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New Tolkien Studies co-editor (and additional TORN-relevant news)


Jul 14 2012, 7:14pm

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I am happy to pass this message on from Verlyn Flieger:


Michael D.C. Drout and Verlyn Flieger are pleased to welcome David Bratman as third co-editor of Tolkien Studies. David will also be Book Review Editor, succeeding Doug Anderson, who has left the journal and is managing his own publishing imprint. For many years David has compiled the Year's Work section of the journal, and is admirably fitted to take on the job of Book Review Editor. Merlin DeTardo, who has worked with David on the Year's Work, will now be in full charge of the Year's Work.
We look forward to working with David, and to future years of collaboration.

Verlyn Flieger
Michael D.C. Drout

Merlin, of course, is better known around here as N.E. Brigand. I am pleased to see him taking a bigger role. Congratulations to him and to David, and a big thank you to Doug for his years of hard work, and best of luck to him in his new endeavor. A big thank you as well to Verlyn and Mike for all that they do to promote the study of Tolkien's work.

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Jul 15 2012, 6:40am

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Jul 15 2012, 7:43am

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Very happy indeed. [In reply to] Can't Post

Thank you for the news - and good luck to them!

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Jul 15 2012, 12:58pm

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Great news [In reply to] Can't Post

David is a brilliant stylist and an unrelenting scholar of Tolkien. It is wonderful to see that Tolkien Studies is showing it has legs. And of course it is unsurprising to see that Merlin, like Jason Fisher and you yourself, is growing in prominence as a scholar of the works of the Prof.

Thanks for the news!

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Jul 15 2012, 1:15pm

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Jul 15 2012, 2:59pm

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Congratulations to all but especially our very own! [In reply to] Can't Post

It's wonderful to hear that N.E. Brigand has been given full charge of the Year's Work section of Tolkien Studies! This will only make his knowledge of everything ever written about Tolkien even more formidable, and of course the journal will benefit from his keen assessments of the critics. Congratulations also to David Bratman. And I look forward to following Doug Anderson's next endeavours -- though I can't imagine that he won't continue to work on Tolkien in some way.

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Jul 15 2012, 4:23pm

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Congrats to David - and especially to NEB! Smile


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Jul 18 2012, 2:01am

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Thirding this! [In reply to] Can't Post

Geez, I'm out of it for a few months and all kinds of things happen around here!

This made me so happy to read -- glad to see NEB recognized for his scholarship and love of Tolkien. They made a great choice!


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Jul 26 2012, 9:34pm

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Congratulations to everyone, but especially our friend NE Brigand.


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