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On Fairy-Stories Hardcover – July 1, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007244665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007244669
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,267,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Verlyn Flieger and Douglas A. Anderson are both well-known Tolkien scholars, co-founders (with Michael Drout) of Tolkien Studies. Flieger's most recent books include Interrupted Music: The Making of Tolkien's Mythology (2005) and the Extended Edition of Smith of Wootton Major (HarperCollins UK, 2005). Anderson's most recent books include The Annotated Hobbit (HarperCollins UK, 2003) and the anthology Tales before Tolkien: The Roots of Modern Fantasy (Ballantine US, 2003; mass market edition 2005).

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By John D. Cofield TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Its most unfortunate that Tolkien's US publishers have not yet published this fascinating volume, for few works have provided his readers with as much insight into his beliefs and insights into the world of Faery.

In 1939 JRR Tolkien was invited to take part in a series of lectures designed to honor Andrew Lang. Tolkien chose to speak on Fairy Stories. His lecture explored the nature of fantasy and of what was, and more importantly was not, essential to the Art and Literature of Faery.

The heart of this work is the lecture itself, extensively annotated with fascinating notes. The lecture has been published in The Tolkien Reader and in Tales From The Perilous Realm, but this is the definitive, corrected version. The editors have also provided us with much material that Tolkien considered and then rewrote or rejected completely. Faithful Tolkien readers will find much that echoes and amplifies themes in his published works. Thus it is an essential addition to their libraries.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 30, 2012
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This book came from England and may have been published there. Usually books from England are well-made, and this was almost so. It is a hard cover that has good hard cover boards, a quality dust cover and what seems to be fine, acid-free paper (thick stuff, really). But quality hardcovers do not have snipped signatures: this one certainly does. Although this is otherwise a fine critical edition of Tolkien's famous fairy story essay (even the paragraphs are numbered) containing two manuscript variants, obviously intended for Tolkien and fairy tale literature scholars, the fact that the signatures have been snipped means that it won't hold up to continual classroom or reference use. The price, though reasonable enough for this volume if the signatures were not snipped, is, in my opinion, too much for a hardcover the pages of which will no doubt fall out with frequent use. I suggest the paperback version: it is less expensive and so can be replaced more frequently.

I almost rated this four stars: the volume would certainly be that if used and clean. But clipped signatures mean that only glue on the edge of each page holds it in the book. I'm not a book collector, but a fairy tale and Tolkien scholar, and for a critical edition of "On Fairy Stories," I expect more. I expect a library-quality volume or nearly so: certainly one that will last through continual use: the thing isn't meant to look pretty on a shelf or for later resale at a much higher price: I mean to use it in my current and future research. When pages begin falling out of this one, I shall repurchase it as a paperback. Disappointing and/or disheartening quality of production, and needlessly so at that: which cost the book two stars in my rating.
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