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J.R.R. Tolkien - A Biography

2000 cover design of the biography published in the United States by Houghton Mifflin

J.R.R. Tolkien - A Biography (ISBN 978-0618057023) is a biography of J.R.R. Tolkien written by Humphrey Carpenter. It was the first and is the prevailing published account of Tolkien's life.

It was first published in Britain by George Allen and Unwin in 1977. It was also published later in 1978, and 1987. It was first published in the United States in 2000 by Houghton Mifflin. It is divided into eight parts, and like The Lord of the Rings, has a few appendices containing genealogical tables, a chronology of events in Tolkien's life, his writing, etc..