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Re: The Horn Book Magazine (excerpt from The Hobbit)
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Morgan,

My issue is the May - June, 1938 one; the picture is not of my issue. But the cover is identical, except for the date.

Thanks all for your comments.

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We also have this, as part of a substantial run of the journal (1928-1975) we bought from a local public library that no longer had any interest in back issues.

Wayne & Christina

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There is also a small mention/reference to the Hobbit in the 1938 July-August Issue on Page 232.

And in the 1938 November/December Issue, there is a few lines (Hobbit publication notice and price) on Page 365.

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I was fortunate enough to buy a complete run of the Horn Book for 1938 a couple of years ago, and I can tell you it's not at all common (as far as I know).

To answer Morgan's question - Jlong's text is right; those page numbers refer to the May-June issue. There are a couple of mentions of TH in the March April issue, too. An advertisment appears on p.69, which includes CS Lewis's blurb 'Its place is with Alice in Wonderland and The Wind in the Willows... Prediction is dangerous, but The Hobbit may well prove a classic'.

On p.92 we have the comment by Anne Carol Moore:

'...and JRR Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' (Houghton), a refreshingly adventurous and original tale of dwarfs, goblins, elves, dragons, trolls, etc., in the true tradition of the old sagas. I think it is a mistake to compare The Hobbit with Alice or The Wind in the Willows. It is unlike either book. It is firmly rooted in Beowulf and authentic Saxon lore, and while appealing to younger children has something in common with W.W. Tarn's The Treasure of the Isle of Mist, and with certain tales by William Morris. There is sound learning behind The Hobbit, while a rich vein of humor connects this little being, smaller than a dwarf, with the strange beings of the ancient world and the world we live in today'.

Anne T. Eaton gives a review of the book on pp94-96 (with a black and white full-page reproduction of Tolkien's painting The Hill... on p.95). This lady makes a basic mistake;

'...Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit... is persuaded to leave his cosy hobbit-hole... It was his cousin, Gandalf the Wizard, who insisted that the hobbit should be a member of the party'...

Posted on: 2010/4/22 12:21


Re: Book collecting, "a deeply boring trade"
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Funny, the author does not seem to get the irony that he is a book collector - it is only a question of scale!

For example,
Give me the man who buys books he likes, to read them and sees the numbers in his book shelf increase merely as a by product of that reading. Or picks up a book for the same reason mountaineers attempt the Everest — because it is there.


And...
I often get writers to sign their books. This is for purely sentimental reasons. I can open a V S Naipaul or a Vikram Seth or a Salman Rushdie or an Arundhati Roy suitably autographed, and feel a thrill as I recall the circumstances when they signed their books.


Of course, the fact that the article author agrees wholeheartedly with Edmund Wilson here
I am with the critic Edmund Wilson who said, “All this trade is as deeply boring to people who are interested in literature as it seems to be fascinating to those others, who, incapable of literary culture, try to buy the distinction of letters by paying unusual prices for bibliographical rarities.”


Does not endear me to him. That same Mr. Wilson who wrote the 1956 review "Oo, Those Awful Orcs!"

Posted on: 2010/4/22 11:02
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