 on his Clarendon edition Selections from Chaucer's Poetry and Prose, and though never completed, its 160 pages of commentary reveals much of his thinking about language and storytelling when he was still at the threshold of his career as an epoch-making writer of fantasy literature. Drawing upon other new materials such as his edition of the Reeve's Tale and his Oxford lectures on the Pardoner's Tale, this book reveals Chaucer as a major influence upon Tolkien's literary imagination.

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Feb 18
And here is the "About the Author" and the official OUP link: ... 0198842675?cc=uk&lang=en#

John M. Bowers, Professor of English, University of Nevada Las Vegas

John M. Bowers is an internationally known scholar of medieval English literature with books on Chaucer, Langland, and the Gawain Poet. Educated at Duke, Virginia, and Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar, he taught at Caltech and Princeton before settling at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. His work has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the Great Courses released his lecture series The Western Literary Canon in Context.
Feb 18
Sounds very interesting. I find those academic bits throw light on M-e. One of the books about Tolkien I will get.
Feb 18
Stu this sounds right up your street, eh? ;)
Feb 18

Khamûl wrote:
Stu this sounds right up your street, eh? ;)

Actually, this could potentially be somewhat interesting. Depends how shoehorned in Tolkien is. The contents list doesn't quite feel like it is from the same book as the blurb.
Feb 19
I was looking forward to this publication for a while now!
Feb 20
This is the Tolkien Society's announcement on this. ... ien-book-to-be-published/
Aug 14
This is the cover and it is published at the end of next month.

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Sep 15
Hat tip to Tolkieniano on Twitter, you can see some of the book on google. ... cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false
Sep 15
Thanks for sharing!
Sep 16
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