On Fairy-stories, by J.R.R. Tolkien

Verlyn Flieger, Editor, with Douglas A. Anderson
HarperCollins, 2008

On Fairy-stories, dated to 1939, is considered Tolkien's most studied and most quoted critical essay. According to Flieger, On Fairy-stories "defined his conception of fantasy as a literary form, which led to the writing of The Lord of the Rings." Flieger and Anderson's new edition, published by HarperCollins, includes a history of the writing of the essay, extensive notes on Tolkien's allusions in the text, and commentaries.