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Amplifi cation and quaternity in Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series

Robert Jordan was a native of Charleston, South Carolina, a Vietnam veteran, and a student of history (especially the Civil War)—all of which helps illuminate the emphases on history and battle in The Wheel of Time.1 He seems to have gotten his wish to keep writing until his casket was nailed shut because the massive series was unfi nished at the time of his death in 2007. Brandon Sanderson, who teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University, ghost-wrote the twelfth and thirteenth books. A fourteenth, which will complete the series, is forthcoming in 2013.