From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up-This book offers a great deal of information about Tolkien's life, thoughts, and writings. Sidebars explain literary terms that may be unfamiliar to students. Summary boxes at the end of each chapter highlight the main ideas presented. The writer's work is thoroughly discussed and assessed, including his groundbreaking essay on Beowulf and his translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. As a writer of fantasy, Tolkien has come into a fair share of negative criticism and Blake is candid about it. This book should appeal to serious young adults looking for more information on the writer for English assignments.Carol Jones Collins, Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ
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“This accessible introduction offers concise information about the author's life and writings as well as critique.” -- Curriculum Connections