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Humphrey Carpenter
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...
spocksbro
spocksbro rated it 11 years ago
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.
I only read when my OCD kicks in
I only read when my OCD kicks in rated it 12 years ago
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...
By Singing Light
By Singing Light rated it 14 years ago
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...
BiblioSquirrell
BiblioSquirrell rated it 18 years ago
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.
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