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Late Reviews

Late Reviews

by Douglas A. Anderson


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Published by Nodens Books.

Late Reviews collects Douglas A. Anderson's reviews of older or unusual books, usually ones of a fantastical, supernatural or decadent nature, written over the last twenty-five years.

"Doug Anderson's regular 'Late Reviews' column in Wormwood is a treasury of information and commentary on some of the rarest, most obscure and strangest books in our field. It is infused by Doug's shrewd and unflinching assessments; bad books are named as such, overlooked achievements are justly celebrated." -Mark Valentine, editor of Wormwood

"In his wonderful 'Late Reviews' Doug Anderson boldly goes where few readers have gone before. Rather than write about the familiar classics of fantasy and supernatural literature, he explores the genre's back alleys and waste lands, rediscovering dozens of strange and strangely appealing titles, most of them half forgotten, if remembered at all. Who else has read Guy Ridley's The World of Teregor and John William Harding's A Conjuror of Phantoms and Erica Fay's The Road to Fairyland or, it would seem, the complete works of Anthony Dyllington, author of The Unseen Thing? When Doug praised the wit of Alexander de Comeau's Monk's Magic-and likened it to Mervyn Wall's The Unfortunate Fursey-I immediately went searching for a copy. Far more than just a collection of essays, Douglas A. Anderson's Late Reviews is a valuable reference, a guide for the curious reader and, not least, a source of rare literary entertainment." -Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and author of Classics for Pleasure and On Conan Doyle

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781987512564
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Douglas A. Anderson's first book was The Annotated Hobbit (1988; revised and expanded 2002), and it is mostly for his work on J.R.R. Tolkien that he is known today. He corrected the text in various editions of The Lord of the Rings published between 1987 and 2002, contributing an introductory "Note on the Text" on the complicated publishing history of the work. He co-edited with Verlyn Flieger a critical edition of Tolkien's famous essay about fairy-stories, publishing for the first time Tolkien's extensive draft. This book came out in England in 2008 under the title Tolkien On Fairy-stories.

Anderson has also specialized in the history of fantasy literature, and has introduced new editions of works by Kenneth Morris, Clemence Housman, Leonard Cline, and many others. He resurrected E. A. Wyke-Smith 1927 children's book, The Marvellous Land of Snergs, which was an importance source for The Hobbit. Two of his anthologies, Tales Before Tolkien (2003) and Tales Before Narnia (2008), study the sources for the fantasy writings by Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.

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