I can also recommend Beagle's earlier fantasy novel A Fine and Private Place very highly.
I didn't care for his road-trip memoir I Can See By My Uniform.
How are you finding it after a few decades?
Even though I See by My Outfit was an "early" (1965) shout-out to The Lord of the Rings? That was back when it was available only in hardcover. But Tolkien's "trilogy" had, in fact, had quite a few good reviews. Beagle's remarks probably helped to make it perceived as a Youth book.
I had a discussion in one of the forums, either with Ursa or Harebrain, and I was opining that there was some kind of association with LOTR and 1960's/early 1970's British scooter gangs (mods).I See by My Outfit was serialized in Holiday, a pretty lavish-looking magazine, so Beagle had that visibility -- or maybe it was that the book was an expansion of the magazine serial -- I'm not sure of the exact situation. Beagle also wrote about LotR for Holiday -- that's where his introduction in The Tolkien Reader came from.
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I had a discussion in one of the forums, either with Ursa or Harebrain, and I was opining that there was some kind of association with LOTR and 1960's/early 1970's British scooter gangs (mods).
Pub Quiz question: which well-known SF writet was closely associated woth Holiday magazine?
Better than I remember. I began to rebound hard against Heinlein's dialogue in every book, although I read all the pre-1970 stuff. It seemed so clipped and smug, almost unreadable. I re-read Beyond This Horizon a few years ago with the spanking scene and thinking, yeah, I could see Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn doing that in a screwball comedy.
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