Raymond Edwards Tolkien

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Tolkien

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J.R.R. Tolkien has arguably had a greater influence on contemporary culture and reading habits than any other 20th century writer. Successful film versions of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have only increased interest in his work. What sort of man was he, who so profoundly changed the sort of things we read and write? When The Lord of the Rings was published, Tolkien was in his early sixties; until then, he had led the outwardly unremarkable life of an Oxford don. Yet beneath the surface conventionality, his astonishing imaginative life, nourished by the rich sources of his professional interests, grew luxuriantly. This is the first Tolkien biography since Humphrey Carpenter's authorized life of 1977 to deal with the wealth of posthumously published material; it sets Tolkien's imaginative writing firmly in the context of his academic life, shows the great personal and professional difficulties he overcame to complete The Lord of the Rings, and charts his ultimately unsuccessful efforts to complete the great cycle of legends that appeared, after his death, as The Silmarillion. It also deals with Tolkien's role in the precipitous decline of his academic discipline, philology, as a university subject; and shows how, in one sense, his imaginative achievement is itself a triumphant vindication of his academic career.

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Raymond Edwards is a freelance writer, editor, and part-time bookseller. He is a former researcher for the Oxford English Dictionary. He has written for the Catholic Herald, the Literary Review, the Tablet, and the Times Literary Supplement.

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'A brilliantly woven narrative of Tolkien's life. The biographer, also a philologist by training, knows what he is talking about, his judgements are reasonable and he makes the reader anxious to discover whether Tolkien can win out against the enemies of his most original work. It would be hard to write a better life without access to the many letters and private papers in the Bodleian still not available to scholars. I suppose the readers need a certain curiosity about Tolkien to appreciate the "inherent interest" of Oxford syllabus reform; but Edwards' explanation of academic life there in the mid twentieth century is of real value, since that was Tolkien's primary world, when he was not escaping it.' The Tablet

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