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J.R.R. Tolkien: a Biography
J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" is one of the most imaginative and popular epics of the day. It is especially popular with young readers. Parents concerned with the content of Tolkien's trilogy would have a challenging project reading all his works to get a perspective on his thinking. Humphrey Carpenter's masterful biography makes the project much easier by describing who Tolkien is and how he thinks. Carpenter describes Tolkien's deep Christia...
Humphrey Carpenter is best known for his biography of JRR Tolkien and his study of CS Lewis and friends in 'The Inklings'. He here turns historian, and in this short book assesses the life and works of Jesus Christ (for the Oxford University Press, and the old Fontana Past Masters series). The frontispiece claims that he presents it without 'religious preconceptions', an impossibility, but all things considered he does well. He covers the reliability of ...