#43—Interview: Caroline McAlister, John Ronald’s Dragons

 
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In this special episode we talk to Caroline McAlister, professor of English at Guilford College and author of John Ronald’s Dragons: The Story of J. R. R. Tolkien, a children’s book that imagines a young Tolkien exploring his interests in trees, horses, strange-sounding words, “but most of all … dragons.” Caroline explains her thoughts on reading during childhood—both fiction and non-fiction—and her own reasons for writing about a young Tolkien.

Besides her book itself, we also talk discuss what it is like to teach a college-level English course, and how to incorporate Tolkien’s works into the curriculum.

You can learn more about Caroline McAlister and her books at her personal website, carolinemcalisterauthor.com.

https://thetolkienheads.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/042-18-05-02-caroline-mcalister.mp3

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