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Tom Shippey
Birth date: September 09, 1943
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Reflections rated it 3 years ago
This is a truly beautiful book, with gorgeous color illustrations on almost every page 2-page spread, so reading it, even flipping through it, is a delight. The first thing I did was check to see which of my favorite literary worlds had been included (Strange/Norrell! Thursday Next! And lots of othe...
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Miss Clark rated it 8 years ago
Part biography, part whatever Shippey thought and all his pet ideas. My least favorite (or one of them) of 50+ LOTR and JRRT books I read in 2002. Not at all recommended. It is more about Shippey and his perspectives and psychological theories about John or his books. Instead, read a) JRRT's own let...
spocksbro rated it 11 years ago
A little too hagiographic, perhaps, but Shippey's a good author and he can at least make the case that Tolkien has had a near overwhelming influence on fantasy in the last century (mostly for the better, I think).
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