READY, William B(ernard)
(1914-1981)
   Welsh librarian and writer, in the USA from 1948 as professional librarian at several universities, and in Canada from 1966 in the same capacity at McMaster University. His first story, "Barring the Weight" for Atlantic Monthly in 1948, was not sf, but several of the talesassembled in The Great Disciple, and Other Stories (coll 1951) are of interest. He was best known, however, for his early study of J.R.R. TOLKIEN, The Tolkien Relation: A Personal Inquiry (1968 US; vtUnderstanding Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings 1969; orig title restored 1981).
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Science Fiction and Fantasy Encyclopedia. . 2011.

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