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JRR Tolkien letter reveals poor sales of The Hobbit

Subject: JRR Tolkien letter reveals poor sales of The Hobbit
by Trotter on 2012/10/16 21:48:05

"A letter from JRR Tolkien to Swallows and Amazons writer Arthur Ransome has revealed the author's concerns about sales of The Hobbit.

Tolkien said he would send a revised edition to Ransome "if there is a reprint", adding "sales are not very great".

The letter forms part of a collection of Tolkien's writing held at the University of Leeds - where he taught.

Despite his concerns, The Hobbit went on to sell 100 million copies.

The letter also revealed Ransome had suggested editing parts of The Hobbit and Tolkien was happy to oblige."


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-19965058

http://www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/3 ... _sales_are_not_very_great