Humphrey Carpenter

Humphrey William Bouverie Carpenter ( born April 29, 1946 in Oxford, † January 4, 2005 ) was a British biographer and children's book author.


Carpenter also published several children's books, among other things, Mr. Majeica series and in 1984 the Oxford Companion to Children's Literature, as well as plays and radio plays. In addition, Carpenter was an accomplished jazz musician with his own band, the Vile Bodies occurred.

Carpenter, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, died on 4 January 2005 at home in Oxford of heart failure.

Works (selection)

  • The angry young men. A literary comedy of the 1950s. Faber & Faber, London 2009, ISBN 978-0-571-24912-1.
  • Geniuses Together. American writers in Paris in the 1920s. Houghton Mifflin, London, 1988, ISBN 0-395-46416-1.
  • The Inklings. C. S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams and Their Friends. 3rd edition, Harper Collins, London 1997, ISBN 0-261-10347-4.
  • J.R.R. Tolkien. A Biography. 2nd edition, Klett-Cotta, Stuttgart 2001, ISBN 3-608-93431-6.
  • Ouds. A centenary history of the " Oxford University Dramatic Society "; From 1885 to 1985. University Press, Oxford, 1985, ISBN 0-19-212241- X.
  • A serious character. The life of Ezra Pound. Delta Press, New York, 1990, ISBN 0-385-29996-6.
  • Letters from J.R.R. Tolkien. 2nd edition, Klett-Cotta, Stuttgart 2002, ISBN 3-608-93650-5.