26 April 2013

This article should be illegal.

I have just had a piece entitled "Arthur, Adapted" published in Curator.
It should be illegal because it is a "review" of a book that has not yet been released and which I have not yet read. 

The book is The Fall of Arthur by J.R.R. Tolkien, scheduled for release from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on May 23rd, 2013. You can pre-order it on Amazon.

So in my little Curator piece, I go through a little bit of literary history and a little bit of literary analysis about the story of King Arthur, about adaptation, and about urtexts. I talk about why the King Arthur story is perennially popular.

Then I provide some "semi-oracular statements" about what I think Tolkien’s work will contain and what it will be like. Please read the whole article and give me your thoughts! Thank you. 


Bill said...

I greatly enjoyed it. I'm familiar with several versions of the Arthur story but did not realize there were that many variations or that some of the most well-known parts of the legend (such as Lancelot and the Grail) are such "recent" additions. Fascinating. I hope you'll write another review once you've read the poem.

Iambic Admonit said...

Thank you for the encouragement, Bill. Yes, I have arranged with "Curator" to write a review for them in mid to late May, so keep an eye on that page! In this lecture, I get into Arthurian legends somewhat: I hope to do more on Arthur as the years go by.