J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 60 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
Praise for books in this treasury:
"Tolkien at his relaxed and ingenious best"
"[Roverandom] is an old-fashioned story, yet it still speaks
freshly today... would leap to life when read aloud to a child"
"[Smith of Wootton Major] may be compared to the most delicate miniature but it is one of a rare kind: the more closely it is examined the more it reveals the grandeur of its conception. Whoever reads it at eight will still be going back to it at eighty" New Statesman