From "Tolkien: A Cultural Phenomenon" (2003) by Brian Rosebury
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for me a work of
fiction exists only insofar as it affords me what I shall bluntly call aesthetic
bliss, that is a sense of being somehow,
somewhere, connected with other states of being where art (curiosity, tenderness, kindness, ecstasy) is the norm.[i]
[i] V. Nabokov, ‘On a Book Entitled Lolita’, Lolita (Penguin, 1980) p. 313.