Farah Mendlesohn has published an extract from her forthcoming Robert Heinlein study:
"The Green Hills of Earth" is one of Heinlein's masterpieces: great, grand opera, beautifully paced, slow and cumulative, it depends on the counter of sublime poetry and imagery with scandalous verse for at least part of its sentimental affect. Rhysling the Blind Poet is, to a degree, the tart with the heart of gold. But the real movement is the sense that while Rhysling has been thrown away by the company. He himself has remained loyal to the company's task, to take people safely across the stars. As he sings and works, the importance of his role as both engineer and poet are enmeshed. […]
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