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By Ralph C. Wood

ISBN-10: 0268019738

ISBN-13: 9780268019730

It has lengthy been famous that J. R. R. Tolkien's paintings is lively via a profound ethical and spiritual imaginative and prescient. it really is much less transparent that Tolkien's imaginative and prescient confronts the top philosophical and literary matters addressed through glossy writers and thinkers. This e-book seeks to unravel such uncertainty. It areas smooth writers and sleek quandaries in full of life engagement with the vast diversity of Tolkien's paintings, whereas giving designated recognition to the textual particularities of his masterpiece, The Lord of the earrings. In methods immediately provocative and unique, the members take care of significant glossy artists and philosophers, together with Miguel de Cervantes, Friedrich Nietzsche, Emmanuel Levinas, Iris Murdoch, and James Joyce. The essays in Tolkien one of the Moderns additionally element ahead to postmodernism by means of interpreting its implications for Tolkien's paintings. having a look backward, they convey how Tolkien addresses old questions: the issues of destiny and freedom in a likely random universe, in addition to Plato's objection that artwork can neither depict fact nor underwrite morality. the amount is premised at the enterprise conviction that Tolkien isn't a author who may be quickly exceeded and forgotten—exactly simply because he has an enduring living position "among the moderns."

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