J.R.R. Tolkien

Ever heard of the Lord of the Rings? Well, that is J.R.R. Tolkien’s work.

  • J.R.R. Tolkien’s full name is John Ronald Reuel Tolkien.
  • J.R.R. Tolkien was born on the 3rd of January, 1892 into a family of craftsmen, and died on the 2nd of September, 1973 at the age of 81.
  • J.R.R. Tolkien is best known for is works of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and The Silmarillion.
  • J.R.R. Tolkien was a close friend to fellow author C.S. Lewis and were both members of the Inklings.
  • J.R.R. Tolkien worked at the Oxford English Dictionary after his years of service in World War I.

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J.R.R. Tolkien
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  • In World War II, J.R.R. Tolkien was a codebreaker due to the high literature standards he had.
  • J.R.R. Tolkien was married to Edith Bratt, who lived from 1889-1971 and they had four children: John Francis Reuel Tolkien, Michael Hilary Reuel Tolkien, Christopher John Reuel Tolkien and Priscilla Mary Anne Reuel Tolkien.
  • J.R.R. Tolkien, a devout Roman Catholic, was said to be an atheist, but later became a Christian.
  • J.R.R. Tolkien had a road named after him (Tolkien Road), in Eastbourne, Sussex.
  • J.R.R. Tolkien rarely signed his work, meaning his autograph is highly valued by collectors.
Bibliography:
J. R. R. Tolkien 29 November 2012, Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._R._R._Tolkien>

The Chronicles of Narnia

Enter the wardrobe to the magical world of…

  • The Chronicles of Narnia is a collection of seven high fantasy novels.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia are written by C.S.Lewis.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia have sold over 100 million books, in 47 languages.
  • The full set of the Chronicles of Narnia was written from 1949 – 1954.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia were first published by Harper Collins.

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  • The name ‘Narnia’ was based on the name of  the ancient Italian town, ‘Narni’.
  • The books that make up the Chronicles of Narnia, in order of publication are ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950)’,  ‘Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia (1951)’, ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)’, ‘The Silver Chair (1953)’, ‘The Horse and His Boy (1954)’, ‘The Magician’s Nephew (1955)’ and ‘The Last Battle (1956)’.
  • The main characters of The Chronicles of Narnia are Aslan, the Pevensie family, Prince Caspian and The White Witch.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia series is based on Christian beliefs and the life of C.S.Lewis.
  • The official reading order of the Chronicles of Narnia is ‘The Magician’s Nephew’, ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, ”The Horse and His Boy ‘, ‘Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia’, ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’, ‘The Silver Chair’, and lastly, ‘The Last Battle’.
Bibliography:
The Chronicles of Narnia 18 November 2012, Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chronicles_of_Narnia>

Dr Seuss

“I meant what I said and I said what I meant. Ten Facts are faithful one-hundred percent!” ― Dr. Seuss, Horton Hatches the Egg.

  • Dr Seuss (pen name), or Theodor Seuss Geisel (full name) was a writer, illustrator, poet and cartoonist.
  •  As well as Dr Seuss, Seuss also wrote under pen names of Theo Leseig and Rosetta Stone.
  • Dr Seuss was born on 2nd March, 1904 and died at the age of 87 on 24th September, 1991 due to throat cancer.
  • Dr Seuss wrote over 60 books, 46 of them children books.
  • Dr Seuss was a perfectionist, meaning he could spend a whole year on a single book.

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Dr Seuss
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  • Dr Seuss was married to his first wife, Helen Palmer in 1927, a fellow author and never had children of his own.
  • In 1943 Dr Seuss joined the army as a captain, and was the commander of the Animation Department.
  • In 2009 alone, Dr Seuss’  books Green Eggs and Ham sold 540,366 copies, The Cat in the Hat sold 452, 258 copies and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish sold 409, 068 copies – which were more copies sold than most of newly published children books at that time.
  • Dr Seuss used the pen name Theo Lesieg when he wrote a book but didn’t illustrate it.
  • Much of Dr Seuss’ work, including some of his children’s books, had a more political theme. 
Bibliography:
Dr Seuss 30 October 2012, Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Seuss>

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