Since no one expected the book to do well, appropriate
plans were not made to deal with the incredibly high demand for
the book. Although Allen &Unwin had success with the Hobbit, and
should have expected at least equivalent success with the Lord of
the Rings, they could not have anticipated the frenzy of demand
that developed, especially in the American mass market.
Although Hammond's mission in a bibliography is confined to publishing details, the story seeps through, and sections read like a journalist's account of a sailor making his way through the churning seas of publishing.
Next to the story the book is the perfect guide when you are going to buy books or try to find out which books our out there.
The Chronology details the parallel evolutions of tolkien's works and his academic and personal life in minute detail. Spanning the entirety of his long life including nearly sixty years of active labor on his Middle-earth creations, and drawing on such contemporary sources as school records, war service files, biographies, correspondence, the letters of his close friend C. S. Lewis, and the diaries of W. H. Lewis, this book will be an invaluable resource for those who wish to gain a complete understanding of tolkien's status as a giant of twentieth-century literature.
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