Most scholarship about J.R.R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis describes their shared faith and academic interests or analyzes each writer’s fantasy works. War of the Fantasy Worlds: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien on Art and Imagination is the first to focus solely on their contrasting concepts of fantasy. The authors’ views of art and imagination, the book shows, are not only central to understanding the themes, value, and relevance of their fantasy fiction, but are also strikingly different.
Understanding the authors’ thoughts about fantasy helps us better understand and appreciate their works. Yet, this book is not a critical analysis of The Lord of the Rings or The Chronicles of Narnia. Rather, it examines only elements of Tolkien’s and Lewis’s books that relate to their views about art, fantasy, and creativity, or the implementation of their theories. The result is a unique and altogether fascinating perspective on two of the most revered fantasy authors of all time.
About the Author:
Martha C. Sammons, PhD, is professor of English at Wright State University, Dayton, OH, where she has taught since 1975. She has written books like A Guide Through Narnia, A Far Off Country: A Guide to C.S.Lewis' Fantasy Fiction: A Guide to C.S. Lewis's Fantasy Fiction / Martha C. Sammons, and is know for her article "Tolkien on Fantasy in Smith of Wootton Major.", published in Mythlore 43 (Autumn 1985).
War of the Fantasy Worlds: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien on Art and Imagination
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