JRR Tolkien

1 Session, Tuesday, March 22

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Sink Building, Room 233

Member Fee: $20, Non-Member Fee: $30

Some people say that J. R. R. Tolkien reinvented the fantasy genre of books in the twentieth century. Other critics count him among the major authors of the century.  This course will cover an overview of his life and his works. We will cover his interest in philology, how he started writing fantasy, his involvement with the writing group called the Inklings, and the biographical high spots in his life. There will be time for questions and comments. A few interesting Tolkien editions will be on display. According to a list on Wikipedia, The Hobbit, by Tolkien, is the fourth best-selling novel in history, so Tolkien's life is certainly worthy of some attention.

Stan Shelley has been selling used and rare books for over twenty years, specializing in the group called the Inklings. There are nineteen writers considered to be Inklings members but without question Tolkien and C. S. Lewis are the two most popular. Selling rare books by these authors requires the bookseller to gain a helpful degree of knowledge about them.