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The Wisdom of the Shire - a book by Smith, Noble

The Wisdom of the Shire

A Short Guide to a Long and Happy Life

The Wisdom of the Shire( )
Author: Smith, Noble
Foreword by: Beagle, Peter S.
ISBN:978-1-250-03829-6
Publication Date:Oct 2013
Publisher:St. Martin's Press
Imprint:Saint Martin's Griffin
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $13.99
Book Description:

InThe Wisdom of the Shire, Noble Smith sheds a light on the life-changing ideas tucked away inside the classic works of J. R. R. Tolkien and his most beloved creation—the stouthearted Hobbits.

How can simple pleasures such as gardening, taking long walks, and eating delicious meals with friends make you significantly happier? Why is the act ofgiving presents on your birthday instead ofgetting them such a revolutionary idea? What should you do...
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Book Details
Pages:224
Detailed Subjects: Literary Criticism / Science Fiction & Fantasy
Self-Help / General
Literary Criticism / Subjects & Themes / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6.3 x 6.92 x 0.6 Inches
Book Weight:0.352 Pounds
Author Biography
Smith, Noble (Author)
Peter S. Beagle was born in Manhattan in April of 1939. During his senior year of high school, Beagle entered a poem and a short story in the 1955 Scholastic Writing Awards Contest, not knowing that the Grand Prize was a college education. He won that prize and went on to spend four years at the University of Pittsburgh after graduating from high school in 1955. In his sophomore year at the University of Pittsburgh, Beagle entered another contest, winning first place again in Seventeen Magazine's Short Story Contest. At the age of 19, he published "A Fine and Private Place." Beagle graduated college with a degree in Creative Writing and a Spanish minor and then spent a year overseas. When he returned, his new-found agent had enrolled him in a writing workshop at Stanford.

After his first few published stories, Beagle supported himself and his family as a freelancer for many years. In the 70's he began to write screenplays, as well as take up the hobby of singing folk songs at a local club. Beagle has published music as well as books, both his passions, and both lucrative. Beagle gives lectures and readings at universities, and also hosts writing workshops at schools such as the University of Washington and Clarion West. His works have been translated into 15 languages. Beagle has also written a script for Star Trek: The Next Generation and the screenplay for the animated feature version of The Lord of the Rings.

In 1987, Beagle's "The Last Unicorn" was proclaimed the Number 5 All Time Fantasy Novel. That same year, "The Innkeeper's Song" won the Mythopoetic Fantasy Award. In 1997, "The Unicorn Sonata" won the Locus Poll Award for Best Novella, and in 1998, "Giant Bones" won the same award as well as being nominated for the 1998 World Fantasy Award.

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