‘So rich, it reads like an autobiography’--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Allows some good incite into Tolkien and his books however some of the letters are not very interesting and I wonder at there inclusion. Read morePublished 11 months ago by michael adams
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien are an absolute must for anyone wishing to know more about the man, his writing process, and especially about the writing and publication process of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mr. J. L. Burns
Wonderful insight into the personality and life of Tolkien. Shows his talent and enormous number of interests.
A conscientious letter writer.
Already over 30 years old, Humphrey Carpenter's edition of The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien still stands as a unique peep into the mind of one of the greatest authors of Western... Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2013 by Denis Bridoux
For anyone interested in The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit or the creation of Middle Earth in general this is a fascinating collection of letters which tell so much about the... Read morePublished on 12 Aug. 2010 by Lucy Williams
When I like an author, I like to read biographies and letters. Whereas bios are usually interesting to read, so far, letters have turned out to be not so captivating. Read morePublished on 22 Oct. 2009 by Kathryn
While one could argue - and some hardcore fans really do this - that the only places to search for something about Middle-Earth are in the stories themselves (and only the stories... Read morePublished on 11 Nov. 2002 by Normann Aaboe Nielsen
These letters give a great insight into the life and work of JRR Tolkien, author of the Book of the (last) Century. Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2001