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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2006 6:54 am    Post subject: Wolfe on Tolkien Reply with quote

posted this in the Wolfe thread but i thought it might go over here too...

its a good essay


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i found this essay online and enjoyed reading it...

http://home.clara.net/andywrobertson/wolfemountains.html

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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2006 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've read it before, and it's well worth reading again. Brilliant.

I must find the time (and the book budget) to read some more Wolfe. I have just finished reading a job lot of Hemingway that some friends gave me (they were cleaning out their bookcases before moving to Vancouver Island), and I'll be wanting some fresh reading-matter soon. Wolfe might fill the bill nicely.
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2006 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I pointed out in the Gene Wolfe thread (formerly the lead sticky thread in the late lamented Gene Wolfe forum Sad ) that GW & JRRT had corresponded at about the time GW was starting out as a writer. Unfort, none of JRRT's correspondence to GW apparently made the cut into Carpenter's & C. Tolkien's collected Letters.

However, in a footnote to one of the Letters, JRRT did make an indirect reference to Wolfe and an early SF short story of his, without explicitly naming either Wolfe or the story. See my post in the previously ref'd thread.

Spoiler:
In the story in question, Wolfe used an archaic word previously revived by JRRT in The Hobbit, the meaning & entymology of which he had previously written to ask of Tolkien, as it was of particular interest to Wolfe.
Hint re Wolfe's interest in the word: ponder 'the mystery of names', if you will!


Suggestion for starting out on Wolfe: if the 'Book of the New Sun' cycle (do not skip to the Long Sun!) intimidates you, try The Fifth Head of Cerberus, a very cerebral and atmospheric read, and a typical Wolfean story puzzle.[/i]
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2006 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks CB!!! for adding your post over here!!! Big Grin
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