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Richard C. West

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  • independent scholar (deceased)

Richard C. West (1944−2020) was one of the pioneers of serious Tolkien scholarship. He was the founder of the Tolkien Society at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. West is known particularly for his invaluable resource Tolkien Criticism: An Annotated Checklist. Among West’s other scholarly works, his 1975 essay, The Interlace Structure of The Lord of the Rings” (in Jared Lobdell’s collection A Tolkien Compass) has proven to have particularly long-lasting impact. West had a long affiliation with the Mythopoeic Society.

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Volume 39, № 2: Ursula K. Le Guin

In memoriam: Richard C. West

26 April 2021. Janet Brennan Croft

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Tolkien at Kalamazoo Symposium

2021: In memory of Richard C. West

8 May 2021.

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Richard C. West, 1944–2020

5 October 2021. John D. Rateliff

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