The Carol Brown Lecture Series presents Michael D.C. Drout, "How to Read Tolkien"

Oct 3, 2013
4:30 PM
Wean Hall 7500

R.R. Tolkien¿s works have delighted 100 million readers over half a century. Many of these readers report that going through the long novel feels more like an experience than it does like reading a book, and a remarkable number read The Lord of the Rings multiple times. Prof. Drout will explain this effect and another feature of Tolkien¿s work: that he is able to create the impression that certain elements of his texts are genuinely old. These aesthetic effects are in many ways unique to Tolkien and arise as much from his methods of composition as from his conscious design¿perhaps explaining both why his many imitators have never been able to duplicate his successes and why the books of the ¿author of the century¿ have remained both popular and beloved.

A 1990 graduate of Carnegie Mellon (H&SS), Michael D.C. Drout is Professor of English and Director of the Center for the Study of the Medieval at Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts, where he teaches Old and Middle English, Science Fiction and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
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