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A Secret Vice

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
ISBN : 000834809X
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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First ever critical study of Tolkien's little-known essay, which reveals how language invention shaped the creation of Middle-earth and beyond, to George R R Martin's Game of Thrones. J.R.R. Tolkien's linguistic invention was a fundamental part of his artistic output, to the extent that later on in life he attributed the existence of his mythology to the desire to give his languages a home and peoples to speak them. As Tolkien puts it in 'A Secret Vice', 'the making of language and mythology are related functions''. In the 1930s, Tolkien composed and delivered two lectures, in which he explored these two key elements of his sub-creative methodology. The second of these, the seminal Andrew Lang Lecture for 1938-9, 'On Fairy-Stories', which he delivered at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, is well known. But many years before, in 1931, Tolkien gave a talk to a literary society entitled 'A Hobby for the Home', where he unveiled for the first time to a listening public the art that he had both himself encountered and been involved with since his earliest childhood: 'the construction of imaginary languages in full or outline for amusement'. This talk would be edited by Christopher Tolkien for inclusion as 'A Secret Vice' in The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays and serves as the principal exposition of Tolkien's art of inventing languages. This new critical edition, which includes previously unpublished notes and drafts by Tolkien connected with the essay, including his 'Essay on Phonetic Symbolism', goes some way towards re-opening the debate on the importance of linguistic invention in Tolkien's mythology and the role of imaginary languages in fantasy literature.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Tolkien Self And Other

Author : Jane Chance
ISBN : 9781137398963
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book examines key points of J. R. R. Tolkien’s life and writing career in relation to his views on humanism and feminism, particularly his sympathy for and toleration of those who are different, deemed unimportant, or marginalized—namely, the Other. Jane Chance argues such empathy derived from a variety of causes ranging from the loss of his parents during his early life to a consciousness of the injustice and violence in both World Wars. As a result of his obligation to research and publish in his field and propelled by his sense of abjection and diminution of self, Tolkien concealed aspects of the personal in relatively consistent ways in his medieval adaptations, lectures, essays, and translations, many only recently published. These scholarly writings blend with and relate to his fictional writings in various ways depending on the moment at which he began teaching, translating, or editing a specific medieval work and, simultaneously, composing a specific poem, fantasy, or fairy-story. What Tolkien read and studied from the time before and during his college days at Exeter and continued researching until he died opens a door into understanding how he uniquely interpreted and repurposed the medieval in constructing fantasy.
Category: Literary Criticism

I Am In Fact A Hobbit

Author : Perry C. Bramlett
ISBN : 0865548943
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) was a brilliant writer who continues to leave his imaginative imprint on the mind and hearts of readers. He was once called the "creative equivalent of a people," and for more than sixty years his Middle-earth tales have captivated and delighted readers of all ages from all over the world. The Hobbit has long been recognized as a children's fantasy classic, and the heroic romance the Lord of the Rings has been called the most influential story of all time. These stories have sold over 150 million copies worldwide and have been translated into over forty languages, and they, along with works such as the Silmarillion and the History of Middle-Earth, have convinced scores of readers and critics that Tolkien is the master writer of fantasy. Whether you've been a fan for years or you've just recently been hooked by the blockbuster Lord of the Rings movies, "I Am in Fact a Hobbit" is an excellent starting point into the life and work of J. R. R. Tolkien. Book jacket.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Secret Vice

Author : Diane Mason
ISBN : 9781847791795
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The secret vice: Masturbation in Victorian fiction and medical culture provides a unique consideration of writings on self-abuse in the long nineteenth century. The book examines the discourse on masturbation in medical works by English, Continental and American practitioners and demonstrates the influence and impact of these writings, not only on Victorian pornography but also in the creation of fictional characters by canonical authors such as Bram Stoker, J. S. Le Fanu, Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde. The book also features the first detailed and balanced study of the largely overlooked literature on masturbation as it pertains to women in clinical and popular medical works aimed at the female reader. Mason concludes with a consideration of the way the distinctly Victorian discourse on masturbation has persisted into the late-twentieth and twenty-first centuries with particular reference to Willy Russell's tragic-comic novel, The Wrong Boy (2000) and to the construction of 'Victorian Dad', a character featured in the adult comic, Viz.
Category: Literary Criticism

J R R Tolkien Encyclopedia

Author : Michael D. C. Drout
ISBN : 9780415969420
Genre : History
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A detailed work of reference and scholarship, this one volume Encyclopedia includes discussions of all the fundamental issues in Tolkien scholarship written by the leading scholars in the field. Coverage not only presents the most recent scholarship on J.R.R. Tolkien, but also introduces and explores the author and scholar's life and work within their historical and cultural contexts. Tolkien's fiction and his sources of influence are examined along with his artistic and academic achievements - including his translations of medieval texts - teaching posts, linguistic works, and the languages he created. The 550 alphabetically arranged entries fall within the following categories of topics: adaptations art and illustrations characters in Tolkien's work critical history and scholarship influence of Tolkien languages biography literary sources literature creatures and peoples of Middle-earth objects in Tolkien's work places in Tolkien's work reception of Tolkien medieval scholars scholarship by Tolkien medieval literature stylistic elements themes in Tolkien's works theological/ philosophical concepts and philosophers Tolkien's contemporary history and culture works of literature
Category: History

The Secret Heiress

Author : Judith Gould
ISBN : 1101043660
Genre : Fiction
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With her “signature mix of glamour, wealth, and intrigue” (Booklist), this is New York Times bestselling author Judith Gould at her irresistible best—as unknown forces conspire against a woman summoned into the shadows of a deadly masquerade... Nikki and Ariadne are identical twins with only their beauty in common—separated at birth by the schemes of a tyrannical father, and reared continents apart. It was Nikki who came of age in the glittering shadow of the mad tycoon, and is heiress to his empire. As cold and sharp as a cut diamond, she’s accustomed to the good things in life. Raised in obscurity, Ariadne is generous, brilliant, naïve, and unaware of her bloodline. Until a persuasive team of strangers offers Ariadne an opportunity as intimidating as it is irresistible—the chance to reclaim her share of the family empire. Little does she realize but she’s about to be plunged into deadly game of deception orchestrated by a privileged few—and that she will find protection in the arms of a bodyguard who shows her a passion like no other. Here, in this new world of luxury and glamour, the kisses of a stranger can’t be trusted, and the truth that hides in the shadows may be her undoing.
Category: Fiction

Rhyming English Couplets

Author : Mulki Radhakrishna Shetty
ISBN : 8182743613
Genre : Couplets, Indic (English)
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Category: Couplets, Indic (English)

Cryptic Death And Other Stories

Author : Kalpana Swaminathan
ISBN : 812501120X
Genre : Detective and mystery stories, Indic (English)
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What did Aunt Lalli do before she retired from something clerkish in the police? The question intrigues us even as the narrator and her aunt Lalli plunge headlong into adventures in each of these engrossing detective stories. Aunt Lalli ingeniously solves each mystery, and we celebrate the emergence of a new sleuth into the world of detective fiction.
Category: Detective and mystery stories, Indic (English)

Within Arm S Length A Secret Service Agent S Definitive Inside Account Of Protecting The President

Author : Dan Emmett
ISBN : 9781466843172
Genre : History
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A rare inside look at the Secret Service from an agent who provided protection worldwide for President George H. W. Bush, President William Clinton, and President George W. Bush Dan Emmett was just eight years old when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The events surrounding the President's death shaped the course of young Emmett's life as he set a goal of becoming a US Secret Service agent—one of a special group of people willing to trade their lives for that of the President, if necessary. Within Arm's Length is a revealing and compelling inside look at the Secret Service and the elite Presidential Protective Division (PPD). With stories from some of the author's more high-profile assignments in his twenty-one years of service, where he provided arm's length protection worldwide for Presidents George Herbert Walker Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, and George W. Bush, both as a member of the PPD and the Counter Assault Team, Dan Emmett describes the professional, physical and emotional challenges faced by Secret Service agents. Included are never before discussed topics such as the complicated relationship between presidents, first ladies and their agents, the inner workings of Secret Service protective operations as well as the seldom-mentioned challenges of the complex Secret Service cultural issues faced by an agent's family. Within Arm's Length also shares firsthand details about conducting presidential advances, dealing with the media, driving the President in a bullet-proof limousine, running alongside him through the streets of Washington, and flying with him on Air Force One. Within Arm's Length is the essential book on the United States Secret Service. This revealing and compelling inside look at the Presidential Protective Division, along with spellbinding stories from the author's career, gives the reader an unprecedented look in to the life and career of an agent in America's most elite law enforcement agency.
Category: History