Paul Kocher's Master of the Middle-Earth – The Achievement of J.R.R. Tolkien in Fiction. Since the first volume appeared in 1954 Tolkien’s trilogy The Lord of the Rings, has become one of the most widely loved works of literature ever published. In Master of Middle-earth, Paul Kocher considers Tolkien’s fiction as a whole, showing the relationship of the short prose and verse narratives to the major works, and traces his major themes and preoccupations in a way that will be extremely illuminating to those who are already familiar with this most fascinating of epics. (Backcover text)
Paul Harold Kocher (1907 – 1998) was a scholar, author, and professor of English. He wrote extensively on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien as well as on Elizabethan English drama, philosophy, religion, and medicine. His numerous publications include studies of Christopher Marlowe and Francis Bacon, as well as J.R.R. Tolkien.
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