Sunday, September 13, 2009

10 Books A Day: #143

Tolkien: The Authorized Biography...Humphrey Carpenter...Houghton Mifflin Company

J. R. R. Tolkien: A Critical Biography...Ivor & Deborah Rogers...Hippocrene Books, Inc.

J. R. R. Tolkien: Architect Of Middle-Earth...Daniel Grotta-Kurska...Running Press

Myth Maker: J. R. R. Tolkien...Anne E. Neimark...Harcourt Brace & Company

J. R. R. Tolkien: The Man Who Created The Lord Of The Rings...Michael Coren...Scholastic

Tolkien: A Biography...Michael White...New American Library

Tolkien: A Biography...Michael White...Little, Brown And Company

Tolkien And The Great War...John Garth...Houghton Mifflin

The Ring Of Words: Tolkien And The Oxford English Dictionary...Peter Gilliver, Jeremy Marshall and Edmund Weiner...Oxford University Press

Tolkien: Man And Myth...Joseph Pearce...Harper Collins

Tolkien: A Celebration...ed. Joseph Pearce...Ignatius

J. R. R. Tolkien: Author Of The Century...Tom Shippey...Houghton Mifflin

The Tolkien Family Album...John & Priscilla Tolkien...Houghton Mifflin

A boatload of mostly biographical works on Tolkien. Grotta-Kurska's book appears again. Carpenter's book and the Family Album make quality book-ends for this list: the other books follow rank from bland to insightful and scholarly, but each one offers some different slant or obscure fact.

The Garth book focuses on Tolkien's war years, and includes the fact (which I had never heard) that Tolkien broke horses for the army as part of his service. The Ring of Words is about Tolkien's work on the Oxford English Dictionary, and gives a close look at his career in linguistics. Tom Shippey and Joseph Pearce are two of my favorite authors who write on Tolkien: Shippey gives insights as a professor of Anglo-Saxon, and Pearce as a Catholic.

Also, a lot of these books feature great pictures of JRRT on the cover; for years we relied on two or three photos of the professor to give us an idea of what he looked like. The Family Album especially gives us a good look at him, his family and friends through the years.

Book Count: 1700.

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