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The One Ring Forums: Off Topic: The Pollantir:
Who is your favorite author associated with Oxford that is NOT Tolkien?
Poll: Who is your favorite author associated with Oxford that is NOT Tolkien?
Graham Greene 1 / 3%
Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) 2 / 7%
Joseph Heller 0 / 0%
C.S. Lewis 19 / 66%
Another author 5 / 17%
John Le Carre 2 / 7%
29 total votes

wendy woo

Sep 24 2012, 11:42pm

Post #1 of 13 (743 views)
Who is your favorite author associated with Oxford that is NOT Tolkien? Can't Post

For sake of space, I've just included 20th century writers, but feel free to name another author with no regard to century.

My favorite writer of this bunch is John Le Carre, hands down. With Dr. Seuss a sentimental, second favorite. Smile

Le Carre, IMHO, writes the best prose I've ever read of a "popular" author. It's almost musical. His insight into the foibles of human nature is unmatched, and his characters are exceptionally well-drawn. Some people have claimed that his plots are difficult to follow, but I, personally, have never had a problem. I think that some readers prefer more action in a spy novel, and Le Carre does tend to be more cerebral, spending more time in letting us know his characters thoughts, rather than their actions, and that will turn some people off altogether.

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Sep 25 2012, 2:00am

Post #2 of 13 (338 views)
Probably Dorothy Sayers [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm a big fan of Lord Peter Wimsey.

wendy woo

Sep 25 2012, 3:13am

Post #3 of 13 (349 views)
Funny you should mention this-- [In reply to] Can't Post

Everytime I hear of or read about Sayers I'll think to myself "I need to read one of her books" and then promptly forget I thought that. I've read TONS of Agatha Christie since I was a girl, but never any Sayers. Which of her works is your favorite?

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Sep 25 2012, 6:29am

Post #4 of 13 (310 views)
I find it very hard to choose. [In reply to] Can't Post

The stories do progress chronologically, but they don't necessarily have to be read in order. Of the books which feature just Lord Peter, I would say my favorites are Murder Must Advertise and The Nine Tailors. But if you want to start at the beginning, Whose Body? is the first.

Four of the books feature Harriet Vane. They are not consecutive (stories in which she does not appear were published between the first three) but I recommend reading those at least in the correct order because that way you get the progression of their relationship. Harriet appears in Strong Poison, Have His Carcase, Gaudy Night, and Busman's Honeymoon. Gaudy Night is my favorite of these, but it needs to be read after the first two.

Grey Havens

Sep 25 2012, 12:15pm

Post #5 of 13 (306 views)
I'll take Suess [In reply to] Can't Post

There's a great variety available and face it .... once you start you can't stop.

Think how he is part of the culture

The Lorax. Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, The Grinch, Horton Hears a Who, One Fish Two Fish, Hop on Pop.... etc etc..


Sep 25 2012, 4:44pm

Post #6 of 13 (377 views)
Definitely Lewis [In reply to] Can't Post

I read and discussed quite a lot of his stuff with friends some odd 10 years ago - just before PJs films came out, as I remember. The films then inserted a big refocus of attention on the Inklings and we were all looking at Tolkien in a totally different way then compared to the viewpoint I have on it all right now. Tongue

It was more the non-fiction than the fiction - although it was both.

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Grey Havens

Sep 25 2012, 8:17pm

Post #7 of 13 (331 views)
No Pullman? [In reply to] Can't Post


wendy woo

Sep 25 2012, 11:11pm

Post #8 of 13 (301 views)
Forgive me if left off anyone! [In reply to] Can't Post

There are so MANY fine authors with ties to Oxford, I know I may have left off some favorites. Please feel free to recommend any Oxford author's work here. There may be a few we don't know about.

(This post was edited by wendy woo on Sep 25 2012, 11:11pm)

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Grey Havens

Sep 25 2012, 11:40pm

Post #9 of 13 (300 views)
Oh well if you don't know Philip Pullman [In reply to] Can't Post

Then I would recommend His Dark Materials trilogy - well worth a look.

But I will say no more of Oxford. It is "the other place" for me and must not be spoken of!


wendy woo

Sep 26 2012, 1:42am

Post #10 of 13 (318 views)
Well, by all means, let's be "equal opportunity" here! [In reply to] Can't Post

Bring on those FANTASTIC Cambridge authors!! A.A. Milne, Michael Crichton, Eudora Welty, and Julian Fellowes, to name just a few. Virginia Woolf did not attend, but was associated with the university. Not to forget the poets, of course--Tennyson, Wordsworth, Plath, and Housman and more actors than one could shake a stick at. Even our beloved Gandalf (Sir Ian) attended Cambridge!


Sep 26 2012, 7:02am

Post #11 of 13 (251 views)
Lewis for me too [In reply to] Can't Post

It's the first set of books I remember reading as a child (other than very children-y books, like Winnie the Pooh etc).

Aunt Dora Baggins

Sep 26 2012, 1:43pm

Post #12 of 13 (267 views)
My favorite Dorothy Sayers [In reply to] Can't Post

is her cycle of radio plays on the life of Christ: "The Man Born to be King"


Sep 28 2012, 1:37am

Post #13 of 13 (590 views)
I vote for Dorothy too [In reply to] Can't Post

not just for her detective novels; she did an AWESOME translation of Dante's Divine Comedy that I love, with great commentary.


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