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Home arrow Books arrow J. R. R. Tolkien - The Authorised Biography -- Humphrey Carpenter

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J. R. R. Tolkien - The Authorised Biography -- Humphrey Carpenter Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Friday, 26 January 2007
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This biography provides an insightful, entertaining, and often moving account of the life of one of the twentieth centuries greatest writers. In this book Carpenter covers the specifics of Tolkien's birth and death, family and marriage, careers and living arrangements, and all of the other "technical" details that are expected in a biography. Throughout all of that he weaves in the story of how Tolkien's most famous works, The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings, were developed and finally brought to press.
The biography revealed a Tolkien who was totally in the world that he created. In no small way The Lord Of The Rings was simply a reflection of the person who was J. R. R. Tolkien onto the pages of a book. That's not to say that his fiction was biographical. It wasn't. But his very essence was transferred so subtly yet so perfectly into his writing that any reader of the fiction would simultaneously gain an understanding of the author.
It is clear that Tolkien was a one-of-a-kind and he was in precisely the correct place, in both time and space, to have produced something as timeless and transcendent as The Lord Of The Rings. Yet he was plagued with a never ending supply of procrastination. One can't help but wonder what additional works Tolkien could have created if he hadn't been saddled with this particular flaw.
The biography is well worth reading for any Tolkien fan in that it provides both a history of how his works came to be written and a picture of the man who poured his being in to that creation.
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