Stephen R. Donaldson's Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Variations on the Fantasy Tradition

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Stephen R. Donaldson's Chronicles of Thomas Covenant' examines Donaldson's first three novels in an attempt to define their place in the fantasy canon. The book begins with an extensive introduction to the fantasy genre in which W.A. Senior eloquently defends fantasy against charges of being mere escapism, or simply juvenile, and not warranting serious critical consideration.

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Leper as Hero
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Donaldson and Tolkien
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Myth
98
Narrative Structure and Knowledge
133
Life and Death
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Stephen R Donaldsons Publications and Awards
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Interview with Stephen R Donaldson March 22 1991
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Էջ 256 - They were the most mortifying sight I ever beheld ; and the women more horrible than the men. Besides the usual deformities in extreme old age, they acquired an additional ghastliness, in proportion to their number of years, which is not to be described ; and among half a dozen, I soon distinguished which was the eldest, although there was not above a century or two between them.
Էջ 186 - Created half to rise, and half to fall ; Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all ; Sole judge of Truth, in eudless Error hurled; The glory, jest, and riddle of the world ! FOURTH PAI-KR.
Էջ 186 - Know then thyself, presume not God to scan, The proper study of mankind is man. Placed on this isthmus of a middle state, A being darkly wise, and rudely great: With too much knowledge for the sceptic side, With too much weakness for the Stoic's pride, He hangs between; in doubt to act, or rest; In doubt to deem himself a God, or beast; In doubt his mind or body to prefer; Born but to die, and reas'ning but to err...
Էջ 193 - Whereto with speedy words the arch fiend replied. "Fall'n cherub, to be weak is miserable Doing or suffering : but of this be sure, To do aught good never will be our task, But ever to do ill our sole delight, As being the contrary to his high will Whom we resist.
Էջ 87 - Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die, One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie. One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
Էջ 248 - Bot in dolour thy dayis to indure. ^[ Thy cristall ene minglit with blude I mak Thy voice sa cleir unplesand hoir and hace, Thy lustie lyre ouirspred with spottis blak, And lumpis haw appeirand in thy face, Quhair thow cummis, ilk man sall fle the place, This sall thow go begging fra hous to hous, With cop and clapper lyke ane lazarous.
Էջ 34 - This, for reasons which it will be worth while some time to enquire into, is an age that as it were denies the existence of great men; denies the desirableness of great men. Show our critics a great man, a Luther for example, they begin to what they call "account...
Էջ 94 - He was wrapped in some fair memory: and as Frodo looked at him he knew that he beheld things as they once had been in this same place. For the grim years were removed from the face of Aragorn, and he seemed clothed in white, a young lord tall and fair; and he spoke words in the Elvish tongue to one whom Frodo could not see.
Էջ 133 - Meaning, in a work of narrative art, is a function of the relationship between two worlds: the fictional world created by the author and the "real" world, the apprehendable universe.
Էջ 124 - The incarnate mind, the tongue, and the tale are in our world coeval. The human mind, endowed with the powers of generalization and abstraction, sees not only green-grass, discriminating it from other things (and finding it fair to look upon), but sees that it is green as well as being grass. But how powerful, how stimulating to the very faculty that produced it, was the invention of the adjective : no spell or incantation in Faerie is more potent. And that is not surprising: such incantations might...

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