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Language:Chinese.Paperback. Pub Date: 2000 Pages: 288 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin The authorized biography of the creator of Middle-earth In the decades since his death in September 1973. Millions have read The Hobbit THE LORD OF THE Rings and THE SILMARILLION and become fascinated about the very private man behind the books. Born in South Africa in January 1892. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was orphaned in childhood and ought up in near-poverty. He served in the first World War. surviving the Battle of the Somme. where he lost many of the closest friends he'd ever had. After the war he returned to the academic life. achieving high repute as a scholar and university teacher. eventually becoming Merton Professor of English at Oxford where he was a close friend of CS Lewis and the other writers known as The Inklings. Then suddenly his life changed dramatically. One day while grad...
A wonderful book that captures the essence and life of Mr. Tolkien, Rhythmically paced read as well as extremely informative. More focused on the man rather than his works. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2004 by C. F. Jones
The reason why I chose this book is because I respect Tolkien for all his accomplishments as an author and I wanted to know a little more about him then I already did. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2003 by "twistdisues"
This is the only biography of Tolkien which I have read. It was good and I enjoyed it, but it feels like something was missing. Read morePublished on Dec 4 2003 by Brian G Hedges
Sadly, Carpenter's standard biography of Tolkien is written by a man wholely unsympathetic with Tolkien's life work and beliefs. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2002 by Amazon Customer
I cannot recommend this book enough for fans of Tolkien. Gaining access to his inner life and the days of his childhood is utterly marvelous! Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2002
My favorite thing about Humphrey Carpenter's biography of J.R.R. Tolkien is the way we gain insight into the inspirations for Tolkien's writings. Read morePublished on July 22 2002 by Art Turner
This book could be divided into two: one documenting the story of his personal and professional lives, the othe explaining the history and development of his mythology. Read morePublished on June 3 2002 by H. D. Hairhowser
I bought this book many years ago but it never quite worked its way to the top of my reading list so it sat on my shelf unread all this time. Read morePublished on May 25 2002 by Joseph Boone