A comprehensive collection of letters spanning the adult life (1914-1973) of one of the world's most famous storytellers. / A fascinating insight into the character of the man behind 'The Book of the Century' / Records the history of composition of his works and his reaction to subsequent events / Includes fresh information about Middle-earth and its inhabitants and many analyses by Tolkien himself of the meanings of his stories / This edition contains an expanded index making the letters even more accessible / Repackaged to complement The Monsters and the Critics, also reissued this month / Attractive new design as part of the Tolkien Collection, the matching library of B-format paperbacks
Humphrey Carpenter was born in Oxford in 1946 and spent most of his life in that city. He read English Language and Literature at Keble College, Oxford, and met Professor J.R.R. Tolkien on a number of occasions. For some years he worked for the BBC as a radio producer and broadcaster and won acclaim as a top biographer, including the recent and controversial biography of Robert Runcie. He died in 2005.
`So rich, it reads like an autobiography'