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Humphrey Carpenter (1946–2005)

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Om författaren

Humphrey Carpenter is the award-winning author of biographies of Dennis Potter, J.R.R. Tolkien, W.H. Auden, and Ezra Pound. He broadcasts regularly on BBC radio. Carpenter is married with two children and lives in Oxford, England
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Verk av Humphrey Carpenter

Tolkien: A Biography (1977) 2,760 exemplar
Mr Majeika (1985) 170 exemplar
W. H. Auden: A Biography (1981) 160 exemplar
Benjamin Britten: A Biography (1992) 153 exemplar
Spike Milligan (2003) 129 exemplar
Mr Majeika on the Internet (2001) 79 exemplar
Mr Majeika and the Ghost Train (1994) 71 exemplar
Mr Majeika and the Dinner Lady (1990) 68 exemplar
Jesus (Past Masters) (1980) 58 exemplar
Mr Majeika and the School Play (1991) 51 exemplar
Mr Majeika Vanishes (1997) 49 exemplar
Mr Majeika and the School Trip (1999) 49 exemplar
Dennis Potter: A Biography (1988) 43 exemplar
That was satire that was (2000) 38 exemplar
Founders of Faith (1986) — Bidragsgivare — 37 exemplar
Mr Majeika Joins the Circus (2006) 27 exemplar
Mr Majeika's Postbag (1990) 14 exemplar
The Captain Hook Affair (1979) 5 exemplar
J.R.R. Tolkien (2022) 4 exemplar
J.R.R. Tolkien. Biografia (2023) 2 exemplar
Keble college (1987) 1 exemplar
Ghostclusters 1 exemplar

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The Wizard's Den: Spellbinding Stories of Magic & Magicians (2001) — Bidragsgivare — 23 exemplar
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Humphrey Carpenter's authorized biography of Tolkien is a surprisingly balanced picture of the man. Carpenter clearly admires Tolkien's talent without being blind to his faults. Carpenter simply adores the man for who he was, faults and all, and does not try to paint some mythic portrait of Tolkien. Although Tolkien possessed an extraordinary mind, he was quite - in many aspects - an ordinary man, duty bound to professional obligations and family life. Tolkien preferred the 'quiet life' you see and was in many ways, a Hobbit from the Baggin's side of the tracks in temperament and lifestyle. Yet his mind (I suspect) possessed the longings of a Took...

J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography is immensely readable, and paints a wonderful portrait of a man who in my opinion, is the most important literary figure of the 20th century.
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ryantlaferney87 | 21 andra recensioner | Dec 8, 2023 |
The biography is fine, but what a dully disgusting life.
judeprufrock | 1 annan recension | Jul 4, 2023 |
I fell in love with The Lord of the Rings when I was in high school. Nevertheless, this biography has remained unread on my shelves for over fifteen years. Why? Some authors are an absolute disappointment to read about. I guess I didn’t want to know if the Professor was one of them.

He’s not.

If you had to write a fictional biography for Tolkien it would look much like this.

Orphaned at an early age, he fell In love with a girl, also orphaned and living in the same boarding house.

His fascination with languages, learning ancient languages and even developing his own secret languages based on strict linguistical rules, showed themselves at an early age.

The only disappointment to me was that his fascinating circle of friends didn’t include women. He was a complete product of his time, attending boys’ prep schools and colleges. Only in the very later years is a female graduate student mentioned. This is often reflected in his books, where usually (but not always) women have secondary roles, leaving the adventuring and hero-ing to men.

Highly recommended.
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streamsong | 21 andra recensioner | May 30, 2023 |
Until I read this, I didn't know that biographies could be so engaging. Carpenter paints a vivid picture of Tolkien's life, skillfully balancing discussion of his day-to-day life with those elements that might tell us more about how his great works came to be. The writing style is immensely enjoyable, that even the mundanities of Tolkien's daily commutes seem like activity bursting with vitality.
mirryi | 21 andra recensioner | May 24, 2023 |



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