J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript
|J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript|
|Author||William M. Fliss, Sarah C. Schaefer, and others|
|Illustrator||J.R.R. Tolkien (manuscripts and artwork)|
|Publisher||Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University|
J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript is an exhibition catalogue which accompanies an 2022 exhibition of the same name.
The exhibition was held between 19 August and 23 December 2022, organized collaboratively by Marquette University's Raynor Memorial Libraries and the Haggerty Museum of Art, curated by Tolkien Archivist William M. Fliss and Dr. Sarah C. Schaefer.
The book reproduces the complete object list in color, including 147 items both from Marquette's collection and from other repositories, many of which have never been exhibited or published. It was also nominated for the Tolkien Society Award for the best book in 2023. 
Contents[edit | edit source]
- Director's Foreword
- by Susan Longhenry
- "The Art of the Manuscript" (Not present in the first edition)
- "Tolkien and the Manuscript Tradition: A Re-Collation"
- "A Journey down the Great River of Wilderland: Mapping the Manuscripts for The Lord of the Rings"
- Rooted Works
- Records of Ancient Days
- Fair Letters
- Old Times and Distant Lands
- Glimpsing Other-worlds
- Selected Bibliography
From the publisher[edit | edit source]
Marquette University's Raynor Memorial Libraries and the Haggerty Museum of Art collaboratively present this exhibition focused on the work of celebrated author and artist J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), best known for his literary classics The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
The exhibition considers Tolkien’s work through the lens of manuscripts, in terms of both the materials that Tolkien studied as a medieval philologist and the manuscripts that he created while developing his collected writings on Middle-earth. Professor Tolkien was deeply immersed in the complexities of manuscripts, and this exhibition will illustrate how different aspects of the manuscript tradition found expression within Tolkien’s scholarly life and in his creative writing.
Founded on Marquette's J.R.R. Tolkien Collection, the exhibition also includes items borrowed from other repositories, including a significant number of Tolkien manuscripts and artwork from the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford. Many of the 147 items in the exhibition have not previously been exhibited or published.
The exhibition is accompanied by a 196-page hardbound catalogue that reproduces the complete object list, and includes introductory essays by exhibition co-curators William M. Fliss, PhD and Sarah C. Schaefer, PhD.
Publication history and gallery[edit | edit source]
- First edition
- Second edition
See also[edit | edit source]
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- Exhibition information at Marquette.edu
- Catalogue order information at ShopHaggerty.com (currently unavailable)
Interviews with the curators[edit | edit source]
- Bill Fliss and Sarah Schaefer discuss Tolkien Manuscript exhibition coming in 2022 on Tolkien Collector's Guide's YouTube channel
- Interview with Dr. Sarah Schaefer and Dr. William Fliss, co-curators of J. R. R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript (episode 53 of the Athrabeth podcast
- 129 Interview mit Sarah Schaefer & Bill Fliss (episode 129 of TolkCast)
- "Facebok post at the page of the J R R Tolkien Collection - Marquette University Libraries" dated 29 July 2022, Facebook (accessed 5 August 2022)
- "J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript by Haggerty Museum of Art", eventbrite.com (accessed 5 August 2022)
- Winners of The Tolkien Society Awards 2023 announced at TolkienSociety.org (accessed 19 June 2023)
- “J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of the Manuscript” Catalog – Softcover, Second Edition at ShopHaggerty.com (accessed 19 June 2023)