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Tom Shippey

Thomas A. Shippey is a scholar of medieval literature, including Anglo-Saxon England, and of modern fantasy and science fiction, in particular the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, about whom he has written several mainstream books.

His work and life cross paths in many ways with that of Tolkien; like Tolkien, he attended King Edward's School in Birmingham, he taught Old English at Oxford University, and occupied Tolkien's former chair at Leeds University. He later moved to Saint Louis University.

In addition to books, he has edited a number of collections, such as the The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories, and as of 2003 is the editor of the journal Studies in Medievalism.


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