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Letters of J R R Tolkien: A Selection Paperback – 1 Apr 2005

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  • Paperback: 514 pages
  • Publisher: Firebird Distributing; New Ed edition (1 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780261102651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0261102651
  • ASIN: 0261102656
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘So rich, it reads like an autobiography’

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A comprehensive collection of letters spanning the adult life (1914-1973) of one of the world's most famous storytellers. 'It is not possible even at great length to "pot" "The Lord of the Rings" in a paragraph or two. It was begun in 1936, and every part has been written many times! the labour has been colossal; and it must stand or fall, practically as it is.' J.R.R. Tolkien was one of the most prolific letter writers of this century. Over the years he wrote to his publishers, his family, to friends (including C.S. Lewis, W.H. Auden and Naomi Mitchison) and to fans of his books. The letters present a fascinating and highly detailed portrait of the man in many of his aspects: as storyteller, scholar, Catholic, parent and observer of the world around him. They also shed much light on his creative genius and grand design for the creation of a whole new world - Middle-earth. This collection will appeal not only to the legions of Tolkien fans, but will entertain anyone who appreciates the art of letter-writing, of which Tolkien was a master. 'I am nearly always written to as Tolkein (not by you): I do not know why, since it is pronounced by me always - keen.'

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