People say that the story of the stolen Roman ring fueled the fantasie... ... middle of paper ... ...y imaginative books for children that have appeared in a long time." Feb 01 2014, 09:32 http://www.nytimes.com/books/01/02/11/specials/tolkien.html The Silmarillion, is a legend collection of which the long tale, 'The Silmarillion,' makes up the main parts.... stands below the trilogy because much of it contains only high seriousness. ",Feb 01 2014, 09:33 http://www.nytimes.com/books/01/02/11/specials/tolkien.html "John Ronald Ruel Tolkien." 2014. J.R.R.
This book is known as the greatest prime example of literature from that time period. He used similar Anglo-Saxon themes such as Good versus Evil, Christianity versus Paganism, and lastly, the idea of courage and loyalty. Tolkien, fascinated by Anglo-Saxon literature, used similar context, themes, and ideas to create a parallel between Beowulf and The Lord of The Rings. Tolkien was very interested in the nature of the Anglo-Saxon time period. He was fascinated by the old, dark mythologies of that time.
In the fifteenth century, Sir Thomas Malory wrote Morte d'Arthur, the first complete tale of Arthur's life. Since then, a countless number of books have been written on the subject, yet none can compare to The Once and Future King. It has easily become the most popular of all the Arthurian novels as it is loved by both children and adults. Though similar in many ways to other works of the same subject, such as Malory's, White gives new details, meanings, and insightful modernization to the story, giving it an earthy quality, which the reader can identify with. White's rendering of the Arthurian legend differs from the traditional versions in that he includes contemporary knowledge and concepts, adds new stories and characters to the legend, and provides new perspectives by probing deeper into the existing tales.
These novels are perhaps the most beloved works of fantasy in the twentieth century. An eminent Oxford philologist, Tolkien's translation of ancient myths inspired him to create a world of his own, known as Middle-earth. He spent a great deal of his life developing his own language and mythology for this imaginary realm. Although The Hobbit garnered favorable reviews on its publication, it wasn't initially a commercial success. However, the novel became extremely popular over the years, eventually selling over one million copies in the United States alone.
It even makes the reader use their imagination. The all the imagery it is hard not to imagine being one of the characters in the book. Even though Sparks is known for his romance and love stories the majority of his books suffer through some sort of downfall or tragedy. “All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 89 million copies in print worldwide, in over 50 languages, including over 50 million copies in the United States alone, and his popularity continues to soar.” (Sparks). This statistic is impressive thinking how he started just writing for fun the became published a year or so after he wrote his first novel.
Ray Bradbury No name typifies science fiction to the American public more than the name Ray Bradbury. For over forty years, he has been writing novels, short stories, poems, plays, and movie scripts that have long since kept him in the forefront of American literature. His stories become standard reading for many high school and college students. His literary style can best be described as "enchantment;" the way he captivates his readers with charm, bewitchment, and stunning verbal evocations. His visions of the past, future, and the present delight his readers.
Yukio Mishima was a brilliant Japanese novelist whose work began to thrive in the late nineteen forty's. His novels focused mainly on Eastern religion, homosexual eroticism and fantasies of death. These controversial themes seem to repel some readers (Magill); however, Mishima remained a dedicated literary artist. In his lifetime he wrote multiple volumes of literature, but only about six or seven earned him a great deal of attention from critics and readers in Japan (Yourcenar 24-25). However, he has earned himself the reputation of Japan’s greatest contemporary novelist (Gale, Magill).
Through the printing press Franklin was able to support himself for the rest of his life, which lead him to tackle his curiosities through discovering and inventing. (Benjamin Franklin1) Benjamin Franklin affected America through his accomplishments as a blunt publisher and writer, an innovative scientist and inventor, and a superior political figurehead. Starting from a young age, Benjamin Franklin was academically more advanced than others which allowed him to be so successful through the printing press from the beginning. Franklin never remembers not being able to read, allowing him to not have to go through as much schooling and being able to start work when he was only twelve years old. (Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography 1) Growing up in a family with little money, not enough for school, Franklin was sent to be an apprentice for his brother’s printing press.
Even though Sid Fleischman was not able to fulfill his dream of becoming a great magician, he did create magic by making it the theme of all of his books. During his lifetime, Fleischman won numerous awards such as the Newbery Award in 1987 and the Boston Globe – Horn Book Award in 1979. Unfortunately, Albert Sidney Fleischman died on March 17th, 2010, in Santa Monica, California (Fox 1). Though Sid Fleischman was both a prosperous and an influential American author, he wrote many children’s novels and plays about magic, such as the Whipping Boy and The 13th Floor: A Ghost Story. His magic would always be with his books and would mystify the History of American Literature.
J. R. R. Tolkien [1892-1973] was one of the twentieth century's greatest scholars of language and the culture of pre-Christian England. His invented worlds were drawn from knowledge gained during his extensive career teaching at the University of Leeds and Oxford University. He was one of the "Inklings," a famed group of writers and literary figures that included his friend C. S. Lewis. I read The Lord of the Rings as an adolescent because I thought it was the thing to do. I read the books almost out of a sense of obligation--encouraged by teenage Christian friends who claimed that the books changed their lives.