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TCG Letter #14 / Carpenter Letter #14

J.R.R. Tolkien
Allen & Unwin Ltd.
28 May 1937
Autograph Letter Signed
In this three-page handwritten letter, Tolkien writes to his publisher about the release date for The Hobbit, going on at length about how it would be better done in June than in October. He has interested C.S. Lewis in reviewing the book when it comes out, and thinks he could get his friend who edits the Oxford University Magazine to arrange a review as well. He is perterbed to learn that his thoughts on American publishing were forwarded to Houghton Mifflin, they were meant to be private.

Tolkien includes three coloured illustrations as samples with this letter, but they are not for The Hobbit, they are for other stories. He can make more for them if they are interested.

In an unpublished section of this letter, Tolkien asks if Houghton Mifflin might publish the maps in their original colours, and with the runic map redrawn, and he notes that GA&U's "summer announcements" still say The Hobbit is coming out in June.

Tolkien also sent a second letter Letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to Allen & Unwin • 28 May 1937 (#475)[1] to GA&U on this day.

This letter is held at the Tolkien–George Allen & Unwin archive, at HarperCollins.
Related Letters
A complete photocopy of this letter was included in a 1987 press packet sent to a Blackwell's executive
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981), pp. 18-19, pp. 434-35 (Carpenter notes)
J.R.R. Tolkien A Descriptive Bibliography, A2a (quoted from), p. 10, 15; A2b (quoted from), p. 20; Di1, p. 350
Cartas de J.R.R. Tolkien, pp. 32-4, pp. 616-7 (notas de Carpenter)
The History of the Hobbit: One Volume Edition, pp. 888-9 (John Rateliff notes that this letter was to Charles Furth, but the letter itself is addressed to 'Sirs'. We retain the recipient as GA&U per the published letter, Hammond/Scull, and our possession of a photocopy of the original letter.)
"In 1937 alone Tolkien wrote 26 letters to George Allen & Unwin and received 31 letters in return. On Tolkien’s part these were all in handwriting...", Remembrancer, p. 75

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