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J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography

2 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Humphrey Carpenter

There may be a corner of the world where the name J.R.R. Tolkien is unknown, but you would be hard-pressed to find it. Since their publication,The HobbitandThe Lord of the Ringshave been published in every major language of the world. And though he single-handedly … see full wiki

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Author: Humphrey Carpenter
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Mariner Books
2 reviews about J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography
review by . June 09, 2005
This work certainly is the best of the bunch as to the life and times of J.R.R. TOlkien. It is a very ballanced biography, and does indeed point out a few of the short comings of the author, but this is well and good as it is not a chop job of the author and certainly points out strong points far more than his bad. This was one of those biographies I was unable to put down once I started it. I have always held Tolkien's work in very admiration, and this was sort of icing on the cake. Being one of …
review by . December 05, 2000
This book is the definitive biography of one of the 20th century's most beloved authors, JRR Tolkien. Humphrey Carpenter, Tolkien's official biographer was given unprecendeted access to Tolkien family members and family papers, and this clearly shows. Tolkien's early life, his love of Edith Bratt, his devout faith and his war-time experiences are all chronicled, giving new understanding to his life as not only the premier fantasy-genre author of his day (and of all time, for that matter), but also …
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