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J. R. R. Tolkien: A Biography
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Mariner Books
Publication date June 6, 2000
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780618057023
ISBN-10 0618057021
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.65 lbs.
Original list price $15.95
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Summary
Carefully traces Tolkien's life, revealing surprising links between his own experience and his written works, especially The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Silmarillion. Reprint. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description:
The authorized biography of the creator of Middle-earth. In the decades since his 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 South Africa in January 1892, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was orphaned in childhood and brought up in near-poverty. He served in the first World War, surviving the Battle of the Somme, where he lost many of the closest friends he'd ever had. After the war he returned to the academic life, achieving high repute as a scholar and university teacher, eventually becoming Merton Professor of English at Oxford where he was a close friend of C.S. Lewis and the other writers known as The Inklings.

Then suddenly his life changed dramatically. One day while grading 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 the twentieth century's most cherished author.


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Paperback
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Reprint edition from Mariner Books (June 6, 2000)
9780618057023 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $15.95
About: Profiles the life of Tolkien beginning with his South African childhood, exploring his roles as a soldier in World War II, an English professor at Oxford University, and as a writer of fantasy.
College edition from Harpercollins (August 1, 1990); titled "Harper Collins Spanish Dictionary/Spanish-English English-Spanish"
9780062765093 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.75 in. | 1.25 lbs | List price $15.00
This edition also contains Harper Collins Spanish Dictionary: Spanish English English Spanish
About: Each of these dictionaries contains more than 70,000 entries and 100,000 translations.
Reinforced
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from Demco Media (April 30, 2004)
9780606303248 | details & prices | 288 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.84 lbs | List price $23.50
About: Profiles the life of Tolkien beginning with his South African childhood, exploring his roles as a soldier in World War II, an English professor at Oxford University, and as a writer of fantasy.

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