Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1984.
First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Near Fine / Near Fine. Item #2399
The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published in 1984 by Houghton Mifflin, the First US Edition and First Printing. Preceded by the UK Allen & Unwin Edition of 1983. A Near Fine book, with unmarked boards, no bumped corners, with no previous owners names, dates, nor any other writing or marks noted. The dustjacket is in Near Fine condition, with virtually no rubbing or wear to the edges. This book is comprised of a number of essays, written by J.R.R. Tolkien, on philological and philosophical subjects. They were presented as formal lectures and some have appeared in scholarly journals. From the blurb, 'a lively and challenging collection of pieces dealing for the most part with medieval literature but including such topics as the invention of languages (his "secret vice"), the justification of fairy stories, and the tandem development of the English and Welsh languages. The book closes with Tolkien's farewell to professorship five years after the publication of The Lord of the Rings. Digital photo's available, inquire if interested. Other Tolkien books available, include both the UK and US editions, original cloth bindings, custom fine bindings, and Signed/Numbered/Limited Editions.
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