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Joe R. Christopher


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Joe R. Christopher

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Dr. Christopher has graciously allowed us to read his sonnet, Ogma's Lament on our Yule 2008 Holiday Special, SP06.

Biography


Dr. Joe Christopher, Professor Emeritus at Tarleton State University in Texas, is a world-renowned scholar on the works of both C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien - both favourite authors of ours. His published essays appear to be numerous and his works seminal - we hope to bring you more details later in the new year. When I know more about this fascinating man and his work, I'll bring you more information.

Author of C. S. Lewis in Twayne's English Authors Series, over seventy essays and notes on individual Inklings, the Inklings as a group, and/or Dorothy L. Sayers, and compiler with Joan K. Ostling of C.S. Lewis: An Annotated Checklist of Writings about Him and His Works, Joe is a Professor of English at Tarleton State University. [source]

Dr. Christopher has either written or contributed to the following titles:

Truths Breathed Through Silver: The Inklings' Moral and Mythopoeic Legacy Amazon
I Am in Fact a Hobbit: An Introduction to the Life and Works of J.R.R. Tolkien Amazon
C.S. Lewis (Twayne's English Authors Series) Amazon
C.S. Lewis: An Annotated Checklist of Writings about Him and His Works Amazon
Light in the Shadowlands: Protecting the Real C. S. Lewis (foreword) Amazon
The order of Martha of Bethany Amazon

Bibliographic Details

Dr. Christopher has been kind enough to supply us with this very helpful list of published works.

1971

“Poe and the Tradition of the Detective Story.”  The Mystery Writer’s Art.  Ed. Francis M. Nevins, Jr.  Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green University Popular Press, 1971.  19-35.  NOTES: (1)  The essay is an expansion of “Poe and the Detective Story,”  The Armchair Detective 2:1 (Oct. 1968): 49-51.  (2)  A second printing of this book (not seen by JRC) had a slight updating of the bibliography to the essay, done by Nevins.

1972

Annotated items.  Science Fiction Criticism: An Annotated Checklist.  Ed. Thomas Clareson.  The Kent State University Press, 1972.  61, 64, 78, 82 (two items), 98, 108, 122, 124, 131, 136.  NOTE: The annotations are signed.

1977

“Archetypal Patterns in Till We Have Faces.”  The Longing for a Form: Essays on the Fiction of C. S. Lewis.  Ed. Peter J. Schakel.  Kent, Ohio: The Kent State University Press, 1977.  193-224.

1978

“Christmas at the South Pole” (124-25) and “A Baroque Memorial” (126-29). The Tolkien Scrapbook, ed. Alida Becker (New York: Grosset and Dunlap [hardcover]/Philadelphia: Running Press [softcover], 1978).  Pages as indicated.  Reissued as A Tolkien Treasury (Philadelphia: Courage Books [an imprint of Running Press], 2000 [hardcover]).  A copyright date of 1989 in the 2000 edition implies a reissue then also.  A minature version of the book was also published, which had snippets of “A Baroque Memorial.”  NOTES: (1)  “Christmas at the South Pole” was original published in Minas Tirith Evening-Star 6:4 (October 1976): 4-5.  “A Baroque Memorial” was originally published in Mythlore 3:2/10 (n.d. [May 1975]): 11-12.  (2)  Both were reprinted in Musings beneath a Tree of Amalion, by Joe R. Christopher.  2nd, exp. ed.  Stephenville, Texas: The Carolingian Press, actually published by The New England Tolkien Society, Arnold, Missouri, 1993.  34-35 and 52-58 respectively (the latter in an expanded version).

1979

“Dorothy L. Sayers’s Manuscripts and Letters in Public Collections in the United States: [Introduction]; 2. Manuscripts at the Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin; 3. Letters in the Marion E. Wade Collection, Wheaton College (Wheaton, Illinois); 6. Letters at the Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin.”  As Her Whimsey Took Her: Critical Essays on the Work of Dorothy L. Sayers.  Ed. Margaret P. Hannay.  Kent, Ohio: The Kent State University Press, 1979.  215-217, 246-262, 268-276.  NOTE:  JRC also edited the entire bibliographic section, as the writing of its introduction suggests.

1981

“Cross Trumps: A Conjectural Note on Rex Stout and Ellery Queen” (9) and “The Case of the Vanishing Locomotives; or, A Hell of a Way to Run a Railroad” (56-58).  The Armchair Detective: Volume One.  Ed. Allen J. Hubin.  Madison, Indiana: Brownstone Books, 1981.  Pages as indicated.  Letters: 30, 106, 156.  NOTES: (1)  This is a reprint of the first volume of the journal The Armchair Detective, 1967-68.  (2)  A revised and expanded version of “Cross Trumps”—listed first above—was printed in The Queen Canon Bibliophile 2:2 (July 1970): 6-7.  This version was reprinted in Q.B.I.: Queen’s Books Investigated; or, The Queen Was in the Accounting House (Stephenville, Texas: The Carolingian Press, 1983): 24-26.  The latter page numbers were supplied by Glenda Stone, Head of Cataloging, Dick Smith Library, Tarleton State University.

1982

“Time Barrier.”  Fifty Extremely SF* Stories / *Short Fiction.  Ed. Michael Bastraw.  Intro. Robert Bloch.  Center Harbor, New Hampshire: Niekas Publications, 1982.  17.  NOTES: (1)  A chapbook.  (2)  A somewhat longer version of this story was published earlier: Niekas 28 (Nov. 1981): 38.  Laura C. Schmidt, Archivist at the Wade Center, confirmed the volume number and supplied the page number.

1987

“Yes, I Remember . . .”  TAD-Scrift: Twenty Years of Mystery Fandom in The Armchair Detective.  Ed. J. Randolph Cox.  Madison, Indiana: Brownstone Books (for Bouchercon XVIII), 1987.  15-18.  NOTE: A chapbook.

1988

“Foreword.”  The C. S. Lewis Hoax.  By Kathryn Lindskoog.  Portland, Oregan: Multnomah Press, 1998.  11-12.

1990

 

“Biographies and Bibliographies on C. S. Lewis.”  A Christian for All Christians: Essays in Honour of C. S. Lewis.  Ed. Andrew Walker and James Patrick.  London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1990.  216-222 (with two notes from the editors, 246nn).

1991

 “New Development.”   Copper Star: An Anthology of Southwestern Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction.  Ed. Bruce Arthur.  Tucson, Arizona: The World Fantasy Convention, 1991.   209-210. 

 

1994

“Foreword.”  Light in the Shadowlands: Protecting the Real C. S. Lewis.  By Kathryn Lindskoog.  Sisters, Oregan: Questar Publishing (under the name of its Multnomah Books division), 1994.  xix-xx.  NOTES: (1) This is the second of two forewords to this volume.  (2)  This book is an expansion of The C. S. Lewis Hoax (1988).

1995

“The Moral Epiphanies in The Lord of the Rings” (121-125) and “J. R. R. Tolkien and the Clerihew” (263-271).  Proceedings of the J. R. R. Tolkien Centenary Conference: 1992.  Ed. Patricia Reynolds and Glen GoodKnight.  Milton Keynes, England, and Altadena, California: The Tolkien Society and The Mythopoeic Press, 1995.  Pages as indicated.  NOTE: Some of the British copies were hardbound.

1997

“The Pride of Sister Ursula.”  Performance for a Lifetime: A Festscrift Honoring Dorothy Harrell Brown: Essays on Women, Religion, and the Renaissance.  Ed. Barbara C. Ewell and Mary A. McCay.  New Orleans: Loyola University New Orleans, 1997.  140-158.

1998

“The Lewisian Significance of Chad Walsh” (viii-liv) and “Chad Walsh’s Writings on C. S. Lewis” (31-34).  Chad Walsh reviews C. S. Lewis.  Ed. Joe R. Christopher.  Altadena, California: The Mythopoeic Press, 1998.  Pages as indicated.  “Lullaby.”  Journey into Narnia. By Kathryn Lindskoog.  Pasadena: Hope Publishing House, 1998.  158-59.  NOTE: Originally published in a chapbook by JRC: For Katrina Magdaléna Nicole: 26 November 1977. N.p.: n.p., [1977]. 7. 

“On The Nine Tailors as a Gothic Novel.”  Proceedings of the 1997 Seminar.  Ed. Christine R. Simpson.  Hurstpierpoint, England: The Dorothy L. Sayers Society, Feb. 1998.  53-56.

 “W[ystan] H[ugh] Auden (1907-1973)” (90), “Boxen: The Imaginary World of the Young C. S. Lewis” (104-06), “English Literature in the Sixteenth Century, Excluding Drama” (151-53), “Adam Fox (1883-1977)” (174), “Joy” (224-25), “Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957)” (362-63), and “Charles Walter Stansby Williams (1886-1945)” (426-27).  The C. S. Lewis Readers’ Encyclopedia.  Ed. Jeffrey D. Schultz and John G. West, Jr.  Christopher Mitchell, Foreword.  Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondevan Publishing House, 1998.  Pages as indicated.

2000

“Modern Literature.”  Reading the Classics with C. S. Lewis.  Ed. Thomas L. Martin.  Grand Rapids: Baker Academic (a division of Baker Book House), 2000.  245-264.

 

“Tolkien’s Lyric Poetry.”  Tolkien’s Legendarium: Essays on The History of Middle-earth.  Ed. Verlyn Flieger and Carl F. Hostetter.  Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy, No. 86.  Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2000.  143-160.

2001

“Dorothy L. Sayers’ Books: An Annotated Listing with a Holmesian Emphasis.”  Sayers on Holmes: Essays and Fiction on Sherlock Holmes by Dorothy L. Sayers.  By Dorothy L. Sayers.  Altadena, California: The Mythopoeic Press, 2001.  42-50.

“Foreword.”  Sleuthing C. S. Lewis: More Light in the Shadowlands.  By Kathryn Lindskoog.  Macon Georgia: Mercer University Press, 2001.  ix-x.  NOTE: An expansion of The C. S. Lewis Hoax (1988) and Light in the Shadowlands (1994).

 

2003

“The Impact of Tolkien’s Writings: A Personal Reflection.”  “I Am in Fact a Hobbit”: An Introduction to the Life and Work of J. R. R. Tolkien.  All but the one chapter by Perry C. Bramlett.  Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, 2002 (“2003”).  182-89.  NOTE: The subtitle of the essay was added (appropriately) by Bramlett.

2004

 

“W. H. Auden” (59-76) and “J. R. R. Tolkien” (1529-550).   Great World Writers: Twentieth Century.  Vols.1 and 11.  Tarrytown, New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2004.  Pages as indicated.  NOTE:  One of the editors of the Auden essay confused the British and the American Group Theaters in the published version.

2005

 

“In Intention: Sayers’ Third Serial Detective” (1-13) and “A Checklist of Dorothy L. Sayers’ Short Mystery Fiction” (59-78).  The Travelling Rug.  By Dorothy L. Sayers.  Altadena, California: The Mythopoeic Press, 2005.  Pages as indicated.

“Interiors and Exteriors.”  The 2005 Rhysling Anthology: The Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Poetry of 2004.  Ed. Drew Morse.  Published in two formats: (1) N.p.: The Science Fiction Poetry Association in cooperation with Dark Regions Press, 2005.  61-64.  Soft cover.  (2)  N.p.: Prime Books, 2005.  76-79.  Hard cover. 

 

2006

“Deor.”   J. R. R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment.  Ed. Michael D. C. Drout.  New York: Routledge, 2006 (“2007”).  122-23.

“Nevada Barr.”  Popular Contemporary Writers.  Ed. Michael D. Sharp.  Tarrytown, New York: Marshall Cavendish Reference Books, 2006.  Vol. 2, 149-162. 
2007

 

“On Dorothy L. Sayers as a War Poet.”  Proceedings of the 2007 Dorothy L. Sayers Convention: Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, USA: June 13-17.  Hurstpierpoint, England: The Dorothy L. Sayers Society, July 2007.  15-45.

 

2008

“C. S. Lewis’s Three Paths to God: A Keynote Address for ‘C. S. Lewis for the Twenty-first Century.’”  Truths Breathed through Silver: The Inklings’ Moral and Mythopoeic Legacy.  Ed. Jonathan B. Hines, with Joe R. Christopher and Salwa Khoddam.  Newcastle, England: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008.  1-16.

“Detective Fiction.”  The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Vol. 9: Literature.  Ed. M. Thomas Inge (Volume Editor) and Charles Reagan Wilson (General Editor).  Chapel Hill, North Carolina: The University of North Carolina Press, 2008.  60-64.

“Ellery Queen.”  Student’s Encyclopedia of American Literary Characters.  Ed. Matthew J. Bruccoli and Judith S. Baughman.  New York: Facts on File, 2008.  Vol. 1 (of four volumes), 261-62. 

“Sir Gawain’s Pentangle.”  The Ring Goes Ever On: Proceedings of the Tolkien 2005 Conference: Celebrating 50 Years of The Lord of the Rings.  Ed. Sarah Wells.  England: Tolkien Society, 2008.   Vol. 2 (of two volumes).  NOTE: The work also appears on a CD-ROM, given to contributors instead of standard contributors’ copies.

“Tombstone, Arizona.”  Old West: History and Heritage. Ed. Edward Countryman.  Tarrytown, New York: Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books,  2008.  Vol. 9, 969-972.


Forthcoming

“Artistic Form and the Supernatural in Pushing the Bear.”  American Gods Revisited: Fantasy and Native America [title tentative].  Ed. Amy H. Sturgis and David Oberhelman.  Altadena, California: The Mythopoeic Press, 2009 [date tentative].

“Introduction” and “Anthony Boucher’s and Denis Green’s The Casebook of Gregory Hood: A Checklist.”  The Casebook of Gregory Hood.  By Anthony Boucher and Denis Green.  Ed. Joe R. Christopher. Norfolk, Virginia: Crippen and Landru, 2009 [date tentative].

 

Books

Joe has 3 books available although he has contrbuted in many others and has many papers to his name.

Checklist of Writings

C S Lewis: An Annotated Checklist of Writings About Him and His Works

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Student Companion to CS Lewis

Student Companion to CS Lewis

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Ars Poetica

Ars Poetica

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