Calling All Literary Agents: A Book on Batman!

Book Proposal To: XXXX Date: 2016 Proposed Title: Batman: America’s Darkest Knight By Bradley J. Birzer, Hillsdale College   Projected Book Batman: America’s Darkest Knight will be an intelligent and lively but not academic book on the history… Read More

Russell Kirk: American Conservative Excerpt

“Kirk presented a Christian sanctification of the pagan myth of Perseus and his nemesis the Gorgon, Medusa. indeed, this myth holds the entire book together. “a man if he venerates the ashes of his fathers and the temples… Read More

Cover of the Forthcoming Tolkien Book

This looks pretty gorgeous.  Available for pre order.

Lester del Rey, “A Report About J.R.R. Tolkien,” Worlds of Fantasy (1968).

Source: Lester del Ray, “A Report on J.R.R. Tolkien,” Worlds of Fantasy 1 (1968): 84-85. Nothing could seem less revolu­tionary than being a Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, with a chief interest in such works as Beo­wulf and… Read More

Harvey Breit interviews J.R.R. Tolkien, 1955 (Short!)

Source: Harvey Breit, “Oxford Calling,” New York Times Book Review (June 5, 1955), pg. 8. “How does it happen that a writer of children’s books (who began that way, if we may believe his critics) can end by… Read More

Hobbits in Kentucky?

Excerpts from Davenport, Guy. “Hobbits in Kentucky.” New York Times (February 23 1979), A27. “The first professor [Tolkien] to harrow me with the syntax and morphology of Old English had a speech impediment, wandered in his remarks, and seemed… Read More

The New York Times Update on Tolkien, 1977

Excerpts from Mitgang, Herbert. “Behind the Best Sellers: J.R.R. Tolkien.” New York Times (October 2 1977), 48. “After Professor Tolkien’s death at 81, international readers hoped that Middle-earth would somehow continue to live.  The author’s son, Christopher, a World… Read More

The New York Times Obituary of J.R.R. Tolkien

Excerpts from “J.R.R. Tolkien Dead at 81; Wrote ‘Lord of the Rings’.” New York Times (September 3 1973), 18. “It did anything but [flop].  It was just four years later [1965], printed in paperback in this country by Ballantine… Read More

Antony Curtis Remembers Tolkien and Lewis

Excerpts from: Curtis, Antony. “Remembering Tolkien and Lewis.” British Book News (June 1977), 429-30. “Another time I arrived [as a student to a class with C.S. Lewis] before the others and he was staring out of the window… Read More

William Cater Interviews J.R.R. Tolkien, 1972

Excerpts from: Cater, William. “More and More People are Getting the J.R.R. Tolkien Habit.” Los Angeles Times (April 9, 1972), 14, 18. And “future students of Norse legend or early English poetry (the subjects of Tolkien’s academic life) will… Read More

William Foster Interviews J.R.R. Tolkien, 1972

Excerpts from Foster, William. “An Early History of the Hobbits.” Edinburgh Scotsman (February 5, 1972). “It [Allen and Unwin] is almost monopolised by Tolkien, running a Tolkien light industry from its faded, dusty premises in Museum Street, sending an… Read More

The Plimmers Interview Tolkien, 1968

Excerpts from: Plimmer, Charlotte, and Denis Plimmer. “The Man Who Understands Hobbits.” London Daily Telegraph Magazine (March 22 1968), 31-32, 35. “‘Spiders,’ observed Professor J.R.R. Tolkien, cradling the word with the same affection that he cradled the pipe in… Read More