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Title: Tolkien: Cult or Culture?
Contributor(s): Ryan, John S  (author)
Publication Date: 1969
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Abstract: For the generation after the first World War, the prevailing literary tendencies in England, as elsewhere in Western Europe, were towards the expression of the general feeling of pessimism, the representation of a dark and melancholy world with little of consolation. Power and economics were the guides, and the spiritual forces which had animated an earlier period appeared as but darkened lights. The novel, in particular, was concerned with realism, scientific humanism, and the mechanics of secular society, rather than any sense of the spiritual, which might lie behind the human condition, Severally in English letters there began to appear the members of what was later seen as an Anglo-Catholic coterie - Charles Williams, publisher, writer of spiritual thrillers and intensely personal verse; C.S. Lewis, mediaeval scholar and Christian apologist and, only towards the end, imaginative prose writer; and J.R.R. Tolkien, whose main reputation rested on his work as an Anglo-Saxonist, but who turned from the idle composition of fairy stories to the creation of an enormous prose epic, the writing of which still continues.
Publication Type: Book
Publisher: University of New England
Place of Publication: Armidale, Australia
ISBN: 0858340003
Field of Research (FOR): 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
200503 British and Irish Literature
200206 Globalisation and Culture
HERDC Category Description: A1 Authored Book - Scholarly
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Extent of Pages: 253
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