The Hobbit or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, 1966. 39th Printing. Hardcover. 317 pages ; illustrated ; 21 cm. $11.95 dust jacket. Foxing to the side edges. Dust jacket lightly damped. Bow to boards. Pages are unmarked and binding is firm.
When THE HOBBIT was first published in this country over twenty-five years ago the American Library Association's reviewer said in the ALA Bulletin:
"At this time of writing, still under the spell of the story, I cannot bend my mind to ask myself whether our American children will like it. My impulse is to say if they don't, so much the worse for them . . .
At the same time, Anne Carroll Moore, for so many years America's most distinguished children's librarian, called THE HOBBIT "A refreshingly adventurous and original tale . . . There is sound learning behind THE HOBBIT, while a rich vein of humor connects this little being, described as smaller than a dwarf, with the strange beings of the ancient world and the world we live in today."
By now, THE HOBBIT has become a classic, and the Horn Book's prophetic review gives some hints as to why: "The background of the story is full of authentic bits of mythology and magic and the book has the rare quality of style. It is written with a quiet humor and the logical detail in which children take delight this is a book with no age limits. All those, young or old, who love a finely imagined story, beautifully told, will take THE HOBBIT to their hearts."
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