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Re: English, A Literary Foundation Course
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Further to my previous - in the note by Rayner Unwin on the publishing of TH, Rayner mentions the story of Tolkien making up the first line of the story while marking exam papers. I didn't hear of this story till I read it in Carpenter's biography in '77. Again; is this another first for this edition? Or am I forgetting something obvious?

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I have a copy of this edition of TH: it's actually the fourth edition, Allen & Unwin; printed in 1972. Hammond and Anderson A3k,
ISBN 0 04 823105 3.

Tolkien's facsimile signature is on the title page; the same as on Tree and Leaf etc. Not only did Fowler write the introduction; there's also a whole section of Ideas for Study, on a chapter-by-chapter basis (pp.281-303), including a short piece by Rayner Unwin on the publishing of TH, with a facsimile of 10-year old Rayner's report on The Hobbit. (is this the first time the facsimile sig, and Rayner's report were printed?) Fowler notes that many of the suggestions in this section come from 'English 11/12', by himself and John Dick.

It's actually a very good edition; very well bound in a tough, hard-wearing material. The introduction and the Ideas for Study make this edition stand out.

Posted on: 2010/5/10 12:46

Edited by garm on 2010/5/10 13:04:26


Re: Books on George Allen, GA&U and Unwin Brothers
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Trotter - sorry, I got the title wrong. The title is 'The Making of The Lord of the Rings' - see this link:

http://www.ilabdatabase.com/services/ ... r=871&catnr=2017&pg=2&br=

It was produced by William A. Meeuws of Thorntons in 1992, in a very limited edition. My copy is no.27.

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At that price? No, I don't see much merit in the piece, and I certainly wouldn't pay that much for a poster.

Posted on: 2010/5/8 12:00


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Hmm. I have only:

The Truth about a Publisher - Sir Stanley Unwin (GA&U)

George Allen & Unwin: A Remembrancer - Rayner Unwin (Merlin Unwin)

The Truth about Publishing - Stanley Unwin (GA&U)

- and Rayner's 'Publishing Tolkien' from Thornton's plus one or two variants in TS publications; though I suspect the gist of all of these is the same, and is taken up in Rayner's Remembrancer, anyway.

Makes me feel rather uneducated; or at least, under-read.

Posted on: 2010/5/8 2:14

Edited by Trotter on 2010/5/8 3:34:27



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