2015-16 BMI Fellow in Humanistic Studies
Fellow in Humanistic StudiesWriter and journalist John Garth is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work on the creative development of J.R.R. Tolkien in the context of his times. Tolkien and the Great War, his 2003 biographical study exploring the invention of Middle-earth against the backdrop of the First World War, won the Mythopoeic Award for Scholarship. Ongoing research has produced a codicil, Tolkien at Exeter College, on the author’s formative undergraduate years. Garth is a contributor to the Blackwell Companion to J.R.R. Tolkien and the Routledge J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia; serves on the review panel of Vinyar Tengwar, which publishes Tolkien’s work on Elvish and other invented languages; and writes regularly for the annual scholarly journal Tolkien Studies. As a journalist, Garth spent many years on the London Evening Standard; he currently writes on cultural topics for media outlets such as the The Guardian, The Times, and The Daily Beast.