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Tolkien’s The Hobbit Artwork

Image: JRR Tolkien/Tolkien estate To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the publication of Tolkien’s The Hobbit next year, HarperCollins publisher David Brawn went through the reclusive author’s archive at the Bodleian Library in Oxford [...]

A Town of Storybook Houses and How They Came to Be

In 1924, a man named Hugh Comstock took a little trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California to see his sister and her husband. The town was becoming well known as a haven for artists and other creative types, so it’s not surprising that he met a doll maker named Mayotta Browne during his stay there. Miss Browne [...]