Birth date: April 29, 1946
Died: January 04, 2005
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Dear Unwin,the Hobbit will be ready tomorrow, honest.Yours faithfully,Tolkien.Dear Unwin,I've been swamped by illness, work, exams, more work, more exams, lectures, more work and more exams. I can't possibly get it ready this decade.Yours faithfully,Tolkien.Dear Unwin,did you like it?Yours faithfull...
I always enjoy reading about the lives of my favorite authors. I found this one particularly sad because of Tolkien's courtship of his wife; the willful obstruction of his mentor, a Catholic priest; and his acquiescence to the situation.
This review is based upon the first edition which was written in 1977. This biography is fair and gives a vivid detail of not only the life of Tolkien but also the times and events that shaped the man. I would have liked to have seen more into the light of his religion as well as the depth of his re...
I believe that this was the first time I actually finished this book. It is a must-read for any serious Tolkien lover. It gives a much more comprehensive view of Tolkien’s character than any other work, including Carpenter’s excellent biography. It includes some wonderful letters to his sons which a...
This book was a pleasure to read. I read it sometime after completing the LOTR volumes, and it comforted me to linger just a bit in Tolkien's world.