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Re: JRRT vs Ronald
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>Your comments have seemingly confirmed what I suspected: that my calendar is a rather rare, very personal, and precious item.<

Yes, it is all that. :) A thing of beauty; a joy forever.

Posted on: 2009/7/23 15:13


Re: JRRT vs Ronald / Thanks!
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Thanks much to all who posted. I, too, found the various letters most interesting. Your comments have seemingly confirmed what I suspected: that my calendar is a rather rare, very personal, and precious item. I will treasure it. As I note on my website, he had to have signed it within a month or two of his passing. It is thus wonderful yet bittersweet.

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Posted on: 2009/7/23 5:10
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Re: Downloadable copy of "A Middle English Vocabulary"
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Garm, I believe you are correct that Monsters & the Critics is still under copyright. However, I think electronic versions of texts can sometimes prove useful for research purposes. Personally, I don't see anything wrong with owning an electronic version of a text that you already own a hard copy of, but, of course, it is different when the texts are being distributed online for free and the texts in question are still under copyright.

Posted on: 2009/7/22 18:11


Re: Downloadable copy of "A Middle English Vocabulary"
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Tolkien's 'Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics' is still under copyright; so is Drout's edition of Tolkien's works.

I take issue with the 'copyright evidence' given on that site for a Middle English Vocabulary: I believe Sisam's book has been re-issued, with Tolkien's glossary. The evidence which states that someone looked at a 1922 copy and didn't see a copyright notice is hardly conclusive. I have copies of Sisam,from the 20s and 30s - they don't have copyright notices. Neither do Essays and Studies; nor The Year's Work in English Studies, nor The Review of English Studies. As far as I know, copyright notices were not common in those days.

This begs the question; who holds the copyright? It may be the publication - eg Tolkien was commissioned to write the pieces on Philology: general Works for YWES. But I'd have thought work such as his middle English Vocabulary were Tolkien's copyright, which as I understand it, lasts for 70 years after his death - not 70 or in this case, 87 years after the work was published.

A Middle English Vocabulary is easily available in book form - I see no reason to take it from the web; esp. if copyright is an issue.

Posted on: 2009/7/22 14:53


Re: Downloadable copy of "A Middle English Vocabulary"
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Yeah, I saw Drout's book there as well. I also thought that strange as it must still be under copyright. I think they may have gotten Tolkien's essay Monsters & the Critics mixed up with Drout's book. Well, at least that seems to make sense to me.

Posted on: 2009/7/22 12:37



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