Epic Fantasy Writer Stephen Donaldson to Share Excerpts of His Latest Work on Oct. 16

College of Wooster graduate to read from the final installment of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant

01 October, 2014 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Stephen Donaldson, author of the highly acclaimed series The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant and a visiting writer in residence at The College of Wooster this fall, will share passages from his latest work, The King's Justice, on Thursday, Oct. 16, in Room 009 of Severance Hall (943 College Mall). The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m.

Born in Cleveland, Donaldson graduated from Wooster in 1968 with a degree in English. A conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, he served in an Akron hospital before enrolling at Kent State University, where he earned a master's degree in English. He has received a number of honors throughout his career, including an honorary Doctor of Literature degree from Wooster in 1993.

His most recent book, The Last Dark, is the 10th and final installment in Donaldson's Covenant series. Wall Street Journal critic Tom Shippey described it as "remarkably distinct in its hero, its themes, its relationship to the real world," adding that "in time The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant will be seen as one of the self-defining works of the third millennium, our equivalent in scope and ambition of earlier epics and fantasies, from Virgil's Aeneid to Tennyson's Arthurian Idylls and Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, the last now a lifetime (Donaldson's own) in the past."

Donaldson's reading is sponsored by the English Department's Donaldson Fund, which he established through a gift to The College of Wooster. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2575) or e-mail.