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    DescriptionThe original authorised biography, and the only one written by an author who actually met J.R.R. Tolkien, reset and reissued in B format . In nearly 40 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 Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion and offers a wealth of information about the life and work of the twentieth century's most cherished author.


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    Title
    J. R. R. Tolkien
    Subtitle
    A Biography
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Humphrey Carpenter
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 192 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 200 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780261102453
    ISBN 10: 0261102451
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AB
    LC subject heading:
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJ
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.5
    BIC subject category V2: DSBH
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
    LC subject heading: ,
    BIC subject category V2: DSRC
    Libri: ENGM1075
    BISAC V2.8: LIT000000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25740
    Libri: TOLK5000
    BISAC V2.8: BIO000000
    BIC subject category V2: 2AB
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004130
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJ, 3JH
    DC22: 820.912
    Thema V1.0: DNB, DSRC, DSBH
    Illustrations note
    12 b/w plates (8pp), With index
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    03 January 1998
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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 won acclaim as a top biographer, including books on W.H.Auden, Evelyn Waugh, Robert Runcie and Spike Milligan. He died in 2005.
    Review quote
    'One of the most interesting and readable biographies of a literary figure.' The Times 'The story is rich and beautifully told.' Sunday Times 'Absolutely fascinating.' Daily Mail 'A painstaking and often moving account.' Times Literary Supplement 'Humphrey Carpenter's plain, unvarnished tale is absolutely gripping.' Times Literary Supplement