Tolkien: A Biography

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New American Library, Nov 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 292 pages
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Tolkien: A Biography by Michael White is a comprehensive, in-depth, and entertaining biography of one of the greatest and most influential fantasy authors of modern time, J.R.R. Tolkien.

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User Review  - J. Aleksandr Wootton - Goodreads

I enjoyed this book, and must have found it useful, since I kept it... but I think I absorbed the information it presented without remembering much about the actual writing. Perhaps, when writing a biography, that's exactly the effect one hopes to produce? Read full review

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User Review  - Gary - Goodreads

White does his job well, as far as it goes. Sadly, though, that does not go as far as I would have liked. For while he writes clearly and presents interesting information he is not an old-West man as ... Read full review


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Michael White is a former science editor of British GQ. In a previous incarnation he was a member of the Thompson Twins pop group, and then a science lecturer in Oxford. He is the author of twenty books including the international best-seller, Stephen Hawking: A Life In Science (with John Gribbin). Since then he has written an alternative biography of Isaac Newton, Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcerer, which was nominated by four British newspapers as "biography of the year" in 1997 and awarded "Book of the Year" in the science category by Bookman Associates in the United States.

His latest books are the international best-seller Leonardo: The First Scientist and Michael White's personal account of the '80s and his time in the music industry, titled: Thompson Twin: An '80s Memoir. His latest is Acid Tongues and Tranquil Dreamers-a study of scientific rivalry from Newton to Gates published in 2001. He lives in Kent, England with his wife and three children.

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