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J R R Tolkien

A biography of J R R Tolkien, scholar and author of 'The Lord of the Rings'.
J R R Tolkien
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In the 25 years since Tolkien's 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 Bloemfontein in January 1892, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was orphaned in childhood, brought up in near-poverty and almost thwarted in adolescent romance. He served in the First World War, surviving the Battle of the Somme, where he lost some of his closest friends, and returned to academic life, achieving high repute as a scholar and university teacher, eventually becoming Merton Professor of English at Oxford. Then suddenly his life changed dramatically. One day while marking essay papers he found himself writing "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit" - and worldwide renown awaited him. Humphrey Carpenter was given unrestricted access to all Tolkien's papers, and interviewed his friends and family. From these sources he follows the long and painful process of creation that produced "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Silmarillion" and offers a wealth of information about the life and work of one of the 20th century's most cherished authors.
Humphrey Carpenter was born in Oxford in 1946 and has spent most of his life in that city. He read English Language and Literature at Keble College, Oxford, and met Professor J.R.R. Tolkien on a number of occasions. For some years he worked for the BBC as a radio producer and broadcaster and has won acclaim as a top biographer, including the recent and controversial biography of Robert Runcie.
'One of the most interesting and readable biographies of a literary figure' Times 'Rich and beautifully told' Sunday Times 'Absolutely fascinating' Daily Mail
Author
Humphrey Carpenter
Pages
400
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers
Year
2002
ISBN-10
0007132840
ISBN-13
9780007132843
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2002-01-02
Imprint
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Subtitle
A Biography
Place of Publication
London
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
DEWEY
823.912
Birth
1946
Media
Book
Illustrations
With index
Short Title
JRR TOLKEIN
Language
English
Residence
US
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