Michael D. C. Drout

Michael D. C. Drout
Born May 3, 1968
Occupation Literary critic and author
Nationality American
Period 2002-present
Genre Fantasy
Anglo-Saxon literature
Medieval literature
Science fiction

Michael D. C. Drout (born 1968) is the Prentice Professor of English and Former Chair of the Department of English at Wheaton College and an author and editor specializing in Anglo-Saxon and medieval literature, science fiction and fantasy, especially the works of J. R. R. Tolkien and Ursula K. Le Guin.

Drout holds a Ph.D. in English from Loyola University Chicago (May 1997), an M.A. in English from the University of Missouri (May 1993), an M.A. in Communication from Stanford University (May 1991), and a B.A. in Professional and Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University.

He is best known for his studies of Tolkien's scholarly work on Beowulf and the precursors and textual evolution of the essay Beowulf: the Monsters and the Critics, published as Beowulf and the Critics by J. R. R. Tolkien (2002), which won the Mythopoeic Award for Scholarship in Inklings Studies, 2003.

He is the editor of the J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment (2006), a one-volume reference on Tolkien's works and their contexts.

With Douglas A. Anderson and Verlyn Flieger, he is co-editor of Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review, (Volumes 1–7, 2004–2010).


Books written or edited by Michael Drout include:


Michael Drout has published ten audio lectures for Recorded Books' Modern Scholar Series:

Having both a nostalgic love of the Anglo-Saxon language, and academic expertise in its linguistic basis for the modern English Language; Drout maintains a growing collection of recorded Anglo-Saxon on Anglo-Saxon Aloud.


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