October 2012—Marquette University Libraries presents Dr. John D. Rateliff in a public lecture celebrating the 75th anniversary of the publication of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.
Dr. Rateliff will tell the story of how the Tolkien manuscripts came to reside at Marquette University in the late 1950s and why Professor Tolkien was never able to follow through on plans to visit Milwaukee. Dr. Rateliff is well suited to tell the tale, having spent nearly thirty years studying Tolkien's papers at Marquette. He received his PhD. in English from Marquette in 1990, and has published extensively on Tolkien. Dr. Rateliff has presented numerous papers at academic conferences, including two hosted by Marquette University. Among his publications is the two-volume The History of the Hobbit, a definitive account of the writing of Tolkien’s first classic. Since The Hobbit’s publication in 1937, over 100 million copies have been sold, and the book has been translated into at least forty languages.
A reception will follow in the lobby area of the conference center. The event is free and open to the Marquette and Milwaukee communities. Space is limited so please telephone the library archives by noon on Tuesday, Oct. 2nd to pre-register: (414) 288-7256. Two parking structures (Wells Street between 12th and 13th; and 16th St. between Wisconsin and Wells) are open to visitors for a fee; a campus map and driving directions to campus are here. Questions about any of the events may be addressed to archivist Bill Fliss by e-mail or phone (414) 288-5906.
Dr. Rateliff's lecture kicks off Marquette's year-long celebration of The Hobbit's anniversary. Read more about the events planned for 2012-2013.
This event is made possible by the Tolkien Archives Fund established by the late Richard G. Blackwelder and augmented by a generous donation from Mrs. Mercedes Hurley Hughes.