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TCG Letter #1420 / Carpenter Letter #135b


From
J.R.R. Tolkien
To
Basil Blackwell
Date
Not dated (1953)
Type
Unknown
Transcript
Partial
Tolkien remarks to Basil Blackwell on the merits and shortcomings of a linguistic text being published in the near future. He points out that had he been consulted earlier, he could have given his thoughts on this text, and what kind of work on the matter needs to be composed.

In a footnote Tolkien says that he reveres Sweet, considering him hard done to by the University but that 1882 was a long time ago, noting that the field needs a new name rather than continual editions of Sweet's Old-English Primer published in 1882 and now into its 9th edition.
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