Compiled by Janet Brennan Croft
A Press associated with the Society was first proposed in the 1970s but did not come to fruition until the late nineties. Diana Pavlac Glyer’s formal proposal for its founding was discussed at the November 1996 Stewards’ Meeting. Glyer was the first Press Steward, and she has been followed in the position by Joan Marie Verba, Scott McLaren, David Oberhelman, and Leslie Donovan.
Prior to 2004, the Mythopoeic Press exclusively produced previously unpublished materials by authors associated with the Inklings, along with additional scholarly materials such as introductions and bibliographies. With the completion of Peter Jackson’s film trilogy, however, MythPress felt it was time to move into the area of original scholarship with the publication of an essay collection on the films. After the success of this project, edited collections on mythopoeic and fantastical topics have become a regular part of the Press’s mission. The first such collection from the Press was Tolkien on Film: Essays on Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings, edited by Janet Brennan Croft and published in 2005.