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Tolkien : a biography

Author: Humphrey Carpenter
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1977.
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The authorized biography of J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the epic "The Lord of the Rings."

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Genre/Form: Young adult nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Carpenter, Humphrey.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1977
Named Person: J R R Tolkien; J R R Tolkien; J R R Tolkien; J R R Tolkien
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Humphrey Carpenter
ISBN: 0395253608 9780395253601 0395486769 9780395486764
OCLC Number: 3068053
Description: 287 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical table ; 24 cm
Contents: A visit --
1892-1916 : early years. Bloemfontein ; Birmingham ; "Private-lang." and Edith ; "T.C., B.S., etc." ; Oxford ; Reunion ; War ; The breaking of the fellowship --
1917-1925 : the making of a mythology. Lost tales ; Oxford interlude ; Northern venture --
1925-1949 (I) : "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit". Oxford life ; Photographs observed ; "He had been inside language" ; Jack ; Northmoor Road ; The storyteller --
1925-1949 (II) : the third age. Enter Mr. Baggins ; "The new Hobbit" --
1949-1966 : Success. Slamming the gates ; A big risk ; Cash or kudos --
1959-1973 : Last years. Headington ; Bournemouth ; Merton Street --
The tree.
Responsibility: by Humphrey Carpenter.


The authorized biography of J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the epic "The Lord of the Rings."


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