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The Dragon Ouroboros - Illustrated: Tolkien's Bookshelf #7 (Volume 7) Paperback – June 1, 2013
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About the Author
Eric Rücker Eddison, CB, CMG (24 November 1882 - 18 August 1945) was an English civil servant and author, writing under the name "E.R. Eddison." Eddison is best known for the early romance The Worm Ouroboros (1922) and for three volumes set in the imaginary world Zimiamvia, known as the Zimiamvian Trilogy: Mistress of Mistresses (1935), A Fish Dinner in Memison (1941), and The Mezentian Gate (1958). These early works of high fantasy drew strong praise from J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and later, Ursula K. Le Guin. Tolkien generally approved Eddison's literary style, but found the underlying philosophy rebarbative; while Eddison in turn thought Tolkien's views "soft". Other admirers of Eddison's work included James Stephens, who wrote the introduction to the 1922 edition; Robert Silverberg, who described The Worm Ouroboros as "the greatest high fantasy of them all"; and Clive Barker.
Keith Henderson (1883-1982) trained at the Slade and was an official war artist with the RAF. Known primarily as an illusttrator, he illustrated works by E. R. Eddison, W. H. Hudson, and, with Norman Wilkinson, a famous edition of Chaucer's translation of The Romaunt of the Rose. These illustrations received a very favorable notice from G. R. S. Taylor in The New Age, (NA 4.6:116) .
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