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Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics

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Beowulf: The Monsters and The Critics, 1937 edition

Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics is the title of a lecture by J.R.R. Tolkien and its shortened publication in book-form. Note that the original and much longer manuscript of the lecture was published as Beowulf and the Critics in 2002, edited by Michael D.C. Drout.

Contents

The lecture

The lecture "Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics" was the Sir Israel Gollancz Memorial Lecture for 1936. Tolkien delivered it to the British Academy on 25 November 1936 and again two weeks later to the Manchester Mediaeval Society.

Publications

Beowulf: The Monsters and The Critics, c.1969 edition

Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics has been published in several different editions.

1937: First Edition

In 1937, the first edition of Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics was published by Humphrey Milford (London) for the British Academy ([1 July]. 56 pp. 500 copies printed. ISBN: N/A). It was also issued in the Proceedings of the British Academy (vol. 22, 1936, pr. 1937, pp. [245]-295).[1]

C.1969: Booklet

Around 1969, booklets of Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics (undated and unknown publisher and place of publication), appeared.[2]

1983: The Monsters and the Critics

In 1983, the lecture was included in The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays, edited by Christopher Tolkien.

References

  1. Bertenstam, Åke: Chronological Bibliography of the Writings of J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. An Illustrated Tolkien Bibliography at Tolkienbooks.net