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TCG Letter #1062

J.R.R. Tolkien
Mr Burns
15 November 1952
Autograph Letter Signed
Writing to a Mr. Burns. Tolkien refers to a Professor Kennedy'sCharles William Kennedy.[1] book of Anglo-Saxon verse and a Miss Kirchberger who had sought Tolkien's advice on her work. Tolkien bluntly says that "it is no good entrusting work of this kind to the not-good-enough", though he does feel a certain sympathy for her.

Mr. Burns had included some books, his own The Cloud and the book of verse by Kennedy. He hopes that Kennedy's book will go some way to "correct the view of Anglo-Saxon as barbarians" but says that he will not review it but notes that it is not "in 'alliterative verse', but in an 'imitative metrical verse'...."

1 Charles William Kennedy.
Many thanks to Claudia Strauss-Schulson of Schulson books for providing us with details of this letter.
Tolkien Collector Number 12 p. 31
David Schulson Autographs Catalogue 82 (October 1995) item 104

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